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Tulsa TechFest 2012

Tulsa TechFest is the premier technical conference in eastern Oklahoma, boasting “the broadest topics in the United States, maybe the world”. Sporting a healthy 18 separate tracks across multiple disciplines including  architecture, software and web development, databases, project management, security, social media, mobile, enterpreneurs, managers, BI & reporting, mentoring and even  a special Windows 8 Track, Tulsa TechFest is one of the largest events of its kind.

It’s primary focus is to provide training/teaching sessions that are immediately beneficial to the broadest range of IT professionals in their day-to-day jobs. They accomplish this with over 40 national/international speakers covering this wide range of topics over 90 to 120 75 minute sessions.

As with all conferences of this type, there is a cost associated with attending.  This year, in keeping with the traditions of the previous 4 years, attendance at the Tulsa TechFest will require you to pay your choice of $2, to be donated to the John 3:16 Mission, or 2 cans of food, to be donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Last year, the event collected 469 pounds of food, and our target this year is to DOUBLE that amount, so please bring whatever you can to support these worthwhile charities.

This is the one that started it all, folks – since their first event, many other communities have been following our example by hosting their own TechFest events including VancouverTechFest, HoustonTechFest, DallasTechFest, AlbertaTechFest, IndyTechFest, and NWA TechFest.

I myself will be featured in the Cloud track talking about Windows Azure, including deep dive sessions on Windows Azure Caching, Access Control Service, Service Bus and Windows Azure Mobile Services.

This is one event you *won’t* want to miss – so sign up today at!

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Tulsa TechFest 2012

The conference season is really heating up!  I’ve just submitted a few sessions to Tulsa TechFest 2012 – so mark your calendars and sign up today!

When:  Friday, Oct 12, 2012
Where:OSU Tulsa Campus
How Much: $2 bucks, or 2 cans of food (donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma)

David and company put on a great event every year – it’s got to be at least 8 years old now, and going as strong as ever! Make sure you sign up today, and tell all your friends about it!

Be sure to follow Tulsa TechFest on all the major networks:

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Tulsa TechFest 2012


When: Friday, Oct 12, 2012

Where: OSU-Tulsa at  700 North Greenwood Avenue

Just got confirmation that I’ve been asked to speak at Tulsa TechFest 2012! This year marks the 7th consecutive year of this premier community conference – the TechFest that started them all!  Will upwards of 1000 people attending, Tulsa TechFest is one of THE most important conferences you’ll attend this year. It will be my 5th consecutive appearance and I can’t wait to attend!

  • Looking for great technical content with no fluff?
  • Looking for awesome training without paying an arm and a leg?
  • Looking for a broad selection of technical, developer, designer and project management topics?
  • Eager to visit beautiful Tulsa, OK?

Well, I’m certainly one who enjoys the first three, and the last one is growing on me 🙂

Tulsa TechFest will be held onFriday, Oct 12th, 2012 at the OSU-Tulsa campus on 700 North Greenwood Avenue.  The price to enter is simple – $2 at the door or 2 cans of food for the Community FoodBank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Tulsa TechFest 2012 – be there or be square!

Development, Events, Oklahoma, TechFest, Tulsa, WP7

Database for Mango

Here are the slides and source code from my talk this morning at Tulsa TechFest on using databases on Windows Phone. I will be writing up a longer technical post to go along with these resources, but since so many people asked for them today, I’m publishing them for your convenience.

Slides (via SlideShare)

Code (via GitHub)

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Windows Phone Lab at Tulsa TechFest

My teammate Jeff Blankenburg will be hosting a Windows Phone Development Lab at Tulsa TechFest on Saturday, Oct 8th from 8am-5pm at OSU Tulsa.

The Windows Phone lab is a combination Instructor-Led and Self-Directed lab environment that is designed to help you learn about Windows Phone by building applications instead of just listening to sessions. This hands-on approach has been very successful in building technical chops for those that attend and we’re excited about bringing this lab to Tulsa TechFest. Also on hand will be several Windows Phone experts to help you navigate the labs as well as discuss any ideas for applications you might have, or consult with you on ways to get past any roadblocks you’ve encountered in your own Windows Phone development.

The agenda for the day for the day looks like this:

8:00 am – Check-In

8:45 am – Welcome/Announcements

9:00 am – Instructor-led Lab: Walkthrough building a simple WP7 application

10:00 am – WP7 Hands-on Labs (part 1)

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – Glenn Block! Special Keynote!

2:30 pm – WP7 Hands-on Labs (part 2)

5:00 pm – Closing

For more information about the lab, visit the registration site at

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Dallas TechFest 2011 – Call for Speakers

Starting today – the 4th Annual Dallas TechFest has opened it’s call for speakers!  If you’re interested in speaking, please visit the web site at and register as a speaker.  

To register all you have to do is:

  • open
  • click on the [Log In] link at the top
  • On the signin page, click the "register" link
  • fill out your profile information,
  • click the link to create a speaker profile.

It's a bit of a pathway through the app to get there, but once you're in it's actually a really nice way to manage your speaker bio and session submissions.  There's going to be a pretty high bar again this year for speakers, so make sure you polish up your session abstracts!

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NWA TechFest–Friday, March 25th


Coming to the Center for Non-Profits @ St. Mary’s, for the second year in a row, is the fabulous Northwest Arkansas TechFest!

For those new to TechFest, it is a technical conference with a primary focus to provide training/teaching sessions that are immediately beneficial to the broadest range of IT professionals in their day-to-day jobs. They accomplish this with numerous national and international speakers delivering 75 minute sessions across 10 separate tracks. Even though TechFest is a free event, the organizers ask that you support the community and PLEASE bring TWO CANS or TWO BUCKS. All canned food will be donated to the NWA Food Bank and all proceeds will be donated to the The Jones Center.

NWA TechFest is organized again this year by former MVP, current Microsoft Employee and founder of Tulsa TechFest David Walker. The event is always outstanding with amazing content from the areas best speakers. I’ll be there too, presenting in the Silverlight track on Windows Phone 7 Performance Tips and SketchFlow.

If you think you have the right stuff and want to present at NWA TechFest, submit your talk today!.

For more details, visit the NWA TechFest website.

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MVVM in Windows Phone 7

For those of you that attended my talk at TechReady 11 or at Dallas TechFest 2010, here is the sample application I built along with my code snippets and my demo script.  I’ll be working on a Hands-on-Lab version of this talk, as well as producing a video the talk, but that will have to come later.  Keep tabs on this post as I’ll be updating it with these new bits as soon as I get them developed.




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Time for Dallas TechFest!

We’re only 2 weeks away from the 3rd annual Dallas TechFest!  The schedule is set, the bags are being packed and the speakers (including me!) are polishing up their talks.  Dallas TechFest has something to offer everyone, regardless of your particular chosen (or favorite) programming Languages:


This year’s schedule features well-known and local speakers from across 6 different communities including .NET, Java, PHP, Adobe, ColdFusion, Apple and IT Pro.  Registration is normally $50, but if you use the code “dotnet” you can get a $25 discount!  Make sure you sign up today as space is filling up quickly!

Register for Dallas TechFest 2010 in Richardson, TX  on Eventbrite

As an added bonus, everyone will receive a lunch, free Wi-Fi and a bag full of goodies from all of our sponsors!  I hope to see you there!

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NWA TechFest is Almost Here!

The time has come to add another fine event to the TechFest family – Northwest Arkansas TechFest 2010


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Scheduled for Thursday, July 8th at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers, Arkansas, NWA TechFest is a community-organized, community-staffed technical conference with a primary focus on providing training/teaching sessions that are immediately beneficial to the broadest range of developers and IT professionals in their day-to-day jobs. They accomplish this with numerous national and international speakers delivering 75 minute sessions on topics that range from Architecture, Development, IT Pro, Project Management and more!

As a proud member of the TechFest family, NWA TechFest asks only that each attendee bring 2 cans of food to be donated to the NWA Food Bank or 2 bucks to be donated to the Jones Center.


Zain Naboulsi, John Weston and I, along with 25 of our closest friends, will be presenting sessions across the 8 different tracks. I myself will be delivering 2 sessions at NWA TechFest – one on building Silverlight Applications for Windows Phone 7, and one on the SketchFlow features in Expression Blend 4.

Follow these links to stay connected to what’s going on with NWA TechFest 2010!

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