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    Martin Abbott
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    Hi Friends of Global Azure Bootcamp,

    First things first, Happy New Year to all our organizers past and present, and those looking to be involved or just attend.

    It is the start of 2019, and the event is now just 3 months away, and we already have 171 locations registered with 70 confirmed. If you are one of those locations that is still ‘Pending’, we do ask for a couple of things before marking you as ‘Ready’.

    NOTE: Your event needs to be marked as ‘Ready’ before the big day in order to qualify for the giveaways from our sponsors.

    If you think you may want to organize an event, take a look at our FAQ and Event Organizer Agreement.

    What do we need to do to get the event marked as ‘Ready’?

    To get your event marked as ‘Ready’, we need to have the full address of where the event will take place and a URL where your community can go and register. Additionally we look to have the name and email address of a Microsoft representative. We typically expect to see a local community program manager (CPM), a developer advocate or similar role. We are seeing a lot of events mentioning a vendor or MVP/RD as their Microsoft representative, but these people are not Microsoft employees, so they also cannot represent Microsoft like an employee could.

    If you already use something like Meetup, then sorting out your event URL is easy. If you don’t, there are a number of registration solutions like Event Day, Eventbrite and others that you can use to allow people to sign up. And don’t worry, you do not have to accept registrations for your location just yet, but we do need to see that you’re ready to accept registrations by having a working URL for your Global Azure Bootcamp location in order to mark that location as ‘Ready’.

    When we see that your location has all the requirements fulfilled, at that time your location should flip over to ‘Ready’. However, if this does not happen do reach out to us as we want your event to look great and be well attended by your community!

    What’s in a date?

    Every year we look to find a date that doesn’t clash with national holidays or events that we know will mean that locations are unable to participate, this year we chose APRIL 27th.

    This date does clash with a number of holidays, and we can only apologize if this impacts your event. However, we always say that as long as there is a Global Azure event occurring somewhere in the world, then it means you can still run an event and call it Global Azure Bootcamp and get the sponsor giveaways.

    If you’re not sure, please reach out to us and we will be happy to discuss your event specifically, you can always reach us via email at global@azurebootcamp.net.

    Are you in the United States and looking for a venue?

    The Microsoft US Developer Audience team is super excited to partner with Global Azure Bootcamp 2019, by providing a number of Microsoft venues across the US. The team will also ensure that each location is hosted by a Microsoft Community Ambassador (the facilities requires a Microsoft employee to be on site, so this ambassador would count for that) and throw in some tasty bytes and a few swag items for the day.

    Call to action:  If you are running an event in the US and would like to take advantage of this offer for a venue location, please select the city you will own and let us know in order to connect you!

    Global Science Lab 2019

    Have you ever wanted to discover a planet?

    How about discovering a planet around another star?

    We are super excited about the lab this year and have once again teamed up with the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in Tenerife to bring you something really interesting, read below for a message direct from the team at IAC.

    “The research field of exoplanets is one of the fastest developing areas within modern Astrophysics. Over the past 25 years, we have discovered more than 4000 new worlds around stars other than the Sun, by means of detecting the reflex motion that these planets cause on their stars or the periodic dimming of the stellar light if the planet crosses the stellar disc during its orbit. This latter phenomenon is called an exoplanet transit. Finding new planets via transit detection is nowadays the major source of new planet discoveries. Past dedicated space mission such as CoRoT and Kepler have provided us with strong statistics on the occurrence of planets and their diverse population properties. We now know for example that on average there is more than one planet per star, and that small stars (the most abundant in our galaxy) tend to have several planets of rocky nature.

    But planetary transits offer another advantage, these planets provide a very favorable setup for the characterization of the planetary atmosphere, exploiting the fact that part of the stellar light crosses the planetary atmosphere on its path to Earth. The chemical composition of that atmosphere is imprinted in the stellar light in the form of atomic and molecular absorption features. This has led to the detection of several species in the atmosphere of large giant planets and opened the door for conducting similar studies for earth-like planets in the near future. Previous missions were limited to relatively small regions of the sky. Currently NASA’s TESS mission is performing a survey of the whole sky in search for transits. The primary goal is to find planets around the brightest and closest stars to Earth in order to provide the best candidates for in-depth study of their physical properties, including atmospheric characterization, and in the future the search for possible signs of life, or biomarkers.

    In this science lab, we are going to systematically analyze the legacy database of Kepler and the new TESS data, searching for new planet discoveries in millions of stellar light curves. We aim to discover and classify, using machine learning algorithms, not only new planet candidates but also families of new phenomena, such as disintegrating planets, binary stars, and all sorts of possible unique objects that are waiting to be discovered in this treasure database.”

    There will be the usual point scoring and system dashboard so you or your location can compete with others around the world.

    Sponsorships

    As usual, we are working with our previous sponsors and looking for new ones. This year we are working with Microsoft once again to help provide assistance and visibility. We continue to work through what sponsorship will look like for 2019, so keep an eye out for more news in future newsletters, via our Twitter account @GlobalAzure or on Facebook.

    If you work at or know a company that might be interested in being a Global Sponsor of the event, please have them contact us at global@azurebootcamp.net!

    Help spread the word about Global Azure Bootcamp!

    Use our hashtag #GlobalAzure and post everywhere on Social Media about our great global event! Meet up with your peers from around the world on Facebook and Twitter!

    If you have any questions or need to vent, please send an email to global@azurebootcamp.net!

    But for now, sit back and get ready to join us for the epic #GlobalAzure Bootcamp event on APRIL 27, 2019!

    Thanks!

    The Global Azure Admin Team:

    Martin Abbott @martinabbott, Wesley Cabus @wesleycabus, Alex Mang @iamalexmang, Magnus Mårtensson @noopman, Karl Ots @fincooper, David Rodriguez @davidjrh, Alan Smith @alansmith and Mike Wood @mikewo

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