9th Annual AZ Groups Offers Intimate Look At Tech

If there’s one thing geeks can agree on, it’s that free events sponsored by tech companies are worth attending. Whether it’s for the networking, the client deals, or even the swag, showing up at AZ Groups means one thing: you’re ready to get some tech learnin’ on.

We certainly finished some testing, too. Both EventDay and LoopLogic were on hand to lend their specific services to the event, beginning with EventDay at the registration table. 720 guests checked in throughout the day, the majority of them during the 40 minutes before our 8am start.

But with five minute or less wait in line, we were pretty happy at the effectiveness of the EventDay software. Most attendees brought their QR codes either printed out or on their smartphones, which speeded registration up considerably.

The content didn’t disappoint. From Scott Guthrie to Brady Gaster and Scott Hanselman to LoopLogic’s Stephane Legay, the Scottsdale Center For Performing Arts stage was buzzing from 8am until lunch at Blue Moose at noon, then again all afternoon until 5pm.

We had an iPad giveaway (thanks Pluralsight!), free lunch, complimentary beer and wine after the show, and 10 fantastic sponsors offering business solutions to attendees.

Cate and company are looking forward to next year’s event. Any ideas on how to make a splash celebrating a decade of great tech gatherings?

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