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For those of you headed to Madrid, Spain for TechEd Europe June 24-28, we've got you covered. Bookmark this blog as your go-to reference for SharePoint sessions, along with all of the resources and links that you need to become a TechEd pro, even if this is your first conference (and if this is your first TechEd conference, check out this post).
Check out the overview of the TechEd Itinerary, so you know when to be up, when to break for lunch, and when it's time to party. Keep this blog handy so you know how to get where you want to go. Staying in Madrid? Here is the website for the Madrid Metro system.
Have you still not finalized your schedule? Don't fret. Here are links to key focus areas for SharePoint. Just follow the link, click the session title you want, and choose +My Schedule to add it to your calendar.
There is more going on than breakout sessions. Sharpen your SharePoint skills by attending hands-on labs where you'll learn tons of new tricks in areas that range from auto-hosting apps, to building workflows to expanding your social abilities. Register now for SharePoint hands-on labs.
Arriving early? Be ready to hit the ground running and attend SharePoint seminar PRC08: Install and Configure SharePoint 2013. The seminar takes place at 9:00-17:00 on Monday, June 24. (The SharePoint topic is #8.) There are also many hands-on labs happening that day, plus you'll have access to the Microsoft Certification Testing Center, which is open from 12:00-18:00. For a full overview, refer to the TechEd Itinerary.
Be part of the event experience. Earn badges by commenting in the forums, building your schedule, adding sessions to your personal agenda, and other unique accomplishments. Find out more here.
With a strong community forum and a full schedule of events, TechEd is the perfect place to meet industry players and forge lasting friendships. Bring your business cards and join the conversation. Find attendees and speakers with the TechEd Directory and learn more networking tips here: Connect with Experts and Your Peers at TechEd!
There are 4 topic areas to choose from, and each topic is available all week. Spend one day at each one, or spend the whole week at one area. Mix and match however you want, the choice is yours!
Have questions? Check out the SharePoint product booths which will have panels of experts for deep technical conversations on the following topics:
Take advantage of their knowledge and expertise. This is a great opportunity for networking and for some one-on-one Q&A time with an array of SharePoint pros.
Follow @SharePoint to stay connected to the SharePoint team and get the latest SharePoint tweets, updates, chances to win prizes, and more. We suggest you also follow @TechEd_Europe for more general conference information. The official hashtag for the conference is #MSTechEd, but we suggest you use the session track that you are tweeting about (Example: #TechEdSES), or both #MSTechEd and #SharePoint to help organize and foster discussions.
Make the most of Madrid and join the TechEd party
There are plenty of events surrounding TechEd that you should take full advantage of while you're in Madrid. Take a look at Best Things to See, Do and Eat in Madrid, Spain for ideas on the best that the city has to offer, including restaurants, nightlife, and local attractions. There are also bike clubs, jam sessions, parties, and meet-ups--check the forum to see what else is going on while you're in town. And be sure to join us 19:30-midnight on Wednesday, June 26 for the TechEd Europe Country Drinks where you can relax, network and have drinks with other delegates from your country. Enjoy a menu of Spanish tapas and soft drinks, beer, wine, cava or sangria while at El Paseo de la Gastronomía, located in the southwest area of the city (just 5 minutes from the Plaza of Spain) in the Casa de Campo Fairgrounds. Housed in traditional and historic buildings, the restaurants of the Paseo de la Gastronomía combine excellent cuisine and beautiful surroundings-each with its own distinctive flavor. Join us for an unforgettable evening in Madrid.
For those who weren't able to attend, I blogged a list of Recorded SharePoint Sessions that you can view for free online: absolute-sharepoint.com/.../teched-europe-2013-sharepoint-sessions.html