Heading to the Emerald Isle

I recently spent a week in Las Vegas at the amazing Mix 2011 conference where I got to network with tons of energetic Windows Phone developers.  If you haven’t had a chance already, check out the Day 1 and Day 2 keynotes.  There’s some impressive stuff in there.  (Day 2 is the one that focuses on Windows Phone and Silverlight).

Anyways, one of my favorite parts of attending major Microsoft conferences is meeting my other Microsoft colleagues.  Working from home in Central Ohio has its perks, but the majority of the people I want to interact with live on the other side of the country.  This year, I got to spend an entire day with the Windows Phone team learning about Mango.

Several people recognized me as the “31 Days Guy,” which was flattering, but the most flattering part of the day was when a former colleague of mine approached me about speaking about Windows Phone to the developers in his region.  He is currently working in Dublin, Ireland.

So, since Mix, I have been putting together multiple presentations, gathering all of the data I can get my hands on, AND preparing for international travel.  (Thank goodness I got a new passport a year ago.)

So, if you’re a reader of my blog, and you live in or around Dublin, Ireland or Belfast, Great Britain, expect some formal announcements soon about the activities that will be taking place the week of May 9th.

I’ll be helping people get their apps in the marketplace, teaching developers how to start their first Windows Phone application, and providing my personal guidance on the features every Windows Phone application should have.  It should be an awesome week.

Windows Phone 7 Bootcamp Schedule

If you’ve been paying attention to my tweetstream today, you’ve noticed that there are a bunch of Windows Phone 7 Bootcamp events coming up.  I’m going to aggregate the list of events I’m aware of here, but feel free to retweet/repost/outright copy this list to share with your colleagues and friends.  These events will require you to bring a laptop, and having the tools installed before you get there will only make your life easier.  You can find them at http://bit.ly/8XcWaO.

This is not a final list of events.  We will be holding Windows Phone 7 Bootcamp events throughout the next 12 months.  Please let me know if you do not see your city listed here, and would like to see an event.  I can’t make any promises, but I’ll do what I can to help.

Please keep in mind that these events will be small.  Most will have less than 50 people.  Register as soon as you can.