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Sasha Krsmanovic Canadian Developer Community Update

Last night we held the first ever MSDN Canada Inter User group competition. Five groups made it to the finals. The event itself was an uber geek event, with 5 groups in 4 cities jouning in to a giant Web Cast with some 200 people across Canada watching the show.  All 5 groups had a party to celebrate the work they did over the past few months. Many of these guys put in hundreds of hours into their solutions. I wanted to congratulate them all on job VERY WELL done. “Unfortunately“, we had to pick a winner, but in my eyes, all of these groups are champions.

This year's finalists were:

Toronto VB User Group (TVBUG)

Metro Toronto User Group

Montreal .NET User Group

Ottawa .NET User Group

Montreal Architecture .NET User Group

After all groups presented, UG Leaders came online voted on everyone’s entry (except their own) giving points from 1-5 (5 for the best, etc.)  After the votes have been added up, the TVBUG group from Toronto was proclaimed the champion of  the first Canadaian Inter User Group competiton. The cheers we heard over the phone were deafening.

All team members of TVBUG won a Pocket PC + FM Transmitter/Spot Watch + BBQ for their whole group + one representative will go to DevTeach conference in June to present their solution to the Canadian Developer Community.

Once again, I wanted to congratulate all teams who participated in this years competition. I look forward to working with you again.

For those of you who are interested in watchng the presentations, here are the recordings. Feel free to vote here at my blog as well, I am very interested to see what do you think of these solutions. Each video is approximately 15 minutes long. (they take about 30 sec to load)

TVBUG – THE CHAMPIONS

http://esd.placeware.com/archive/MSFT/UG-01.html

METRO TORONTO

http://esd.placeware.com/archive/MSFT/UG-02.html

MONTREAL .NET USER GROUP

http://esd.placeware.com/archive/MSFT/UG-03.html

OTTAWA .NET USER GROUP

http://esd.placeware.com/archive/MSFT/UG-04.html

MONTREAL .NET ARCHITECTURE USER GROUP 

http://esd.placeware.com/archive/MSFT/UG-05.html

 

 

 

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2005 3:55 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: First Ever Canadian User Group Competition

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If group were able to vote against each other, how can you be sure, the votes were impartial and not simply strategic?
Left by Paul Brandson (not a contestant) on Apr 25, 2005 10:20 AM

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The groups were asked to submit their marks via e mail before they went online to vote - so that's how 'cheating' (last minute changes) was prevented.

There might have been some strategy involved, but at the end of the day, all groups voted, so regardless of the drategy they couldn't prevent other groups from voting for their competitiors.
Left by Sasha on Apr 27, 2005 9:41 AM

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If you look on the winner user site, you see the both Toronto group was in the same room to vote. So how can you be sure they don't cheet.
Left by Marc Samson on May 02, 2005 10:26 AM

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