OKC ALT.NET Open Spaces Being Planned in OKC

I was talking to Ray Lewallen, a colleague and mentor, and he mentioned that he is planning an ALT.NET Open Spaces in our region. I was very excited to hear this, I have been reading about the ALT.NET Open Spaces Conference and become very jealous that I didn't get to go. Now we will have our chance.

Ray stated that he is targeting mid July but hasn't confirmed a venue. I will be keeping track of this and making any info available as I find out. I hope Ray doesn't mind me calling every day to find out if anything is set yet ;-).

TechEd INETA Mini-Summit

Attention User Group Leaders, INETA Volunteers, and Speakers! INETA would like to invite you to join us for a Mini-Summit on Monday June 2nd, 2008 at the Orlando Convention Center. We're going to be holding a somewhat informal gathering from 3-7 PM to provide user group leaders and chance to network, meet the new board members, and spend some quality time talking with us about community.

If you are planning to attend RSVP by emailing noram.communityactivities@ineta.org and they will send you the specific locations details as they become available.

NWA Heroes Happen Here Community Launch Event

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The Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group will be hosting a Heroes Happen Here Community Launch event on June 3rd. This may be your last chance to get a launch kit. Supplies are limited so be sure to register early.

The Heroes Happen Here Community Launch events are local events sponsored by Microsoft to celebrate the release of Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008. This local event will have presentations for Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008.

So mark your calendar and make sure you don't miss this event.

I will update this post as soon as a registration link is available.

New Northwest Arkansas SQL Server User Group

Hey I wanted to make sure everyone is aware that a new user group in Northwest Arkansa is about to have its first meeting. Please note that this is a lunch meeting!

The first ever NWASQL meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Pizza will be provided and there will be several drawings for Microsoft products and other prizes!

Primary Topic: What can we expect from SQL 2008? (Boyd Evert: Speaker)
Location: Connolly Consulting, 2703 SE Otis Corley Drive, Bentonville, AR 72712
Map: http://76.215.122.46/nwasql/directions.aspx

Agenda and details are available on www.nwasql.org

If you can please be sure to show up to support this new group! It's all about community!

Gary Geddes - Nwa .NET User Group

Gary Geddes, Stratigic Security Advisor for Microsoft will be presenting at the Nwa .NET User Group meeting on May 6, 2008 (That's tonight).

The meeting is usally held at the NWACC Corporate Learning Center in Fayetteville, but since this is a joint meeting with the local ISSA group the venue has been changed to the Tyson Discovery Center.

Space is limited so be sure to register!

Gary's BIO
Gary Geddes is a Strategic Security Advisor for Microsoft Corporation based in Austin, Texas. As a member of the Microsoft National Security Team, Geddes provides security guidance and advisory services to the largest companies in the south central US. He has over 15 years of hands-on security experience and specializes in security architecture for the large enterprise. Prior to joining Microsoft, he served as a Vice President of Professional Services at Internet Security Systems and held senior security positions at Archer Technologies, EDS, and the Department of Defense. He is active in ISSA, ASIS, and the Information Security Forum.

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