Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Announcing our First Keynote: Digital Marketing and Technology Visionary, Miguel Carrasco!

We have our first keynote address scheduled for the conference, and its going to be fantastic! Digital Marketing and Technology visionary Miguel Carrasco (Director of Imaginet Interactive and a Microsoft MVP) will open the inaugural Winnipeg Prairie Developer Conference! Here’s his keynote abstract:

The world is changing. Forget traditional desktop, laptops, or even the iPad. The way we interact with computers is about to change in a radical way. In order to appreciate and understand the future, we first need to understand the past.  Miguel will take attendees on a ride through "The Evolution of User Interfaces" and provide insight on where we were, where we are today, and what the future holds.  Learn what the experts are describing as "the most dramatic shift our industry has ever seen".  The future is only limited by what we can imagine in our minds.

About Miguel:

Miguel is a passionate speaker and brings a unique perspective and incredible ideas to everything he does.  Miguel is unique in our field because he combines deep technical understanding, real world experience, and an incredible marketing and creative awareness. When Microsoft needed to explain the importance of user experience design to companies around the world, they brought in Miguel to present at Internet Week in New York. In 2008 Miguel was named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional.

Miguel speaks frequently across Canada and North America from topics ranging from User Experience Design, Social Media, and Technology. A community leader, Miguel is passionate about creating a world-renowned marketing and technology community in central Canada.

Miguel has always pushed the envelope and challenged traditional thinking in the technology industry, and his message will resonate with attendees at Winnipeg’s first Prairie Developer Conference!


Announcing Rob Windsor’s Developer Guide to SharePoint 2010 Workshop!

I’m thrilled to announce our first Prairie Dev Con Winnipeg workshop!
Rob Windsor – Microsoft MVP, Conference Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, and Developer Evangelist for Sharepoint at Allin Consulting – will be doing a full day SharePoint 2010 workshop on Wednesday November 23rd! Here’s the abstract:

Developer's Guide to SharePoint 2010

This session is a day-long overview of development on the SharePoint 2010 platform. It is designed for those new to SharePoint, but will prove interesting to seasoned SharePoint developers looking to find out about the new features in 2010. We will begin with a look at foundational topics like Feature and Solutions Packages and then see how we can use the developer tooling in Visual Studio 2010 to quickly and effectively build customizations contained in these artifacts. Over the course of the day we will explore the SharePoint developer APIs, how to build custom web parts, working with SharePoint lists and libraries, and options to access data stored in SharePoint.

As always, Prairie Dev Con is about good value to attendees, so you can add this workshop to your Prairie Dev Con registration for only $200, or register just for the workshop for $300. We will be providing breakfast, lunch, and snacks for workshop attendees!

Keep watching this blog, our website (, and our twitter account (@prairiedevcon) for more announcements in the coming weeks!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Microsoft TechDays is the Prairie Dev Con Diamond Sponsor!

We’re thrilled to have Microsoft’s TechDays as our Diamond sponsor for Prairie Dev Con Winnipeg!

Microsoft has been a great supporter of the developer community across Canada. Although TechDays has a reduced city tour, they still want to support local developer community events like Prairie Dev Con and are stepping up in a huge way!

TechDays will be providing us Microsoft technology experts presenting content from the live TechDays events, so you’ll still see great technical sessions from Microsoft themselves at the conference!

We’ll also be posting other sessions to the website over the next few weeks as we confirm speakers, so watch this blog and our Twitter account for updates!

You can also drop us an email at to get news and updates on the conference as we make it available.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

PrDC Winnipeg Pricing,Call For Speakers,Call For Sponsors, Stay In The Loop!

Prairie Developer Conference is coming to Winnipeg this November 21st and 22nd! This two day technical conference will feature 2 keynotes, 40 sessions, post-conference workshops, fantastic food, a great venue, and fun surprises!

Pricing for the Winnipeg Event is Posted!
Register before August 30th to take advantage of our early bird price of $349.99! If you register a group of 3 or more, you get an additional $50 off each registration!

We’ll be opening up registration in early August, but check out the full pricing guide on our website here.

Call for Speakers is Open!
We’re looking for great technical speakers to present at the November conference! Local speakers are asked to present one session, while out of town speakers are asked to present two. All technologies and subjects can be submitted, and we’ll post the accepted sessions in early August. You can get our speaker submission form which contains all the information you need by clicking here.

Looking for Sponsors!
We have fantastic sponsorship packages available for organizations that want to get exposure to Winnipeg’s technology community! We offer different levels and various price points. If you’re interested in sponsoring, please check out our sponsor guide by clicking here.

Want to Stay in the Loop?
Would you like to get alerts about the conference? Just drop an email to and we’ll make sure to email you as announcements are made!



Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Announcing Prairie Dev Con Winnipeg this November!

Microsoft recently announced that TechDays would only be held in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver this year, leaving Winnipeg without a November/December event. However I'm thrilled to announce that we'll be holding a Prairie Developer Conference two-day event November 21st and 22nd!

This will be two days of fantastic technical sessions, with two industry keynotes, amazing food, and some great surprises and prizes, all with the value and quality you've come to expect from Prairie Developer Conference!

If you're interested in speaking, interested in attending, or interested in sponsoring, please fire me an email at

Watch for updates on our website in the coming weeks, and follow us on Twitter (@prairiedevcon) and watch this blog for more updates!



Friday, July 8, 2011