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Nerds on a Train, Making Web Not War Vol 13-10 | May 20, 2010
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While making plans for the Make Web Not War conference, the final event in Mondev , Montreal’s open source week, we realized that a good number of people would be travelling from Toronto to Montreal to attend it. We wondered  — rather than everyone making their own way to Montreal separately — what if there was some way for all of us to travel together, and perhaps even have some fun along the way?

Our answer to that question is the NerdTrain . We booked an entire VIA Rail car on Tuesday morning’s train to Montreal and Friday morning’s train back to Toronto. It’s got power outlets and wifi aplenty, and we’re sweetening the deal with lunch, a Hackfest where people can compete to build the best open data app before the end of the ride, and Xboxes with monitors (I might try to squeeze in a little time with the newly-released game,   Alan Wake ). Christian and I will be hosting the open data competition, and Barnaby is hard at work putting together a site that will let you track the train as it makes its way to Montreal and back.

The NerdTrain is the warm-up act for the main event, Make Web Not War . It’s our conference in which we show developers that it’s a great big heterogeneous world and how to make Microsoft and open source technologies can work together to produce great solutions. As a Microsoftie who came from the world of LAMP , Python, PHP and Ruby, this is a topic near and dear to my heart, and I think interoperability opens a lot of doors and creates a lot of opportunities.

To book seats on the NerdTrain email cdnsol@microsoft.com . Also, keep an eye on the Canadian Developer Connection blog next week, as we’ll be posting updates from the NerdTrain, Mondev and Make Web Not War!

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