TugaIT is an annual event held in Lisbon, Portugal and is in its second year, having first run in 2016. The conference brings together all that is great about the Microsoft Data Platform and beyond, embracing the following areas:
- Microsoft Data Platform
- Open-Source Data Platform
- Office 365
- Enterprise Integration
- Microsoft Azure (both IaaS and PaaS)
- Development Methodologies (Agile, Scrum, Kanban, TDD, DDD, …)
- Programming & Professional Development
The event is a mammoth 3 days techno-fest consisting of an incredible set of Workshops on Thursday, May 18th and the Friday consists of a 5 track schedule and an awesome full-day workshop with Slava Oks discussing SQL Server on Linux!
After that whirlwind two days of serious content, you are going to need to relax a little more, so the Saturday reverts to a more traditional 8 track agenda -yes, you heard that right!!! 8 Tracks!!!!).
So if my math is correct, I make this 8 workshops and 76 sessions to attend over 3 days -which is clearly going to tick every single box you need it to.
Q. But is it any good?
I was fortunate to attend TUGAIT last year and it was a fantastic experience. The Portuguese Community go out of their way to make you feel welcome, and the venue itself is excellent since it is hosted within the Microsoft Portugal premises. More importantly, there is an amazing selection of speakers from around the world on offer including Microsoft Product managers, MVPs, MCMs and community experts.
For me, the stand out workshop of the lot is “Bringing SQL Server Experience to Linux” by Slava Oks who has been working at Microsoft to make this amazing dream come to reality. I had the pleasure of seeing Slava deliver a fantastic insight into this project during the MVP Summit late last year, and it is, therefore, no surprise to me that TugaIT were keen to get him over to Portugal.
Q. How easy is it to get there?
If you are traveling to Lisbon from outside of Portugal, the journey is about as easy as it can get. From the UK it takes only a couple of hours to get there from any of the major airports (including Stansted) and after landing you can hop straight onto the metro to within walking distance of your hotel and venue. Awesome right?!
In closing, I would strongly recommend that you take the opportunity to attend this event and see all the wonderful speakers on offer. And if you get tired, you can always relax by the river with a glass of wine in hand whilst you recharge your batteries!