TECHCamp donate €3207 to Camara Ireland. (6/12/13)

MicroWarehouse’s MVP, Aidan Finn hands over a cheque to Camara Ireland’s Mark Fox for €3207 during TECHCamp last Thursday which was collected through registrations for the event. Camara Ireland were the official charity partner of TECHcamp 2013. Learn more about Camara Ireland.

TECHCamp 2013 (duplicated from Aidan Finn’s blog at
Yesterday we ran TechCamp 2013, the Irish community launch of Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Intune.  All the feedback I have heard has been positive – thankfully!  🙂

We kicked off with Dave Northey (Microsoft CAT Program Manager).  Dave was the IT Pro DPE in Ireland for quite some time and has spoken at every launch event since Windows NT.  It would have been wrong not to have Dave in to do the keynote.


After that we broke into two tracks.  I did the WS2012 R2 session and next door, Damian Flynn (MVP) did the Windows 8.1 in the enterprise session.  I wanted to attend Damian’s session – I hear it was excellent, covering the BYOD and mobile worker scenarios.


In the desktop track, some speakers from Microsoft introduced the new generation of devices that the various OEMs are bringing to market for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, and what Windows Intune now offers for distributed end users, mobile workers, and BYOD device/app management.

Back in the server & cloud track, Paul Keely (MVP) did a session on service automation.


Damian was back on stage in the server & cloud track talking about using SCVMM 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack to build a hybrid cloud on Azure and Windows Server 2012 R2.  Kevin Greene (MVP) wrapped up the track explaining how System Center can be used to manage service availability and quality.


Niall Brady (MVP), an Irish man living and working in Sweden, wrapped up the desktop & devices track by talking about System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2.


We asked for a small registration fee to encourage legitimate registrations and to get a higher turn-up rate.  That fee went to a good cause, an NGO called Camara.  We had Mark Fox in from Camara.  This gave Mark a chance to tell the audience (after the keynote) about the good work that Camara does.  They take unwanted PCs from businesses, securely wipe the PCs, track them, and reuse those machines to provide a digital education to needy kids.  Education is the best weapon against poverty and war, and Camara is on the frontline. Mark also staffed a stand in the exhibition room, and hopefully businesses found a way to get rid of machines in their drive to rid themselves of Windows XP, and make a difference in the world while doing it.


We have a whole bunch of sponsors to thank:

  • MicroWarehouse: My employers were the primary sponsor.  This event would not have happened without the huge effort by John Moran.  I would have been happy with a projector in a shed (with VPN access to my lab) but John made this a professional event.
  • Microsoft: Thanks to the support from Ciaran Keohane and the help from Michael Meagher.
  • Ergo: One of the leading Microsoft partners in Ireland, regularly winning Server partner of the year.
  • Toshiba: who had some devices on hand (including their new 8” Windows 8.1 tablet), most of which aren’t even on sale yet!
  • DataOn Storage: One of the manufacturers of certified Storage Spaces hardware
  • Savision: Creating dashboards for System Center that aid IT operations

And finally, thanks to everyone who helped us communicate the event, and of course, came to the event to hear about these new solutions.  I hope the day proved valuable.

We had a number of people ask if we’ll run more events like this next year.  I believe that this is something that we will strongly consider.  There won’t be any launch stuff for us to cover for a while, so maybe we’d look at doing more “here’s how” content.  We’ll have to review and consider our options before we make any decisions.

Techcamp Platinum Sponsors receive tour of Camara Education recycling base.
Pictured From left: Michael Meagher (Microsoft Evangelist) Rory Wilson (MD, MicroWarehouse)
Mark Fox (Business & Development Manager, Camara Education Ireland)

Rory Wilson, General Manager of MicroWarehouse & Michael Meagher Microsoft Evangelist visited the headquarters of Camara Ireland (TECHCamp 2013 Official Charity Partner) recently. Mark Fox and his dedicated team were on hand to give a tour of their impressive computer recycling facilities. Commenting on the upcoming event, Fox said “Camara Education is excited to be chosen as the technology charity partner for TECHCamp. While the adoption of new technology is essential for companies all over Ireland, the reuse of technology hardware has a powerful impact on digital literacy skills of disadvantaged communities all over the world”. Camara will have a stand at TECHCamp 2013 to highlight the great work they do through throughout Africa. (Learn more about Camara) It is through the financial support of our sponsors such as Microsoft and MicroWarehouse that TECHCamp 2013 will be able to donate all profits from attendee registrations to Camara Education Ireland.   

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Ergo Ireland are now a Gold Sponsor of TECHCamp 2013.  Recognising this opportunity to support the community, Ergo will be exhibiting on the day. Existing to serve customers, Ergo has provided IT solutions and services to the private and the public sector for over 20 years, building up trusted relationships and helping organisations realise their business goals through the use of technology. The company has a team of highly skilled technical consultants and IT experts that help clients adapt to change, using the latest technologies to stay lean and competitive in good times and bad.

Savision RGB

TECHCamp 2013 are happy to announce Savision as an official sponsor. Diana Kreiger (CEO) stated “We think this is a great opportunity to support the community and get our brand out there.” Savision specialise in helping companies across the globe use Microsoft System Center by transforming complex IT data into meaningful, well organized, actionable dashboards. Their solutions accelerate resolution time of IT problems, provide improved organizational efficiency and reduce business down time, allowing customers to realize over 20% cost reduction. Chevron, the Department of Homeland Security, KPMG, British Telecom are among a long list of high profile customers.
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