INSIDER DEV TOUR 

ST. LOUIS

 

June 17th, 2019

Microsoft Technology Center

8:00am - 5:00pm

 

 

Sorry, this event is 
sold out.

 

ABOUT THE EVENT

The Insider Dev Tour is for developers interested in building Microsoft 365 experiences (Windows, Graph, Office, Teams) today, using the latest dev technologies, as well as for those who want a peek into the future. If you can read code, this is for you, regardless if you are a beginner, an expert, a student, or a hobbyist developer.

The morning keynote session will give you a demo and code-focused overview of the new developer technology emerging from Redmond. It’s the best of Microsoft Build for Microsoft 365 developers. We’ll cover Windows, Graph, Office, AI, and more so that you are up-to-date and able to make informed decisions when choosing from the latest technology for your next project.

This is a 100 percent developer-focused event.

The tour is an opportunity to connect directly with leads and engineers from Redmond, as well as regional industry leaders and the community of Microsoft MVPs and RDs. We’re excited to meet you in person! #InsiderDevTour

LOCATION

  

Microsoft Technology Center

4220 Duncan Ave

Suite 501

St. Louis, MO

63110

 

SPEAKERS

Ajay Iyer

Ajay Iyer

Ajay Iyer is a Modern Workplace Technical Architect, in the St. Louis Microsoft Technology Center. Ajay has been working at Microsoft for about 3 years, and has over 13 years of experience in the Microsoft tools, and focuses on Office tools, Windows 10, and the Security aspects of Microsoft 365.

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Becky Bertram

Becky Bertram

Becky is the owner of Savvy Technical Solutions and a 10-time SharePoint and Office MVP. She has been building Microsoft solutions for 20 years and currently focuses on helping her clients get the most out of Office 365. When not in front of a computer, you’ll find Becky ferrying her 3 young kids around and guzzling coffee. 

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Bill Feldker

Bill Feldker

Bill Feldker specializes in providing creative solutions used to automate business processes, and maintaining customer relations. He joined the professional information technology field in 1998. Bill’s advanced skill set includes: application development with Microsoft Office System, implementing solutions that leverage SharePoint Services and several Office applications to provide advanced development, management, and end-user provisioning of information.

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Charles Webb

Charles Webb

Based in St. Louis, Charles Webb is an analytics solution architect at Avanade Inc., a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture. Charles has delivered data and AI solutions for some of the most complex Fortune 500 companies, and focuses on intelligent industry solutions and intelligent automation.

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Dorie Davis

Dorie Davis

Dorie Davis graduated from Webster University with dual degrees in Computer Science and Web Development. Since graduating, she has worked in private consulting with companies such as

Oakwood, SyllogisTeks, and TEKsystems. Currently, Dorie is working as a unicorn Enterprise Architect at Slalom Consulting. She is an avid gamer and loves World of Warcraft.

 

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Patrick Witbrod

Patrick Witbrod

Patrick Witbrod is a full stack developer at Valorem Reply where he builds web applications hosted in Azure. He's been involved in the design and development of custom SharePoint solutions; enterprise web and cloud applications; AI enabled bots; and public-facing websites. Patrick loves the fast-paced world of front end development and is currently working on offline available web applications in Angular and React and is experimenting with electron and static site generators. If he's not behind a computer you will normally find him outside or with his family. 

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AGENDA

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (1 Hour)

Registration check-in

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (1 Hour)
Keynote

The best from Microsoft Build, condensed into a demo-filled and fun hour for developers.

Speaker: Ajay Iyer

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (30 Minutes)
Morning Break

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM (25 Minutes)
Introduction to Microsoft Graph Services

Microsoft Graph provides a unified programmability model that you can use to build apps for organizations and consumers that interact with the data of millions of users. You can use the Microsoft Graph REST APIs to access data in Azure Active Directory, Office 365 services, Enterprise Mobility and Security services, Windows 10 services, Dynamics 365, and more. We will spend the next 30 minutes exploring what you can do with the Microsoft Graph.

Speaker: Becky Bertram

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM (25 Minutes)
Use your Dev Skills and the Microsoft Graph to build Apps for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the hub for teamwork in Office 365. Many people know Microsoft Teams for its chat and meeting functionality. But did you know that you can use your development skills to build apps that will help your team, or whole company, be more productive in? From bots, to surveys, to embedded dashboards, we’ll cover how to use the skills you already have, plus the Microsoft Graph, to make Microsoft Teams work even harder for you.

Speaker: Becky Bertram

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM (25 Minutes)
Leverage the Power of Machine Learning on Windows

AI and ML are not just for data scientists! They are tools that you can leverage to add intelligence to your applications. This session will show you how you can quickly get started with Machine Learning through the lens of 3 ML solutions: Azure Cognitive Services, ML.NET, and Windows AI platform. Come and learn how others have unlocked potential with AI/ML and subsequently, how any developer like you can make Machine Learning a reality. 

Speaker: Dorie Davis

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (1 Hour)
Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (30 Minutes)
After-lunch game and prizes

1:30 PM - 1:55 PM (25 Minutes)

Developing with the new Edge Browser

Big changes are coming for Edge with its move to a Chromium-based browser engine. The New Edge will not only be available for all desktop users (including Windows 7 and macOS), but will also bring changes in the way we write apps for Windows. From Web Views, to Electron, to PWAs, the new Edge browser is something all devs should care about.

Speaker: Bill Feldker

2:30 PM - 2:55 PM (25 Minutes)

Myth busting PWAs: The New Edge Edition

We’ve heard a lot about Progressive Web Apps and what they can or can’t do. This session will walk through the top 10 myths around Progressive Web Apps and at the same time learn how to make great, productive experiences with the latest and greatest tools, the New Edge, and Microsoft Graph.

Speaker: Patrick Witbrod

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (30 Minutes)

Afternoon Break

3:30 PM - 3:55 PM (25 Minutes)

Future-proof your Desktop Apps with .NET Core

Having a WPF or WinForms application doesn’t mean you have old code. It’s active code that represents an important investment for your company. Moving your app to the next version of .NET Core will give you access to all the benefits of the Open Source version of .NET, including better performance, easier deployment and all its new features. In this session we will show how to create a new .NET Core app, why would you do it, and how to upgrade an existing project.

Speaker: Dorie Davis

4:00 PM - 4:25 PM (25 Minutes)

Create Powerful User Interfaces with the Latest Windows APIs and Open Source Libraries

Want to learn how to build more engaging Windows UWP applications? This session will cover new Windows platform features, like the new Composition APIs for 3D content, the new open source WinUI library, and the new additions to the Windows Community Toolkit, like Lottie animations.

Speaker: Dorie Davis

CONVINCE YOUR BOSS

 

Want to attend the Insider Dev Tour, but not sure how to bring it up to your boss? Here’s a sample letter that will help you out. Just replace the text in [brackets]

Dear [my boss’s name],

I’d like to attend the Microsoft Insider Dev Tour on [date] in [city]. The Insider Dev Tour is Microsoft's free, single-day, local, developer-focused event, bringing the latest technology and practical knowledge from the people who build the products. The content for the event, alone, is worth the trip, but the ability to network with Microsoft employees, community leaders, and subject matter experts will help me in my work here.

Here are two ways in which my attendance at the Insider Dev Tour will strengthen [company name]: 

  • The presentations are relevant to my daily tasks and growth. I will get a view of the broad developer roadmap at Microsoft, and also deep dives into current practical and future-looking technologies for building Microsoft 365 applications using Windows desktop, Web, and Graph.

  • Networking with other attendees, community leaders, and Microsoft engineers is highly encouraged, so I can talk with people who have solved issues similar to those we run into.

The event is free, so all I need is a single day to attend. You can learn more about the event by visiting http://insiderdevtour.com . Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns; I’d really like to attend this event!

Thanks.

[my name]