The Hello World Road Trip

After a shortened World Tour and a broken arm, we're ready to hit the road again! I'm bringing my love of software development and the stories from my podcast to twenty-five cities in this exclusive free community event!

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Hello World Podcast

The Road Trip

A series of Free Community Events!

Hello World Podcast Live

We'll record the Hello World Podcast with a special guest in each city!

Technical Talk

Shawn Wildermuth will be giving a talk: Building apps with ASP.NET Core 1.0!

Prizes and Fun

Each stop will include over $7,500 in prizes from our sponsors!

The Schedule

These are the twenty-five cities we're visiting.

Special Guest
Atlanta, GA
Wed 02/10/16 @ 6:30 PM
Microsoft Office
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Jim WooleyBy day, Jim Wooley is a consultant for Slalom Consulting, In his free time, Jim is a frequent speaker, INETA Regional Speaker, MVP, and author of "LINQ in Action". He is always striving to stay at the forefront of technology and enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. He has been active evangelizing LINQ since it's announcement in 2005. In addition, he attempts to pass on the insights he has gained by being active in the community, including organizing and speaking at code camps and regional events, including DevLink, DevWeek, CodeMash, CodeStock, VS Live, and MIX.

Birmingham, AL
Thu 02/18/16 @ 6:30 PM
Training Room at the Innovation Depot
1500 1st Avenue N
Birmingham, AL 35203

Todd MirandaTodd Miranda is a consultant, trainer, and author. He has been developing on various platforms for over 20 years and has been involved with .NET since it was first released in 2000. He has worked with many of the .NET platforms but focuses primarily on ASP.NET. He is the owner of NxtDimension Solutions and provides consulting and training on the Microsoft stack. Todd has been awarded a Microsoft MVP for the last 7 years. He is the co-founder of the Birmingham .NET User Group and remains active in the development community. He has recorded hundreds of online training videos on Microsoft development topics including security, JavaScript, Silverlight, WPF, Expression and ASP.NET. He is an INETA speaker and regularly presents at user groups, community events, and technical conferences.

Austin, TX
Wed 02/24/16 @ 6:30 PM
10900 Stonelake Blvd
Ste B-225
Austin, TX 78759

Rod PaddockRod Paddock is the editor of CODE Magazine. Rod has been a software developer for more than 10 years and has worked with tools like Visual Studio .NET SQL Server, Visual Basic, Visual FoxPro, Delphi and numerous others. Rod is president of Dash Point Software, Inc. Dash Point is an award winning software development firm that specializes in developing applications for small to large businesses. Dash Point has delivered applications for numerous corporations like: Six Flags, First Premier Bank, Intel, Microsoft and the US Coast Guard. Rod is also VP of Development for SQL Server tools maker, Red Matrix Technologies. (www.redmatrix.com).

Phoenix, AZ
Mon 02/29/16 @ 6:30 PM
University of Advanced Technology
2625 W Baseline Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85283

Joseph GuadagnoJoseph Guadagno has been in software development for about 15 years or so. He started out with a small book on QuickBASIC, then moved the Visual Basic for DOS, then Visual Basic for Windows, then Visual Basic .NET and eventually Visual C#. When I am not working at my full-time job, as a Team Leader at Quicken Loans, he donates his time to several community efforts.

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San Diego, CA
Wed 03/02/16 @ 6:30 PM
Microsoft Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
9255 Towne Centre Dr.
Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92121

Tim HuckabyTim Huckaby is an industry luminary focused on Emerging User Experiences, User Interaction Design and the Natural User Interface (NUI).
Mr. Huckaby has been awarded many times for the highest rated keynotes & presentations for Microsoft and many other industry & technology conferences like CES and events world-wide. Mr. Huckaby is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events. Having worked for or with Microsoft for over 25 years, Mr. Huckaby has been on stage with, and done numerous keynote demos for many Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

San Francisco, CA
Mon 03/07/16 @ 6:30 PM
Microsoft Reactor
680 Folsom St.
Suite 145
San Francisco, CA 94107

Beth MassiBeth is a Senior Product Manager for .NET at Microsoft and a long-time community champion for .NET developers. She helps developers build amazing things. Before Microsoft, she spent many years building business apps for small businesses as well as large enterprises, primarily on the .NET stack, and was a Microsoft MVP. She is a speaker at various software development events and you can find her on a variety of developer sites. Follow her on twitter and GitHub: @BethMassi

Seattle, WA
Mon 03/14/16 @ 6:30 PM
Microsoft - The Commons, Mixer
15253 NE 40th St, Room 2003-2007, Redmond, WA 98052

Scott GuthrieAs executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group, Scott Guthrie is responsible for the company’s cloud infrastructure, server, database, management and development tools businesses. His engineering team builds Microsoft Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server, Active Directory, System Center, Visual Studio and .NET.
Prior to leading the Cloud and Enterprise group, Guthrie helped lead Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform. Since joining the company in 1997, he has made critical contributions to many of Microsoft’s key cloud, server and development technologies and was one of the original founders of the .NET project. Guthrie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

Vancouver, BC
Thu 03/17/16 @ 6:30 PM
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Building SW1 - Room 205
Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Ave
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2

Kent AlstadKent is an entrepreneur, software architect, and technology innovator. Before taking the role of VP Acceleration at Radware, Kent was CTO at Strangeloop Networks, where he was instrumental in authoring all of Strangeloop’s issued and pending patents. Prior to helping create Strangeloop, he served as CTO at IronPoint Technology. Kent also founded Eclipse Software, a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider, which he sold to Discovery Software in 2001.
In more than 25 years of professional development experience, Kent has served as architect and lead developer for successful production solutions with The Active Network, ADP, Lucent, Microsoft, and NCS. ”Port View”, an application Kent architected for the Port of Vancouver, was honoured as ”Best Administrative System” at the 1996 Windows World Open Competition.

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Boise, ID
Sat 03/19/16 @ 12:30 PM
Co-located with Boise Code Camp
Boise State University
Student Union Building
1700 University Drive
Boise, ID

Richard HundhausenRichard is the president of Accentient, a company that helps software teams develop better products by leveraging ALM tools and Scrum. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer, author of Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio, and co-creator of the Scaled Professional Scrum framework. As a software developer and consultant with over 30 years of experience, he understands that software is built and delivered by people and not by processes or tools.

Salt Lake City, UT
Mon 03/21/16 @ 6:30 PM
172 North East Promontory
Suite 300
Farmington, UT 84025

Merrick ChristensenMerrick Christensen has been programming for ten years and nearly all of that time has been focused in the web space. He’s built many high-traffic projects for prolific companies such as National Geographic, ABC Disney, Fox and others. He co-organized ng-conf, the official Angular conference. Was a panelist on the JavaScript Jabber podcast. Spoken at many conferences and maintained even more open source projects. The last five years he has been working at Domo trying to change the way people do business.

Brussels, Belgium
Tue 05/03/16 @ 12:30 PM
Utopolis Mechelen
Spuibeekstraat 5
2800 Mechelen

Bill WagnerBill Wagner is one of the world’s foremost C# developers and a member of the ECMA C# Standards Committee. He is President of the Humanitarian Toolbox, has been awarded Microsoft Regional Director and .NET MVP for 10+years, and was recently appointed to the .NET Foundation Advisory Board. Wagner currently works with companies ranging from start-ups to enterprises improving the software development process and growing their software development teams.
As a thought leader on C# programming language, Bill Wagner has authored 2 books; a best seller, “Effective C#”, and “More Effective C#”. Bill authors video training through Microsoft Virtual Academy on C# and .NET development. B ill has also written hundreds of technical articles (MSDN Magazine, .NET Developers Journal, Visual Studio Magazine, and many others), as well as actively blogs at http://www.thebillwagner.com/.

Paris, France
Mon 05/09/16 @ 6:30 PM
32 Rue Blanche
75009 Paris

Rui CarvalhoRui is a software craftsman mostly working on Microsoft and web areas since 20 years, from the early Asp 2.0 to the latest DNX stuff. After a long time acting as a consultant for big companies, he focuses today on developing, teaching and mentoring teams on smaller projects like startups to build the right products with simplicity. He use to speak at different conferences about .net web, agility and developer’s practices, he also advocates for open source and open minds in the .net community and that’s why he leads today the alt.net group in France. Since 2014, he organize a professional developer’s conference in Paris, NCrafts with strong focus on new technologies, great practices and design and more globally about crafting software with love.

Barcelona, Spain
Thu 05/12/16 @ 6:30 PM
Mobile World Center
Carrer de Fontanella, 2
08002 Barcelona

Quique MartinezQuique Martinez is a software developer. He loves best practices and architecture and is currently working at Plain Concepts as Development and Cloud Team Leader . He is community guy and speaker at many technical events of Microsoft and technical communities. Besides being named MVP of Microsoft Azure, he is a proud member of Azure Insiders.

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Washington, DC
Thu 05/19/16 @ 6:30 PM
12012 Sunset Hills Rd.
Reston, VA 20190

G. Andrew DuthieG. Andrew Duthie, aka devhammer, is the founder and chief consultant for Devhammer Enterprises. Andrew is a consultant focused on helping clients meet their business goals through software. Andrew is also a trainer and writer with more than 15 years of industry experience, including nearly 10 years as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft’s Mid-Atlantic States district, where he provided support and education for developers working with the Microsoft development platform. In addition to his work with Microsoft, Andrew is the author of several books on ASP.NET and web development, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences from VSLive! and ASP.NET Connections, to Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC) and Tech-Ed. Andrew has been participating in the user group community since way back in 1997, when one of his co-workers dragged him out to the Internet Developers User Group in Tyson’s Corner, VA, and he’s been hooked ever since.
Andrew is also the creator and developer of Community Megaphone, a site designed for promoting and finding developer community events.

Philadelphia, PA
Mon 05/23/16 @ 6:30 PM
Great Valley Corporate Center
45 Liberty Blvd., Suite 210
Malvern, PA 19355

John PetersenJohn Petersen has been developing software for over 20 years. It all started when, as a staff accountant, he was asked to get involved in a system upgrade to replace an old IBM Series 1 computer (about the size of a large refrigerator!). Those first programs were written in Clipper in the summer of 1987. Since that time, tools he has used include dBase, FoxBase, Visual FoxPro, and Visual Basic.
An early adopter of .NET, he then decided to go to law school. After practicing law for a few years, John realized that technology was a lot more interesting than the law. Today, John focuses on ASP.NET development and is having more fun than ever solving problems for clients.
John is a Practice Director for Custom Application Development at Neudesic, a Microsoft Gold Partner and the Trusted Technology Partner in Business Innovation. A 9-time recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, John is currently an ASP.NET/IIS MVP. John is also an ASP Insider and is the INETA Mentor for Pennsylvania and West Virginia. John is the author of several books and is a frequent contributor to Code Magazine and DevConnections Magazines. John holds a BS in Business Administration from Mansfield University, an MBA in Information Systems from St. Joseph’s University, and a JD from the Rutgers School of Law – Camden.

New York City, NY
Thu 05/26/16 @ 6:30 PM
Microsoft Center @ 8th Ave & 41st St
11 Times Square
5th Floor, Winter Garden & Music Box Rooms
New York, NY 10036

Nick LandryNick Landry (@ActiveNick) is a mobility pioneer and expert specializing in the design and production of mobile applications for consumers and the enterprise using diverse cross-platform technologies including Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS, Android, Mobile Web, Xamarin and PhoneGap. Nick is a Senior Technical Evangelist with Microsoft in the New York Metro area and works with developers, students and IT pros to help them learn, adopt and use the Microsoft developer platform to design and build the next generation of apps for Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows Azure. Nick is also a Nokia Developer Ambassador whose mandate is to educate and support Windows Phone developers to maximize their success.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Nick spent almost two years as a Senior Product Manager for mobile, data visualization and geospatial developer tools across multiple technologies and platforms. He previously spent most his career in IT consulting and services organizations across various technical and business roles, designing, building, managing and selling innovative software solutions for some of the world’s top brands and Fortune 500 companies.

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Boston, MA
Tue 05/31/16 @ 6:30 PM
Microsoft NERD Center
1 Memorial Drive
1st Floor, Horace Mann Room
Cambridge, MA 02142

Miguel de IcazaMiguel de Icaza, co-founder and CTO of Ximian, is one of the foremost luminaries in the Linux development community and one of the world's most prominent advocates for Free Software. Before co-founding Ximian, Miguel was instrumental in the development of Linux for SPARC systems and the Midnight Commander file manager. Miguel is the founder and President of the GNOME Foundation. He was also the first recipient of the prestigious MIT Innovator of the Year award in 1999. Miguel has galvanized Ximian's efforts to make Linux accessible and available to the average computer user, and continues to reach out globally by working with international organizations such as eMexico to introduce affordable technology alternatives, like Linux, to other nations.

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Burlington, VT
Thu 06/02/16 @ 6:30 PM
Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center
60 Lake Street
Burlington, VT

Rob HaleRob Hale has over 20 years of software development experience creating solutions for a variety of industries including health and human services, ecommerce, and energy. He currently serves as a Principle Software Engineer at Renewable NRG Systems in Hinesburg, Vermont (http://www.renewablenrgsystems.com/). Rob has presented to user groups in the northeast and the occasional small conference.
Building effective communities and teams is a passion of Rob's. He is co-founder of the Vermont Code Camp (http://www.vtcodecamp.org/), co-organizer of the Vermont Coders Connection (http://www.meetup.com/VTCode/), and co-organizer/emcee of HackVT (http://www.hackvt.com/) an annual hackathon in the state of Vermont.
Rob is the proud father of two sons and husband to his wonderful wife. Follow him on Twitter at @rob_hale_vt

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Montreal, Canada
Mon 06/06/16 @ 12:00 PM
Microsoft Canada
2000 McGill College Avenue
5th Floor
Montreal, QC H3A 3H3

Mario CardinalA long-time agile coach specializing in software architecture, Mario Cardinal is the co-founder of Slingboards Lab, a productivity software publisher that help people achieve what is important in their day. An experimenter and an entrepreneur, he love to seize the opportunities that emerge from the unexpected. Since 2004, year after year, he received the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award from Microsoft. MVP status is awarded to credible technology experts who are among the very best community members willing to share their experience to helping others realize their potential. An experienced Scrum practitioner, he has spent more than 20 years designing large-scale information systems. He is the author of the book "Executable Specifications with Scrum". His friends like to describe him as someone who can extract the essence of a complicated situation, sort out the core ideas from the incidental distractions and provide a summary that is easy to understand.

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Toronto, Canada
Thu 06/09/16 @ 6:30 PM
Microsoft Canada
1950 Meadowvale Blvd.
Mississauga, ON L5N 8L9

Atley HunterAtley Hunter is a passionate developer with over 20 years’ experience. As one of the most prolific Modern UI developers in the world, he has hundreds of unique apps in the running on millions of Windows devices worldwide. A Microsoft Windows Platform MVP, and Telerik MVP & Insider, he is constantly working with developers worldwide to improve both skills and the platforms themselves. Atley is always sharing his knowledge and connecting with developers through events, his blog, email (devMentor@outlook.com), Twitter (@atleyhunter), Skype (Atley.Hunter) and LinkedIn.

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Detroit, MI
Mon 06/13/16 @ 6:30 PM
1000 Town Center
Ste 1930
Southfield, MI 48075

Brian FriesenBrian Friesen has been pretending to be a developer for the last 9 years and lives in constant fear of being found out. He suspects that someone has been bribing Microsoft on his behalf, as he has received the C# MVP award for the past three years. His presentations always involve live-coding and he prefers topics that don't get much attention. He lives near Detroit and works for an awesome company, Quicken Loans.

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Chicago, IL
Wed 06/15/16 @ 6:30 PM
Multipurpose Room
200 E. Randolph, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60601

David GiardDavid Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups around the world; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at www.DavidGiard.com. His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

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St Louis, MO
Mon 06/20/16 @ 6:30 PM
Three City Place Dr
Suite 1100
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Kevin GrossnicklausOver the past 15 years, Kevin Grossnicklaus has established himself as a go-to expert and a local and regional community leader for the software development industry. Prior to founding ArchitectNow in 2009, Kevin spent over a decade as the Chief Architect and Practice Leader for a large St. Louis IT firm. He also spent many years as an instructor at Washington University’s Center for the Application of Information Technology (CAIT) where he taught continuing education courses on a wide array of development technologies. Since 2009, Kevin has been recognized annually as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). This prestigious award puts Kevin in the company of just over 4,000 technology professionals worldwide and recognizes his commitment to technology and working to further the understanding of software development within the region.Kevin has been heavily involved in the Midwest development community and has traveled the world as a consultant and a trainer.

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Denver, CO
Wed 06/22/16 @ 6:30 PM
Microsoft Southwest District
7595 Technology Way, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80237

Julie YackJulie Yack is a Colorado-based Microsoft Dynamics CRM MVP serving clients across the globe, providing training, implementation, analysis and insight for companies wanting to take their service to the next level. Julie’s blog, www.julieyack.com, addresses pertinent topics of the day, ranging from Dynamics CRM to technology in education to travel to voting rights. Julie is an accomplished author and publisher with several books on different technologies under her belt. Julie is a community leader, nationally, locally and online, serving on education committees and curriculum boards in Colorado and as a founding member of SouthColorado.net and xRMVirtual online. She knows how important it is to have your voice heard and has been honored to speak to elected officials at the US Capitol and to the Executive Staff at the White House on topics of technology legislation and the importance of STEM education in our k-12 schools. Julie loves to spend her free time traveling with her husband and kids.

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