The week of TechEd Europe

Well time flies and soon I will 🙂 It feels like yesterday that I arrived on Swedish soil after the TechEd Europe Roundtable discussions and today it is Oct 25:th and –2 days until Jason Zander and Joseph Belfiore kicks off the conference.


TechEd Europe 2014: Day –2

I will report regularly during the conference as a Community reporter so even if you are on site or can’t make it to Barcelona for #TEE14? make sure you follow #TEE14Community and the entire Community Reporter team for real-time updates so stay tuned for more great content.
Simon Davis –
Peter de Tender:
Tim Nilimma-Svard:
Fredrik Nilsson:
Adnan Hendricks:
Mirko Colemberg:
Mike Resseler:
Glenn Block:

(If you don’t use Twitter I added a widget so you can follow the updates.)

My intention is to blog every day (if i don’t I sure will tweet a lot) and this is the first blog post with last minute packing tips and introductions to #theKrewe

Packing for your trip?

I’d like to share some last minute packing tips that I have gathered over the years traveling to various places. (Some doesn’t apply to all trips but you get the idea.) A tweet from a good friend of mine made me add a new heading. 😉

In your pockets:

  • Credit cards/money
  • Remember your travel documents (Passport, VISA, ESTA or other travel documents). If you plan to use your phone, take a screen shot of barcodes and such. (There is nothing more annoying then waiting behind someone that suddenly lost internet connection and cant get to the e-mails.)
  • Mobile phone

In your Carry On:

    • One change of clothes. If your luggage gets lost you will at least be able to change when you get to the hotel.
    • Hygienic articles, toothbrush, toothpaste and so on
    • Your computer and other necessary equipment.
    • Pain killers, and nasal spray. I got that tip from a flight attendant some 20 years ago. There is nothing worse than clogged ears during a flight. Use it about an hour before take-off to clear the canal between ear and nose. Have worked really well 🙂
    • Power adapter, bring two. One for the necessary phone charge in the conference area and one for your hotel room.
    • Your pair of comfortable shoes (if not worn)

In your luggage:

    • A power strip that you connect the extra adapter to. Makes it easier to charge all the equipment in the comfort of your room.
    • One change of clothes that are a bit nicer, a button down shirt and a pair of pants and shoes. It is nice to be able to dress up if you get invited to a nice evening occasion. A suit isn’t really necessary.
    • Several pairs of socks and underwear. You will walk a lot so blisters and “infantry fire” is your worst enemy so change often. ( Swedish article about the military term, translate it if you want to know what it is)
    • A warmer sweater/hoodie the AC in the conference area tends to be set to arctic temperatures.

Hey I almost forgot, don’t pack any t-shirts! You will get plenty of those in the TechEd Expo area.


Now to #theKrewe

I met theKrewe for the first time in 2011 while preparing myself for TechEd North America and have ever since daily or weekly contact with friends that I have gotten to know thanks to theKrewe.

The following text is taken from the IAMKREWE website.

The Krewe is a community organized professional networking group. Our mission is to build a dynamic networking community through various activities and gatherings. The Krewe primarily meets at Microsoft TechEd North America every year where we have The Krewe Meet ‘N Greet the day prior to the opening of the conference. Our group takes Networking to a whole new level, we are all close friends and are open to helping each other in any way possible be it through charitable works or by helping solve a question that has you stumped in your professional life. We are IT people from every level of the career, you may find someone totally new to IT who is just starting off or meet someone who has 20 years’ experience and is an MVP, MCT, MCP and any other abbreviation you can think of.

To ghet the history of the group please read Michael Benders blogpost The Krewe: A Primer where the story behind the group is told.

TheKrewe at TechEd Europe

Last year during TechEd in Madrid, theKrewe made it’s first appearance. You can read more about the amazing story in Peter De Tenders blog post Why TechEd it is important to me… and to you…

This year theKrewe kicks off the entire week with the famous Meet’n Greet party at 7 SINS – Food Lounge Bar

Get your ticket to the party here. (If you haven’t already)

The TechEd Europe Apps – part 2

To help you stay in touch with your friends there are two apps that you should look into that are made by theKrewe members.

Windows Phone:

The app is made by

Windows 8.x

The app is made by

If you see someone wearing a Krewe t-shirt (there are quite a few different ones) or white/blue jersey as in this picture, theKrewe say hi and start a conversation.

Well now I guess I need to follow my advice and make sure I pack all the stuff I need. I really look forward meeting you in Barcelona.


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