Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Want Just a Workshop?

While Prairie Dev Con – West is going to be a fantastic professional development opportunity, we understand some people can only get away for a day. Our workshops on Monday, March 12th are fantastic deep dives into Windows Phone 7 development, Team Foundation Server, and running Agile Projects!

You can now register for just a workshop for the discounted price of $299.99! Breakfast and lunch are also provided!

For more information on our workshops, visit the workshop page on our website:

And to register for any of the workshops visit

Friday, February 17, 2012

Announcing Prairie Dev Con Regina, Oct 1–2 2012!

We’re coming home! In October of 2012 Prairie Dev Con returns to where it all began: Regina, Saskatchewan!

And while we’re over seven months away, we’re already starting to plan for the event – and we need your help to make it the best Prairie Dev Con ever!

We’ve set up a *very* short survey asking what topics and workshops you’d like to see at the conference. We’ll also be drawing from survey submissions on May 1st for a free registration to the conference!

Just visit our online survey here to fill it out, that simple!

We’ll have more information on the Regina event in the coming months.



Monday, February 13, 2012

AzureCamp Announced for Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con West!

Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con West is all about providing as much value as possible to attendees, and we’re thrilled to announce another event associated with the conference!

On Monday, March 12th Microsoft will be hosting an AzureCamp. This is a day-long workshop showing you what Azure and developing for the Cloud is all about. Also – it’s FREE! That’s right, whether you attend the conference or not, you can come to this fantastic day long workshop and not pay a penny. Microsoft is even covering breakfast and lunch!

We only have 40 spots available! So head over to the registration page for the event to get all the information about venue, time, and prerequisites (very important, this is a hands-on coding workshop – you’ll need to bring your laptop).

And of course, register for Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con West today to take advantage of our February discounted price!

AzureFest Registration Link:

Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con Link:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Re-Branding–Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con West!

We’ve heard that some IT Pros weren’t aware that we had IT Pro content, which is entirely our fault – why would virtualization or System Center sessions show up at a “Developer” conference?

So to try and alleviate the confusion, we’re doing a slight re-branding for the March conference to…


Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con West!

We’ve got IT Pro-themed sessions covering virtualization, Microsoft System Center, cloud, Lync, SharePoint, SQL Server, and more!

Plus, attending the conference will get you a free pass to one of the IT Virtualization workshops being held on Monday March 12th!

Don’t miss this opportunity to get up to speed on what Microsoft is doing within the IT Pro space! Register today for Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con West!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Announcing our Keynote Speaker–Chris Moore, CIO, City of Edmonton!

We are beyond thrilled to have Chris Moore, City of Edmonton CIO, as our keynote speaker for Prairie Dev Con – West! Chris is a huge proponent of open government, and will be sharing how the City of Edmonton leverages technology to increase transparency with its citizens. Don’t miss seeing Chris on Tuesday, March 13th as he kicks off the conference! Below is his keynote abstract and bio.

Opening Up Government

As technology becomes more pervasive, residents expectations are changing in terms of how we deliver and provide services to them. Over the past several years, Edmonton has become a national and global leader in the use of social media,  open data, and other open tools. We now need to look beyond using these tools and determine how we can work as one government to most effectively meet residents needs through the proper application of open government technology. 

About Chris

chrismooreChris Moore is the Chief Information Officer at the City of Edmonton. Through this position, Chris provides vision and leadership of the City’s information and technology direction. He continues to partnered with local and global organizations to foster Edmonton’s role as a technology leader. In addition to being a founding member of the World eGovernments Organization, Chris has spoken to audiences all over the world about his experience and ideas for technology in government. Chris has fulfillment and freedom in his work and as a leader desires to see those around him attain fulfillment and freedom as well. Chris has been described as transformational, innovative, disruptive and refreshing.  He is an advocate of an Open Ecosystem, Open Gov and Open Data. He desires to see his team embrace innovation, pursuing the possible and building the future together.