Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 8:00 a.m.
Keynote: Visual Studio and a Glimpse of the Future
Cameron Skinner, Product Unit Manager on the Visual Studio Teamin the Developer Division, Microsoft
Cameron Skinner joined Microsoft in 2005 and is currently a product unit manager on the Visual Studio team. He is responsible for overseeing the Visualization and Architecture capabilities found in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Skinner was the CTO and chief architect of application development tools for Embarcadero Technologies. Earlier in his career, he served as CTO for Advanced Software Technologies. In his limited spare time, Mr. Skinner enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, Crossfit, and playing his acoustic bass.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 – 8:00 a.m.
Keynote: Managing Your Software Development Career
Rockford Lhotka, Principal Technology Evangelist, Magenic
The software development industry goes through periods of stability, punctuated by moments of major change and upset. During your career it is very likely that vendors, platforms, tools, and technologies will come and go. We appear to be in one of these periods of change right now. How can you protect and leverage your existing investments in training, skills, knowledge, and experience given the rise of cloud computing, touch-based tablet clients, and other trending technologies? Based on over 24 years of experience, including living through multiple development platform shifts, Rocky will share his thoughts on how you can manage your career, enabling you to benefit from this type of major change.
Rockford Lhotka is the author of numerous books, including the new Expert C# 2008 Business Objects book. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, MVP and INETA speaker. He contributes to several major magazines and regularly presents at major conferences around the world. Rockford is the Principal Technology Evangelist for Magenic (www.magenic.com), a company focused on delivering business value through applied technology and one of the nation's premiere Microsoft Gold Certified Partners. For more information go to www.lhotka.net.