Microsoft Ignite New Zealand Keynote
Four titans of tech cut the rope on Ignite NZ 2015 at the Kick-Off event on Tuesday 1 September. Their massive stage presence was microscopic against the monumental footprint they’ve each left on the industry. The event was opened by ‘the most all-in person you’ll ever meet’: Distinguished Engineer, Laura Butler. Laura has unique way of sharing stories and leading teams. Her keynote offers a glimpse into the unique mind and experiences of a hugely successful career at Microsoft, beginning as an intern on Windows 1.0. Following Laura, James Staten shared customer and partner Azure stories from his perspective as General Manager, Cloud + Enterprise Division – Strategy Business Director. The keynote continued on a high with Pixar/Disney’s Business Director, Chris Ford, sharing the immense power of Microsoft Azure to deal with trillions of pixels at a click’s whim. This was followed by Dave Fellows and a demonstration of RenderMan working with the immense power of Azure Batch. Finally, the Ignite NZ 2015 crowd were introduced to Cortana, Windows Hello and Corporate Vice President of PC, Tablet and Phone, Joe Belfiore. Hear from their stories and their passion for the future of tech right here. Enjoy!