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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota
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Heartland Developers Conference
Omaha - October 15-17, 2008
Minneapolis - September 28-30, 2008

The Conference:
HDC provides regional developers the opportunity to experience sessions usually reserved for Tech-Ed and PDC at a much lower cost while retaining the same nationally known presenters. 5 years since it’s inception, HDC08 continues to build on the success of the largest annual independent professional Microsoft development conference in the nation, organized by user groups, and focused on .NET development and other emerging Microsoft technologies.

Over 2 days, 30 sessions, 4 tracks, and several networking opportunities, HDC08 is where you’ll find top knowledge experts that can prepare you for next level development.

Each HDC08 Attendee Pass includes:
1 Conference pass to 2 keynotes and all 30 seventy-five minute sessions
Meals including breakfast, lunch, snacks, and coffee breaks
Access to the “Developer Lounge” expo and activity center
Wireless internet access throughout conference area
Pre conference networking party with drink and food
Thursday night “Developer Jam” with food and drink
Attendee Kit and a chance to win one of several awesome prizes 

The Presenters
HDC brings together some of the nation's top presenters with many of the region's top community knowledge experts. Last year's conference featured co-father of .NET Scott Guthrie and Ron Jacobs from Microsoft as well as Robert Hurlbut, Don "XML" Demsak, and Craig Utely, amongst many other community leaders.

The sessions and presentations at HDC are focused on content that you can put into practice now while preparing yourself for emerging technologies and the next evolution of Microsoft development. Our mission at HDC is to provide developers with content spanning all 4 major categories of today's development pipeline: architecture, data storage, middle-tier programming, and UI design/development. Whether your user base is on the web, offline, or a hybrid of both, HDC is the pinnacle yearly training conference for you.
The Reputation
We started HDC in 2004 with the goal of bringing the national professional development conference to the Heartland for prices that everyone could afford. With a ton of community support and a dedication to quality and responsivness, we exploded onto the scene and have never looked back.

At our 5 year anniversary, HDC is nationally renown as the leading independent Microsoft development conference. Our attendee and sponsor retention rate is nearly 95% from year to year, resulting in explosive growth and popularity within the development community. Just as important, our presenters regularly note HDC as the best conference they speak at all year.

Listen to what other's say about HDC:

"HDC is by far the best conference I have been a part of. Not only is the content top notch and priced well below the value, but the atmosphere is unbelieveable. During sessions, there is no one wandering around. That just doesn't happen, even at our events."
- Microsoft employee and major national conference presenter-

"I love HDC and look forward to it every Fall. The sessions are great and the networking opportunities are second to none. I have met so many great people and have developed a network of peers that has helped me advance my career. HDC truely is invaluable to me."
- Annual HDC attendee -

Come to HDC08 and see what you've been missing

Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2008 3:06 PM | Back to top

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