Happy new year guys! Let’s start off the year by telling you about events to look forward to in 2020. We are putting together conferences and trade shows Microsoft will host or participate in across the Middle East and Africa. The 2020 Microsoft events in the Middle East and Africa target students, developers, IT pros, partners and customers.
We are sharing details of events we have confirmed. However don’t hesitate to share with us events we haven’t included; email@example.com so we can add them. We will also have a separate post that will focus mainly on the various Microsoft meetup communities and their events across the MEA region.
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Microsoft User Group Ghana (MUGGH) invites you to join the Global Microsoft 365 Developer Bootcamp 2019 event in Accra, Ghana. Come and learn about new technologies and products included in Microsoft 365 at the free, one-day, hands-on training event. Scheduled to take place October 26th 2019 at the Microsoft office in Accra.
The event will be led by Microsoft MVPs and community leaders. You’ll learn the latest technologies on Microsoft 365 platform that you can apply to your future projects. These including Microsoft Graph, SharePoint Framework, Microsoft Teams, Office Add-ins and Actionable Messages, etc. Get to meet and network with other IT Professionals.
Visit event page and register (free event but you need to register) to participate in the bootcamp. Don’t forget to share with your community of IT Pros, developers, admins etc.
Update: There are two event days now. So kindly click the event for the day that suits you or that isn’t filled up yet. Thank you.
Microsoft Ignite The Tour will take place in Johannesburg, Tel Aviv and Dubai in 2020.
Microsoft’s annual technical training for developers and IT professionals conference, Ignite, will be hitting the roads again. Microsoft Ignite is going global and will be in a city near you next year. This will be after the main Ignite conference takes place November 4th to 8th 2019 in Orlando, Florida.
Like last year Microsoft promises to bring the same vibe to you during a two day event on this tour. Get to learn ways to build solutions as well as migrate and manage your infrastructure. Meet people in software development, security, architecture and IT. Get hands-on and deep dive experiences in areas such as security, cloud and hybrid infrastructure and development.
In the Microsoft Middle East and Africa region the events will take place in Johannesburg, Dubai and Tel Aviv. The Johannesburg, South Africa event is scheduled to take place January 30-31, 2020. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 10-11, 2020 and April 22-23, 2020 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Promising over 100 sessions the event will help you grow your skills, explore new technology and connect with Microsoft engineers. If you are planning to attend there will be so many topics and sessions you’ll need to tailor the experience to what you want to leave with.
Again I echo, dear Microsoft can we have some of these events across West, North and East Africa? Thank You. I think I have spoken the mind of a lot of developers and IT Pros in the region. Also with the launch of the Africa Development Center this should be a thing.
Head over to the Microsoft Ignite The Tour event pages of each city.
Registration links aren’t live yet for Dubai and Tel Aviv. We will update this post once this happens. Update: Links for Johannesburg and Dubai are live, click to register.
The fourth edition of MEST Africa Summit will be in collaboration with Microsoft. This year Microsoft partners with MEST in the event as platinum sponsors. The summit will explore the latest innovations in the African tech ecosystem. Mest Africa Summit 2019 will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from June 10th to the 12th.
The 3 day Pan-African Tech Summit will have keynotes, fireside chats, panel discussions and workshops. It will look to discuss key topics impacting entrepreneurs and investors in Africa’s technology space. Conversations will range from the impact of AI and machine learning on Africa’s workforce, the role of tech in cultivating a more energy-efficient Africa, ways data is being used to enable financial inclusion on the continent, how key sectors and innovations are contributing to the ecosystem, etc.
“At Microsoft we believe in empowering every organization and person to do more. The work that MEST does with innovators in Africa aligns perfectly with our mission to transform people’s lives through technology engagement.” – Chris Lwanga, Senior Director Software Partnerships, Microsoft
“As we gear up for this year’s Summit, we’re excited to welcome some of Africa’s most engaging entrepreneurs, partners, corporate leaders and ecosystem facilitators. We’re thrilled to partner with Microsoft, whose entrepreneur toolkit is helping developers across the continent more easily build impactful solutions. We look forward to diving deep into discussions around the innovations and solutions that are rapidly driving change on the continent.” – Aaron Fu, Managing Director, MEST
2019 MEST AFRICA CHALLENGE
MEST Africa Summit 2019 will also host the Mest Africa Challenge finals. Competing regional finalist will pitch to win the grand price of $50K in equity investment and the chance to join the MEST community. Finalist teams are from Ghana(OZE), Nigeria(Ampz_TV), South Africa(Snode Technologies), Kenya(Wayawaya Ltd) and Cote d’Ivoire(Seekewa).
Visual Studio 2019 general availability is 2nd April 2019. Microsoft is hosting a virtual launch event with global local meetups.
Visual Studio 2019 will become generally available on 2nd April 2019 and Microsoft is hosting a virtual launch event. The event will stream live with local launch meetups across the globe between April 2nd and June 30th. A virtual attendee party called #CodeParty will also take place after the launch event with prizes up for grabs.
Microsoft’s launch event invitation reads:
“The Visual Studio 2019 Launch Event is Coming April 2nd, 9:00am PT(4pm GMT). Whether you’re a C#, C++ or Python dev & target the web, desktop or cloud, we’ll have demos & sessions for all the new goodies coming to Visual Studio 2019. Join us on April 2 at 4 PM PT (11pm GMT) for the virtual attendee party after #VS2019 launch and win prizes like a Surface Go, an Xbox, and gift cards from MobilizeNet, Telerik, Docker, & more! #CodeParty“.
Microsoft Partner Program Manager Scott Hanselman will be leading the Keynote session and promises “it’s something really special“.
“The #VS2019 launch is coming up next Tues April 2nd, and I’m deeply proud of the keynote. I hope it’s not like ANYTHING you’ve seen before. I’ve worked with @ch9 for weeks & while it’s just an hour, it’s something really special.” – Scott Hanselman
How can you join the Visual Studio 2019 Launch event?
You can watch the live events on Visual Studio’s Twitch, YouTube, or Channel 9 pages. (You can bookmark this page and refer to the launch date for links, we might just embed it here.)