The “sea change” that’s been going on at Microsoft for the past little while is one of the things that convinced me to join the company and one of the factors in their even asking me to come in for a job interview. One of the most telling signs of this sea change is in Microsoft’s new approach to open source and web, with initiatives like the Open Source Lab, improved standards support in IE8, PHP on Windows, the Web Platform Installer and Open Source Initiative-approved MS-PL license, to name a few.
We know that the web is a big salad bar of various technologies put together by different vendors and organizations, and at long last, it seems that we’re cool with that. We’ve been reaching out to web developers of all stripes, from Microsoft “true believers” to people who don’t typically build their stuff with or on our stuff.
Make Web Not War is an event being held in Vancouver on June 2nd and Toronto on June 10th where we invite people building solutions on the web – whether you build on Microsoft tech or not – to get together and:
- Hear from people who build on open source and Microsoft technologies
- Network with other web developers living and working in your area
- Learn about the latest Microsoft technologies and how they work with open source
- Get technical training to build your web development portfolio
- Win prizes and get your Web Warrior DVD featuring all the latest Microsoft Web Resources
The Vancouver event takes place today, June 2nd at Microsoft’s Vancouver office (1111 W. Georgia, 11th floor). It’s a half-day event featuring a presentation by Morten Rand-Hendriksen from Pink and Yellow Media as well as breakfast, a web partner community showcase and a lunch social.
The Toronto event takes place on Wednesday, June 10th at the Ted Rogers School of Management (use the entrance at 55 Dundas Street W.) and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. It’s a full-day event with presentations by:
- David Crow, Microsoft
- Mano Kulasingam, Digiflare Inc.
- Brendan Sera-Shriar, PHUG.ca / Rich Media Institute
- Stephen Nichols, Softcom
- Yann Larrivée, PHPQuebec
The Toronto event will feature breakfast, keynote, web partner community showcase, another keynote, lunch, breakout sessions, a Windows Server 2008 InstallFest, a web developer technical session and the FTW! competition final showdown. It’s be a very full day.
The registration fee for both the Vancouver and Toronto events is “donate what you want”, with a suggested donation of CAD$10. The money will go to a good cause: PREVnet.ca, the anti-bullying network.
Whether you’re a died-in-the-wool ASP.NET type, think in PHP or create new web applications by typing in
rails mynewapp at the command prompt, Make Web Not War has something for you. For more details about Make Web Not War, check out the official site.