The Fun Stuff: Visual Studio Live! Austin Events

Your attendance at Visual Studio Live! Austin is about learning from your peers as well as the experts; make the most of your time with us and add these events to your itinerary!

Dine-A-Round Dinner
Monday, June 1, 6:45 – 9:00pm

Join other conference attendees and speakers for a casual, no-host dinner and make a few new friends while enjoying the fun and delicious restaurants in downtown Austin. This is your opportunity to meet fellow attendees and start friendships that can last for the week or even longer. Attendees can break into smaller groups based on where everyone wants to dine and head off to dinner. Everyone is responsible for their own dinner.

Welcome Reception
Tuesday, June 2,  4:15 – 5:30pm

All conference attendees are invited to celebrate the start of Visual Studio Live! Austin at the Welcome Reception.  Join us to network with fellow conference attendees and speakers, talk with the event sponsors, enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and participate in the conference raffle.

Birds of a Feather Lunch
Wednesday, June 3, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Plumb the knowledge and experience of your colleagues, conference speakers and exhibitors by participating in one of the BoF Tables discussions. These tables are designated with a sign and seating is on a first-come basis. There will be a wide variety of topics including:

Birds of a FeatherTable Topics:

  • ASP.NET (Web Forms, MVC)
  • WPF / Silverlight
  • Visual Studio
  • Languages (VB, C#, JavaScript)
  • ALM
  • SharePoint and Office
  • LINQ, Entity Framework, ADO.NET
  • Services (WCF, Web API, OData)
  • .NET
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Mobile Development
  • Visual Studio LightSwitch
  • HTML5/JavaScript/Typescript
  • Windows/WinRT apps
  • SQL Server, BI and Big Data

Rollin’ On the River Bat Cruise
Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Yes, you read that right. It says “Bat Cruise.”

Did you know that Austin, TX is home to the largest urban bat colony in the world? The Congress Bridge, located next to the Hyatt Regency, our host hotel, houses these gentle and sophisticated creatures known as Mexican free-tailed bats. They migrate each spring from central Mexico and return to Mexico in early Fall. Every summer night, as many as 1.5 million bats fly out from under the bridge to feast on pesky mosquitoes and agricultural pests.

Join us to watch this most unusual and fascinating tourist attraction from the Colorado River! The 2-hour cruise will depart from the dock at the Hyatt Regency Austin at 7pm on Wednesday, June 3. Enjoy music, beverages, bat-watching, and relaxing with your fellow attendees and speakers.