Get Ready

TechEd attendees have access to a variety of special events and activities designed to provide you with more opportunities for one-on-one interaction with Microsoft and industry thought leaders, as well as your peers who share your technology interests and business challenges. By bringing the TechEd and MMS communities together, you will have the opportunity to expand your network with the most knowledgeable professionals in the industry. We’ve put together resources to help you make the most of your TechEd experience and to hit the ground running Houston! Click on the links on the left to find out how you can Learn, Connect and Explore at TechEd.

Get the TechEd Apps

Plan your schedule from the web site or one of several apps! Get direct access to the TechEd Schedule Builder, Speaker info, news posts, maps and more with the Channel 9 Events app for Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS or Android. Search the app store for “Ch9 Events” or go here for direct links:


Certification Central

Keep your skills relevant, applicable, and competitive with a Microsoft Certification. Learn, practice and talk one-on-one with the training experts on a variety of technologies. All Certification exams taken at TechEd are offered at 50% off the regular price for registered attendees.

Channel 9 Live

The Channel 9 team will be broadcasting live, unscripted and 100% interactive from the TechExpo. Our hosts will be speaking with executives, engineers, session presenters, industry luminaries and YOU! Be a part of the conversation in-person or online via Twitter. Send your questions and comments by referencing @ch9live in your tweet.

Digital Wall & Lounge

The Digital Wall features the latest information on event activities and promotions, sponsors and exhibitors and Microsoft products. Be sure to visit the lounge during lunch each day to hear about Platinum Partner solutions and watch the Speaker Idol competition.

Learning Opportunities

Take advantage of the many ways you can get technical training and Microsoft product and technology information at TechEd:

Each session type provides you with different learning opportunities and we’ve coded them to help you identify the session type, track and technical level. Check out the Content Catalog for more information.

Platinum Partner Presentations

Our Platinum Partners take center stage at the Digital Wall for a 15-minute interactive session to educate attendees about their innovative products and solutions. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about their latest offerings!

Speaker Idol

Meet the next generation of TechEd speakers at Speaker Idol where contestants give a five-minute presentation in front of an audience and a panel of esteemed judges. The grand prize is a speaking slot at next year’s TechEd! Come to the Digital Wall each day during lunch to see who could be speaking at TechEd next year.

TechEd 101

Sunday, May 11, 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Whether you are a first-time attendee or seasoned alumni, TechEd 101 explains the many learning opportunities available throughout the week, and what has changed since you last attended, so you can create your ideal conference experience.

TechEd Blog

Make sure you subscribe to the TechEd Blog. You will find helpful tips to help you plan your best event experience and while you are at TechEd, this will be the place to find out about:

  • Daily schedule updates
  • Session or speaker changes
  • Repeat sessions
  • And more news!

Women in Technology

Wednesday, May 14, 11:45am - 1:15pm
Breakthrough: Overcoming Obstacles to Success
Career obstacles can come in many forms, both internal and external. Overcoming those obstacles requires an ability to envision what’s possible. Join us for a panel discussion centered on breaking through barriers to success and achieving the unexpected. The panel will feature speakers from Microsoft and other organizations talking about their experiences confronting the particular obstacles to a career in technology. Come hear how our panelists achieved their goals.