Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Attendee Update Email–Oct 30th

Hello Attendees!

With only a few days left before the conference, I wanted to touch base again and highlight a few important items!

Conference Schedule

The conference schedule is posted! You can view it at:

We’ll have copies of the schedule available at the conference for you.

Attendee Survey

Please take a quick second to answer our attendee survey, especially if you have any food preferences/allergies that we need to know about!

You can get to the survey by clicking here!

Venue and Parking

The conference will be at the lower level of the Park Town Hotel, with registration outside the Oak room.

Note that the venue charges for parking on their lot.

Session Specific Information – Android Workshop and Usability Testing

For those attending the “Getting Started with Android Development” hands on lab, please be advised that you must bring your own laptop to develop on. Also, please install Android Studio (its free) before the session. You can get it from:

For those attending the “Instant Gratification Usability Testing” clinic, we’re looking for some volunteers to offer up their own websites for review! Please send an email if you’re interested to

Attendee Contest  - Win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card

We're running a contest with our friends at Microsoft for attendees only! Entering the contest is easy, click here to head over to our blog to read all the details!


Thank you for being part of our first Prairie Dev Con in Saskatoon! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me at


D'Arcy Lussier
Prairie Dev Con

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

PrDC Saskatoon Attendee Contest

We’re running a contest for attendees of Prairie Dev Con Saskatoon with a $100 Best Buy Gift Card as the prize! Entering the contest is super easy, here’s how!

Step 1 – Register for The Developer Movement

The Developer Movement is a program put on by Microsoft where developers can earn great prizes for…well…developing!

Registering for The Developer Movement is your first step towards winning a conference pass! Simply visit and sign up to receive the latest updates!

Step 2 – Watch Two Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses

Once you’ve registered with The Developer Movement, head on over to the Microsoft Virtual Academy -! MVA is an ever-growing collection of online training sessions in various Microsoft technologies – and its entirely free!

So your second step is to register for the Microsoft Virtual Academy (make sure to use the same email address you used to register for The Developer Movement) and watch two of the following courses:

C# Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners
Programming in C# Jump Start

Windows 8
Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start
Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C# Jump Start
Advanced Windows Store App Development using C# Jump Start
XAML Deep Dive for Windows & Windows Phone Apps Jump Start
Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start
Advanced Windows Store App Development with HTML5 Jump Start
Building Windows Store Apps for iOS Developers Jump Start

Windows Phone
Windows Phone 8 Development for Absolute Beginners
Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start
Build Apps for Both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Jump Start

Visual Studio/ALM
Applying ALM with Visual Studio 2012 Jump Start
Administering Visual Studio TFS 2012 Jump Start
Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012 Jump Start

HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners
Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start
Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start

Building Business Apps with Visual Studio Lightswitch

Step 3 – Email Prairie Dev Con That You Completed Steps 1 & 2!

Once you’ve registered for The Developer Movement and you’ve watched your two videos, you’re ready for the last step!

Send an email to and tell us your name and what email you used to register for The Developer Movement and Microsoft Virtual Academy, as well as the titles of the two videos that you watched. We’ll validate your details with Microsoft and enter your name into the draw for the gift card!

Its that simple!

This contest will close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 5th. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, November 8th.

Remember, this is only open to registered attendees of the conference!

Don’t Delay!

Register for The Developer Movement and Microsoft Virtual Academy today! Watch your two videos, then email Prairie Dev Con with your details and you’re in the draw!

Any questions, comments, or clarifications, please let me know!


Prairie Dev Con

Monday, October 7, 2013

Early Bird Extended to October 18th!

I’ve heard from a few people that are still in the process of putting through requests at work to attend Prairie Dev Con this November in Saskatoon.

So to ensure enough time for everyone, we’re extending our early bird pricing of $399.99 to October 18th! That’s two more weeks where you can get a great price on a fantastic two-day technology conference! And remember groups of 3 or more get an additional $50 off each registration!

See you at Prairie Dev Con in November!