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Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions at Tech·Ed

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Once again INETA Europe is organizing the Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions at TechEd Europe in Berlin, November 4-9, 2009. BOF sessions are moderated open discussions on technology related topics proposed by developers. BOF sessions are not formal presentations, no slides or software demonstrations. The format is casual and open with a microphone and whiteboard available to facilitate discussions.

The sessions are an opportunity for INETA members to have technical conversations with their peers on technology related topics of interest. A topic may be related to conference content or any other topic that would be of interest to conference attendees. The BOF sessions are a great opportunity to meet with other attendees that have common interests and exchange ideas. All conference attendees with the exception of Microsoft employees are eligible to submit a topic proposal.

http://www.msteched.com/europe/bof/submit.aspx

As you know INETA Europe rely on sponsor funding for all our activities and services. As every international organization INETA Europe is also suffering hard these days from negative side effects of economic downturn. We set the goal of improving a sponsorship program that would attract additional sponsors to diversify our funding base and lessen the impact of a reduction in funding from any one sponsor.

The high level goal for the past year was to evolve the internal operation of INETA while beginning to expand the services and resources for our membership. And there has been significant effort and progress in the area of internal INETA operations. There are currently over 30 people (volunteers, board members, country leaders) helping their fellow developers by volunteering time with INETA Europe.

Already we are heavily involved in the development of new programs and services that will provide great value to our members and improve the communication and information sharing that takes place between user group leaders, members and community experts.

I’m also very curious to hear what is happening at your place. Have you held a special event? Has your group contributed to a local charitable activity? Have you done a special project like a study group?

Contact our VP Marketing Miguel Lopez (Miguel.Lopez@ineta-europe.org) and share the activities and successes of your user group here in our newsletter.

 Cheers!

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  2. Damir Tomicic
    President INETA Europe
    damir.tomicic@ineta-europe.org

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Tech·Ed: Call for INETA Europe Country Leaders

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INETA Europe is calling all Country Leaders to send a proposal for 15-min session about Community Activities in their countries that includes answers to the following questions (but not limiting to):

  • What did you do in a past?
  • ow many members do you have?
  • Short info about your country and specifics (for example demographic data/main industry etc.)
  • What are main topics that you discussed?
  • What are you plans for the future?
  • What are you expecting from INETA Europe?
  • How you can contribute to INETA Europe?

If your Country Leader cannot come to TecheEd in November, there are several other ways to do the presentation:

  1. Do the Live Meeting – and present remotely
  2. Record presentation
  3. Nominate some of your User Group Leaders or Liaisons that are coming to TechEd to deliver presentations

Nominations should include:

  1. Country name
  2. Name of the Country Leader
  3. Title
  4. Short summary

Deadline for submissions are 20th of October to the e-mail me. You can use my e-mail address just below at the end of this entry:

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  2. Tomislav Bronzin
    Vice president Community Activities INETA Europe
    Tomislav.Bronzin@ineta-europe.org

Our new INETA Europe members...

It's a real pleasure exploring user group web sites and reading news, announcements and blog articles about different meetings that connect people all over the Europe. People with same interest and passion for sharing knowladge. And I'm happy to say that INETA Membership continue to grow. From the last newsletter four user groups becomes the new INETA members.

NetPonto - http://www.netponto.pt – Portugal

Community of Professionals, Students and Enthusiasts in software development and architecture on the .NET platform

Microsoft User Group Vinnitsa - http://msug.vn.ua - Ukraine

Group of like-minded people connected over .NET technologies, united on the basis of geographical proximity, interest in new technologies, willingness to share knowledge and desire to learn from colleagues.

Grupa.NET EKA - http://grupa-net.pl - Poland

Group. NET works as a section of the Scientific Circle of Students 'Horizon' at the Faculty of Electronics Wroclaw University of Technology. The main purpose is the dissemination of Microsoft.NET knowledge and technology among students.

Silverlight User Group Bulgaria - http://www.silverlight.bg - Bulgaria

The Silverlight User Group Bulgaria aims to present a place for discussion for designers, developers and IT professionals focused on developing Silverlight applications. To meet designers and developers from all skill levels at one place to share knowledge and experience in the field of Microsoft Silverlight and Expression Blend.

I'm sure that if you are living close to one of those four user groups (or if you just passing by) it would be a pity to miss the chance of attending their user group meetings ;-)

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  2. Dobriša Adamec
    Vice president Membership INETA Europe
    Dobrisa.Adamec@ineta-europe.org

INETA Europe Launches Sponsorship Program

We want to present at TechEd Europe 2009 our new INETA Europe Sponsorship Program.

INETA Europe will launch an extensive new Sponsorship Program aimed at raising funds to expand and improve services for our members during the TechEd Europe 2009. Over the past six months the INETA Europe Team, led by VP Sponsorship Jose Louis Latorre Millas, has designed a great program with many options for sponsorship at a variety of levels.

In the 7 years since our founding, INETA has grown tremendously and to deliver programs and services to our members requires substantial funding and volunteer time. During the past year the INETA Europe Board has targeted key areas for expansion and growth to better serve our members. As part of that strategic analysis it became evident we needed to establish a substantial and diverse sponsor base.

The new Sponsorship Program consists of a wide range of services from which a custom sponsorship program is designed for each sponsor. The services available to sponsors focus on INETA's key strength of providing the opportunity to reach a targeted audience of software developers focused on Microsoft technologies.

If you are interested in learning more about INETA sponsorship programs contact our VP Sponsorship Jose Louis (joseluis.latorre@ineta-europe.org) or just visit our booth in the community lounge at TechEd Europe.

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  2. Jose Luis Latorre
    Vice president Events & Sponsorship INETA Europe
    Joseluis.Latorre@ineta-europe.org

INETA Supports Spanish Codecamp In October

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INETA Europe is officially supporting a brand new CodeCamp, in its campaign of helping setting up codecamps all around Europe while setting and polishing up its "Codecamp-In-A-Box" program.

This event will be held in Spain, Tarragona the 17 &18 of October, is being organized by the community as a collaboration effort between different local user groups, there will be a big MVP assistance as Speakers and a 8 INETA Europe Speakers from the local bureau will be there!! So interesting sessions are assured!!

If you are interested, the event URL is http://www.codecamp.es, sorry it's only in Spanish, as the event. Anyway you have the sponsorship Brochure that also details every aspect of the event, you can get it from here: htt://www.codecamp.es/portals/0/sponsors/CodeCamp-2009-SponsorShip-en.pdf.

Also, if you wish to support and sponsor this great event and with it the community that organize it, please contact me directly through my e-mail, stated below.

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  2. Jose Luis Latorre
    Vice president Events & Sponsorship INETA Europe
    Joseluis.Latorre@ineta-europe.org

Mobility Day passed, DevReach is coming!

Windows Mobile 6.5 and Exchange 2010 presented at Mobility Day 2009 Conference!

Another (7th) annual Mobility Day Conference has been delivered on 10th September in Croatia by (among others experts) 8 Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP’s) Andrej Radinger (organizer), Zeljka Knezovic, Andy Wigley, Damir Dobric, Dobrisa Adamec, Daniel Joskovski, Bernardin Katic and Tomislav Bronzin. Conference was opened by Microsoft Croatia General Manager: Venesa Schütz that delivered inspired talk about our “Mobile Life” and it was followed by keynote speech “Windows Mobile 6.5”, delivered by Andreas Garantziotis, Mobile Solutions Manager at Microsoft.

Mobility Day Conference featured 18th sessions in 3 tracks: Business, Developers and ITPro and lasted one whole day. Some of the “other” experts included Sasa Juratovic (Program Manager in UC Customer Experience, Switzerland) and Dalibor Kukoleca (Senior Dev Lead OCG Media, Redmond, USA) that spoke about Mobile Office Communicator/Office Communication Server and Live Meeting Server. There was also excellent sessions delivered by Josip Medved (Siemens) (GEO location services) and Dragan Jelcic (Securly Deploying WM6.5) and Igor Pavlekovic (Exchange 2010 & WM6.5).

If you are familiar with Croatian language you can register even now and watch recoded session and download presentations (here) or read more (in English) about the conference here: http://www.mobilitydays.com

DevReach organized by Martin Kulov, MVP and supported by INETA!

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There is less than a few days left until the end of the early bird discount for DevReach, the fourth edition of the premier technical conference on Microsoft technologies in Central and Eastern Europe which will be held on the 12th and 13th October in Sofia.

All participants who register by 15th September on the official web site www.devreach.com will get a 20% discount from the conference pass and will enter the draw to win an Xbox360.

The fourth edition of the premier .NET developer event will gather industry renowned speakers such as Chris Sells, a Program Manager for the Business Platform Division in Microsoft and Luka Debeljak, Technical Lead in the regional HQ DPE team in Microsoft who will be keynote speakers at DevReach 2009. Some of the great industry experts speaking at the conference will be Christian Weyer, a Microsoft Regional Director; Kent Alstad, a Microsoft .NET MVP; Hadi Hariri, a book author and frequent contributor to developer publications, the INETA

Country Leader for Sweden Tiberiu Covaci, Richard Campbell and many others.

DevReach speakers are preparing sessions covering all of Microsoft’s latest technologies including Silverlight 3 and Oslo. The conference offers two days with four parallel tracks with over 45 sessions. Some of the sessions titles are: From iPhone to Azure by Kent Alstad, Maximizing ASP.NET Performance with Real AJAX by Todd Anglin, Patterns of Parallel Programming by Tiberiu Covaci, Deep Dive Into ASP.NET MVC by Hadi Hariri.

The DevReach conference gives the participants access to practical knowledge and an opportunity to make personal contact with experts in the .NET industry. Most of the guests are leaders in the .NET field as well as regular lectures at some of the major technical conferences held in the USA - TechEd, PDC, DevConnections.

DevReach is a joint initiative of Telerik and Martin Kulov from кulov.net. The event is organized with the support of Microsoft Bulgaria and the International .NET Association (INETA). Media partners of DevReach 2009 are asp.net PRO magazine (USA), SD Times magazine (USA), as well as .NET magazine (Bulgaria). A technical sponsor of the conference is Stealtech Computers.

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  2. Tomislav Bronzin
    Vice president Community Activities INETA Europe
    Tomislav.Bronzin@ineta-europe.org