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 Featured Speakers

Bob Gowdy, Microsoft Enterprise Strategy Executive, MicrosoftChris Koenig, Developer Evangelist, MicrosoftKevin Walsh, Principal Consultant, Microsoft
Michael Dereszynski, Principal Consultant, Microsoft Certified Architect for Solutions, Professional Architect with IASA, MicrosoftRob Tennyson, Application Development Manager, MicrosoftRod Fournier, Senior Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft
David Walker, Senior Application Development Manager (ADM), MicrosoftJay Smith, PMO Architect and Evangelist, Microsoft MVP, Tyson Foods, Inc.Rob Vettor, Application Architect and Technical Lead, Microsoft C# MVP, SolArc
Tom DuPont, Vice President, CodeSmith Tools, LLCRandy Walker, INETA Membership Mentor, Microsoft MVP, Owner, Harvest I.T.Tim Rayburn, Microsoft MVP - Connected Systems, Principal Consultant, Improving Enterprises
Brian Sullivan, Application Developer, Falcon Applications, LLCChris Conley, CEO, C Solutions, Inc.Corey Roth, Enterprise Consultant, Stonebridge
Dennis Bottjer, Solutions Architect / Consultant, Bank of AmericaDevlin Liles, Senior Consultant, Improving EnterprisesJP Jones, Creative Director, Designer, Author, Teacher, Owner of Paige1Publishing, Co-Owner of Collipsis Web Solutions, LLC.
JP Thompson, Senior Technical Expert, WalmartMichael Perry, Solutions Architect, AmerisourceBergenSarah Daigle Scott, @TechTeacherGirl, Sass Interactive
Todd Stone, Senior Software Developer, HBS SystemsFaiz Farazi, Microsoft SQL Server Support Engineer, Tyson Foods, Inc.Michael Smith, Channel Manager, Faronics

 NWA TechFest 2011 - Agenda


8:00 am - Check-In begins

9:00 am - Break-out Sessions (See details below)

10:30 am - Break-out Sessions (See details below)

12:00 pm - Lunch - Sponsored by ... TEK Systems!

1:00 pm - Break-out Sessions (See details below)

2:30 am - Break-out Sessions (See details below)

4:00 pm - Break-out Sessions (See details below)

5:30 pm(ish) - Grand Prizes (As many as possible will be given throughout the day.)

 Break-Out Sessions

March 25th
March 25th - 9:00 AM
March 25th
March 25th - 10:30 AM
March 25th
March 25th - 1:00 PM
March 25th
March 25th - 2:30 PM
March 25th
March 25th - 4:00 PM
Windows Phone 7 powered by Azure!
Chris Koenig
What Does the Cloud Mean for the IT Professional?
Rod Fournier
Office 365! SharePoint in the Cloud!
Corey Roth
Cloud - the new App Dev Platform
Kevin Walsh
Attack of the Cloud
Tom DuPont
Silverlight Data Binding - from the simple to the sublime
Kevin Walsh
Windows Phone 7 Performance Tips
Chris Koenig
Hands-on MVVM
Michael Perry
Data Binding without INotifyPropertyChanged
Michael Perry
Intro to SketchFlow
Kevin Walsh
The Creamy Goodness of Nuget!
Jay Smith
Ditch the Designer: Building a More Maintainable Model with the Entity Framework Code-First API
Brian Sullivan
MEF IT UP! With the Managed Extensibility Framework!
David Walker
Tim Rayburn
jQuery Mobile - Build Web Apps for Smartphones & Tablets
Todd Stone
Best Practices in Securing Endpoints and Reducing IT Costs
Michael Smith
Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
Brian Seymour
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Overview
Rod Fournier
System Center Operations Manager
Brian Seymour
Windows and Active Directory Best Practices
Rod Fournier
Code Generation
Tom DuPont
Objects first?! Database first!
Randy Walker
Microsoft SQL Server Administration
Faiz Farazi
Evolutionary Database Design with Fluent Migrator
Brian Sullivan
Introduction Document Databases with RavenDB
Tim Rayburn
Real World SharePoint 2010 Installation Lessons
Dennis Bottjer
Instant ECM with SharePoint 2010
Corey Roth
Building situational apps with jQuery and SharePoint
JP Thompson
How SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services could change your life
Corey Roth
SharePoint ECM: Where Are My Documents?
Dennis Bottjer
Effective Multithreading
Devlin Liles
Practical Test Driven Development
Tim Rayburn
LINQ and Extension Methods
Rob Tennyson
Hands-On Session: Hands-On LINQ
Rob Vettor
Hands-On Session: Hands-On Delegates
Rob Vettor
Selling the Value of Enterprise Architecture to the CxO
Michael Dereszynski
How to gain a seat at the strategy table and what do when you get there
Bob Gowdy
Hands-On Session: Hands-On Design Patterns
Rob Vettor
Entity Framework and Architectural concerns
Devlin Liles
The CAP Theorem and its Consequences
Michael Perry
Wordpress 3.0 - Intro ++
Sarah Daigle Scott
Cover Your Butt: Contracts and Clients
JP Jones
Photoshop Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts
Gae Hill
Email Campaigns: From Start to Finish
JP Jones
More Photoshop Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts!
Gae Hill
Tips and Tricks of Managing Projects
Randy Walker
Introduction to Agile Software Development
Jay Smith
Using Embedded QA to Build Rock-Solid Software
Tom DuPont
Estimate Your Requirements with Planning Poker
Jay Smith
How To Be A Software Consulting Entrepreneur
Chris Conley

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