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If you are a user group leader in the worldwide community of Microsoft® .NET user groups, you probably already know about INETA. Don’t know about INETA? Then you should definitely take a look and become an INETA member group. Are you already involved with an INETA member group? Be sure to check out the new Community Champions program. This is just one of the ways INETA recognizes and rewards those who contribute to the user group community and help it grow. The Champs program was specifically designed ...
A big heartfelt thank you and congratulations to two of the developer community builders in the Northwest Arkansas area, Jay Smith and Michael Paladino with special mention to Zach Young. As a Microsoft MVP, one of our benefits this year, is the ability to award people with a special prize. This prize is an MSDN Premium account with Visual Studio Team Suite, which includes nearly all of Microsoft's business software, free of charge. Jay Smith works for Tyson Foods, Inc. where he is a PMO Architect ...
So I’ve been a bit all over the place with my Tech Ed posts, not really going in order, jumping around between days and sessions and stuff. So here’s a high level recap of the last 4 days. So after all my travel stuff, Sunday night I hooked up with some INETA peeps and we had dinner and hung out at Howl At the Moon (awesome music bar here in Orlando). Monday was registration/training/Party with Palermo day. The convention center has a very similar layout to my 2005 Tech Ed, although maybe with a ...
So Sunday was “Day 0” for me here at Tech Ed. I figured it would go like this: - Fly in to Orlando - Check into my hotel - Spend the night fixing my Server 2008 - Sleep What happened: - Flew in to Orlando - Checked into my hotel - Spent the night partying with INETA peeps - Worked on my machine - Fell asleep at 1:30ish The flight in was great. Winnipeg to Minneapolis and then to Orlando. Great Northwest Airlines experience. Getting to Orlando, I had purchased a Mears shuttle pass ahead of time to ...
Even if you don't listent to DotNetRocks on a regular basis (you should!), if you are a user group leader or interested in starting a user group you should listen to this show. It is been quite a while since DotNetRocks has had a community focused show. http://www.dotnetrocks.com/ Show #344 | 5/22/2008 (69 minutes) Building Communities at Dallas TechFest Carl and Richard talk with three community leaders in Dallas about building communities, and specifically how you can directly benefit from participating ...
So this year TechEd is divided into two weeks -- one focused on developers and one on IT Pros -- and I'm going as a representative of INETA. We'll have a spot in the community area. INETA is also a big force behind the BOF sessions. If you haven't been to one of those in the past, try to check them out this year. On Monday, June 2 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm we're having an INETA Community Leadership Summit to get the week kicked off right. If you're on Facebook, go add this event. Technorati Tags: INETA,Conferences ...
Attention User Group Leaders, INETA Volunteers, and Speakers! INETA would like to invite you to join us for a Mini-Summit on Monday June 2nd, 2008 at the Orlando Convention Center. We're going to be holding a somewhat informal gathering from 3-7 PM to provide user group leaders and chance to network, meet the new board members, and spend some quality time talking with us about community.... Read full article ...
Another good party with Jeffrey Palermo at DevTeach in Toronto. Always good to meet up with old friends and make new ones. Jeffrey and I showed up a bit early for the party at Menage. What a great view on the outside patio overlooking the city street. Geeks would be arriving in droves momentarily. Given the typical percentages of male/female attendees at these events and user groups in general, I was surprised when a young woman showed up by herself and sat at a table by herself near the back. Turns ...
I am headed to Toronto Canada for DevTeach tomorrow. Scott Hanselman has the keynote first thing Tuesday morning. Lots of great sessions planned and networking with fellow user group leaders and members from Canada. What a great country. Everyone I've met from up there has been incredibly nice. Monday night is the traditional Party With Palermo. That's always a great place to catch up with a lot of familiar faces at these events. I'm also looking forward to the .NET Rocks hosted panel discussion ...
I have vastly been neglecting my blogging. So as not to be outdone by Chris Koenig .... I was able to meetup with the organizers of the event, Jason Pluenneke, Curt Wolfe, Boyd Evert, & Dennis Berk several weeks ago. I am personally very excited about this new user group starting up. Partly because of my small part in helping them (one of my roles as the INETA Membership Mentor), but mostly because of my passion for databases. I'm really looking forward to what will be coming out of the group. ...
Not too long after the INETA Board elections (mentioned here) I was approached and offered a different role within INETA. Specifically, the role of Director of User Group Recruitment. The mission of this role is to identify and recruit non-traditional (i.e. specific technology focus, such as: XNA, Silverlight, BI, Sharepoint, etc) and newly formed traditional (.NET) user groups into INETA. After some discussion and consideration, I accepted the position and immediately began assembling a team to ...
In an effort to better support User Groups worldwide, Microsoft is rolling out UGSS User Group Support Services. We at INETA have been, and will continue to be, working closely with this team to better serve the user group community… Consistency and scale in the services we provide to User Group Communities has been a challenge and a source of consternation for all of us over the past years. Microsoft is pleased to announce that as of last month’s User Group Leadership Summit and based on global ...
Telerik has partnered with Discount ASP to provide an unbelievable offer to INETA user groups: a FREE license for their Sitefinity CMS and FREE webhosting!

This is over a $1000 value being given away to user groups, and Telerik and DiscountASP should be commended for helping out the community in such a big way!

You can get more information at the link below.

http://www.sitefinity.com/product/features/free-offer.aspx

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Recently, I blogged about some of the changes I would make within the membership division if elected to the INETA Board of Directors. It's a terrific opportunity to do some good within an organization I believe in, and within the developer community as a whole. While at the MVP Summit, I interviewed with the board members. Answering questions and presenting my thoughts on what areas need improvement. So... this morning (a week later), when I received an email titled INETA Board Elections, I was pretty ...
This is a repost/rethinking of a post I made about 3 years ago. It still applies today. INETA asks what they can do to better serve the user groups... well, as a user group leader, here's my suggestion: Advertising! Small to medium sized groups have little or NO budget for advertising, and it's incredible how many times I meet people in the developer community that have no idea a local user group even exists. This is NOT due to a lack of effort on our part. So it comes down to advertising... specifically, ...
While at the MVP Summit, I interviewed for an INETA Board Position. Specifically, the VP of Membership. I have no idea if I'll get it, though I hope I do. If I do get it, there's going to be some ch-ch-ch-changes. If I don't get it, I hope whoever they do pick takes these suggestions to heart. #1 The membership committee needs some SERIOUS house cleaning. As a User Group leader, I can count on one hand (actually one finger, with room to spare) the number of unsolicited emails I have received from ...
At the beginning of the MVP Summit, we had these talks called Open Spaces. The idea behind this was a free exchange of ideas with little or no agenda... just a topic. It's been done other places with varying degrees of success, but unfortunately the sessions I attended would have to be classified as a failure. Why? The first problem was the lack of moderation. We had a facilitator, but honestly he lacked a strong enough personality to reign the group in. It eventually got to the point where an MVP ...
The MVP Summit is over, and it rocked. Totally rocked. It was very cool seeing so many of my friends and colleagues again. Definitely way too many people to list here. I also made a bunch of new friends. I can't wait for the next event. I spent some time talking with Microsoft about VB Community, and even got to present some of the VB XNA stuff I had been working on at the Summit. It was very exciting to be addressing Microsoft and a room full of MVPs. I also spent some time with the INETA Board ...
Now, all of you *should* be reading your INETA newsletters, but I understand that we're busy and sometimes things get lost in the shuffle. But I wanted to bring some attention to a great new program. Basically, INETA is providing UG leaders a free Live Meeting account! This is a great offering from INETA and brings huge value to user groups who can now a) Have virtual board/regional meetings b) Expose user group events to occur online at the same time as in person c) Allow for remote speakers to ...
I started the Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild nearly a year ago. In fact, we held our first meeting in May 2007. However, it wasn't just some crazy plan I hatched up. There were quite a few other people instrumental to getting the group going. One of those people is well known to all of us on GeeksWithBlogs. At the time, Chris Williams was the INETA Membership Manager for the Carolinas. He provided me the information and support I needed to make CEDG an INETA group. When I found out that Chris ...
Occasionally I get emails from people who have recently started user groups or are trying to revitalize an existing group. One of the top questions is about finding speakers. INETA gives groups a couple of speakers each year, but finding speakers can be tough on a monthly basis. The great thing is most of the time you actually don't need to look any further than your own members. Here are a few tips I have found to be pretty successful... Reduce the amount of time people have to speak. Instead of ...
Hey everyone, I've got some an agenda change today along with info about upcoming meetings. Also, if you haven't RSVP'd for this week's (3/20/08) meeting, please do so ASAP so we can order enough pizza, etc. Unfortunately, Nick Landry is unable to join us this week, due to work demands. The good news is that INETA has managed to line up another speaker on very short notice (as of this morning.) The new speaker is Martin Shoemaker and the topic is "Voice-Enable Your Vista Games with MSAPI" and I realize ...
Tonight's the Twin Cities XNA User Group meeting.  Unfortunately, INETA speaker Nick Landry couldn't make it, but we were lucky enough that INETA was on the ball and quickly found a replacement.  Martin Shoemaker is doing a talk on "Speech Enabling Your Games On Vista."

I see much potential in using this for HA!  (more on that later.)
I remember a few years ago when I was just starting to really get involved in the technology community I had the opportunity to attend Tech Ed 2005 through INETA and a contest they were holding at the time. That experience forever changed my life...which sounds overdramatic, but is entirely true. It's because of Tech Ed that I met guys like Chris, Matt, Brendon, Caleb, Amanda, Shane, and many others...and also got to learn alot about technology as well. Recently, we had a code camp and gave away ...
dotNETwork third gathering has been announced. It's Saturday of the 3rd week of the month as planned since the 2nd gathering. If you are unfamiliar with dotNETwork as a whole, that's simply (as I mentioned before here & here) the first big offline .NET usergroup in Egypt. So far the main activity of the group though is to provide FREE monthly events ton .NET related topics, focusing on the latest topics that matter for the average .NET developers. Windows WorkFlow Foundation, AKA, Mohammed Hossam ...
Twin Cities XNA User Group - March 20, 2008 3D Game Development March Guest Speaker: Nick Landry This session quickly skims over the basics and takes you through an iterative approach towards building your first 3D game: a remake of the Space Invaders classic! Using live demos we’ll discuss the structure of a game, including the game loop, game time, initialization and workflow, explore the managed code libraries that form the XNA Framework, work with the XNA Framework Content Pipeline that allows ...
Thanks to Shawn Weisfeld for helping our group join the prestigious INETA community. Our group looks forward to working with organization. Here is some information about INETA: INETA: THE NEXT STEP IN USER GROUP EVOLUTION INETA provides structured, peer-based organizational, educational, and promotional support to the growing worldwide community of Microsoft® .NET user groups. Our mission is to offer assistance and resources to community groups that promote and educate their membership in Microsoft's ...
We had a good turnout today for our 2nd user group meeting. There were some new faces and we appreciated those members who came back for our 2nd meeting. Thanks to Mike Webb from DNNSpired.com he reviewed all the modules that his company sells and the ones that his company gives away free as well. Mike gave a live demo and showed us some cool features that his company has added on to the Users Online module and several others as well. Check out his site to see what his company has. Mike is very helpful ...
I read Gary's recent post and totally understand his frustration. Trying to maintain a user group in a small market can be a difficult, and although we have great national sponsors (especially in MSDN), the reality is that community initiatives from a corporate point of view occur based on corporate objectives. This is why places like Yellowknife or Whitehorse will never get any type of Microsoft event...it just doesn't make sense from a business point of view. Or take the Atlantic provinces: they ...
This is the email newsletter I send out each month for our local XNA User Group. If you want to get on the list, just drop me a line at XNAEvents@gmail.com and I'll be happy to add you to it. Hey everyone, I've got some potentially HUGE XNA news today, from the GDC. Keep reading. Also, if you haven't RSVP'd for tomorrow nights (2/21/08) meeting, please do so ASAP so we can order enough pizza, etc. 2008 UG Calendar February 21st - Game AI Techniques (THIS IS TODAY!!) March 20th - INETA Guest Speaker ...
Over at the Community Credit website, there are over 8000 geeks who participate in a monthly geek prize for their contribution to the development community. Last month, I happen to place 5th and won a one of a kind 4 hub tape dispenser. David Silverlight who runs this site is very fair on who wins these geeky prizes from month to month so he throws you the curve on points if you are a current winner which keeps the contest fair for others to win. My curve is at 85% and expires at the end of March. ...
I wasn't blogging recently as I am organizing Polish edition of European Silverlight Challenge. The contest is organized by INETA Europe in the entire Europe. Project submission has just been extended till February 8th. We already have 7 projects published on the site (see http://poland.silverlightch... I believe it makes us the winners in number of published projects. The entire site is in Polish but I believe you can download all the projects without any problem. ...
My last post which alerted the world to my MVP-ness was a bit...unlike me. I mean, for one thing, it was a one sentence type of post...when do I *ever* post a one sentence post? But you need to understand my condition at the time: stayed up all night playing board games and pool with friends, then went for breakfast and didn't get home and into bed until after 7AM. So below is the post that I *would* have posted earlier if I hadn't been such a zombie at the time I got up to check email quick before ...
In my role as INETA Membership Mentor I hooked up with Jeff Julian while trying to process his Office User Group application through INETA. I had heard about GeeksWithBlogs but hadn't ever had an opportunity get familiarize myself with it. Jeff and I got to talking through e-mail and I joined as one of the members. I am now cross-posting my technical posts there and since then my readership has gone up quite a bit. Plus they've helped me automate some submittals to www.community-credit.com. Hopefully ...
Sometimes people ask me what it takes to get a good user group going... so hopefully these tips help to minimize the pain a bit. 1. INETA (www.ineta.org) won't even talk to you until you've had at least one meeting on your own. Then you go to their site and fill out an application. (You'll need to register on their site first.) 2. CodeZone (www.codezone.com) works basically the same way. Both of these will net your group some free swag, and INETA will get you a couple speakers per year. 3. Find out ...
On behalf of INETA Europe I would like to invite you to participate in a 1st European Silverlight Challenge! This competition is taking place in different European countries at the same time starting right now. Here are some landing pages: [1] http://poland.silverlightch... [2] http://croatia.silverlightc... [3] http://france.silverlightch... [4] http://italy.silverlightcha... [5] http://macedonia.silverligh... [6] http://unitedkingdom.silver... ...
This Monday, Dev Teach will be kicking off with a User Group summit. Below is the agenda. Please note that morning sessions are held two at a time simultaneously. Also note that INETA will be hosting the last afternoon segment, not the second last. 9:00 Get Most out of Your UG Event / How to Stimulate Membership to Help 10:30 Tools to Help Your User Group / Creating a Local Event Strategy: How to Organize Long Term Community Learning 12:00 Keynote - Sean O'Driscoll 12:45 Lunch 1:15 UG Group Discussion ...
The November Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GCNUG), held at Cambar Solutions in Charleston, SC on November 15th, had an excellent INETA speaker, Stephen Walther - http://www.superexpert.com/ . The topic was (1) Advanced ASP.NET AJAX : Building Pure Client-Side AJAX Applications. In this talk, you learn how to take advantage of the Microsoft AJAX Library to build pure client-side AJAX applications. First, you are provided with an overview of the Microsoft AJAX Library. You learn how to take advantage ...
TechEd Developers is really giving us an opportunity to put everybody together – board members, volunteers, the speakers, users who would actually go to meetings, user group leaders – and to relate with Microsoft and vendors as well. Our booth is based next to the MVP and RD booths completing the "TechEd Community Lounge" and allowing us to network with a majority of MVP and RD representatives and program members. Our booth (aka INETA POD) is the place where attendees can come and meet the current ...
My local .NET user group (CRINETA) has had a bumpy road recently after loosing several key contributers. I stepped down as leader of the group around 10 months ago. Since then, I've tried to stay involved the group through email, but I'm typically unavailable to attend meetings. The information below are some of the lessons learned during my 3 years running the user group. I hope that other user group leaders find this information helpful. Associations There are many International and National organizations ...
I received this from Marsee Henon, the user group point person from O'Reilly today. In particular I noticed that Julie Lerman, former INETA board member and user group leader from Vermont is one of the authors. --------------------- Begin presss release from O'Reilly ---------------------------... Women of Tech: Hear Us Roar, A Special Series from www.oreillynet.com The Mighty Voices of Sisterhood in Tech Sebastopol, CA--There's no doubt that women coders, developers, designers, and programmers ...
Date: Thursday September 20th, 2007 Event Description:Silverlight is arguably the biggest shift in Microsoft strategy on the web since IE was introduced over 10 years ago. With the reach of cross platform and the richness of the .NET framework, the future of building Rich Internet Applications (RIA’s) has never been more exciting. In this talk, you will learn about Silverlight, the platforms, tools and technologies you can use to build Silverlight applications, and how it differs from the full Windows ...
Date: Thursday September 20th, 2007 Event Description: Silverlight is arguably the biggest shift in Microsoft strategy on the web since IE was introduced over 10 years ago. With the reach of cross platform and the richness of the .NET framework, the future of building Rich Internet Applications (RIA’s) has never been more exciting. In this talk, you will learn about Silverlight, the platforms, tools and technologies you can use to build Silverlight applications, and how it differs from the full Windows ...
Wow, it has been a while since I have blogged! I've moved half way across the country to Orangeburg, SC about 40 minutes southeast of Columbia, SC. Orangeburg is a small town and I went to work for a small private university called Claflin University. The job is good but has many challenges. Last week I attended TechEd 2007 and the INETA User Group Leadership meeting on Saturday. Things have changed over the last year, it looks like a new landscape and I have been feeling like I have fallen behind. ...
I made it to the INETA UG Leader Summit yesterday. Great job by everyone helping host - INETA, Microsoft and OneTug (Orlando .NET User Group). Great hospitality! There were some great ideas shared. Had I not been up since 4:30 am to catch a flight I would have shared some ideas (more later on those). We wound up at a bar&grille after. We hadn't been there long when the "New Village People" arrived - complete with a guy dressed in a wedding dress and another in a green speedo and knee pads. Got ...
Michael Singer posted an article on Information Week about Microsoft's seeming lack of community (Thanks to Scott for originally posting about the article on GWB). I think that he might have gotten some misinformation from less-than-reliable sources, so I wanted to go through his article and give a Microsoft-ie point of view. Let's review the article shall we? "Apple has one. So does the Java community, Oracle, IBM, and Google. Lord knows anyone who uses Linux or free and open source software is ...
A couple of months ago, I began searching for local developer user groups to take part in Columbia, SC. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be a lot going on. I ended up heading to the Charlotte Enterprise Developers Guild to get my fix. There, I met the president of the Guild, Bill Jones, who suggested that I work with other developers in Columbia in forming a new group. In April, I decided to take up his suggestion. I spread the word out to the people I knew, and the ball began to roll. Soon thereafter, ...
As has been the custom at major conferences, INETA will again sponsor a User Group Leader Summit the Saturday before Teched 2007 on June 2nd in downtown Orlando from noon to 5pm. This is a great opportunity for anyone who runs, volunteers for or is interested in starting a user group to get some great ideas from other leaders and to share the unique things that you may do. Interactive disucssions will cover topics including running a group.content, promotion and partnerships. If you run a dot net ...
I just received notification from INETA that my Birds-of-a-Feather session, "Code Style and Standards - Best Practices" has been accepted for TechEd 2007. The session is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 at 1:00 PM. I want to thank everyone that voted for my session, I greatly appreciate it and hope to see you there. Just to get everyone thinking a little bit about the topic, discussions about code style and standards usually end up in very heated debates and end up in a stale-mate at best ...
On Saturday, there were close to 500 people at the Orlando Code Camp. The local INETA group did an outstanding job organizing this event. This group volunteers countless hours to make sure local developers get a first class experience of learning. The registration went smooth and directions around Seminole Community College got everyone to where they should go. Carl Franklin gave an amusing keynote about his background and there were several great speakers during the day. I had the opportunity to ...