This year, INETA will be co-hosting the Birds of a Feather sessions at Tech-Ed 2006. Hosting a BOF can be a great experience for people looking to get more exposure and experience by speaking at conferences to a group that shares your passion in technology.

For more information on how you can get involved, check out the following message from Stuart Celarier – INETA’s Birds of a Feather coordinator:

If you’re going to Tech·Ed 2006, June 11–16, in Boston, you’ll be listening to Microsoft experts, partners and gurus on a range of topics. But what about the other topics you find important and interesting? Where, among thousands of your peers at the conference, do you find the folks who share your questions or passions on some particular technology or concern? Where do you go to take part in discussions after listening all day? That’s what Birds of a Feather sessions are for!

A Birds of a Feather session is a one-hour open discussion on any topic that concerns you. It is proposed and moderated by you, community members, not Microsoft employees. It is not a talk, it is not a presentation. There are no slides or projectors. It is not scary. It is just you and your fellow professionals seizing the opportunity to have a discussion and meet one another.

Leading a Birds of a Feather session is as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Propose a topic for discussion. Submit proposals here. Proposals are due by March 31, 2006.

2. Tell your friends and colleagues to vote for your session so we can see there’s interest. Vote for sessions here.

3. Show up at Tech·Ed 2006 and spend an engaging hour with people who share your interests.

Anyone can propose a Birds of a Feather session for Tech·Ed 2006 on any topic. You do not need be a rock star, expert, or legend to lead a Birds of a Feather session. You just need to be you. If you have some knowledge about the topic, some good questions to get things rolling, and can call on people to speak, then you’ve got what it takes!

Act today! Proposals need to be submitted no later than March 31, 2006, and you want people to have a chance to vote for your proposal as one of their favorites!

The Birds of a Feather sessions are of, by, and for the community. They are directed jointly by the premier user group community organizations, INETA for the developers and Culminis for the IT professionals.

Connect with your community, propose a Birds of a Feather session, and attend the Birds of a Feather sessions at Tech·Ed.

Birds of a feather really do flock together!

Stuart Celarier, INETA
Paul Gross, Culminis
Tech·Ed 2006 Birds of a Feather track co-chairs

February 2006 INETA Newsletter

After a brief disappearance, it is great to see that the INETA Monthly Newsletter has reappeared thanks to the hard work of Scott Spradlin and his team. The latest version of the newsletter features an article by yours truly introducing a few of the new community initatives we are working on for the new year including webcasts, regional leadership summits as well as some of our previous initatives such as Birds of a Feather sessions at major conferences such as Tech Ed.

If you have a user group or are interested in getting involved with one – drop me a line as I am always interested in meeting new people from the community and I may be able to help get you on your way. I had others do the same for me when I first started at this so I know first hand that a little help really does go a long way. Thanks Julie! ;-)