Registering for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

imageIf you’re planning to attend the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012, in Toronto from 8 to 12 July, here’s a few need-to-know things:

  • Early bird registration offers, which save you $300 on conference tickets, end on 5th April
  • There will be a pre-day and a post-day for Education Partners (8 & 13th July) – more details tomorrow
  • There are specific activities lined up for Australian partners, including networking evenings, and a trip to Niagara Falls
  • There will be quite a few colleagues from the worldwide Microsoft Education team there – if you want to meet up with anybody about a specific education topic, let me know well in advance so I can grab a spot in the diary of the right person
    Topics you might what to meet up with people on are:
      • Cloud strategy in education – what’s been learnt in the rest of the world from education cloud projects
      • The integration of Learning Management Systems with SharePoint, [email protected] and Office 365
      • Case studies of CRM in education around the US
      • How other education systems around the world are using data analytics in education
  • The guest speaker is Deepak Chopra, who wrote The Soul of Leadership, one of the Wall Street Journal’s top 5 business titles in 2012 (and also created Leela, a meditative game using Kinect on Xbox 360)
  • The nominated hotel for Australian delegates is the Renaissance Toronto (need-to-know if you want to either bump into lots of colleagues – or don’t Smile)
  • Monday is ‘Solutions’ day where the agenda will look at specific product streams, and Wednesday is ‘Industry Day’, where you can spend time looking at specific segments, like Education or Government


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