Nima Dilmaghani, Developer Evangelist for Microsoft, invited me to Microsoft Research’s annual TechFest, which took place today at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Normally this is a closed event, but in honor of the 15th anniversary of TechFest, Microsoft opened up the event to outside attendees for the first time. While I was there today I shot a few photos.
The event started out with a keynote by Microsoft Research’s Rick Rashid and Rico Malvar, followed by an expo featuring research projects from around the world that have produced over 100 innovations for the future of computing.
Microsoft Research TechFest provides a strategic forum for Microsoft researchers to connect with the broader group of Microsoft employees and product managers. Hundreds of researchers from Microsoftâ€™s worldwide labs in China, England, India and the US gather for the annual event at the companyâ€™s corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington. They come together to exchange ideas with colleagues, show off their latest innovations, and shine a light into the future of computing. In many cases, the partnerships formed at TechFest between researchers and product teams allow innovations to begin making their way into game-changing products for Microsoft customers.
For more coverage of TechFest 2007, check out Michael Calore’s blog posts over at Wired’s Monkey Bites, Brady Forrest’s write-up on O’Reilly Radar and Bre Pettis’ post over at Make. Robert Scoble was there as well, giving updates via Twitter.