TechMentor Redmond finishes up today with 5 days of useful knowledge presented by some of the best speakers in IT. TechMentor is a 5 day conference aimed at system administrators and ITCertPro is a Premier Media Partner. This year's conference was held on the Microsoft campus.
Things kicked off on Monday with three all day pre-conference sessions. Powershell expert, Jeffery Hicks led a session on Fundamentals of PowerShell Basics. Win-Fu Master, Sami Laiho opened his dojo for Windows OS Internals Black Belt. And Destroyer of Blues Screens, Bruce Mackenzie-Low taught Windows Troubleshooting Deep Dive. Lunch was help at the Mixer where conference attendees could run elbows with "typical blue badgers" and shop in the Microsoft Company Store & Visitor Center.
Monday evening was the Dine Around hosted by speakers Greg Shields, Don Jones, John O'Neil Sr., Jason Helmick, and Bruce Mackenzie-Low. The dine around is an informal event where attendees get to mix with speakers and other attendees. It is one of my favorite events because you can meet people that you can hang out with for the rest of the week and it makes the conference more interesting. TechMentor is a smaller conference so networking with other attendees is a big part of the event.
Tuesday started off with the first keynote featuring Microsoft Principal Psychometrician (yes, that is a real word), Liberty Munson. In a fireside chat style (with a real video fire) with Greg Shields, Dr. Munson spoke on Demystifying the MCSE and answered question on the MCSE program and how questions are developed and the value of certification. For more coverage on this keynote, check out this article from Redmond Magazine. 3 hour deep dive sessions were featured throughout the day. The day concluded with a reception hosted by the conference exhibitors.
Wednesday featured a keynote with Don Jones, Curriculum Director for IT Pro Content at Pluralsight. Don spoke on Microsoft 2015 - What to Expect, Where to Focus. Don took a look into the future and described how changes at Microsoft will affect the IT Pro's career. For full coverage on his talk, check out this article from Redmond Magazine.
Other highlights of Wednesday included more 3 hour deep dive sessions, a Birds of a Feather lunch (where it was possible to have lunch with your favorite speaker), and an after hours party sponsored by Amazon Web Services at Lucky Strike bowling.
Thursday was all day 3 hour deep dive sessions and Lunch at the Mixer and visits to the Microsoft Company Store & Visitor Center.
Friday will wrap up with a choice of four 3 hour deep dive sessions.
Overall, TechMentor is a great conference if you are interested in a conference that concentrates on learning topics that you can use today. The sessions are built on knowledge and not advertising products. If you are looking for an intense learning experience, consider making TechMentor a part of your professional development.
The next TechMentor will be held November 16-20 as part of Live! 360 in Orlando at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios. You can register here and if you use my code UGOR10 you can save $600 off the regular price of the 5 day registration. I will be there. Will you?
About Tom Swanson
Tom Swanson has worked with computers for over 20 years and has taught computer networking for over 10 years. Tom's certifications include MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE 2003 and 2000, MCSA: Messaging, MCDST, CIW Associate and CIW Certified Instructor.