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

    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 (, 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 

  • Keynote - Visual Studio 11: Turning Ideas into Software Tuesday October 18 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Keynote: Managing Your Software Development Career Wednesday October 19 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM



Keynote Announced!

Cameron Skinner

Visual Studio 11: Turning Ideas into Software

The world of software today is defined by the word “Experience”. You can see it in the way people have adopted new experiences for devices of different form factors, you can see it in how people want to experience their information and you can see it in the context of how people interact to build software solutions. Regardless of the solution you’re building, the fundamental need for a compelling experience exists. In Visual Studio 11, Microsoft aims to ensure that developers have all the tooling to create compelling user experiences, an IDE that sets a new bar for the developer experience and a family of products dramatically improves the team experience for everyone.

Cameron Skinner, General Manager, Visual Studio Ultimate, Microsoft


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