ConFoo 2015 Wrap-up

My trip to ConFoo 2015 is now over and the experience was awesome.

This was my first visit to ConFoo in Montreal and it was my first speaking engagement there also. There were over 600 software professionals at the event and while I was there I was able to present my talks on Universal Apps and Application Insights. The slide decks for both talks can be found on my SlideShare profile.

Most talks were in English but many were also in French which makes the conference unique in North America.

I also got to see some excellent talks by:

  • Julia Ouellette (@jooliah) – Prototyping: Beyond the Wireframe
  • Guy Barrette (@GuyBarrette) – Native Cross-Platform Mobile Development with Xamarin
  • Jeremy Cook (@JCook21) – Beyond MVC: from Model to Domain
  • Christian Wenz (@chwenz) – Web Application Security: Lessons Learned
  • Pascal Laurin (@plaurin78) – Behaviour Driven Development with SpecFlow
  • Mario Cardinal (@mario_cardinal) – A Personal Perspective on Architecting Mobile Applications
  • Mike Wood (@mikewo) – Being Efficient with Azure Automation

I have followed many of these people on Twitter for some time so it was nice to finally meet them in person. Especially people like Guy, Pascal and Mario who are voices for Microsoft in the Montreal developer community.

However, I feel the main point of going to conferences is to meet and network with people that you would not interact with in other circumstances. I met Stephanie Evans (@HMSEvans) and Koffi Alain Sessi (@aksessi) from Pluralsight, as well as speakers Martin Gontovnikas (@mgonto) from Argentina, Andrea Giuliano (@bit_shark) from Italy, Chris Cornutt (@enygma) from Texas, Ben Ramsey (@ramsey) from Nashville, and Jordan Kasper (@jakerella) from D.C.

There were also experiences I would have not had either – like visiting Dieu du Ciel for craft beer and swimming in the outdoor heated pool in -27 C (with wind chill) weather (where your face and hair freezes but your body is warm).

ConFoo 2016 will be from Feb 22-26. Follow them on Twitter (@confooca) and check their site regularly for updates throughout the year. And when tickets are released get yours to this world-class conference. You will not be disappointed.

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Speaking at ConFoo 2015

I am super excited to announce that I have been accepted as a speaker for ConFoo 2015 in Montreal this February. This is a major conference that attracts presenters and attendees from across North America and Europe.

ConFoo bills itself as a “multi-technology conference for web developers.” This is a motto they live up to as they will be covering 150 diverse topics in just three days.

This is the first time that I applied to speak and fortunately two of my submissions were accepted. My first session is entitled An introduction to Universal Windows Apps. The second is on Building high-performance software with Application Insights. Both are relatively new technologies so I’m hoping that there will be high interest among attendees.

And, since I am a speaker, I can now flash this badge on my website:

ConFoo. February 18 - February 20, 2015 | Montreal, Canada

If you are planning to attend what should be an amazing ConFoo, then please feel free to introduce yourself in the comments section below or at the conference. I look forward to speaking with you.

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