Ann Arbor Install Fest – meet Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012

The Install Fest will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan

It’s been an exciting month for Microsoft devs, with the Windows 8/Visual Studio 2012 launch happening, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by it all you wouldn’t be the only one. In aid of this ‘where the *&(% do I start’ conundrum, the Ann Arbor .NET Developer’s Group are hosting a Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 Install Fest in November 2012, and Mindscape are on board as a sponsor. So, if you’re a Microsoft dev in the Michigan area and you want to install Windows 8 and/or Visual Studio 2012 with some other devs (and perhaps get or share advice on developing your Windows 8 apps), then the Install Fest is for you.

The event allows developers to bring their laptops along and get experienced help with installing Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, and other development tools (e.g Metro Elements – WinRT controls for Windows 8 Development). If it’s help you need with developing your apps, there’ll also be experts bursting with the need to share their knowledge, so you can be on the road to making killer Win8 apps.

As well as all this help with getting up to speed on developing for Windows 8 with Visual Studio, attendees go in the draw to win a Microsoft Surface – but you’ve got to register to be in to win! The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 in Ann Arbor – Michigan.

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Seattle GiveCamp – coding for charity

You may, or may not be familiar with the notion of a GiveCamp, but you can get the general gist from the name alone – it’s about tech enthusiasts giving up their time to help charities with the tricky software stuff that is essential to the running of their organisation.

Seattle GiveCamp in particular is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. The 3rd annual Seattle GiveCamp will be held on Oct 19-21 this year at the Microsoft Commons, Redmond, Washington.

Now, what do you get if you chuck a bunch of developers together, coding day and night for three straight days? A pretty huge pizza and caffeine requirement for one thing! So Mindscape have jumped on board as a food sponsor for Seattle GiveCamp, so that the volunteers can focus on their code – and not their stomachs. We’re also donating Mindscape Mega Packs as spot prizes for a bit of fun – it’s the least we can do for such a great cause.

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We’re Sponsoring SoCal Code Camp!

The SoCal dev community have been hard at work organizing a two day Code Camp in October – and it’s free, all you need to do is register.

SoCal Code Camp is an exciting opportunity for local community members to share their knowledge with their peers – whether a seasoned presenter or a first timer, community members of all walks of tech life will be speaking on their choice of topic – with 148 sessions planned.

There are a bunch of awesome prizes to be won (e.g. Mindscape Mega Packs), not to mention great people, geek dinners and a band – so if you’re in the area you really should get yourself along to this party for geeks – otherwise you can follow the action on twitter.


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We’re sponsoring Auckland Code Camp

Auckland Code Camp 2012

On Sunday the 9th September, the good people at New Zealand Microsoft Communities are hosting a conference for geeks from near and far to attend, and we’re stoked to be a sponsor of the event.

This years Code Camp has some great tracks, speakers and prizes in store with sessions for developers to IT professionals – plus a special focus on the Visual Studio 2012 launch.

The event, which is held at the University of Auckland Business School, is completely free of charge, so is well worth attending even if you are travelling from afar.

Register for an informative day of code talk, and the chance to win some awesome Mindscape prizes.

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We’re sponsoring Houston Techfest 2012!

Houston Tech Fest 2012

We are excited to be sponsoring the Houston Techfest this year, being held on September 8 at the Reliant Centre.

The organizers have an amazing agenda lined up this year with 84 sessions planned. You will also find some of the best speakers in the industry there to share their expertise and entertain the masses.

As well as 14 sessions planned for .NET, there’s topics for every tech lover ranging from Windows 8 + Metro, Cloud Computing and Agile, to Web, IT Management, SQL and more.

Attendees will have a chance to win some great products from Mindscape and there’s a plethora of other prizes for attendees. If you can make it to Houston this September you can register for free, and get ready for an amazing day of tech!

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