Save the Date – TechBash 2018 returns to the Kalahari Resort

Greetings from TechBash 2017!

During yesterday’s keynote featuring Donovan Brown, TechBash Foundation president Jason Gaylord announced that the developer conference will be returning to the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Pocono Manor, PA for another year!

TechBash 2018 will be held October 2-5, 2018 with Oct 2nd being a pre-conference day with half/full day workshops. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about the topics for those workshops because some proposals have already been received. An announcement regarding ticket sale dates will also be coming very soon. Potential speakers can expect a call for presentations to open in the early spring of 2018.

Next year’s attendees can look forward to more family content to be added on the last day or TechBash 2018 based on the demand for this year’s Jewelbots Build session with their CEO, Sara Chipps.

Be sure to follow TechBash on Twitter for all the latest news and sign up on to be informed when tickets go on sale and the CFP opens next spring!



Farewell Microsoft MVP Program (and Thank You) – #mvpbuzz

I have been honored to be awarded as a Microsoft MVP eight times since 2009. The next award cycle begins on July 1st, and I have learned that I will not be among those re-awarded.

While it is disappointing to hear, as I have not changed my own level of engagement with the community, it is not completely unexpected. The Microsoft developer community is thriving today. There are more developers stepping up as community leaders than ever before. As they push the bar higher, the rest of us need to push ourselves as well.

My readers will not notice any changes to the Morning Dew based on this news, other than the MVP logo disappearing from my blog’s sidebar. I will continue to do what I do every day. You will see an increase in activity on my other blogs, WPF Tips and the newly launched UWP Tips. Be sure to check them out.

Also be sure to connect with me at TechBash 2017, the conference that several current and former MVPs (including me) started last year with TechBash 2016. We’re going to have a blast again at the Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, PA this fall. This non-profit developer conference has been our baby since mid-2015, taking many hours of our time every month to plan and host. It easily doubled my time working for the community over the last two years. Ping us ( if you’re interested in helping out as well.

I would like to thank the MVP Award program for many great years of engagement. I am looking forward to joining MVP Reconnect and perhaps rejoining the ranks of the MVPs again someday. Thank you to Esther for being a great advocate for a number of years in the program. Thank you to Joe for reaching out personally to break the news and for doing it with class. And a huge thank you to everyone who already reached out on Twitter and Facebook when I announced the news this week.

EDIT: Adding a huge thanks to my family for supporting me over the years. My commitment to the Microsoft community has taken countless hours of my time. They have been hugely supportive of the time spent and travel required.

Congratulations to all of the soon to be announced new and returning MVPs! Keep doing great things and keep pushing the bar higher.



TechBash 2016 – A Developer Conference By the Community, For the Community

TechBash Developer Conference

Readers of my blog are probably aware of TechBash. I have been including links to announcements and blogged about it a few times. I wanted to take a step back from the marketing hype and talk about why we’re doing this.

The short answer is in the “Why” above: it’s for the community. The new Kalahari in the Poconos is uniquely situated. It is only a 2 hour drive from Philadelphia, northern New Jersey and New York City. It’s also within a reasonable driving distance from Baltimore, DC and Boston. That’s a huge developer population that has not has a community-organized conference of this scale available to them before.

Ohio and the surrounding areas have CodeMash every January. The upper-Midwest has That Conference, the Summer Camp for Geeks in WI. Both of these events are hosted at other Kalahari locations and stand as a shining example of what the community can build. Those of us organizing TechBash want to bring that same type of event to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic developer communities. We want to take what’s awesome about those conference and about Code Camps like the ones run by Philly .NET and build something amazing.

All of our founders are Microsoft MVPs or alumni of the MVP Program.

  • Jason Gaylord
  • Andy Schwam
  • Alvin Ashcraft
  • Devin Rader
  • Jess Chadwick
  • Brian Minisi

Many of our speakers are also MVPs.

  • Chris Woodruff
  • Glenn Block
  • Iris Classon
  • James Bender
  • Jesse Liberty
  • Jim Wooley
  • Joseph Guadagno
  • Ondrej Balas
  • Oren Novotny
  • Sam Basu
  • Steve Michelotti
  • Kevin Hazzard

MVPs receive the award each year by helping the developer community in their respective areas. That’s what we’re trying to do with TechBash. TechBash is not backed by a software company, publisher or other big business. The six developers who created the non-profit TechBash Foundation are bringing this event to life because there is no other affordable mid-week, multi-day event for the developer community in the region. We are doing this on our own time because we’re passionate about building this event for developers around NY and Philly.

Similar conferences in the region can end up costing you or your company over $1500 more for the registration and hotel. We have tried to price TechBash as low as possible while still delivering a first class experience. For small companies that want to send a team of developers, we are offering group discounts to help offset the cost. Contact for more information. Our discounted hotel rates at the Kalahari are only valid through August 29th, so register and book your room as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, you can contact me or reach out to Also, let’s start a dialog right here in the comments section. My posts are usually one-sided lists of links that I push out to my readers. This is a chance to have a dialog. What do you like about what we’re doing with TechBash? What are your concerns? Do you have the same concerns about other regional conferences like Code Mash, That Conference, and CodeStock? Where can we improve our message and our event?

Thanks for your time! I really hope that everyone who attends TechBash feels the excitement and inspiration that comes from building something together. Tags: ,,