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.NET Conf was a free, live streamed, 3 day virtual developer event co-organized by the .NET community and Microsoft Sept 19-21. Go to for more details.

We will be holding our own .NET Conf on Thursday evening Oct 12, 2017. The format involves each speaker giving a talk for only 20 minutes on a topic that emerges from the conference. More details will follow shortly after the conference takes place. For the moment, this is the tentative list of speakers who have agreed to deliver 20 minutes talks:

• Sergiy Baidachny

• Mark Schramm

• Jef King

• Ash Prasad

• Adrian Stevens

• Medhat Elmasry (standby)

Two user groups (Windows platform developers and .NET BC) are coming together to give you this great event. There will be 5-6 separate talks (time permitting), each 20 minutes long, on the following select topics that emerged from the conference:

1) Go Serverless with Azure Functions, Jef King, 6:00 PM to 6:20 PM

2) Build Your Own Cortana Skill, Mark Schramm, 6:25 PM to 6:45 PM

3) Net Standard 2.0, Ash Prasad, 6:50 PM to 7:10 PM

4) Xamarin.Forms 3.0, Adrian Stevens, 7:15 PM to 7:35 PM

5) What new in C#, Sergii Baidachnyi, 7:40 PM to 8:00 PM

6) Microsoft Graph for the .NET Developer, Medhat Elmasry, 8:05 PM to 8:25 PM (time permitting)


Sergii Baidachnyi

Sergii Baidachnyi is a principal developer evangelist at Microsoft. Currently residing in Canada, Sergii is responsible for working with the developer community and promoting client-development tools as a superior mechanism for creating cross-platform business applications.

The author was introduced to the .NET platform circa 2001, and since that time, he has actively participated in a number of .NET projects, developing, managing, and architecting financial, medical, and multimedia applications. At the same time, Sergii led Microsoft IT Academy, where he delivered .NET-related training on C#, Windows Forms, ASP.NET, and so on. He has published articles and reviews in multiple IT-industry magazines and several books on ASP.NET, Silverlight, Windows Forms, and Windows 8 Development. His book about Windows 10 development is available on

Amazon (

.You can read more of Sergii's musings on his blog at (

. You can also catch him attending and speaking at Microsoft events around Canada. Sergii's twitter handle is @sbaidachni.

Jef King

Jef King is a technical evangelist at Microsoft. Currently working with Microsoft partners across western Canada. Most recently Jef went to Nairobi, Kenya to build a BOT for the largest comic book publisher on the planet. He also, finds a bit of time to work on a game which uses Azure Container Service to handle the high performance workload.

Mark Schramm

Mark Schramm, Microsoft MVP, Windows Development. Mark has over Sixty Apps in the Microsoft Store. He develops Windows Apps, Cognitive Services applications and for cross-platform apps. Mark currently is providing coaching and mentoring services to Microsoft's Garage Interns and managing his own development consulting company. Mark is the organizer for the Vancouver Windows Platform Developer Group.

Adrian Stevens

Adrian is the curriculum lead for Xamarin University at Microsoft. He also co-runs, the first user group in Vancouver focused on cross platform .NET development.

Adrian has a long history of mobile app development, having co-founded two previous software development and consulting companies.

Adrian is a C# mobile development expert with extensive experience developing iOS, Android and Windows.

Specialties: Xamarin Forms, Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, Windows Phone, Windows UWP, C#, WPF, ASP.NET, Azure. Basically anything that can be programmed in C# (and a little F#).

Ash Prasad

Ashish (Ash) Prasad has been developing software for close to 20 years. He currently works as Director of Engineering at DNN Corp. (formerly known as DotNetNuke) from their Langley, BC office. The DNN platform is one of the largest open-source ASP.NET based Content Management System (CMS) around the world. Ash and his team are actively developing on cloud using Azure tools and technologies such as DocumentDB, App Insights, Search, etc. Ash is a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and Development Technologies. Ash can be found on twitter at @ashishprasad.

Medhat Elmasry

Medhat Elmasry was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He obtained his first and second degrees from the UK. He wrote his first commercial computer program in Cobol on an NCR computer that used punched cards in the 80s while working for the "United Nations Economic Commission for Africa" in Addis Ababa. Currently, Medhat is an instructor at BCIT in the Computing department, an independent IT contractor, and a founder of the .NET BC user group in Vancouver, Canada. He is also a regular speaker at user group meetings and technology conferences. Medhat likes to dabble in various technologies pertaining to Web, .NET, Mobile, Cloud and Java spaces. He blogs at