Recap of Orlando Global Azure Bootcamp 2018

The 2018 Orlando edition of Global Azure Bootcamp was held on 21st April at Starter Studio organized by ONETUG. We had over 100 people RSVP to the event and a packed schedule (as seen in this tweet)

This led to some philosophical discussions on whether a free event can actually sell out.

The event was held at Starter Studio which is a really nice place for any tech meetup.

We even had some first time speakers and family members who were (understandably) pumped about it.

Plenty of stickers and t-shirts. We ran out of t-shirts but I still have plenty of stickers left. If you’re reading this blogpost and meet me at a future event or socially, remind me to bring some stickers for you, if interested.

We had plenty of very informative session. I did a broad “Intro to Azure” type session but the one I learnt the most from was the Azure AD B2C talk by Srinath(Sam) Nanduri.

Lessons learned

  1. Reach out to speakers early and keep coming back until you get an answer. In some cases, you will get the answer you’re looking for from some great speakers.
  2. On the same topic, we got more interest in speakers than we accounted for and had to turn away some speakers at the end. Plan for multiple tracks next year (this year we was single track)
  3. Reach out to the Azure product groups for swag directly. Worst case, they’ll say “no” but you might end up with more swag than you can hand out. Bonus: you might even end up SVG images for certain popular Azure products *wink wink*
  4. Same for sponsors
  5. Have a dedicated track for hands-on lab work. I did not plan for this properly and ended up condensing it to the lunch hour.

Overall, the event was a wild success and hope to do more of these in the future.


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