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Tech.Ed highlights and photo recap

Tech·Ed 2011 was my very first and it was definitely an eye opener into the technology industry for me. Geeks from all over New Zealand came together to see what the technology space had on offer and left bystanders with ‘the cloud’ (and rugby) indented in everyone’s minds.

With my camera and Flip Cam in hand, I set out to capture as much as possible. To give you an insight into what we got up to and what was on offer, here are some of my highlights, and some of the photos I took along the way.

Day 1 started off with a keynote presentation from Norm Judah (Microsoft’s Worldwide Services Chief Technology Officer) whose speech was strongly cloud-focused.  Intergen also featured in the keynote, providing the demo showcasing the Microsoft cloud platform using the Australian Rugby Union’s media asset library, and how assets are added and accessed – all via the cloud – as an example scenario of the cloud in action. New Zealand’s only world cup winning captain, David Kirk, also spoke about the Rugby World Cup and the 1st XV competition to win Microsoft’s corporate box at the world cup, which you can enter via Facebook. Overall, the cloud and rugby were two of the opening themes for this year’s Tech·Ed, especially relevant in light of Microsoft being an Official Rugby World Cup Sponsor for 2011.

Here’s a snap of Intergen’s Chris Auld and Jim Hunter presenting their demo alongside Norm Judah.


Chris Auld, Jim Hunter and Norm Judah at Tech.Ed 2011


After the keynote our Intergen Motorsport racing stand went full steam ahead. This fast-paced game leveraged the cloud and many of Microsoft’s latest technologies, including Windows SQL Azure, and Silverlight. Very rarely was there an empty race car seat with the conference goers enthused to get on and experience Intergen’s very own racing car game. You can read all about how we built it here.


The Intergen Racing Simulator

Carl Hickton getting a conference goer ready to race









Our Intergenites presented many of the sessions at the conference, which was great to see, and Intergen definitely stood out from the crowd, with our hard-to-miss yellow tops adding a prominent dose of colour to the Tech·Ed landscape of over 2,000 people.


Tech.Ed 2011

Tech.Ed 2011 Ryan CrawCour









My sweet tooth got the better of me when I saw this chocolate waterfall at lunch and I had to catch one of the Intergenites (Greg Olsen) in action.


Greg Olsen at the chocolate fountain at Tech.Ed 2011


Day 2 it was all on again with Hands on Labs proving popular, allowing techies to try out and play with the latest Microsoft technologies. With even some of our Intergenites (Angela Knight, below) having a go.


Hands on labs at Tech.Ed 2011


The Intergen remote control race cars made their grand entrance and proved popular (as you can see from the expression on this gentleman’s face). They went out the door fast, with conference goers keen to get their hands on their own car!


Conference goer admiring his Intergen remote control car


I also got the chance to capture Intergenite’s Aben Samuel and Rex Wessels chatting about their time so far at the Hands on Labs (which you can see here) and Lee Herd provided some insight into the making of the Intergen Motorsport experience, which you can see here.

Wandering around the other stands was interesting and in my travels I came across some novel technologies and gadgets (some quite strange and quirky), including this PC immersed in water, the Xbox Kinect (which was entertaining as a bystander watching people punch the air and having a ball whilst playing boxing), the touch screen musical keyboard and many other interesting things; all of which brought home that fact that virtualisation is becoming more and more ubiquitous in our lives.


Tech.Ed 2011 - PC in a fishtank


Overall, Tech·Ed was great and I look forward to seeing what new developments will emerge over the next 12 months in time for Tech·Ed 2012.


Posted by: Rose Harris, Marketing Assistant | 30 August 2011

Tags: TechEd, Tech-Ed, Tech Ed, Tech.Ed 2011

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