As many of you know as a little thank you for all the contributions to our site we give free tickets to the ones that cross certain thresholds. Even though there are more of you this year, we managed to keep them at the same level: 10K points since last TechEd, also called since last contest, gets you in for free to the TechEd of your choice. Congratulations to: Rich Heilman 16,960 Narendran Muthukumaran 13,854 Bhanu Gupta 12,021 Bhavesh Kantilal 10,939 Ferry Lianto 10,864 You made it already before the July 31st deadline. We will contact you soon regarding the details. Everyone over 5000 points since last contest, which started 1st of August last year by the way get a half off the Early Bird TechEd Ticket. Congratulations to: Anji Reddy Vangala 9,370 Michal Krawczyk 8,847 Chandrasekhar Jagarlamudi 8,540 Ravi Kanth Talagana 8,534 Craig Cmehil 6,799 Suresh Datti 6,756 Anil Kumar Sharma 6,755 David Halitsky 6,730 Durairaj Athavan Raja 6,676 Edwin Harpino (A.H.P) 6,360 Dinesh Lalchand 6,224 Prakash Darji 6,136 Sudheer Junnuthula 5,652 Ravi Thothadri 5,624 Eddy De Clercq 5,398 Michael Nicholls 5,350 max bianchi 5,322 Anversha s 5,252 Some of the above I am sure will make the 10K list within the next 50 days. With Craig, I am not so sure, he may have to pay some 😉 With the Community Day, formerly known as SDN Day, we felt that we had to raise the bar a bit. Last year was like a try out and we were not sure whether the format would work and we fine-tuned it at every stop. For many participants it was the best day of TechEd. We are working hard to build on that success. We did a couple of adjustments: We raised the prices to $250 for Las Vegas, Euro 250 for Munich (Bangalore we have not decided yet). We don’t want to run out of food again, as we did during lunch in Amsterdam. All in all we still think it is a bargain. Speed Networking in Amsterdam last year. Picture taken by Thomas Jung. We will continue to keep the event on a small scale compared to TechEd. Unfortunately the event has to be self-funded. The money for the free tickets comes in via sponsorships (let me know if you are interested in sponsoring one of the events) and paying guests. Therefore you have to have collected at least 1000 points in the last year (since last contest) to be eligible for one of the 50 free spaces of the Community Day. Shortly after the first of August, once all points are accounted for, we will send out emails with voucher codes for the free registration to the Community Day. Don’t snooze on these codes, otherwise all free spaces will be taken. The other way to get a free ticket is to suggest and moderate a BOF session that gets enough interest from the community. More details to follow soon and don’t forget to The TechEd 2007 Profile Contest with the right TechEd and Community Day labels.