As it says on the main countdown page, my name is Scott Ladewig, and I created the TechEd Countdown site. Why? I'm what you might call a TechEd enthusiast. For the last couple of years, I've been tweeting the number of days until TechEd every Monday. One thing led to another, and now this site and Twitter account are a reality. If you're interested in finding out more about me, check out my blog and follow me on Twitter.

I have worked as an IT Pro for over 20 years, primarily in Microsoft environments. In 2002 I attended my first Microsoft technical conference, and I've never looked back. As you can see from the timeline, I haven't missed a TechEd in the last eleven years. Conferences come and go, but TechEd remains for me the best opportunity to get the latest news from Microsoft, connect with the product teams, get hands-on training, and network with friends and colleagues from around the world. The combination of TechEd and MMS for 2014 makes next year's show look even better.

I hope you find the site and its related activities useful and fund. In addition to the daily tweet, I plan on using @Countdown_teeu to relay information about TechEd as it comes across my desk — or more accurately, across my screen —, so please follow and spread the word by sharing this site with your community..

My Microsoft Conference Timeline

2002
MEC 2002 — Anaheim (last MEC until 2012)
2003
TechEd — Dallas
2004
TechEd — San Diego
2005
TechEd — Orlando
2006
TechEd — Boston
2007
TechEd — Orlando
2008
TechEd — Orlando
2009
TechEd — Los Angeles (Joined the Krewe of TechEd)
2010
TechEd — New Orleans
2011
TechEd — Atlanta
2012
TechEd — Orlando
MEC (v2) — Orlando
2013
MMS — Las Vegas (last MMS)
TechEd — New Orleans

Credits & Acknowledgements

Here are some resources I used to build the site and support the Twitter account.

  • Bootstrap is the front-end framework I used to create this site. The first version of TechEdCountdown.com was put together by hand, and while I learned a few new things about CSS and responsive design, the main lesson was to never build a site from scratch like that. Bootstrap simplifies the whole process, and while there is a learning curve, it's pretty short. Give it a try.
  • Font Awesome provides 369 scalable vector icons in a single font. Easy to use, and they look great.
  • Bootstrap CDN calls itself the Recommended CDN for Bootstrap and Font Awesome. Add a couple of links to your pages and start delivering the CSS and JavaScript via MaxCDN and their global content delivery network. Probably not going to make a difference on this, but it is free and every little bit helps.
  • IFTTT is handling the daily tweets and updating the Twitter profile picture for @Countdown_teeu. I'm running a script on my server which generates the daily photos and sends an email message with the day's photo as an attachment to IFTTT. The body of the email message is tweeted with the attached image.

There are also some people to thank.