Jan 28th - Feb 1st 2019
Redmond, Microsoft HQ

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What is LEAP?

LEAP is the program for software architects and developers who are seeking the best possible professional training, delivered from Microsoft in our headquarters in Redmond, WA.

LEAP gives you a deep understanding of Microsoft technologies and the relationship between these technologies and business challenges. Microsoft’s vision, mission, strategy and roadmap are also part of the program.

The program covers holistically why, how and when to deploy the different technologies with all the theory behind it.

Who is it for?

LEAP is aimed at software architects and developers, delivering solutions for an enterprise, an ISV or as a consultant. With a broad focus on technology, LEAP will extend your knowledge of working with Microsoft’s technologies, although prior knowledge of Microsoft’s software portfolio is not required.

The program will give you the breadth of knowledge required by today's architects to deliver robust, secure and scalable solutions. It is founded on well-documented patterns and practices.

Why should you come?

LEAP provides an arena for questions and dialogue with some of the best speakers, engineers and program managers that Microsoft can provide.

A unique opportunity to visit Microsoft HQ campus in Redmond.

Value for money: Five days of guided architecture-focused topics that enable you to deliver tomorrow's solutions, today.

A great chance of getting to know the people behind the products at Microsoft. Learn who we are and what we can do for you, making the threshold for reaching out to us lower.

Cost

The price covers 5 full days conference with breakfast/snacks, lunch, 2 social events (dinners) and transportation from Hyatt Regency Bellevue to Redmond campus and back.

Flights and accommodations for the Redmond trip are not included.

As part of the LEAP program, we have partnered with the hotel Hyatt Regency, Bellevue to offer you a discounted price for your stay. The price is $225/night.

Prices

Early bird price: $2300

(3.Sep - 9.Nov 2018)


Regular price: $2600

(10.Nov - 28.Feb 2019)

Speakers

Scott Guthrie
EVP, Cloud & Enterprise
@scottgu


Mark Russinovich
CTO of Azure
@markrussinovich


Brendan Burns
Distinguished Engineer, Kubernetes co-founder
@brendandburns


Bridget Kromhout
Principal Cloud Developer Advocate
@bridgetkromhout


Scott Hunter
Director of Program Management
@coolcsh


Justin Bronder
Principal Applied Machine Learning Scientist


Albert Shum
CVP Of Design
@alshumdesign


Catherine Wang
Senior Program Manager
@cawa_cathy


Deborah Chen
Program Manager
@ChenDeborah


Barry Dorrans
.NET Security Curmudgeon
@blowdart


Nancy Li
Senior Program Manager


Rahul Bagaria
Senior Product Manager
@rahul_bagaria


Jessica Deen
Cloud Developer Advocate
@jldeen


Stuart Kwan
Principal Program Manager
@StuartKwan


John Azariah
Principal Architect
@johnazariah


Michael Milirud
Senior Program Manager
@micwebnet


Ria Bhatia
Program Manager
@rbitia


Francis Cheung
Senior Software Engineer
@fkc888


Sergei Gundorov
Senior Program Manager


Masashi Narumoto
Principal PM
@dragon119


Mark Fussell
Principal PM Lead
@mfussell


Justin Luk
Program Manager
@whosjluk


Saurya Das
Senior Program Manager
@sauryadas_


Hang Zhang
Principal Data & Applied Scientist
@HangZhang6


Bryan Smith
Software Engineer
@bjcmit1


Jennifer Marsman
Principal Software Engineer
@jennifermarsman


Ralph Squillace
Principal Program Manager
@ralph_squillace


Agenda

Monday 28th of January 2019 – Day 1
Topic of the day: Designing for the cloud

TimeTopicDescription
8:15-8:45
Registrations / Welcome
8:45-9:00
Break
9:00-10:00
Azure Strategy
Scott Guthrie
Designed for developers, this talk features Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud + AI Group, who will show how the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge are accelerating how you solve your most complex business and developer problems. Whether you're a seasoned expert or new to the Cloud, you will learn how to better develop, deploy and manage cloud applications during this talk. Scott will discuss the newest features and capabilities in Azure and Dynamics, and show how using the power of AI to help turn data insights into action, can help you deliver more for your customers and for your business.
10:00-10:45
Break
10:45-11:45
Microservices reference architecture
Francis Cheung
Masashi Narumoto
Microservices are becoming the default choice for many organizations. In this session we'll discuss best practices using Service Fabric and AKS as two primary platforms to build Microservices.
11:45-13:15
Lunch/Tour/Chalk talk
13:15-14:15
Two Decades of Data Innovation: Celebrate the Evolution of the Data Platform and See into the Future with Extreme Cloud-Based Data Solutions
Raghu Ramakrishnan
The session begins with a celebration of 20 years of Pass and 25 years of SQL Server, and then I’ll present our thinking about how the data landscape is evolving, and our vision for data platforms, focusing on SQL DB Hyperscale.
14:15-14:30
Break
14:30-15:30
Cosmos DB
Deborah Chen
Azure Cosmos DB is Microsoft’s globally distributed, multi-model database service. In this demo-filled session, learn how easy it is to get started building planet-scale applications with Azure Cosmos DB. We’ll walk through how to get started with Cosmos DB and take a deep dive into important concepts for building a successful application with Cosmos DB, including request units, partitioning data, global distribution, and more!
15:30-15:45
Break
15:45-16:45
Azure Monitoring
Rahul Bagaria
Azure Monitor, which now includes Log Analytics and Application Insights, provides full stack monitoring tools for collecting and analyzing telemetry that allows you to maximize the performance & availability of your cloud or on-premises resources and applications. Learn how you can understand the health & performance of your apps and proactively identify issues affecting them and the infrastructure they depend on.

Tuesday 29th of January 2019 – Day 2
Topic of the day: Deploying for the cloud

TimeTopicDescription
8:15-9:15
Power BI
Sergei Gundorov
Power BI is not just a self-service tool for business analysts. Power BI has many features that help developers build and extend their own reporting solutions. Power BI Embedded, real-time streaming with Power BI, along with powerful analytical engine of Power BI, help developers to take their applications to the next level. Come to this session to learn about all features that Power BI provides for developers.
9:15-9:30
Break
9:30-10:30
Identity
Stuart Kwan
The foundation for authentication in today's applications is the claims-based identity model. Used heavily in cloud and mobile scenarios, claims-based identity places an emphasis on interoperable protocols such as OAuth, Open ID Connect, and SAML. In this interactive lecture learn the fundamentals of claims based identity – how it works, how to design a system that uses it, and how it applies to applications both on-premises and in the cloud.
10:30-10:45
Break
10:45-11:45
The Code Behind The Vulnerability
Barry Dorrans
OWASP illustrates that developers keep making the same mistakes over and over again, but what about more esoteric vulnerabilities? In this session Barry will take you beyond SQL injection covering some of the code behind now fixed ASP.NET vulnerabilities. By the end of the session you should be poring through your own code looking for problems with dictionaries, compression, encryption and more.
11:45-13:15
Lunch/Tour/Chalk talk
13:15-14:15
Live debugging - Diagnostics in the cloud
Catherine Wang
Michael Milirud
Come learn about the power of Azure Monitor APM, known as Application Insights. Monitor, detect, triage, and diagnose your mission-critical production workloads at scale, effectively collaborating across your organization. Focus on the SLO of your digital business, rather than getting lost in the infra/platform level metrics.
14:15-14:30
Break
14:30-15:30
Artificial Intelligence
Justin Bronder
The space of machine learning is growing rapidly. We’ll talk about what machine learning/AI are, the different problem domains, deep learning models, tool chains, hardware, and dive into real world solutions.
15:30-15:45
Break
15:45-16:45
DevOps
Jessica Deen
DevOps is about people, process, and products. Getting it all right requires effort, but the benefits to your organization and customers can be huge. Microsoft has a fantastic set of products that can help you get the most out of the cloud with any language on any platform. Jessica Deen will show you how to go from "zero to DevOps" with exciting demos and you’ll leave with great resources to help transform your team.
18:00
Reception and mingling

Wednesday 30th of January 2019 – Day 3
Topic of the day: Accelerating Business Value (2 tracks)

TimeTopic
IDE (Developers)Non – IDE (Architects)
8:15-9:15Containers / Microservices
Brendan Burns
Digital transformation in the real world with Azure, Kubernetes and Containers. Containers and Kubernetes are key to modernizing the software development pipeline on Azure, but too often the patterns and practices assume a clean, build-from-scratch approach to cloud native computing. This talk will cover an incremental approach to adapting and updating legacy systems from legacy monoliths and databases to more modern containerized architectures.
9:15-9:30Break
9:30-10:30Implementing service mesh
Vaclav Turecek
Service Fabric: Designing Azure solutions using microservices and Service Fabric Mesh
Microservices have become the industry standard to build scalable services that are up updated frequently. Azure Service Fabric is Microsoft’s microservice platform released publicly over 4 years ago. In this session Mark will deep dive into the serverless offering, Service Fabric Mesh, that enables you to rapidly build microservices applications in Azure, integrated with other Azure services and empowering you to architect and rapidly build scalability, highly available workloads.
10:30-10:45Break
10:45-11:45Virtual nodes in AKS
How to create and deploy applications/microservices in to AKS clusters and use a virtual node to deploy windows containers
Ria Bhatia
Containers as an Azure primitive
How Azure Container Instances (ACI) fit with VMs, Functions, Logic Apps, and Kubernetes.
Justin Luk
11:45-13:15Lunch/Tour/Chalk talk
13:15-14:15Labs: Secure your application - AKS/ Security Best practices on AKS
Azure Kubernetes service the current and the future. How customers have transformed their business with AKS and how Azure has led the containers tech in the public cloud space.
Saurya Das
14:15-14:30Break
14:30-15:30Multitenancy in AKS
Ralph Squillace
15:30-15:45Break
15:45-16:45Release automation tools
Bridget Kromhout

Thursday 31th of January 2019 – Day 4
Topic of the day: Adding Business Value / Intelligence (2 tracks)

TimeTopic
IDE (Developers)Non – IDE (Architects)
8:15-9:15Bring Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence to Your Big Data
In this session, I am going to go over a standard data science process so that a software developer can understand what will happen when collaborating with data scientists. Then, fundamentals of machine learning and data science will be introduced. In the end, I am going to present several real stories of successful machine learning applications with end to end solution architects.
Hang Zhang
Machine Learning Fundamentals
In this session, we will cover the fundamentals of machine learning. We will discuss the different types of machine learning, how to measure the accuracy of a model, the difference between convolutional and recurrent neural networks and when you would use each, and some exciting research in the field.
Jennifer Marsman
9:15-9:30Break
9:30-10:30Applied ML with Python
Bryan Smith
BML - Azure ML Studio
10:30-10:45Break
10:45-11:45Democratizing ML for the .NET Developer; ML.NETML - Out-of-the-box services; Cognitive ++
11:45-13:15Lunch/Tour/Chalk talk
13:15-14:15Labs: ML.NET, Cognitive ServicesLabs: Azure ML Studio, Cognitive Services (e.g. using PostMan)
14:15-14:30Break
14:30-15:30Labs: ML.NET, Cognitive ServicesLabs: Azure ML Studio, Cognitive Services (e.g. using PostMan)
15:30-15:45Break
15:45-16:45Labs: ML.NET, Cognitive ServicesLabs: Azure ML Studio, Cognitive Services (e.g. using PostMan)
19:00Bowling night

Friday 1st of February 2019 – Day 5
Topic of the day: Looking into the future

TimeTopicDescription
8:15-9:15
Building a data center
9:15-9:30
Break
9:30-10:30
The Soul in the Machine: Adapting your Design Philosophy
Albert Shum
How do we create technology that serves human intent? And what’s the role of AI in building that future? Explore how design systems and automation make us more creative with CVP of Design Albert Shum.
10:30-10:45
Break
10:45-11:45
.NET 3.0 – Open source
Scott Hunter
With .NET Core and the .NET Standard, Microsoft has done a major commitment to open source. Looking at GitHub alone, Microsoft is one of the largest contributors to open source. In this talk you'll get an understanding of why Microsoft doing this, and why is this important?
11:45-13:15
Lunch/Tour/Chalk talk
13:15-14:15
Trends of the future
Mark Russinovich
Mark will present key cloud technology trends that are changing every business, including serverless, IoT, AI/ML, blockchain and more. In addition to describing where they are heading, he will share and demonstrate Azure’s unique perspectives and offerings to show you how to leverage them.
14:15-14:30
Break
14:30-15:30
Holographic computing
Nancy Li
15:30-15:45
Break
15:45-16:45
Quantum Revolution, Q#
John Azariah
Quantum computing takes a giant leap forward from today’s technology — one that will forever alter our economic, industrial, academic, and societal landscape. This has massive implications for your customers in any industry including healthcare, energy, environmental systems, smart materials, and more. Learn how Microsoft is taking a unique revolutionary approach to quantum and how your customers can get started developing quantum solutions with the Quantum Development Kit.

LEAP Quotes

"One of the best parts of LEAP is the networking and the opportunities to meet the people behind the products we use daily. As an architect you leave LEAP with knowledge, new contacts and inspiration to build the best systems for the future."

 

Niall Merrigan, LEAP participant, Capgemini

Participating at the LEAP Program gave me a more thorough understanding of the solutions and technologies that are available. I now know who to contact and where to find the particular information about all the newest tools and technologies that are available. Participating in LEAP has given me new tools and processes, as well as insights into how to deploy them to deliver maximum value for my company and the team. I am already looking truly forward attending LEAP 2018.

 

Kåre Seest Rasmussen, Leas Data Architect, DONG Energy

“The LEAP program gives us a remarkable opportunity to be in front on Microsoft technology. LEAP have succeeded in creating a forum where you connect with Microsoft product experts and fellow software architects from other industries. eSmart Systems have gained great value from participating in LEAP and will continue to send participants to the program.”

 

Erik Åsberg, CTO eSmart Systems AS

The team

Agenda Committee

 

John Henrik Andersen
ISV Lead


Einar Ingebrigtsen
External consultant - CTO of Dolittle


Olav Tollefsen
Principal Technical Evangelist


Jessica Perez
Senior Technical Evangelist


The organizer

 

Jana Amirali
LEAP Project Manager

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jana-amirali/
Twitter: @amiralijana
Email: a-jaamir@microsoft.com

Contact us

If you have any questions about the LEAP program contact us at leap-program@microsoft.com