Microsoft Ignite 2020 – Recommended Sessions for Australian Developers

It feels like only yesterday I read through the session list for Microsoft Build 2020 and pulled out what I thought were the best sessions to attend.

Here we are in September and it’s now time for Microsoft Ignite 2020 which kicks off tomorrow!

Microsoft Ignite tends to be much more of an IT Pro and Developer content mix, and focuses across the three Microsoft clouds (Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365).

The biggest challenge for an event this scale is finding the content you really want to catch up on as a developer. Well, I reviewed the 800+ sessions for you and you’ll find my best bets below.

You need to have registered for Microsoft Ignite in order to be able to attend the sessions below or to build a schedule.

Unless otherwise noted the sessions will be delivered live and there are multiple chances to attend Q&A “Ask the Expert” sessions where you can ask questions you have.

All dates and times listed are in Australian East Standard Time (AEST) which is UTC+10.

Much like there was at Build, there are a range of local Australian sessions running, with the main one being the following.

Australian Community Connection (Thu 24 – 2pm)
Hear from members of the local community as they cover cool stuff they’ve been building and give you a chance to ask questions. Llamas may be involved.
> register


Wednesday 23 September 2020 (AEST)

Python: A great first programming language (6:00am)
Get hands on with Python (may require you drink coffee first!!)
> register

Ask the Expert: What’s new in Azure Cognitive Services (6:00am)
Come along and ask questions of the presenters (including Seth Juarez) who will deliver the sessions covering what’s new in Cognitive Services.
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 10:00pm: > register

Project Cortex: Knowledge discovery and content intelligence in Microsoft 365 (6:00am)
Learn about how Project Cortex is changing the way you use and build with Microsoft 365.
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 10:00pm: > register

New innovations with Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL (6:45am)
See how Microsoft is continuing to improve the DBaaS services based on these popular open source database engines.
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 2:45pm: > register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 10:45pm: > register

Sustaining Human Connection in a Virtual World with Technology (6:45am)
Now we’re doing a lot of virtual interactions how do we keep the human connections going?
> register

How to responsibly scale Power Apps in your organization with a Low Code Center of Excellence (6:45am)
Find out how to build a CoE for Low Code solutions in your business or team.
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 2:45pm: > register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 10:45pm: > register

Ask the Expert: Power Platform Center of Excellence (7:30am)
Ask questions you have of the speakers from the previous session.
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 3:30pm: > register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 11:30pm: > register

Save money by securing access to all your apps with Azure Ac​tive Directory (6:45am)
See how you can integrate Azure AD into your custom applications and save money in the process.
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 2:45pm: > register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 10:45pm: > register

Ask the Expert: Save money by securing access to all your apps with Azure Active Directory (7:30am)
Ask questions you have of the speakers from the previous session.
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 3:30pm: > register

Hello, World! in 3 languages – intro to C#, Python and JavaScript (6:45am)
See how to develop a solution in each language and learn a bit about the best uses for each.
> register

E2E machine learning for enterprises in a secure way (7:30am)
See how to secure ML workflows end-to-end.
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 3:30pm: > register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 11:30pm: > register

Ask the Expert: E2E machine learning for enterprises in a secure way (12:30pm)
Ask questions you have of the speakers from the previous session.
> register

The Future of .NET is .NET 5 (7:30am)
.NET 5 is almost here. Hear what to expect now and going forward.
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 3:30pm: > register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 11:30pm: > register

Ask the Expert: .NET Team (8:15am)
Ask questions you have about .NET with members of team who build it.
> register

Intro to Power Platform (7:30am)
Never played wit Power Platform before? Come and learn about it!
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 3:30pm: > register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 11:30pm: > register

Becoming a Green Developer (7:30am)
See how you can develop your solutions to have less environmental impact.
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 3:30pm: > register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 11:30pm: > register

How to be a Social Technologist in a Virtual World (8:15am)
Join Scott Hanselman and Grace MacJones as they explore what having a virtual presence means.
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Innovation in the new normal: role of developers and communities (8:15am)
Community session exploring our role and communities in the current climate.
> register

The possibilities are endless with Azure! (US Table Talk) (8:15am)
Community session covering the art of the possible with Azure.
> register

Create great apps without the CS degree using Power Apps! (8:15am)
No Computer Science degree? No problem! Power Apps is for everyone!
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 4:15pm: > register
— Repeats Thursday @ 12:15am: > register

Shape data in a Power Apps canvas app (12:30pm)
Join this Learn workshop to see how to work with data in Power Apps.
> register
— Repeats Wednesday @ 8:30pm: > register

Meet your APAC Power Platform community (Table Talk) (2:45pm)
Meet and chat with the local regional Power Platform community.
> register

The possibilities are endless with Azure! (APAC Table Talk) (4:15pm)
Community session covering the art of the possible with Azure.
> register

Scripting Accessibility; Coding for Inclusion (8:30pm)
Discover how Microsoft is helping developers build inclusive design into their processes.
> register

Migrating an ASP.NET web application to Azure App Service (10:00pm)
A quick overview (15 minutes) of how you can migrate ASP.NET apps to Azure quickly.
> register

Creating web apps with Azure Static Web Apps (10:15pm)
See how to build web apps quickly with Static Web Apps during this 15 minute session.
> register


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Thursday 24 September 2020 (AEST)

Unlike Build today’s sessions are mostly fresh and not simply repeats from Wednesday.. so make sure to check them out!!

Ask the Expert: Building AI-powered applications with Azure Cognitive Search (6:00am)
See how you can build intelligent search solutions using Cognitive Search.
> register

Ask the Expert: Amplify your pro developer skills with Power Platform (6:00am)
See how you can combine Azure’s serverless capabilities with Power Platform.
> register

Enterprise-grade Kubernetes on Azure (6:00am)
Join Brendan Burns as he goes over how to host Kubernetes workloads on Azure.
> register
— Repeats Thursday @ 2:00pm: > register
— Repeats Thursday @ 10:00pm: > register

Ask the Expert: Enterprise-grade Kubernetes on Azure (6:45am)
Come and ask Brendan Burns your questions about hosting Kubernetes workloads on Azure.
> register
— Repeats Thursday @ 4:15pm: > register

.NET App Modernization and Migration from end to end, using data migration tools and Azure SQL (6:45am)
See how to bring your .NET apps to Azure and host their data in Azure SQL.
> register
— Repeats Thursday @ 2:45pm: > register
— Repeats Thursday @ 10:45pm: > register

Ask the Expert: .NET App Modernization and Migration (7:30am)
Ask questions you have of the speakers from the previous session.
> register
— Repeats Thursday @ 11:30pm: > register

Automate your desktop with Power Automate (6:45am)
Learn about Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with Power Automate.
> register
— Repeats Thursday @ 2:45pm: > register
— Repeats Thursday @ 10:45pm: > register

Ask the Expert: Automate your desktop with Power Automate (7:30am)
Ask questions you have of the speakers from the previous session.
> register

Migrate, Modernize .NET applications on Azure (7:30am)
Find out how you can migrate and modernise your .NET estate with Azure.
> register
— Repeats Thursday @ 3:30pm: > register
— Repeats Thursday @ 11:30pm: > register

Ask the Expert: Migrate, Modernize .NET applications on Azure (12:30pm)
Ask questions you have of the speakers from the previous session.
> register

Getting started with Machine Learning using Python (7:30am)
See how to work with Python for Machine Learning.
> register
— Repeats Thursday @ 3:30pm: > register
— Repeats Thursday @ 11:30pm: > register

AI at Scale: Behind the Scenes (8:15am)
Whiteboard session on AI at scale for today and the future.
> register
— Repeats Thursday @ 4:15pm: > register
— Repeats Friday @ 12:15am: > register

Ask the Experts: Visual Studio, GitHub, and Azure (12:30pm)
Ask questions you have of about how these three work together to help you be more productive.
> register

Dynamic websites with Azure Static Web Apps (1:15pm)
See how you can build dynamic SPAs with Static Web Apps.
> register

Running a large database for the cost of a coffee (2:00pm)
Join Troy Hunt as he talks about how he uses databases at scale for Have I Been Pwned? on Azure.
> register

Get started with quantum computing today using Q# on Azure Quantum (10:15pm)
See how to build Quantum solutions using Q# and Azure.


But Wait! There’s More!

These sessions aren’t scheduled for a specific timeslot and will be available to view once the event is under way.

  • Best Practices of Running Cloud Native Applications on Azure
    > register

  • What’s New to Cognitive Services!
    > register

  • Building modern apps with Azure Cosmos DB serverless and Azure Cache for Redis enterprise
    > register

  • Event-driven Applications with Azure Functions & Logic Apps
    > register

  • Resilient DevOps Practices with Code to Cloud automation
    > register

  • Inside Azure Datacenter Architecture with Mark Russinovich
    > register

  • Azure SQL: What to use when and updates from the Product Group
    > register

  • Code, collaborate, and ship from anywhere: Meet the Microsoft Developer Cloud
    > register

  • Building Bots with Power Virtual Agents and extending them with Microsoft Bot Framework
    > register

  • Roadmap to developing enterprise apps on Windows
    > register

  • Build experiences that customers and partners will love with Azure Active Directory External Identities
    > register

  • Simplify authentication and authorization with the Microsoft identity platform
    > register

  • Host Java EE on Azure Red Hat OpenShift with Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
    > register

This list is coming in hot just prior to Microsoft Ignite starting, so hopefully you get chance to catch a few sessions! Remember, Microsoft Ignite is free to attend and all you need to do is register.

If you feel I’ve missed out any highlights you’ve seen please make sure to leave a comment letting me know!

Hope I’ll see you on Wednesday and Thursday!

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