Free students day goes global

When Auckland-based Microsoft .Net specialist Garth Sutherland suggested putting on a free day for students at this year's Tech Ed conference, head office in Redmond liked the idea so much it decided to take it to the world.

When Auckland-based Microsoft .Net specialist Garth Sutherland suggested putting on a free day for students at this year’s Tech Ed conference, head office in Redmond liked the idea so much it decided to take it to the world.

Microsoft usually rehearses the conference in private at its offices. After Sutherland made the suggestion, Microsoft selected a sample of Tech Ed sessions plus keynote speaker and former MIT lecturer Dr James Miller to try out. It ran back-to-back sessions from 9am to 5pm in Auckland, attended the day before Tech Ed proper by 130 students and institution faculty members. The students’ day will now be rolled out at future Tech Ed conferences worldwide.

Sutherland, who with .Net product manager Tony Ward has built up a relationship with universities, says the students’ day will be submitted as a Microsoft best practice.

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