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2015 Global Azure Bootcamp - Cambridge (NERD)

Join your fellow cloud-ies at the Cambridge edition of the 2015 Global Azure Bootcamp. Now in its third year, the Bootcamp brings together technologists at over 150 locations across the world for a day's worth of hands-on sessions focused on leveraging the capabilities of Microsoft Azure. 

The Boston area will play host to two events - this one at at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge and another at Blue Metal Architects in Watertown.

Plan to bring your laptop and provision at least a free trial Azure account BEFORE you come to the event (see below for details).  It is important to come prepared: getting set up is not terribly difficult, but it takes a while for things to run.  Additionally, we'll make use of this account early in the day and frequently, so setting up ahead of time will allow you to get the most out of the event.


We don't know EXACTLY what the day will look like, but it will be something like the following. It is very likely that we will make changes, some sections will go over time, some will go under time, we may reorder talks, etc. But this is the plan at least.

• 8:45 AM - BREAKFAST - fuel up with some bagels and coffee, grab a seat, get on the wifi, warm up your twitter account (#GlobalAzure and  #bostonazure).

• 9:10 AM - BEGIN - we will have a super-fast overview of the day, and get right into it

• 9:15 AM - Globally Coordinated Lab (and first cloud deployment of the day) - George Babey

• 10:00 AM - Internet of Things - Bob Familiar

• 10:45 AM - COFFEE BREAK - (we will provide coffee and some other beverages)

• 11:00 AM - Web Apps + Lab - Jason Haley

• 12:30 PM - LUNCH (at a minimum pizza will be provided – including vegetarian and vegan pizza options)

• 1:00 PM - Microservices and Seeing the Future - Mark Eisenberg

• 2:00 PM - Web Jobs + Lab - Jason Haley

• 3:00 PM - COFFEE BREAK - (we will provide)

• 3:15 PM - Streaming Media - George Babey

• 3:30 PM - Hidden Azure - Bill Wilder

• 4:30 PM - COFFEE BREAK - (we will provide)

• 4:45 PM - Intro to IaaS - Lab - Nazik Huq

• 6:00 PM - SWAG (lots of give-aways!)


1. ***MOST CRITICAL*** Create a Microsoft Azure Account and activate a subscription!

To get the most out of the day you will need a functioning Azure account. If you have an MSDN subscription (Pro or higher), you may already have an account; otherwise, obtain a a FREE 1-Month TRIAL

2. Install Visual Studio 2013. Download the Community Edition if you don't already have it installed.

3. Install the Windows Azure SDK for Visual Studio 2013 development.

4. Optionally install other SDKs for other languages and tools

5. In the event if you arrive at the bootcamp without completing the steps 2 through 4 listed above, you can spin up a VM with Visual Studio Community 2013 Edition already installed in Azure. Look for Visual Studio Community 2013 image template when you create a new VM in Azure.


Twitter:  #GlobalAzure and #bostonazure

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  • Jason H.

    The WebSites and WebJobs content (including slides) can be found in a link on my blog:

    May 6, 2015

  • Bill W.

    May 6, 2015

  • Bill W.

    I just emailed all the attendees with sponsor codes/links to redeem prizes offered by sponsors. Enjoy!

    May 6, 2015

  • George B.

    To clear up any confusion, the Cambridge event is at the NERD, 1 memorial... you may see signs for givecamp, but rest assured azure boot camp is happening here!

    April 25, 2015

    • Karen W.

      Getting there was like an obstacle course with the construction

      April 27, 2015

  • Jawahar S.

    Had a good education/review at the bootcamp. Great presentations and the lab content was good too. Will look forward to the presentation decks (I already see Bill's in his blog).

    1 · April 26, 2015

  • Karen W.

    Good presentation s. Can see a lot of commercial uses

    April 26, 2015

    • Bikram R.

      I agree. Very well organized. And proud that Boston presented in global platform.

      1 · April 26, 2015

  • Karen W.

    Topics were well presented but it was difficult to see and hear from all tables. I was in the back but once I moved I was ok. Thanks to Gavin for catching me up on installing.

    April 26, 2015

  • Curt

    Very Informative

    1 · April 26, 2015

  • Tim L.

    Anyone managed to complete the last lab? I couldn't connect to the second VM; whenever I click connect Azure keep sending me the rdp link to the first VM. I learned a bunch of Azure features. Thank you presenters.

    April 26, 2015

  • Adam O.

    Planning to move my Electronic Medical Record application to SQL Server and the Cloud

    2 · March 25, 2015

    • Bikram R.

      Hi Adam we can talk at 2015 azure boot camp nerd. Ru attending?

      April 19, 2015

  • Olimpia Estela C.

    I am planning to go to BlueMetal in Watertown

    1 · March 19, 2015

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