We had a wonderful two days in Cape Town, South Africa with over 3,000 attendees turning up to hear the latest developments on Microsoft 365 and Azure.
The team came to the event acutely aware of the water crisis in the local area. We were pleased to announce the event was a water-neutral event and to aid in that effort, Microsoft South Africa donated USD $15,000 (ZAR $200,000) to The Gift of Givers Foundation.
A few of the attendees had a chance to let us know what they expected to learn over the next two days.
We started Day 1 with two keynotes. Our first keynote was focused on Microsoft 365 with Product Marketing Manager @Kim Kischel taking the stage to share Microsoft's vision of the Modern Workplace and showcase some cool demos too.
Our second keynote was focused on Azure and delivered by Microsoft General Manager of Azure Experience Marketing, Victoria Grady. We were excited to share the news of local datacenters planned for launch later this year.
The learning continued across a number of different formats including breakouts, labs, workshops, and packed theater sessions.
As always our experts were on hand to answer any questions! MVPs and Microsoft experts were available to answer a wide range of questions from Azure to EMS, from Visual Studio to Microsoft 365, Containers to Staff Hub. If you are able to attend any of our remaining Tech Summit events and have a question, make a beeline to the Microsoft Expert Center to find answers to your questions about Microsoft Technology.
The Hub is where you can find the Expert Center, Partner booths, and the Microsoft Tech Community. We saw some new areas in the hub including a Device Center and an area to explore where our datacenters are around the world.
As always we feature two panel discussions during the 'Ask the Experts' Networking hour at the conclusion of Day 1. Our first panel was focused on Startups in South Africa and was moderated by Microsoft RD @Dave Nel featuring local MVPs Niel Zeeman, @Alistair Pugin and @Tracy van der Schyff. This panel discussion was very topical considering our latest 'Microsoft for Startups' announcement.
Our second panel discussion was focused on Diversity and Tech and moderated by Microsoft MVP @Tracy van der Schyff and featured Hayden Hainsworth (Principal Program Manager, C+E Security Engineering at Microsoft Corp), Zenobia Davidse, Director,General Support Services at Stellenbosch University) and Roshan Harneker (Senior Manager, Information and Cybersecurity Services at University of Cape Town). Listen to their inspiring talk below!
Diversity is not just a tick-box exercise, it is a major part of how Microsoft works. Listen to Public Sector Lead for Microsoft South Africa Lillian Barnard share her perspective on Diversity and Women in Tech with Diversity and Tech Community Lead @Shona Chee in the interview below.
We always have a great turnout in South Africa and Cape Town was no exception! Thank you to the community who spent 2 full days with us and especially to our local MVPs volunteering their time and expertise to the event. We hope to return next year and will be taking the event to Frankfurt next. Make sure you say hello to our community managers @Eric Starker and @Dylan Snodgrass if you are there!
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