Windows 8 launched this month along with the Surface tablet and WIndows Phone 8. It's an interesting time for Microsoft and a great time to get acquainted with the new tools.
Here is the official blurb:
Full Day of Hands On Programming, B.Y.O. Laptop!
Windows 8 is is the single biggest opportunity for developers EVER! Come to a “Windows 8 Unleashed” event to kick-start your Windows 8 Metro Style development. “Windows 8 Unleashed” is a series of FREE events run by your local community friends and leaders, and are great whether you are an experienced .NET developer, or even if you are just getting started. We’ll spend the morning of each Unleashed event in lecture and hands on labs. Half way through, you’ll get a chance to take what you learned in the morning and compete in a hackathon with a chance to win some great prizes!
Build an App and Win Money and Prizes!
Our sponsors have stepped up with some awesome prizes. Not only do you get a ton of information for FREE, but you have an opportunity to win some awesome stuff! You can’t afford to miss this! (Full Agenda at the bottom of this page)
“Day of” prizes will be awarded at each Unleashed event (sponsored by PDSA):
1st Place: $500 Gift Card
2nd Place: $200 Gift Card
3rd Place: $100 Gift Card
“Best Overall App” Prizes will be awarded to the best app from ALL unleashed events:
$10,000 from ComponentArt
In addition all attendees will receive a FREE eBook from O’Reilly