# Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The Detroit Day of Azure is history and I had a blast. On March 24, a group of volunteers and I organized the first Detroit Day of Azure, with the idea of sharing knowledge about Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and related technologies.

Here are a few of the high points from the conference:

We sold out our 144 tickets and about 130 people showed up for the Saturday event in Southfield.

The speakers were amazing. They traveled from Texas, Minnesota, Indiana, Chicago, Ohio, and Kentucky to share their knowledge with us. The feedback I heard was all positive. I was fortunate to get such a talented group of presenters.

We ran 3 rooms simultaneously. The presentation in the large room was streamed live all day, so people who could not make the conference could enjoy the presentations.

We ran a Q&A Panel at lunch time titled "Ask the Experts". Nearly all the speakers participated and the audience got to ask  them questions about Windows Azure. We cut this off after about 50 minutes, but could easily have gone twice as long.

Everyone loved the food. Lunch was from a local barbeque restaurant and featured some outstanding brisket, pulled pork, and chicken, along with some tasty side dishes. We also provided continental breakfast and an afternoon snack, both of which disappeared in a hurry.

Most of the sessions were recorded, thanks to volunteers Jim Priore, Falicia Starr, and Max Friend, who manned the cameras. I'll get these online in the next few weeks.

The volunteers were fantastic. People were proactive about seeing what needed to get done and jumping in and doing it. I had very little to manage on the day of the event.

Speakers and volunteers retreated to Copper Canyon Brew Pub for dinner afterwards. It was nice to wind down with friends after a busy day.

Here are a few things we could have done better:

I couldn't find the wireless microphone for the lunchtime panel, which meant only half the room could hear them well.

I ordered way too much barbeque and we ended up with more leftovers than I would have liked.

But those are small things and I was overall pleased with how everything turned out.

I need to catch my breath before thinking about the next event.


Photos: http://giard.smugmug.com/Tech-Community/2012-Detroit-Day-of-Azure/

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:39:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)