Last year Microsoft launched a great way to get to TechEd… the Get On The Bus Tour. Unfortunately for me, last year’s bus tour was restricted to US citizens. Some of us were none too pleased about that, but met the bus in Los Angeles when they all got off.
It seems that our voices were heard, and someone at Microsoft was more than eager to make up for it. That is why I am thrilled to tell you that Get On The Bus 2010 will not only accept Canadians… it will actually be STARTING in Canada!
Yes folks, you heard right… the famous cross-country tour is starting in the city I know and love… Montreal! That will kick off a 10-city road tour down the East Coast toward New Orleans and TechEd 2010! At each city the experts will offer a deep-dive into Windows 7 and Office 2010, and present specific learning paths for the latest Microsoft Certifications… and the best thing about it is IT’S FREE!
The Get On The Bus crew will include Brad McCabe, Stephen Rose, Andy O’Donald, Tjeerd Veninga, Dana Calleja, Dan Stolts, Blain Barton, Chanel Chambers, Justin Rodino, and Melissa Bathum. I know most of these folks and all I can say is I WISH I COULD RIDE ALONG! As it stands, I hope to be able to get down to Montreal to see the bus off… as well as catch some of the break-out sessions 🙂
The tour will kick off in Montreal on May 21st, and will wind its way through Boston, New York (Manhattan), Philadelphia, Washington (two days!), Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, and finally will arrive in style at the site of TechEd 2010, New Orleans! (For a list of tour dates as well as registration links click http://microsoftbustour.com/tour-dates/)
As this tour is a huge COMMUNITY FOCUSED initiative, you can follow them on either Twitter (@thebustour) or on Facebook (Find us on Facebook). But most importantly don’t forget to register today and meet the van in your city of choice… and if you choose Montreal make sure you say Hi to me!