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Date & Time: Saturday, 2018/06/02, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Building SW5, Rooms 1840 & 1850, BCIT Burnaby Campus, 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 3H2

Mini-Build 2018 Vancouver

Come learn about some of the topics discussed at the May 7-9 Build 2018 conference.

Presented by .NET BC, O365, Vancouver Azure & Vancouver Windows Platform Developers Group.

Date & Time: Saturday, 2018/06/02, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: Building SW5 Rooms 1840 & 1850, BCIT Burnaby Campus, 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 3H2

Registration: TBA

Join the .NET BC User Group, Vancouver Windows Platform Developer Group, O365, and Vancouver Azure Meetup as we bring together many top local speakers to recap the many exciting announcements from Microsoft Build 2018 Conference.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Wifi will be provided. Please bring a charged laptop.


Early Until June 1 $20.00
On event day June 2 $30.00

Registration fees will go towards covering our expenses for the venue, breakfast and lunch. Any surplus will be donated to a local charity.


Room SW5-1840
Room SW5-1850
8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 Opening Keynote with Dana Epp
10:05 - 11:05 Charlie Russel Tony Shi
11:10 - 12:10 Diego Protta Casati Mark Schramm
12:15 - 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 - 14:00 Adrian Stevens Andrew Cook
14:05 - 15:05 Anna Zietlow Reza Zeinalizadeh
15:10 - 16:10 Yana Berkovich Medhat Elmasry
17:00 -


Dana Epp

Dana Epp

Dana Epp is a serial entrepreneur founding several security-based software companies that he has taken public or sold through acquisition. He has a passion for the startup growth mindset and believes that there aren't challenges in every opportunity, but opportunities in every challenge. Everything is impossible until someone does it.

Dana has been awarded the distinction by Microsoft as an Enterprise Security MVP for over 14 years and has been a Microsoft Regional Director for 4 years, focusing on the convergence of writing and deploying secure software. He is an Azure Advisor for Microsoft offering suggestions, guidance and recommendations to Microsoft's Azure strategy around technologies like cloud identity and security, containerization and serverless computing.

Mark Schramm

Mark Schramm

Mark Schramm, Microsoft MVP, Windows Development. Mark has over Sixty Apps in the Microsoft Store. He develops Windows Apps, Cognitive Services applications and also cross-platform apps. Mark currently is providing coaching and mentoring services to Microsoft's Garage University Interns and managing his own development consulting company.

Anna Zietlow

Anna Zietlow

Anna Zietlow is a software developer at Boeing Innovation Labs where she works with analytics teams to incubate new software solutions for the aviation industry. After spending the first few years of her career doing full stack web development, her current interests include big data and production-ready AI. In her spare time, Anna enjoys wandering around British Columbia’s mountains on foot or on snowboard. She also organizes Vancouver’s Azure user group. Anna is passionate about tech, data, and empowering all others to enjoy the same.

Yana Berkovich

Yana Berkovich

Yana Berkovich is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP – BI Analyst & Product Manager. She is a people-oriented professional, Product Manager, experienced Business and IT process analyst. Experienced in providing service through the product life-cycle: Idea generating process, requirements gathering & prioritization, solution design, building solutions, customization, developing, change management, implementation, training and managing those stages between multiple teams.

Tony Shi

Tony Shi

Tony Shi is Director of Engineering at Lendified Technologies Inc.

Tony, qualified with both MCSD and MCSE, has been working with the .NET Framework since its first release. With high productivity, good performance, strong problem solving skills and more than 20-year experiences, he led and built many large software systems and applications successfully.

He is good at software architecture with good maintainability, usability, sociability, security and high performance. He specializes in Software design and development with Service-Oriented Architecture in RESTful API, WCF and SOAP web service. He is fluent in Object-Oriented design and development with C# in .NET Framework and Java in J2EE Framework. He is also good at logical and physical data model design with SQL Server, Oracle, MongoDB and Redis.

He is leading the teams of Dev, QA, DevOps and Data Scientist at Lendified.

Andrew Cook

Andrew Cook

Andrew Cook is a senior software developer, speaker, and paramedic with experience in the Microsoft stack specializing in cloud application development.


Adrian Stevens

Adrian Stevens

Adrian is the curriculum lead for Xamarin University at Microsoft. He also co-runs, the first user group in Vancouver focused on cross platform .NET development.

Adrian has a long history of mobile app development, having co-founded two previous software development and consulting companies.

Adrian is a C# mobile development expert with extensive experience developing iOS, Android and Windows.

Specialties: Xamarin Forms, Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, Windows Phone, Windows UWP, C#, WPF, ASP.NET, Azure. Basically anything that can be programmed in C# (and a little F#).

Charlie Russel

Charlie Russel

Charlie Russel has been a Microsoft MVP for Windows XP, Security, Windows Server, and now Windows PowerShell. He’s a chemist by education, an electrician by trade, a UNIX and Windows sysadmin and Oracle DBA because he raised his hand when he should have known better, and an IT Manager for a major international software and security company by choice.

Charlie is the author of more than three dozen books about operating systems and enterprise environments and is the original author of the Get-Help pages for Azure PowerShell.

Medhat Elmasry

Medhat Elmasry

Medhat Elmasry was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He obtained his first and second degrees from the UK. He wrote his first commercial computer program in Cobol on an NCR computer that used punched cards in the 80s while working for the "United Nations Economic Commission for Africa" in Addis Ababa. Currently, Medhat is an instructor at BCIT in the Computing department, an independent IT contractor, and a founder of the .NET BC user group in Vancouver, Canada. He is also a regular speaker at user group meetings and technology conferences. Medhat likes to dabble in various technologies pertaining to Web, .NET, Mobile, Cloud and Java spaces. He blogs at

Medhat was awarded MVP status by Microsoft in March 2017 under the category of 'Visual Studio and Development Technologies'.


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