IT Pro Track @ Techstravaganza

IT Pro @ Techstravaganza 2014

The New York City Techstravaganza is a free one-day grassroots technical conference for IT Pros that is brought to you by a few of the local community groups in cooperation with Microsoft.  The 2014 Techstravaganza on March 21st will be the fourth year putting this together.  We highly recommend that you subscribe to the RSS feed, WordPress subscription, or Twitter to ensure that you receive updates as they come through.

This is a completely free event that you will not want to miss.

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I will be running the IT Camp Track, along with fellow Technical Evangelist Jesus Aguilar!

Here is a brief of what to expect.

Step-By-Step to building a business for Technology Professionals and Students  Ever thought about trying your hand at writing an application in an attempt to start making some side cash?  Even if you have not touched any code since college more than a decade ago, this class is for you!!! This event is designed by IT professionals for IT Professionals and students.  Come to learn how you can get started building your very own development business on free tools and resources from Microsoft.  We will dive into how you (an IT Professional or Student) can get started in building your first Windows Store application. No prior development experience required.  Special Thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring this session!!!!

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Where: Held at the New NYC Microsoft Offices at 11 Times Square.

What’s included?

* Free BizSpark Account – Includes $150 a month of Windows Azure for 3 full years – some restrictions apply J

* Free MSDN Subscription (same as TechNet + Developer Tools) to be used in for your new business.

* Free Training

* Free Lunch

* Free Ongoing Support

* Free Collaboration Channels


Perquisites – Open to the public

To participate in the workshop you need the following at a minimum:

To participate in the workshop AND publish an app you need the following:

To participate in the workshop AND participate in the GoDeep you need the following:

  • Computer running Windows 8.1
  • Visual Studio 2013

Please take a look at the Windows Store App Installation page for details and download links.

Mac users only: Boot Camp, Parallels DesktopVirtualBox or VMWare Fusion


Agenda  (8am-9am preconfiguration)

{timeline subject to change}

8:00am  –   BizSpark Accounts and Setup

Activate BizSpark and Windows Azure Account (if not already done)

Setting Up Your Development Environment {Josh}

9:00am  –   Becoming An Entrepreneur

Build Your Business While You Build Your Career {Dan}

10:00am  –  Developing for Windows

Best Practices

Windows Ecosystem

Example Apps & Starter Kits

11:00am  –  Introduction to Windows Phone App Studio


11:30pm  –  Hands On

Start Building with Windows Phone App Studio

Team workshop / App idea generation

12:00pm  –  Working Lunch

Let’s Build Our Apps – Lunch provided (probably pizza and soda)

1:30pm  –  GoDeep! Visual Studio Code Walkthrough

Application Workshop 102 Enhancing your App with Visual Studio

2:30pm  –  Windows Azure

Websites, Data & Cost etc.

3:30pm  –  Let’s Get Published!!!

Store Submission

Marketing Releases

Minimum viable product

4:30pm  –  What’s Next

Realizing Your Vision / Wrap up

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