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TechDays: Your Best Conference Deal Vol 13-16 | August, 2010
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The “dog days” of August mean different things to different people; to us, it means that it’s time to start ramping up for TechDays , Microsoft Canada’s cross-country tour for developers and IT Pros.

TechDays is the conference that gives you the most bang for your buck. We take the sessions from our big conferences like TechEd , MIX and PDC — conferences with four-digit registration fees and where you’ll also have to spend lots of travel and hotel — and bring them to a city near you at a three-digit price (and a low-three digit price if you register early). Better still, the sessions are presented by “local heroes”: Canadian developers and IT Pros who are active in their tech communities. It’s the best of all worlds: big-time content, done close to home, presented by people you know.

There’s also GoDevMental scheduled in the evenings of TechDays, free sessions for students where they’ll get a chance to learn about Windows Phone development , build beautiful interfaces and web sites using Expression and get their hands on a DreamSpark token. If you’re a student at a Canadian University or College or know of someone who would be interested in this content, send them check out  GoDevMental to learn more.

Finally, one of the big benefits of TechDays is something that a lot of people forget: the people. There’s us Microsofties (and yes, we’d love to meet you), but even more important is the opportunity to meet your local tech community. While having tech “chops” is important, I can tell you all sorts of stories, many of them my own, on how important connections are to one’s career.

If you haven’t registered for TechDays yet, do it now! See what attendees will receive here. It’s an even better deal at the early bird price of $349.99 for a limited time. Learn more.

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