This year Microsoft will be doing another first - Presenting the Microsoft TechEd Blogger Lounge! This is the first year the TechEd Team is setting up a special designated blogger area. The lounge is open all day during both TechEd weeks*.
The TechEd Blogger Ultra Lounge offers a 9,500 square foot club-like area situated on a daring raised glass platform. This unique lounge offers a spacious first floor with a grand staircase that leads to a theater style blacony and a Tiffany-style glass skylight. Revelers seeking bright lights and vibrant music will find an energetic blogging floor at the center of this hot new spot in the middle of TechEd!
To kick off this fantastic event, Microsoft Exchange Guy and TechEd DJ, Scott Schnoll (aka MixMaster Scott), will be spinning industrial and ultra-chill tunes for your listening and blogging pleasure.
Ok, maybe not. But there will be tables, chairs and an Internet connection.
A whiteboard will be set up for use by anyone announcing when they will be in the area. A few timeslots of an hour or so have been set up during both weeks where Microsoft staff and/or presenters will be there that day. Check the whiteboard and drop by to meet your favorite TechEd bloggers. A tentative schedule can be viewed from the TechEd Online website.
The purpose of the TechEd Blogger Lounge is to give readers and bloggers a chance to meet up and have a small group conversation on their topic.
If you're a blogger or just want to meet one (we DO exist, really!), I highly encourage you to take the initiative and use this area to become part of the blogger community. The area is large enough to handle several conversations at once.
* Of course, there will be less people there during ITDev week. :)