SharePoint TechEd North America cheat sheet

You have your ticket to TechEd North America, and your bags are packed to be in New Orleans June 3-6–what now? The folks on the SharePoint team have you covered. Bookmark this blog, because it’s your SharePoint session cheat sheet for TechEd, 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).

TechEd North America schedule and map

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 the map of the facilities handy so you know how to get where you want to go. 

Build your SharePoint session schedule

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.

Pre-conference seminar

Arriving early? Be ready to hit the ground running and attend SharePoint seminar PRC08: Install and Configure SharePoint 2013. The seminar takes place on 9am-5pm CDT on Sunday, June 2. (The SharePoint topic is #8, so it will probably be in the early afternoon.) There are also many hands-on labs happening that day, plus you’ll have access to the Microsoft Retail Store, TechEd 101 (for TechEd novices), and other great events. For a full overview, refer to the TechEd Itinerary.

Earn achievements

Be part of the event experience. Earn badges commenting in the forums, building your schedule, adding sessions to your personal agenda, and other unique accomplishments. Find out more here.

Network with experts and peers

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. Learn more networking tips here:  Connect with Experts and Your Peers at TechEd! 

Expo topics and hours

There are four 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!

Build Apps. Apps enable a new light touch way to customize and integrate the Office and SharePoint experience.

Socialize. Enterprise Social enables engagement and collaboration allowing companies to transform their business by becoming more innovative and agile.

Immerse. Immerse yourself with the latest Office productivity tools and devices. Everything from tablets to Ultrabooks right up to the most powerful devices and largest screens when you need to take on big challenges.

Upgrade. Get up and running quickly with the latest productivity services from Microsoft. We will show you how to get to O365, easily upgrade SharePoint and deploy Office in no time.

Expo Hours:

  • Monday, June 3
    • 10:30am – 2:00pm
    • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 4
    • 11:00am – 4:00pm
    • 6:30am – 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 5
    • 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thursday, June 6
    • 1:00pm-3:00pm

Product booths

Still have questions? Check out the SharePoint product booths which will have panels of experts for deep technical conversations on the following topics:

  • SharePoint
  • Project
  • Office
  • Office365
  • Exchange

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.

Stay connected

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_NA for more general conference information. The official hashtag for the conference is #MSTechEd, but we suggest you use the session number that you are tweeting about to help organize and foster discussions. (Example: #TechEdSES-B310)

Office Garage

The Office Garage answers tough questions and shows off the latest capabilities across Microsoft Office. Watch unique demos and white boarding sessions on the giant PPI display in real-time. Listen to in depth experiences and solutions from top Office engineers and take part in the trivia quiz for prizes and bragging rights.

  • Monday, June 3
    • 11:30am – 1:15pm
  • Tuesday, June 4
    • 11:30am – 3:45pm
  • Wednesday, June 5
    • 11:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday, June 6
    • 11:30pm-2:00pm

Learn more at where you can discover additional resources and check out the complete archive of weekly episodes of the Garage Series shows. 

Make the most of New Orleans and join the TechEd party

There are plenty of events surrounding TechEd that you should take full advantage of while you’re in New Orleans. Take a look at Best Things to See, Do and Eat in New Orleans 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 7:30pm-midnight on Thursday, June 6 for the TechEd North America Closing Party where TechEd transforms the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for an incredible night. Along with a line-up of great local music and dancing, part of the dome floor will be covered in field turf where you can attempt a field goal, try your luck at a quarterback pass, or cheer on your friends and colleagues.