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In April 2013 I was one of the lucky attendees at the first PowerShell Summit in North America. The event was organized by the PowerShell.org team and was held in Redmond, WA between the 22nd and 25th of April 2013.

I thought sharing some details and pictures would be nice :-)

Note:Just realized that this blog post stayed in my draft since last year ! Sorry for the late post ;-)

Seattle, WA

Seattle, Redmond and PowerShell people

It was my first time on the west coast. From what I heard, Seattle looked like a nice city so I decided to arrive a few days before the summit on Saturday, April 20th to be able to visit a bit.

Seattle Aquarium
Seattle Public Market

After visiting a couple of attractions, I took a break at the Public Market to eat a crepe… I was tweeting about my tourists adventures when I got a great surprise…

Soon enough I was joined by Teresa Wilson and Jeff Wouters! Really super nice people !!! They quickly offered to give me a ride from my hotel downtown to Redmond where PowerShell.org organized a “Get-Together” for the PowerShell attendees. But before going there we had to stop to pick up someone else… Ed Wilson! Yes! I got the chance to meet the Scripting Guy too !

With Teresa Wilson and Jeff Wouters, on our way to Redmond

I’m sure I put them on a pedestal, so it was weird to actually meet the people I followed for so long online in real life… and this was just the beginning of it…

When we got to the “Get-Together” evening event, I got to meet some of the PowerShell Gods : Jeffrey Snover, Don Jones, Jeff Hicks, just to name a few…

"Get-Together" on Sunday evening
Jeffrey Snover, Teresa Wilson and Jeff Wouters
Don Jones, Mike F Robbins
Jeff Hicks, Alan Renouf, Jeffrey Snover, Jason Helmick, Richard Siddaway,...

PowerShell Summit 2013

PowerShell Summit 2013 NA was organized in the Microsoft Building 40 & 41
Ed Wilson on "Write Modules, Not Scripts"
Richard Siddaway on "CIM Session"
Don Jones
Alan Renouf on "Practical PowerShell - Integration from Bare Metal to the Cloud"
Aaron Nelson, James Brundage and ...?
Don Jones
Aleksandar Nikolić, Don Jones
PowerShell Team on "WinRm Drill-Down"
David Corrales on "SAPIEN PowerShell Studio 2012"
Jason Helmick and Jeffrey Snover
Don Jones
Ed Wilson on "What I Learned Judging 5000 scripts"
Jeffery Hicks on "How Secure Can You Be ?"
PowerShell Attendees
Microsoft Store
Jason Shirk on "Faster PowerShell"
Jason Shirk on "Faster PowerShell"
Kenneth Hansen and Hemant Mahawar (both from the PowerShell Team) on "Automating for Dev-Ops: How to Separate Environmental and Structural Configuration (intent) from Idempotent Execution (Make it so)"
Some PowerShell Workflow with the PowerShell Team
Microsoft Campus
Microsoft Campus
Geek X-ing
Running Track (I had to do a couple of trainings during my stay - Redmond offers some nice runner tracks to follow)
Redmond Runner tracks: 3 miles (4.82 KM) and 5 miles (8 KM)
Redmond Runner Tracks - Fitness Map Really nice and easy to follow
My Redmond hotel "Extended Stay America" - cheap, convenient and close to the summit
# Assessment To summarize, the organizers of this event (thePowerShell.orgTeam) did an awesome job!!!! Everything was timed well, Great Speakers, Great Sessions, Great food, Great Location (4 min walk from my hotel !!) and even Great Weather!! ;-) I got to meet a lot of great people (PowerShell Teams, MVPs, IT Pro, ...). I left with a huge amount of information and I feel it really gave a boost to my PowerShell knowledge! # Total Costs The event was happening in Redmond, close to Seattle... personally I live in Montreal, QC, Canada that's on the other side of the continent, almost 5000 km away (~3100 miles)! * Conference PowerShell Summit 2013: 500$USD * Montreal to Seattle round trip Airplane Tickets: 600$USD * Hotel (99$/night), 3 nights With taxes: 350$USD </ul>Excluding the food, transportation, attractions and small expenses... the total was approx 1450$ USD whichis pretty cheap for a conference. I initially purchased everything by myself, but lucky for me, my company Domtar paid for all of my fees :-) !!!

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