Microsoft Tech·Ed North America in Atlanta, May 15 – 19, 2011

Tech·Ed North America is coming up fast and GITCA is very much looking forward to being there and hopefully meet as many of you who are attending as possible. So please don’t forget to call by and chat with us in the Community Lounge area. This year we will have a large contingent of GITCA volunteers present. Most of the Executive Committee, the NorAm Board and some of the EMEA Board will be there. We will be running the ever popular Guitar Hero again this year and INETA will be running Xbox Connect. This year we will be working very closely with our colleagues from INETA and PASS.

The deadline for submitting Birds-Of-a- Feather [BOF] sessions has now passed. This year there will be no voting on BOF sessions. The sessions will be chosen by the volunteer organizing teams from GITCA and INETA. BOF sessions are open discussions on developer and IT pro topics of interest to Tech·Ed attendees. The BOF sessions have now been posted to the TechEd site and you can add them to your scheduler. Like last year there will be one session focused on community where GITCA, INETA and PASS will be in attendance. Please don’t miss it. It is an opportunity to share and give feedback to all of the community organizations. We know that we are far from perfect and constructive feedback can only help us. There is something new this year for BOF which we are quite excited about. Since the whole principle behind BOF is sharing why not make some of the sessions available live outside of TechEd so that those who cannot attend in person can take part? When we have more details we will let you know how.

Our INETA colleagues are organizing a free User Group summit on Sunday, May 15th at 1pm. You can find out more information at GITCA and PASS will be at the event as well. We hope to see you there. There will be a number of useful and interesting discussions around community matters. You must register to attend and your entrance ticket will also get you into the evening social event.

Speaking of social events, there will be a community party on the Tuesday evening held in a section of the cafeteria. There will be the usual pizza and some beer to wash it down. It is open format where you are encouraged to network and share knowledge and experience with your community colleagues. We hope to see you there.