Tuesday morning started with a mad scramble to get the kids ready for school and then saying a quick farewell before rushing off to the airport (don’t worry, we didn’t leave them to fend for themselves!)
An uneventful flight to Gold Coast airport, and then a friendly taxi driver took us to our hotel room. We’re staying in an apartment in the Phoenician Resort in Broadbeach, a 5 minute walk from the convention centre. The apartments are managed by Broadbeach Holiday Rentals – they’re in the same complex as the Mantra but are separate. (I booked through World Tourism Travel.)
Narelle is very pleased with the room, and there’s lots of space for her to do her scrapbooking (one of her main priorities on her well-deserved holiday while I’m conferencing!)
Registration was straightforward, though I discovered that as a TLG (Technical Learning Guide), I didn’t get a delegate bag (or so I thought).
Next was an orientation meeting for TLGs, where I got my TLG shirts, and discovered that yes we will get bags later in the week. Pity it will be too small to fit my laptop in.
Straight after that it was time for the opening keynote. In a first for TechEd Australia, the keynote was held on the Tuesday afternoon (apparently to leave more time for sessions on Wednesday).
Michael Kordahi did a nice job as “MC”. If I closed my eyes, I could almost imagine I was listening to the Frankly Speaking podcast 😀
August de los Reyes’ keynote talk on natural user interface (and what might be next) was quite interesting, and I really enjoyed the fast-paced way he used PowerPoint to enhance his presentation.
But without doubt, the highlight for me was seeing our Pivot being demonstrated by Michael K near the end.
I was so proud to see our work being showcased to the whole of TechEd, that I may have been the person who “yeehaa’d” 😀
The evening finished with dinner in the expo area. Once again I’m reminded how good a job the catering guys do here.