Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Build 2016 anticipations

This is the fourth year I have been attempting to attend Microsoft Build conference, ever since I moved to California! All of this time Microsoft technology has been my primary technical focus. This time however instead of trying to be a single microsecond faster than the other developers sitting with their laptops as the registration opens and the site goes down (sorry to say it does, pretty much every time) I got it through a Netflix corporate deal with Microsoft.

The no hardware giveaway part of the announcement was a bit sad, otherwise I am super excited to be here. By "here", I mean that I am already in San Francisco, since keynote presentation starts at 8:30 am and had I attempted to drive from my house, I would have needed to leave at least by 6 am.

So far I have:
  • Registered and got a T-shirt that is too small for me
  • Had to skip the Women@Build reception because of timing issue
  • Signed up for hands on  Microsoft Holographic Academy event! 
    • I think this is going to be the highlight of the conference 
    • Build team initially rejected my application to attend, saying the opportunity was for people who paid the 3K and preordered Hololens. However a spot opened up. Woot-woot
  • Got the Build app on iPhone and spent a lot of time designing a custom schedule
These are the details of the Microsoft Holographic Academy event:
Date:   Friday, April 1, 2016
Time:7:30AM – 11:30AM PST
Location:Moscone West Room 2022

I assume 4 hours is more than enough to marvel the awesomeness of HoloLens and we'll get to write a demo app for this. The prerequisite is to watch the Holograms 101E video tutorials. I will post an update how this went after the event on Friday. Watching first few tutorial videos reminded me of my long gone 3D programming days with OpenGL and C++, and object modeling through 3ds Max. However the augmented reality programming is going to be much more powerful and have a great number of potential applications.

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