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June 21, 2012

TechEd 2012: My First Tech Conference

By TechEd 2012 Memories

TrainSignal has been a presence at TechEd for several years, but this year, I had the opportunity to travel with the TS crew at not only my first TechEd, but my first IT conference. I started at TrainSignal in February and as a Communication Arts major, I am still becoming accustomed to the IT industry. Coming to TechEd gave me a huge look into the IT community and an even better appreciation for the “TrainSignal world.”

TechEd 2012 Keynote Presentation

TechEd 2012 Keynote Presentation

As a Product Development Specialist here at TrainSignal, I was sent to TechEd to shoot interviews with various industry professionals, TechEd speakers and experts. Getting to interact with a lot of the experts I have heard about and whose training I have listened to was pretty awesome. When I wasn’t running around shooting and editing interviews while in Orlando, I did get a chance to attend the keynote presentations, a Women in Technology luncheon, a session presented by our very own instructor J. Peter Bruzzese, and many more events that have made me even more excited to learn and research IT on my own.

Women in Technology Session at TechEd 2012

Catherine Kaputa, speaker at the Women in Technology Session at TechEd

Before heading to TechEd, I also heard of all the social events that go on after the long days of hard work and surely wasn’t disappointed. I had some great bonding time with my fellow colleagues while meeting tons of other great people at TechEd. We even got the TS crew to go for a spin on a pretty cool bike-taxi followed by an all-out karaoke session one of the nights.

Even though the job came with aching feet and, for some reason, random cuts and bruises, I am so happy that I was able to experience this action-packed TechEd week!

Karaoke at TechEd 2012 with the TrainSignal Crew

The TrainSignal crew at an all-out karaoke session with Scott Skinger, Brian Green and Chris Graham

Bike-Taxi in Orlando

Here we are on a bike-taxi, a little blurry, but so much fun

TechEd 2012 Closing Party -- Harry Potter!

Here's a shot from the TechEd 2012 closing party at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park

About the Author

is a Product Development Specialist here at TrainSignal. She has a degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Human-Computer Interaction at DePaul University.