Now in its 19th year, TechEd New Zealand is the largest IT conference in the country. Spanning three and a half days, TechEd provides delegates with the opportunity to meet Microsoft experts, and network with peers and industry influencers.

This year, TechEd 2014 kicks off on Tuesday 9 September with international keynote speakers followed by TechLive – the ultimate welcome reception at the Vector Arena in Auckland. It promises to be a great start to what should be a fantastic three and a half day techfest.

The 2014 Microsoft TechEd and TechLive event kicks off here

The 2014 Microsoft TechEd and TechLive event kicks off here

In March this year, Wharf42 was delighted to announce that it had become a Microsoft BizSpark Network Partner.

BizSpark startups get access to 900+ current, full-featured Microsoft software development tools, platform technologies, and server products to build software applications. BizSpark startups also get free monthly Windows Azure benefits enabling them to quickly build, deploy, and manage Web applications. Startups become part of the BizSpark ecosystem and get access to investors, advisors, and valuable offers to help run their businesses, find talent, and obtain financing. Startups also get access to technical, product and business training and support.

As a Microsoft BizSpark Network Partner, Wharf42 can sponsor startups and early stage businesses going through our Incubator and Accelerator Programs to become a member of the BizSpark program. This can provide literally tens of thousands of dollars of real, tangible benefits. When your startup is running lean and bootstrapped, this Program can help make all the difference.

I am looking forward to catching up with the Microsoft NZ community once more. Over the years, I have worked with Microsoft partners across New Zealand and the globe. It has taken me to Microsoft’s HQ in Redmond, to Mountain View, to Reading and beyond. (Not forgetting of course, Microsoft offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Bangalore). Now that’s some network.

If you plan to spend Tuesday evening at TechLive, drop me a line and let’s catch up. It’s one event that every Microsoft developer and IT professionals should attend.