Monday, December 12, 2011

Tek-Pub, Agile Workshop Added, and TechDays Content!

Free 10-Day TekPub Subscription for First 100 Registrants

Our friends at TekPub have provided us with 10-Day subscriptions for the first 100 registrants to the conference! If you’re not familiar with TekPub, it’s an online learning portal with fantastic screen-casts put together by leading technical experts like Rob Conery, Roy Osherove, Ayende Rahien, and others, and covering .NET, Ruby, Mobile, and other topics! Make sure to register today to claim your subscription!

For more information on TekPub, visit:

We also blogged about this, so check out the post here for more info:

New Workshop Added – Planning and Initiating an Agile Project with Steve Rogalsky

We’re thrilled to add a third pre-conference workshop, and that Agile expert Steve Rogalsky will be on hand to deliver it! Steve has been speaking and leading similar workshops on Agile, and has emerged as one of the go-to experts on Agile software development in Canada. If you’re interested in Agile and want a greater understanding of running Agile projects, this is a must-attend workshop! You can check out the abstract on our workshop page on the conference site:

We also blogged about this, so check out the post here for more info:

TechDays Content and Community Events

You may have noticed that Microsoft’s TechDays is now featured as our diamond sponsor on the website! Not only are we appreciative of the support from Microsoft, but TechDays will also be bringing 30 IT Pro and Developer sessions from the recent TechDays events to Prairie Dev Con West! We’re also finalizing details for Community IT Pro, Azure, and Dev Camps to occur around the conference, so stay tuned for more announcements in early January!

We also blogged about this, so check out the post here for more info:

Early Bird Pricing Ends in Less Than 3 Weeks!

Just a reminder that our $499.99 early bird pricing ends December 31st! Also, groups of 3 or more get an additional $50 off each registration! Register today!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

First 100 Registrations Get a Free 10 Day TekPub Subscription


Thanks to our generous friends at TekPub, the first 100 registrants to the Prairie Developer Conference West will receive a complimentary 10 day subscription to TekPub’s content!

TekPub is the creation of Rob Conery and James Avery. They offer web-based learning videos covering a wide variety of topics that span Microsoft, Ruby, Open Source, Linux, Best Practices, and more…it’s a treasure trove of technology learning riches available through their site at very affordable costs!

So check out TekPub today, and make sure to register for Prairie Developer Conference West early to take advantage of the 10 day subscription offer and our early bird pricing!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Microsoft TechDays our Diamond Sponsor, Bringing 30 Sessions and Community Events!

The Prairie Developer Conference West is thrilled to have Microsoft TechDays be our Diamond sponsor! Microsoft has been a huge supporter of the conference since its inception, and they’re bringing a TechDays flair to the conference in some great ways:

  • 30 TechDays sessions covering IT Pro and Developer topics!
  • Pre-conference events such as an IT Pro Camp and an Azure Camp!
  • Dev Camp evening event!

Watch for the TechDays sessions and information on the community camp events to be posted in early January, but register today to take advantage of our early bird pricing and be one of the first 100 registrants and receive a *FREE* TekPub 10 day subscription!

And thanks again to Microsoft and TechDays for their continued support!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Workshop Added - Planning and Initiating an Agile Project with Steve Rogalsky

We've added another workshop to the list of pre-conference workshops, and its a great one! Emerging as a leader in the Canadian agile community, Steve Rogalsky will be doing a full day on planning and initiating an Agile project!

Steve has years of practical experience leading Agile teams and is a regular speaker at conferences and user groups. Steve ran a similar workshop at Prairie Dev Con Regina that received great reviews, so if you're looking to get a jump start on how to use Agile technologies on your projects this is the workshop for you!

Check out the workshop section of the site for the full description of what's covered!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Prairie Dev Con West–Sessions Announced, Registration Open!

I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve posted sessions and speakers on our site, and opened registration for Prairie Developer Conference West!

Three Days of Fantastic Sessions!

Prairie Dev Con West happens March 13 – 15, and will be three days of software development, IT Pro, and Agile sessions delivered by world class speakers and experts in the technical industry! We’ve currently posted 45 of the 72 sessions we’ll be providing, so check out what’s on the site and check back over the next few weeks as we fill out the session list!

Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell’s .NET Rocks Show LIVE at Prairie Dev Con!

We’re excited to have Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell attend the conference! They’ll be presenting sessions, but also doing an episode of their .NET Rocks internet show live from the conference! For more info, visit:

Pre Conference Workshops!

We have two pre-conference workshops happening on Monday, March 12th! Dylan Smith will be doing a full day on “Creating Powerful Build and Deploy Processes with TFS Build” and Bil Simser will be doing “Windows Phone 7 Developer Workshop”! Both of these guys are respected experts in their field and we’re very proud to be able to offer these workshops.

Attending either workshop is $399.99, but you can get 50% off if you bundle a workshop with a conference registration!

Early Bird Pricing!

Registration is now open! For the month of December you can register at our early bird price of $499.99, which is $300 off the regular price! Also, groups of 3 or more get an additional $50 off each registration!

You can register online or request an invoice. For more information, visit our registration page:

Hotel and Venue!

The conference will be held at the TELUS Convention Centre, and the official conference hotel is the Calgary Marriott right next door! We have a limited number of hotel rooms at a conference rate of $209.00 a night, so book your hotel accommodations early! Call 1-800-896-6878 and mention Prairie Developer Conference when booking. More venue information can be found here:

Keep In Touch!

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments! There’s many ways to connect with the conference and receive announcements/updates:

Twitter: (We’re also using #PrDCWest as the conference hashtag)



Join us!

Prairie Dev Con West will be *the* technology event to attend in Alberta in 2012! In addition to the three days of fantastic sessions by amazing speakers, there are a number of community events being planned the week of the conference! You’ll definitely want to be in Calgary this March to be part of it!


D’Arcy Lussier

Prairie Developer Conference