2008 in review

Wow! What a year 2008 has been. We had a meeting to reflect on the year and it’s not till you start to write it down that you realise how much happened in 12 Months. We did quite a bit of travelling (all for work) this year including Seattle, Montreal, New Zealand and every capital city bar Darwin. We were fortunate to meet and get to know a bunch of really smart, passionate and just generally amazing people this year.

After such an amazing year I’m feeling a bit drained so my main goal is to take some time off.  I’ve got a trip to Egypt planned for March that should help us recharge.

Here’s a summary of our year:

Presentations:

  • Museums and the Web – Montreal
  • Remix Australia – Sydney & Melbourne
  • Tech Ed –  New Zealand
  • 9 usergroups around Australia
  • Technology Takes You Anywhere
  • Bar Camp – Brisbane
  • Virtual Earth Day – Brisbane
  • guest speaker at QUT, Technology One and Digicon

 

Awards/Certifications

  • Bronwen awarded MVP for Live Services Platform
  • John renewed as MVP for Live Services Platform
  • Bronwen and John pass Virtual Earth MCP exam
  • Microsoft Certified Partner
  • Prints and Printmaking site wins Best of the Web award in Research category

 

Conferences/Training

  • MVP Summit
  • Heroes Happen Launch – Brisbane
  • Code Camp – New Zealand
  • Innovation Day – Brisbane
  • Artists in Residence – Melbourne

 

Community

  • Codeplex – Javascript intellisense for Virtual Earth
  • Codeplex – Deep Earth
  • A number of articles on Liveside, CoDe Focus, SQL Server Performance, Soul Solutions sites.
  • Virtual Earth maps of MVP Summit attendees and Live Butterflies
  • Demos Heroes Happen Competition
  • DevSta Preliminary Judge

 

Women In IT

  • Presented at Girl Geek Dinners – Montreal and New Zealand
  • Started Girl Geek Dinners – Brisbane
  • Geek Girl Blogs – just shy of 150 bloggers. Catherine started her podcasting series.

 

We’ve got a trip it the US and a Brisbane MSDN presentation planned for the first quarter of 2009.