Join the #CodeGeneration Movement

Building on Microsoft’s recent announcement to invest $75 million in community programs to increase access to computer science education for all youth worldwide, Microsoft Canada is launching the #codegeneration movement – to inspire Canadian youth (13 -18 year olds) to learn more about coding. #codegeneration will run from now until Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13). 

Join the Movement!

Help us spread the word and teach Canadian youth to create with technology. Anyone can code, it’s simple and easy.

  • Coding Challenges: For the next five weeks, Microsoft will be issuing coding challenges at www.CodeGeneration.ca. Students who complete these weekly challenges will have the chance to win points towards prizes while learning the basics of coding; and parents and teachers can find resources to help them lead students in these challenges themselves.
  • “Hour of Code” Sessions: As a founding corporate supporter of Code.org, Microsoft is offering free Preparation Webinars with live chat for questions and answers on November 24 and December 1.  Ready to hold your own Hour of Code with your students – download your toolkit today and lead them through a Minecraft tutorial.  Or schedule a field trip to a local Microsoft Retail Stores during Computer Science Education Week to give young developers the opportunity to learn coding. For more info, please visit the In-Store event section at a store near you.

Spread the word!

Microsoft Ignite Conference 2015 Roundup

Here is my presentation from last weeks Victoria Office 365 User Group in Victoria, BC.

“Microsoft’s Ignite Conference in Chicago last month was a huge event- 23,000+ attendees -and a lot of genuinely interesting technology news came out of it . I’ll share with you here my take on the big items of the event, flavoured through my lens of SharePoint/Office 365.

The core concepts: Microsoft is taking a mobile-first, cloud-first approach with three top priorities: to usher in an era of more personal computing, to reshape work and productivity with enhanced products and processes, and to build trust in a reliable, extensible cloud service offering.

What’s more, for us here in Canada, a lot of these announcements take on huge new relevance as Microsoft just announced on June 2 (http://reimagine.microsoft.ca/en-ca/) that they are opening data centers located on our soil. This opens up the doors to a Government and Private industry base that previously had been not able to leverage these services.

I will talk a bit on the upcoming on premise version of SharePoint 2016, the latest in Office 365 (including Delve/Office Graph), and more. ”

Speaker:  Keith Tuomi, FCV Interactive
Duration: 30 minutes
Audience: Business Professionals (Managers, Project Managers, etc.)
Technical Level: 200

Reddit Q&A with the SharePoint MVP Experts Chat On Oct 29th

From the MVP Community Program:

We are launching our SharePoint MVP Expert Chats again!  Have questions about SharePoint 2010 or 2013?  Or SharePoint Online? Office 365?  Please join us October 29th at 1pm EST or 10am PDT where you can have your questions answered live!  We will be using the Reddit Ask Me Anything format.  This is new to us but many of Microsoft teams are using this medium now.  Please create a Reddit account beforehand so you can be ready to ask questions.  More information on the chat and room location will be available on Oct 29th in the SharePoint forum.  Hope you can join us!

https://www.reddit.com/r/sharepoint

Hope you can join us!

MVP Experts Participating:

Gavin Barron Blog Twitter
Andrew Connell Blog Twitter
Cathy Dew Blog Twitter
Randy Drisgill Blog Twitter
Spencer Harbar Blog Twitter
Doug Hemminger Blog Twitter
Sahil Malik Blog Twitter
Sean McNeill Blog Twitter
John Ross Blog Twitter
Eric Shupps Blog Twitter
Melissa Travers Blog Twitter
Kris Wagner Blog Twitter
Doug Ware Blog Twitter
Wictor Wilen Blog Twitter
Shane Young Blog Twitter

SharePoint Server MVP Award #2

Keith Tuomi - SharePoint Server MVP 2014
I’ve been awarded as a SharePoint Server MVP for year 2 today.

It was a great first year, there’s nothing like your first MVP Summit, your first SharePoint Conference, and all the other experiences as an MVP- putting the names to the faces of all the online SharePoint mentors and heroes you’ve had over the years.

I’d like to extend a ginormous thanks to MVP Program and it’s awesome Managers, and secondly Sean Wallbridge & Colin Phillips and all at itgroove, but that goes without saying (almost) as we all work hard in our crew every day, elbow to elbow, advancing our experience as Microsoft Technologists. My success today is everyone else at itgroove’s success as well.

My success is also based on the community I can help- my IT & technology goals have always been assisted by others willing to take the time out to help for reasons other than the almighty $. It is a genuine goodtimes feeling when you help someone out with a nagging technology issue and know someone out there can get on with their day to further productivity, maybe even get out of the office earlier. 😉 The MVP program allows me to fulfill that pattern as people get that much more confidence that they can take a chance on asking a question on a blog, or trust an answer in a forum.

MVP Program Overview
The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award is our way of saying thank you to exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others. It is part of Microsoft’s commitment to supporting and enriching technical communities. Even before the rises of the Internet and social media, people have come together to willingly offer their ideas and best practices in technical communities.

At Microsoft, we recognize the vital role these individuals play in the adoption and advancement of technology—and in helping our customers do great things with our products. This was the inspiration for the Microsoft MVP Award. Nearly two decades ago, we awarded 37 technical community leaders as MVPs.
Today, there are more than 4,000 MVPs worldwide. They represent more than 90 countries, speak over 40 languages, answer more than 10 million questions a year, and are awarded in almost 90 Microsoft technologies—reflecting the breadth of our products and our global communities.

Students: Careers working with Microsoft SharePoint

A while ago David Mann Mirjam van Olst Rob Foster and Todd Klindt agreed to record a special edition of the SharePoint PodShow for Microsoft Student Partners.

The MVP program recently made this publicly available on the Microsoft Student Mentor YouTube channel. Such an awesome recording where these MVPs share their beginnings in IT, their journey into the SharePoint world and secrets to their success and tips for students wanting to embark on a career in this field.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx34oYiXtJk&list=UUA_ReRpx4Wl…

vSharePoint User Group March Presentation – SharePoint Conference 2014 Review

Here are the assets from my presentation last Thursday at the Victoria SharePoint user group, vSharePoint. In addition to our meetup.com site, be sure to also check out our Office 365 hosted site at www.vsharepoint.com, which has all past Presentations available for download.

In the presentation I share the stories from my trip to Las Vegas to attend the SharePoint Conference 2014.

SharePoint Conference 2014 Review by Keith Tuomi

Thanks to everyone for coming out, Kelly Marshall for MC’ing, prizes and tweetage, and Sean Wallbridge , Microsoft  & Kwizcom for supporting the User Group.


Free Online SharePoint Conference

SharePoint24
https://www.sp24conf.com

Facts

SP24 will last for 24 hours and will comprise of 48 sessions running across a business and technical track. SP24 will be held on-line using live streaming and will feature many speakers who have been voted for by the community, plus a few well knowns! Last but not least, it’s completely free for all attendees.

The Team!

Team

SP24 is being faciliated by some of th  Community Reps from the SharePoint-Community.net. We’ve been asked many times to run on-line SharePoint events, so here we are with something pretty big! To find our more about the team, please visit our ‘Meet the Team​’ and don’t hesitate to ask anyone a question!

The Date!

The Teaser

SP24 will start with an amazing keynote at 10pm GMT on April 16th and will finish at 11pm GMT on April 17th. We will shortly be releasing the sessions shown in your local time ​as soon as we have finalised the list of speakers. Each ses​​sion will fit into a 60 minute slot and there will be 2 live slots every hour.

​​​​​We think SP24 is a SharePoint Conference with a difference and if you are interested in SharePoint we think you will love it, and here’s why :

  • SP24 lasts for 24 hours and will follow the sun from New Zealand to Hawaii.
  • SP24 will feature speakers that are        voted for by the community.
  • SP24 has 2 tracks, one to appeal to Business Users and one that will excite technicians such as developers and adminsitrators.
  • SP24 is going to be held entirely on-line.
  • SP24 is following a similar format that has already proved to ​be really successful at two TFT13 conferences.
  • The SP24 conference will be run using this site which is built on SharePoint 2013 hosted by Fpweb.net.

When is SP24?

SP24 will start in New Zealand on the     16th April at 10pm GMT and will finish 24 hours later.

Who is organizing SP24?

SP24 is a big event and requires a lot of co-ordination and management, so is being collectively managed by the SharePoint-Community.Net Reps. To read more about the Team members please see our ‘Meet the Team​‘ page.

The Teaser

Before we launched this site we released this promotional video to introduce the concept of SP24. Please take a moment to check it out.
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(Please note! ​the date showing in the clip is incorrect).​​

The SP24 site will be launched in 3 phases

SP24 is being built entirely with SharePoint 2013 Foundation hosted by Fpweb.net. The construction of the site has been planned over 3 phases as follows :

  1. Phase 1​ – Speaker Submissions (Live now)
  2. Phase 2 – Attendee Registration ​​(Live December 24th, 2013)
  3. Phase 3 – Conference Manageme​nt site (Live February 2014)​

Where can I find out about the sessions and how do I watch them?

You can catch the live stream event on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOj3UECdDLc

As soon as we have concluded the voting process, we will start to fill all of the sessions slots and this will be made available via our Session Browser. Each session will be live streamed via an individual session room on this site.

A typical session room will contain :

  • The Live Stream
  • Twitter Feed (based on the hashtag for the session)
  • Session Overview
  • Integrated Chat (so you can ask the speaker questions)
  • Feedback forms
  • Quizzes
  • In-session Voting
  • Speaker BIO / background.

I want to speak, how can I apply?

If you are interested in speaking at SP24, then please read our ‘Speakers Guide‘ for more details.

I want to sponsor SP24, are there any opportunities?

As you can imagine to develop, host and run such a conference requires substantial effort with associated costs. We intend to have several sponsorship opportunities available and are currently working on the finer details. If you are interested please contact     Vlad Catrinescu​.

Blog Reader for SharePoint MVP’s Windows Phone 8 App

9712c7be-7341-44af-9703-a6eb0991bd41The Blog Reader for SharePoint MVP’s App grabs the latest blog posts from all known SharePoint MVP blogs and surfaces them in one handy interface. Get the latest insider info from your favorite SharePoint MVP’s, anywhere, anytime!

Get the FREE App now

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If you are an SharePoint MVP & blogger and would like to add/update your blog, just email ktuomi@itgroove.net and I will add you.

As fuel for this App, I created a Yahoo Pipes mashup of all the SharePoint MVP blog feeds I could find after a couple hours of research.

About Yahoo Pipes:
“Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.

Like Unix pipes, simple commands can be combined together to create output that meets your needs:

    • combine many feeds into one, then sort, filter and translate it.
    • geocode your favorite feeds and browse the items on an interactive map.
    • power widgets/badges on your web site.
    • grab the output of any Pipes as RSS, JSON, KML, and other formats.”

I simply add the blog RSS feed URL’s desired (10 is the limit per widget), pipe it into a UNION, then do a sort by date descending, and output the whole thing as a consolidated RSS feed which has a Feedburner front end on it:

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Output is the combined RSS feeds of all the SP MVP’s involved:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/SpMvps

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And finally, in this scenario, i’m consuming the feed via the Windows Phone 8 i’ve created, previewed below in the super awesome Hyper-V / Visual Studio Windows Phone 8 Emulator (thanks to my colleague Colin for schooling me up on that!):

The App itself is free can be found in the Windows Phone 8 Store at http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/blog-reader-for-sharepoint-mvps/1e4bf36f-4f4d-484e-afd0-17fafb19f96a or by searching for “Blog Reader for SharePoint” either via the website http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/ff402563(v=vs.105).aspx or, of course, via the Store on your Windows 8 Phone!

Submissions/edits are most welcome, if you know of any more active SharePoint MVP bloggers, please let me know at ktuomi@itgroove.net!

SharePoint MVP

Keith-Tuomi-SharePoint-MVPI am now a Microsoft SharePoint MVP. A big thanks goes out to all my mentors & heroes  in the world of Microsoft technologies- Sean & the itgroove team, Yaroslav Pentsarsky, Bjoern Rapp, Stephen Cawood, John Mitchell, Stefan Kamphuis, Erik van Ballegoij & all the Dotnetnuke folks, Chris Plasun, Tim Austin, the MSFT staff on the MSDN forums, Mark Russinovich, Joel Oleson, Spencer Harbar, Marc Anderson, Tobias Zimmerman, Randy Drisgill, Todd Klindt (& more!).

Special thanks goes to my dad, Brian, for supporting me from first computer in 1990 (and putting up with all the trouble my hacking and phone phreaking got me into), onto BCIT & then into global business.

Thanks of course to Microsoft for running the MVP program – it is an extremely worthwhile system that bridges the gap between community, technology & business.