Frequently Asked Questions

Have some more questions on organizing a bootcamp location? Well, maybe we can answer them here.

Q: What does it take for me to organize a bootcamp location?

A: It is really quite simple! First you create an account for yourself on our site and then you create your event location. This puts a pin on the map for your event! You also need to agree to the organizer agreement and you must have a Code of Conduct for your event!

All that remains now is to find a venue location and line up some speakers and content for your event! A good way to do this is find a local company to sponsor a venue in a meeting room (or a couple) and kindly ask if they want to provide lunch for attendees.

Q: What’s the deadline to sign up a new location?

A: Please register your event with us by Sunday, March 23, 2020. Events can not be added after this date, will not be considered Global Azure locations and will not benefit from any resources made available such as content, labs, access to the global sponsorship.

Q: I’ve registered a location, but why does it shows as pending?

A: In order for a location to be set as confirmed all the information regarding the event must be included. Especially a URL for registration to attend and information about your location. If you don’t have a URL where we can see that registration is available, or at least information is available about your event at that URL, we will leave it in a pending state. This is not a bad thing, your location is “registered with us”, but we will only mark you confirmed when the event is far enough along. Having a web location set up that describes your event which allows potential attendees to contact you is a requirement.

You can set up free registration via sites like Event Day, Eventbrite, etc. You can also host a free website on Azure to provide additional information about your event.

We check locations manually, so if you are all set, with your registration site URL included, it may take up to a week before your location shows as ready. If after a week you still see your event as pending, then reach us through the “Contact Us” form.

Q: How can I set up registration for my local event?

A: Many communities use a service like Meetup. Feel free to use any site or service you wish, but we require some sort of registration that can be linked to in order to make your location “ready” and not be considered “pending” on our locations page.

Q: Why does the Global Admin team need all this data they ask for?

A: We understand that it can take some time to collect, but we need the data for several reasons:

We get global sponsorship and help marketing the event from Microsoft based on data. We show how many events are being organized, possible number of attendees before the event, and then we report actual attendee count after the event. We need this data to help the event, please be quick about filling it in.

The global sponsors listed on the Global Azure site shall not be contacted directly by you. If you have questions around global sponsorship please direct those to our “Contact Us” form. We want to save our Global Sponsors from having to send the same information to many different organizers, please! Thanks for your consideration.

We provide local organizers names and community names to Microsoft to let them know who is helping worldwide, to enable them promote our and your event and to enable local Microsoft employees to contact you directly!

When you hand out prizes from our global sponsors they require information on the winners. We need that data ASAP after your event closes to help us get the info to the sponsor and get the prize to the winner.

Q: Do I have to run a three day event? Why are there three day options?

A: Those who have followed Global Azure over the years know that Global Azure, traditionally, take place on one day, always a Saturday. Suddenly now there is a change. Why?

The thing we wanted to achieve with having three days for Global Azure is to cater to the biggest single point of feedback we have received over the years: "Do we have to run our event on this specific Saturday"? There are many valid reasons why a Saturday does not work for some of you event organizers. Believe us we have heard them all! You can't get the venue on the Saturday. It collides with a holiday. You are Israeli. You know... Reasons!

Global Azure 2020 has a three day option for you to select from! You can choose to run a one day event on any of the three days! You can run a two or even a three day event if you like! Heck, you can even run two or three separate events!

We have heard folks go - "oh cool, now we can run one event in city A and another in city B, with the same speakers but on different days"! Another favourite reaction is "this means we can run an event for kids on the Thursday evening and a normal community meetup for adults on the Saturday as two separate events"! Yes and yes, it means both those things and anything else you'd like! You can organize your community with these three days whichever way you want!

Who will be the first location to run a three-day Global Azure event?

Q: I’m a co-organizer, do I have to register an event as well?

A: No.

If a lead organizer already registered an event you are helping to organize then creating an account on this website will register you with us so that you will recieve our newsletters.

Q: Can there be more than one event in a given city?

A: The short answer is - yes.

It is possible that multiple event locations are in the same city. That said, it might make sense that local organizers team up and simply get a larger venue together, or have multiple tracks at the same event, etc. We ask that local organizers work together to ensure that they combine and multiply their impact. If you want to do different things at different geographically close events, or if you think the local market can support multiple locations easily you must ensure that potential attendees know what they are getting at each location so they won't feel that they turned up at the “wrong” location. One example might be that one location provides content for IT Pros while the other focuses on Developers.

The Global Admin team will be on the look out for events registered in the same locations and will make introductions for the organizers when it makes sense.

Q: I’ve run an event in my city the last four years and someone has stolen it! Can you tell them to give it back?

A: First off, you are completely awesome for hosting a local event in previous years! Thank you!

Second, this is a community event, which means the goal is teach development and IT Pro communities about Azure. It’s not about what company is throwing the event, or who is organizing it. Reach out to the other organizer and see if you can team up to deliver an extra-great event together! If not, then please see the previous question about multiple locations.

The Global Team will NOT block someone from organizing a location because someone else has previously organized one in the same city. Think of it like the treaty about the Moon. No one owns it. We explore and learn from it for all mankind.

Q: What can a Global Azure day look like?

A: Some locations run sessions for the day, other locations go deep hands on with Azure labs and workshops. Some locations have done a geek barbecue with attendees. It is completely up to you. It’s YOUR event after all!.

Q: Can I charge the attendees for my local event?

A: We really, really would encourage you not charge a fee for the event. At the same time we don’t expect the organizers to pay for the event out of their own pocket. That's what local sponsors are for! We suggest that local organizers find local sponsors to help pay for the event cost, so that the event is free for attendees. Sometimes local Microsoft might be able to help out finding a sponsor, a venue or something else that helps you along. Naturally resources and availability will vary around the world. No claim can be made that local Microsoft must assist you.

If a fee is necessary we ask that you charge no more than necessary to cover the cost of the event. For a community focused event the eyes should be on the attendees and not on a profit margin!

Q: Can I have a private event, or just one hosted in my company?

A: We’d prefer if you didn’t.

The event is based on sharing knowledge about Azure with the community and should be open to anyone to attend.

You might need to verify with your venue/facility that there are no restrictions on who can be there for the event. For example, if you find a facility owned by the government, or certain government contractors, they may have a requirements for anyone in the building to be a natural citizen of the hosting country. This would limit who can attend your local event and that should be avoided.

Q: What about sponsors?

A: We have two kinds of sponsors: global sponsors and local sponsors.

Global sponsors are companies that want to provide some giveaways for all attendees at all locations globally. We have several tools vendors giving away licenses and goodies to all locations. Don’t contact the global sponsors directly! We are working with them to provide great giveaways.

Local sponsors are companies in your region that sponsor your location directly. Since you are organizing a location, it’s up to you to find someone willing to sponsor the meeting room(s), lunch and potentially other items.

Q: Can I get some giveaways (swag)? Like posters, stickers or something?

A: We are working as hard as we can to get you SWAG! More information to follow!

Q: Can I create shirts or other items with the Global Azure Logo?

Yes. Pull down the image from the media page and go from there!

Q: I want to be a local sponsor – can that be arranged?

If you are willing to sponsor someone to organize a Global Azure event with you as the sponsoring company that’s great! Get in touch through the “Contact Us” form. Note that you don’t have to sponsor all locations. Feel free to cherry pick some and contact the local organizers and work something out with them.