What will you experience at TechEd? Highlights & Core Learning Ops

Are you new to TechEd, and wondering what it's really like? Here are the highlights you'll experience at Microsoft TechEd 2014 in Houston. (Hint: Be prepared to start planning your own conference schedule when our content catalog launches in early March.) Check out the TechEd 2014 Conference Agenda and explore last year's session catalog to learn more about what you can expect this year.

TechEd Highlights

  • Pre-Conference Seminars - Day 0: Choose from 10 Pre-Con Seminar topics and dive right in! Add a Pre-Con to your TechEd Registration and get a full day of in-depth discussion with the experts.
  • Keynote Session - Day 1: Grab your coffee and hear the latest strategy and roadmap from Microsoft senior leadership in the TechEd Keynote.
  • Foundational Sessions - Day 1: Learn about the vision, strategy, and roadmap for Microsoft products and technologies in Foundational Sessions delivered by Microsoft senior executives.
  • TechExpo Welcome Reception - Day 1: Join Microsoft product team members, partners, and your fellow attendees at the TechExpo Welcome Reception. Explore the latest products and technologies from TechEd sponsors and exhibitors, meet with Microsoft product groups, and enjoy food and drinks with the community.
  • Women in Technology Lucheon - Day 3: Join a diverse panel discussion to hear insights and experiences at the Women in Technology Luncheon.
  • Jam Sessions - Day 2: Jump on stage and jam with us at TechEd Jam Sessions—as we take over a local night spot and rock the house.
  • TechExpo Happy Hour - Day 3: Who doesn't like happy hour? Join Microsoft product groups from the MSE and TechEd Sponsors and Exhibitors for happy hour in the TechExpo.
  • TechExpo Closing Party - Day 4: Get ready for an amazing night at the TechEd Closing Party—you won't want to miss it!

The Core of TechEd

  • In addition to the highlighted activities above, TechEd offers a depth of experience you'll find nowhere else. Throughout the week, you'll learn, connect, and explore a comprehensive array of sessions, labs, and networking opportunities that are all part of the daily offering at TechEd.
  • Breakout Sessions and Instructor-led Labs
  • Dive into technical sessions with expert speakers throughout the afternoon. Take advantage of ILLs where you can get hands-on experience with the guidance of experienced instructors.

Community Outreach

Help us give back to the Houston community at Offsite Community Outreach on Sunday, and through Onsite Community Outreach opportunities, weekdays at the convention center.


Hands-on Labs

Experience Microsoft technologies at your own pace in the HOLs. (Last year, there were more than 180 different lab titles!)


Microsoft Certification Testing

Prepare for and take Certification exams—and get 50% off the regular exam price! Access free Practice Tests, take an Exam Prep session, and get your last-minute questions answered by MCT Ambassadors. Attend the Microsoft Certification and You session, to get started.


TechEd Conference Store and Bookstore

Pick up souvenirs and the latest titles from your favorite author's at the Conference Store and Bookstore. Have your books signed by the author at Book Signings throughout the week.


TechExpo: Partner Solutions & Microsoft Solutions Experience

Networking is a key value of TechEd, and the TechExpo is a valuable resource for contacts and information. Learn about the latest solutions and product offerings from Sponsors and Exhibitors, and meet with Microsoft Product Groups in the Microsoft Solutions Experience.


More to experience at TechEd:

  • Alumni Lounge
  • Best of TechEd Awards
  • Bookstore Signings
  • Channel 9 Live at TechEd
  • Conference Store and Bookstore
  • Onsight Community Outreach
  • Platinum Partner Presentations
  • Speaker Idol

Have you registered for TechEd 2014?

The Early Bird gets the savings. That's US$300 off the standard registration fee when you register by December 31, 2013. Register today and start planning your TechEd experience!

Consider starting a day early with a Pre-Conference Seminar on Sunday, May 11. Explore this year's topics and expert speakers, and add a Pre-Con to your conference agenda.