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Date & Time: Wednesday, 2018/10/03, 6:00 PM [Welcome time 5:45 PM]
Location: BCIT Downtown Campus - Room 576/581, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3H6

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Topic: .NET Conf 2018 Highlights

Sponsorship: Syncfusion are sponsoring pizza & pop at this event.

Attendees will receive a .NET Conf sticker, and a .NET Conf pin, a coupon code for "Essential Studio For Xamarin" from Sync Fusion

.NET Conf 2018 was a free, live streamed, 3 day virtual developer event co-organized by the .NET community and Microsoft. It took place Sept 12-14, 2018. Go to for more details.

We will be holding our own .NET Conf 2018 on Wednesday evening Oct 3, 2018. The format involves each speaker giving a talk for only 30 minutes on a topic that emerged from the conference. More details will follow shortly as they become available.

Two user groups (Windows platform developers and .NET BC) are coming together to give you a great event. There will be 4 separate talks, each 30 minutes long, on the following select topics that emerged from the conference. For the moment, this is the tentative list of topics and speakers who have agreed to deliver 30 minutes talks:

Topic Speaker Time Slot
1 Cognitive Services Ash Prasad 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
2 App Development made easy with Azure Functions Mark Schramm 6:35 PM to 7:05 PM
3 Protecting secrets in Azure Functions using KeyVault and Managed Service Identities Dana Epp 7:10 PM to 7:40 PM
4 ML.NET Medhat Elmasry 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM

Ash Prasad Ash Prasad

Ashish (Ash) Prasad has been developing software for close to 20 years. He currently works as Director of Engineering at DNN Corp. (formerly known as DotNetNuke) from their Langley, BC office. The DNN platform is one of the largest open-source ASP.NET based Content Management System (CMS) around the world. Ash and his team are actively developing on cloud using Azure tools and technologies such as DocumentDB, App Insights, Search, etc. Ash is a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and Development Technologies. Ash can be found on twitter at @ashishprasad.

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 for cross-platform apps. Mark currently is providing coaching and mentoring services to Microsoft's Garage Interns and managing his own development consulting company. Mark is the organizer for the Vancouver Windows Platform Developer Group.
Dana Epp 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.

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


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