TechEd Roundtable discussion reveals the key benefits of attending TechEd

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"Networking, networking, networking." That was the meme we heard loud and clear at the TechEd 2014 Roundtable discussion held in Houston on December 4.

We invited 10 active TechEd and Infrastructure Management community members to Houston to get a behind-the-scenes look at how we plan TechEd. Together, we walked through our early planning for the layout of TechEd in the George R. Brown Convention Center. We discussed the key highlights of the event and asked for feedback on each item, eager to hear insights from our customers, partners, and staff that will help us build a great event experience for everyone in 2014.

Roundtable participants talked over their varied likes, dislikes, and insights on discussion topics covering Pre-Conference Seminars, Keynotes, Foundational Sessions, Breakouts, TechExpo Welcome Reception, Jam Sessions, Closing Party, Forums, Alumni Lounge, and Community Outreach.

Finally, we asked them to share the one thing that, for each of them, can't be missed at TechEd. Here's what they had to say:

  • "TechEd is the most important week of my year. It's a unique opportunity to build my skills and help the people I support at work." – Michael B., College Instructor, Founder of the Krewe

  • "Networking through community meet ups." – Gary, Technical Strategist

  • "The Women in Technology Luncheon. The topics are relevant for both men and women." – Heather, Manager, IT Training

  • "There are so many things that make TechEd great. Instructor-led labs and hands-on lab sessions are a highlight. The chance to sit down and touch something and pull something tangible out of TechEd." – Ed, MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer – Regional Lead

  • "Networking. The wow factor of the keynote. Product teams are helpful with unresolved questions." – Harjit, Systems Administrator

  • "Talking with Microsoft product teams. Getting practical answers. The ability to give and receive feedback – to learn why it does what it does." – Michael C., Windows Azure MVP, Microsoft Architect

  • "One of Mark Russinovich's sessions. I love to see the reaction to what he presents. This often becomes a core topic for trainers to deliver." – Tiffany, Director of Business Development

  • "The unexpected informal conversations. They are invaluable." – Kirk, Microsoft MVP, Technical Product Manager

  • "I try to bring 3-4 questions with me to the event and I find I get practical answers from Microsoft." – Scott, Networking & Operations Manager

We're grateful to have had the opportunity to hear what our community expect of and take away from Microsoft events. TechEd North America 2014 is your best source for deep technical education and the latest news, trends, and resources that make you an expert in your field and prepare you for tomorrow's innovations. Two powerful communities will have the rich experience they expect, plus the opportunity to interact with technology professionals in both structured and informal settings.

Thank you to all of the Roundtable participants for taking part in this amazing discussion! We'll be posting more results of the Roundtable on our Facebook page, so watch for more insights and videos coming soon.

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