SDDN Launch a Huge Success

WOW! What a rush!

Last week we launched the Silverlight Designer and Developer Network in Melbourne… the first user group in Australia (and Asia Pacific we hear) dedicated to Silverlight.

Attendance was fantastic with a touch over 90 people – scoffing up all 35 pizzas in good time. You can see some pics of the meet here.

We had two fantastic talks: Shane Morris from Microsoft spoke to us about user centric design, what that means and how it can help you. He then related this to Silverlight. Jonas Folleso from Capgemini then spoke about the latest and greatest Silverlight goodies, including very cool demos of Windows Live Mesh and the new Line of Business framework that previously had only been seen at PDC!

As promised we recorded the sessions and the site will be updated soon with some new features including streaming video (which turned out fantastic by the way).

Thanks goes to

A big thanks to Phil and Mashesh for all their help setting up the group and organising the night… without them the group would not have had a chance. Also a big thanks to Nadia and Bruce for their support and encouragement, and for helping out on the night.

We have a Winner!

A big congratulations to Dean Maughan who walked away with the major prize for the evening – an MSDN Premium Subscription worth 20k! The pack includes Visual Studio Team Suite, Windows Server 2008, Vista Ultimate, Office, SQL Server Enterprise, TFS Server and much more!

Coming up

Out next meet will be in late January to give us all time for a reset over the Christmas period. Most likely we will start off the year with a super group meeting with multiple streams and lots of interesting content. Keep an eye on the site for more information (and your spam filter :)).

Dev Day

Based on feedback received at the SDDN meeting we are looking to hold a Silverlight hands on day early in the new year. The idea is that on a Saturday you bring along your laptop with Expression Blend and Visual Studio (trial version OK) installed and you learn how to use Silverlight from the ground up. Depending on popularity I’d love to run some “go deep” sessions also… and teach people about in depth topics like Dependency Injection in Silverlight, Model-View-ViewModel and other cool topics.

We’ll get our bums in to gear and get the site updated very soon so we can keep you informed on these happenings… but for now, thank you to all who attended the meeting and we look forward to seeing you at our future meetings, on the site and at the hands on days!

3 thoughts on “SDDN Launch a Huge Success

  1. Great work, Jordan…I’ve heard some really good feedback on the first SDDN meeting.

    If we get some funding, we may even be able to run the “Dev Day” event at Cliftons with computers loaded with a VPC image containing VS 2008, Blend and the Silverlight tools.

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