.Net group going regional

Webcasts to other centres start later this month

The .Net User Group is spreading its wings: from next year, it will hold meetings around New Zealand, not just in the main centres, and will webcast them.

A meeting is in Dunedin later this month will be webcast. In February the venue shifts to Tauranga and, after that, Invercargill.

Group spokesman Chris Auld says the driver behind the move to get beyond the main centres is a desire to take "speakers, Microsoft MVPs [most valuable professionals] and visiting Microsoft speakers to smaller centres where there's some creative software development going on but not the numbers to support a user group."

The plan is to broadcast the meetings via Microsoft's Live Meeting technology and make them available over the web and on DVD, Auld says.

The Dunedin event will be first .Net User group meeting to be broadcast using Live Meeting. Presented by Nick Head, chief technology officer at Kognition Consulting (where Auld also works), who will tell of his personal transition from Java and J2EE to .Net.

Future events have been confirmed for Tauranga, Gisborne and Invercargill next year and there is also interest from Napier and Nelson, Auld says.

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