Saturday, 27 April 2019 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

One day event where everyone, globally, talks about the expanding universe of Microsoft Azure!

Deep Dive Sessions

One full day of deep dive sessions on Microsoft Azure for Developers and IT Pro's delivered by the experts to get you started on complex topics like Azure AD integration, data analytics, bots, iPaaS, and more!

Free Registration

Entry to this event is totally free! What's more? There will be SWAG and prizes from our sponsors! But you must register to reserve your seat!

Discuss with Experts

Have questions, need to discuss your technical issues, or looking for some advice? Do attend and speak to the experts.

Social Connect

Catch up with all the Azure people in Brisbane. Exchange ideas, stories, contact details, etc.


Learn more about this feature packed event

08:30-09:00 - Meet & Greet

Pick up your name badge!

09:00-09:10 - Welcome

Introduction & Logistics

Damien Berry / Todd Whitehead (Organisers)

09:10-10:15 - Keynote

Building a Complex Demo in Azure Using Azure Pipelines

Damian Brady
(Cloud DevOps Advocate at Microsoft)

10:15-10:30 - Morning Tea

Light refreshments

10:30-11:15 - Session 1

Internet of Stranger Things

Todd Whitehead (CSA, Microsoft)

11:15-12:00 - Session 2

Getting Started with Cosmos DB & EF Core

Thiago Passos (Solution Architect, SSW)

12:00-13:00 - Lunch

Food will be served

Vegetarian options included.

Throughout the Day

Hands-On Labs

Available in a separate room.

13:00-13:45 - Session 3

Starting with Azure Cognitive Services

David Alzamendi
(Data Analytics & Cloud Consultant, WardyIT)

13:45-14:30 - Session 4

How to Tame a Penguin - Master Linux with Azure

Brendan Richards (Snr Software Architect, SSW)

14:30-15:15 - Session 5

Real-Time Face Recognition with Microsoft Cognitive Services

Jernej Kavka (Snr Software Architect, SSW)

15:15-15:30 - Afternoon Tea

Light refreshments

15:30-16:15 - Session 6

Building Event-Driven Integration Architectures

Dan Toomey (Microsoft Azure MVP)

16:30-17:00 - Wrap-up

Closing & Prizes Giveaway

Session Info

What you'll be listening to

Keynote - Damian Brady

Building a Complex Demo in Azure Using Azure Pipelines

As a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, I deliver a lot of talks at conferences - often the same talk over and over again. And just like all software projects, building, deploying, and supporting a complex application can be challenging. DevOps to the rescue!

In this session, I'll walk through the process of building a repeatable demo in Azure using Azure Pipelines. I'll talk about the application itself, the complexity of the environment, and the challenges with automation. Along the way, I'll highlight particular sticking points for improving DevOps in any software project, and discuss how Microsoft solves a lot of these problems internally.

Come and see how an application with 15+ moving parts can be rebuilt from scratch with a couple of clicks, and how you can apply those techniques to your own software.

Session 1 - Todd Whitehead

Internet of Stranger Things

Azure has become an IoT Powerhouse and this session will examine and demo those capabilities. The demo will include a Stranger things inspired wall that combined low power hardware, Azure IoT Platform and containerised AI to allow communication with another dimension without chopping wholes in the wall.

Session 2 - Thiago Passos

Getting Started wiwth Cosmos DB & EF Core

Cosmos DB is great and awesomely fast. Wouldn't be even more amazing if we could use our beloved entity framework to manage it? Let see how we can wire it up and get started

Session 3 - David Alzamendi

Starting with Azure Cognitive Services

Do you want to learn more about the Cognitive Services offering? What is Artificial Intelligence as a Service? Trying to save time building and training models?

This session is for you and will provide the answers to each of these questions. Using Azure Cognitive Services, you will learn how to empower your business with AIaaS (Artificial Intelligence as a Service) models that are ready for consumption. I will also include some demos using some of these services.

Session 4 - Brendan Richards

How to Tame a Penguin - Master Linux with Azure

"Microsoft Heart Linux" is a big statement backed up by exciting software releases that give the .Net developer more choices than ever before. But how to get started? Brendan is a former Linux fundamentalist turned .Net Developer and this this talk will cover an essential introduction to Linux, package management and command-line basics - before going on to deploy Linux-based Azure resources.

Session 5 - Jernev Kavka

Real-Time Face Recognition with Microsoft Cognitive Services

This session is all about Microsoft Face API in practice!

JK the man behind sswSophie.com will cover what it means to use Microsoft Cognitive Services in real-time, why offline detection libraries are essential and why you should use infrared and depth cameras like Kinect and Intel RealSense in your applications.

Session 6 - Dan Toomey

Building Event-Driven Integration Architectures

This session will discuss the benefits of event-driven application design in a cloud-connected world, and how to leverage reactive programming on platforms such as Azure Event Grid to build extensible and resilient distributed architectures that scale.


Who's doing the talking

Damian Brady

Cloud DevOps Advocate at Microsoft

I'm a Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft with a specialty in DevOps. After spending 2017 in Toronto Canada I'm now back in sunny Australia, based in Newcastle. Formerly a dev at Octopus Deploy (https://octopus.com) and a Microsoft MVP, I have a background in software development and consulting in a broad range of industries. In Australia, I co-organised the Brisbane .Net User Group, and launched the now annual DDD Brisbane (http://dddbrisbane.com) conference. I regularly speak at conferences, User Groups, and other events around the world, and I'm an occasional guest on various podcasts like .NET Rocks (https://dotnetrocks.com) and Hanselminutes (https://hanselminutes.com). Most of the time you'll find me talking to developers and IT Pros to help them get the most out of their DevOps strategies. I also have my own Microsoft Channel 9 show - "The DevOps Lab" (https://aka.ms/devopslab). Check it out for real-world guidance on implementing DevOps in your organisation!

Todd Whitehead

Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft

Todd is a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft focusing on helping customers to design and implement world class cloud solutions on Azure. His experience was honed as a developer and architect and now spend his days focusing on leveraging the power of Azure cloud services to show how to write the least amount of code possible to deliver the desired outcomes.

Thiago Passos

Solution Architect

Thiago Passos is passionate about technology, learning new skills and sharing what he’s learnt over the years. He's got over 15 years of experience, especially within the Microsoft stack. He’s a solution architect by day, blogger and meetup organizer by night. He’s specialized in .NET Core, Angular and Azure.

David Alzamendi

Data Analytics & Cloud Consultant

Delivering Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Solutions with On-Premises and Cloud technologies since 2011, David Alzamendi is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and event speaker who solves problems with best practice procedures and the latest technology. David is passionate about the positive impact data can have on our lives, businesses, economy and the environment. He prides himself on using his creativity and optimism to solve what others thought impossible.

Brendan Richards

Senior Software Architect

Brendan is a Solution Architect at SSW Brisbane and has been delivering successful web projects across diverse platforms and technologies since 1999.

He currently spends most of his day coding for clients with occasional breaks to deliver training SSW FirebootCamp or speak at .Net User Groups and Hackdays.

A few of his favorite things include Linux, Open Source, .NET Core, Angular, ngrx and Elastic Search.

Jernej Kavka

Senior Software Architect

With around 10 years of experience in software engineering Jernej has worked on full-stack .Net development, mobile applications, and Microsoft Cognitive Services. He worked on some of Australia's largest corporates with great customer satisfaction.

Dan Toomey

Senior Integration Specialist at Deloitte

Dan is a Senior Integration Specialist for Deloitte as well as a Microsoft Azure MVP, a Microsoft Certified Solution Expert in Cloud Platform (MCSE), a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer (MCPD), and a Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) in BizTalk Server 2010. He’s also a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and a published Pluralsight author. He is a frequent speaker at Australian community events, including the Brisbane Azure User Group , the Global Integration Bootcamp, the Global Azure Bootcamp, Xamarin Dev Days, and the Brisbane BizTalk User Group which he founded in 2005. He has also presented twice at INTEGRATE in London and several times at Microsoft Ignite in Australia.


What you need to bring with you

Laptop Computer

With Visual Studio installed. Don't forget to bring your power cord!

Optional if not doing the labs

Azure Subscription

Sign up in advance for a trial subscription, in case you don't have one through MSDN.

Optional if not doing the labs

Latest Azure SDK

Download and install from here. Please do this in advance!

Optional if not doing the labs

Workout Gear

...for your brain! Prepare to be boggled by the power of Azure!

Caffeination will be provided


See who's supporting this great event

View information about the global sponsors here.


There will be multiple prizes and giveaways.

Where Are We?

Level 27
400 George Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000