Welcome to Monday, our first official day of TechEd 2014, which begins with a Keynote Presentation by Microsoft's Brad Anderson. The TechExpo opens today, and we hope you'll join us for the TechExpo Welcome Reception tonight, 6:00pm – 8:30pm.
Just a reminder to please complete individual evaluations for the sessions you attend at TechEd. Evals can be found in the Content Catalog. TechEd will be donating $1 to a local Houston charitable organization for every attendee who completes an evaluation form at TechEd. Plus, you could win great prizes—like a Microsoft Xbox One or various gift cards.
Today's highlights are:
- TechEd Keynote Session: Brad Anderson, 9:00am – 10:30am, Hall B3 (Overflow in Rooms 310A, 320A, 330, 340, 350D, 360) Join Microsoft's Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server and System Center Program Management, for the TechEd North America 2014 Keynote. You won't want to miss it!
- TechExpo Partner Solutions and Microsoft Solutions Experience: 10:30am – 2:00pm, Halls CD The TechExpo opens today at 10:30am in Halls CD featuring Partner Solutions from TechEd sponsors and exhibitors, the Microsoft Solutions Experience, Resource Zone, and more! Check your Conference Guide for a TechExpo floor plan and listing of participants.
- Foundational Sessions: 11:00am – Noon Foundational Sessions are demo-heavy sessions which dive deeper into key themes presented during the keynote, providing practical solutions to solve technical and business issues your company faces today. Choose from six Foundational Sessions, delivered by Microsoft product experts, held 11:00am – Noon today.
- Platinum Partner Presentations: 11:45am – Noon and 12:15pm – 12:30pm, Digital Wall Our Platinum Partners take the stage for 15-minute interactive sessions at the Digital Wall today in Halls CD. Join us to learn about their innovative products and services!
- 11:45am – Noon: NetApp
- 12:15pm – 12:30pm: Cisco
- Speaker Idol: 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Digital WallJoin Microsoft Regional Director and host of .NET Rocks to see who will win this year's Speaker Idol Competition. Held at the Digital Wall in Halls CD, Speaker Idol contestants give a five-minute presentation for the audience and judges to compete for a speaking slot at TechEd 2015.
- Alumni Lounge: 10:30am – 6:00pm, Hall E The Alumni Lounge offers a space to work, relax, and network—for TechEd and MMS Alumni only.
- Community Outreach: 10:30am – 6:00pm, Hall Help us make a difference in the local community. Visit the TechEd Commons in Hall E where you can participate by helping assemble much-needed supply packs for MD Anderson (Houston's premier Cancer Center) and local homeless shelters—as well as other hands-on activities. Any amount of time you spend helping will be rewarding and appreciated!
- Channel 9 Live at TechEd: See Session Schedule for details. The Channel 9 team is broadcasting live and unscripted from the TechExpo in Halls CD. Hosts will speak to executives, engineers, session presenters, internet celebrities and industry luminaries, as well as attendees. Be part of the conversation in-person or online via Twitter. Reference @ch9live in your tweet and the Channel 9 host may ask your question live on the air.
- TechExpo Welcome Reception: 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Halls CD. Join Microsoft product team members, partners, and your fellow attendees at the TechExpo Welcome Reception. Explore the latest products and technologies from TechEd sponsors and exhibitors, meet with Microsoft product groups, and enjoy great food and drinks with the community.
Reminders for Tuesday, May 13:
- Networking Night: Ask The Experts and Meet & Geek: 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Halls AB
- Jam Sessions: 9:00pm – 1:00am, House of Blues® Houston
Tell us what your TechEd highlights are from today by sending a tweet to @TechEd_NA with hashtag #msTechEd!