Melissa Bathum and I just spent most of the day at the production studio where we will be bringing Microsoft Insights to you LIVE on October 29, 2013. We're very excited to see all the pieces of the event plan come together, so I wanted to sit down and write a quick note to tell you more. For those blog readers who don't know her yet, Melissa is our Events Manager. Many of you have met her at Certification Central during events such as TechEd. Although our team cannot be at every conference to meet everyone, we want to hear from you and help answer your questions about training, certifications jobs and career development more often. That's why online events such as Insights are becoming more important for you and for us.
During our last online event "Certified Career Day" in March, we discussed the opportunities cloud technologies are creating, and the gaps employers are seeing in training and experience. This time, during Insights 2013, we are zooming in tighter on these topics. We are extending that conversation into specific technology and career paths, the earning and growth potentials for each path, and how the picture differs from one region of the world to another. To put it more frankly: why are so many tech jobs left unfilled? How much do they pay? What does someone, whether experienced or new to technology, need to do to acquire the most in-demand knowledge and skills? What about the age-old debate over college degrees vs. technical training?
Microsoft Insights will not be one of those webcasts that you just log in and sort of watch on your second (or third) monitor while working away. We have assembled a team to answer your questions in real time. Melissa and I will personally be watching your comments and getting them to the panelists for response and discussions. You can either interact with other attendees or our team within the virtual event platform, or talk to us via Twitter (follow @MSLearning). We will use the hashtag #MSInsights13.
Here's the day at a glance (all times PDT, GMT-7) so you can plan to tune in:
9:00am-10:00am PDTOur panel of experts (check them out) will reveal research data and share their perspectives on technology employment and earning trends.
10:10am-12:00pm PDTGet the story directly from those who have been working, learning and finding success. If you're a developer or need to hire one, you won't want to miss the interview with Jeremy Foster (Technical Evangelist | @codefoster) and Chris Gardner (Senior Software Engineer | @freestylecoder)!
Bonus: If you join us LIVE on the 29th, you'll be entered to win a certification exam pack, valued at US$450. There's still time so register now! See you on the 29th!
(Microsoft Insights event sweepstakes rules)
Who won the drawing? That was supposed to be announced her after the presentation.
Winners were notified via email after the event, and they need to confirm before we can post the list.