On Friday 16th May 2008, Newcastle hosted the MSDN Roadshow event - www.msdnroadshow.co.uk. This was the last Roadshow event of 2008 and if the other locations were anything as packed as the Newcastle one then I reckon they must have been great successes. I was on hand as ever representing the UK Community showcasing VBUG, Developer Day events and the rest of the great work done by other user groups throughout the UK. I got to speak to a lot of new faces and plenty of information was picked up from the UK Community Area where I was. I hopefully will see a lot more of those new faces at local events and even hopefully national ones :).
Once again the DPE Team put on an excellent day of Technical Sessions and fed all the attendees well with a selection of pastries, ice creams, sandwiches and drinks throughout the day. The concept of hosting the events in cinemas is one which I am familiar with having presented in a cinema when over at IMTC in Dublin last month. For a presenter this format is great as we get to use massive displays and have a comfortable position in which to talk to a large audience. From the other side attendees get to see presentations on a great screen, in comfortable surroundings. The only downsides of facilities such as cinemas, are the time it can take to fill and empty the screen, the lack of an actual breakout area (we used the Cinema Foyer - which worked well) and the darkness of some cinemas. I very much like the venue as an option and wouldn't be surprised to see similar being used again.
The technical content and delivery by Mike Taulty, Daniel Moth and Neil Kidd was as usual a very high standard. With some very refreshing humour added, particularly by Neil - who wasn't afraid to point out some of Microsoft failings :). All in all this was another excellent day. Well done to the DPE team and all those who played a part in putting the Roadshow together as it was another enjoyable and useful event and we hope to see the team back in Newcastle again!