Notes from TechEd Europe 2014 Round Table

TechEd_Europe_Round_Table_SignWe’ve just left Barcelona and I’m on my flight back home to Sweden. For about 24 hours we were thirteen people gathered by Microsoft in the lovely city of Barcelona in Spain trying to share our thoughts on TechEd and how to make it an even better event. There were a gang of Microsoft employees, MVPs and community people.


A couple of days ago I blogged about this meeting and asked to get responses from you out there. And responses I got. Most, if not all, did I mention during the round table.

We got to experience the amazing hospitality of Barcelona with its great views and delicious food. During my many community gatherings like TechEd, MMS, TechDays, Summits, User Groups and such, I’ve noticed a quite common interest for good quality food among IT Pros and Devs. If you count yourself as one of those you’re in for a treat. Even if it’s going to be late. In Spain they take their siesta seriously and most places start serving dinner at 7, 8 or 9 PM. Don’t be surprised if a dinner stretches into the early hours of the night. I predict sleepy attendees during the first couple of sessions each day.
The restaurants cover all your need from meat, cheese, fresh fish and salads. The national dish is tapas served with wine or local beer. During the early afternoon you’ll do it right by grabbing a glass of sangria at a local watering hole.



The event will be held at the Gran Via outside of Barcelona and the hotels are located downtown. For those of you that like I attended TechEd North America this year will notice it’s really the other way around from Houston.



It’s not the first time TechEd is hosted in Barcelona so chances are that you’ve been there before, it not it’s a great idea to plan a couple of extended stay to get to experience the city. Sites to see include Sagrada Família, Casa Milà and Palau de la Música Catalana. The city is more than 2020 years old and houses a lot to see.


At the very moment there are information that I’m waiting to release to all of you out there but topics that we covered during the roundtable include, but are not limited to: Keynote, session formats, speaker names, speaker idol, power outlets, seating, catering, layout of the center, session recordings, evening plans, country drinks, closing party, welcome reception, the size of the event, the relation to TechEd North America, the relation to MMS (RIP!), networking opportunities and lots and lots of more. One thing we didn’t really cover: topics or content during the event. Perhaps there is a reason, or not.


With that I’m leaving to for this time and hope to see you at TechEd Europe. I must say, during the last couple of months I’ve seen a new Microsoft with a focus on us as community and end user experience (through the Windows Phone user voice and lastly Xbox user voice). I’m certain that this will be the best TechEd Europe to date!




About The Author

Tim Nilimaa is a consultant with Lumagate in Sweden. He has been working with Configuration Manager for 8 years. His knowledge has been selected as a speaker at many events among them Microsoft Management Summit.

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