Microsoft Ignite is one of the company’s premier events where the company’s current and future technology is discussed. This year, the Ignite 2016 event is being held on September 26-30, 2016 in Atlanta, GA, and will feature the Microsoft Data Science Summit, Women in Tech reception, and more. In addition, a number of keynote speakers will be on hand, including CEO Satya Nadella.

The Channel 9 team took a few minutes this morning to look forward to Ignite 2016 and highlight this year’s keynote speakers. Julia White summarized as follows:


This year, I am looking forward to hosting Microsoft Ignite. I will be guiding you through the event, providing behind the scenes information, giving context and perspective on Microsoft technology, as well as joining Satya and Scott Guthrie for the keynotes.

Speaking of keynotes — based on your feedback from last year we are evolving the keynotes, thank you for all the input! Scott will be kicking off the conference first thing Monday morning, talking about both today’s key technology and crucially the changing role of IT in shaping the future. He will be joined by an insightful set of guests and of course, show some great demos. We are keeping the morning keynote short and sweet. Immediately following the morning keynote, we have eight of our top technical leaders presenting general sessions. These will be action packed presentations giving a deeper look at the tech innovation in their respective areas. We know these general sessions are very important and we will be live streaming all of them. For all of you who will be watching around the world, you can watch any of them you choose. Of course, we will also make the sessions available on demand; so whether you are attending in person, or virtually, you can watch as many as you like, whenever and whenever you are.

Bringing the first day of Microsoft Ignite to a close, we are looking forward to hearing from Satya. He will present a key set of next generation innovations, that we see as fundamental to shaping IT in the foreseeable future. As always, Satya’s keynote is not to be missed.

The Keynotes and General Sessions set the scene for the rest of the week, but of course, one of the benefits of such a comprehensive conference is the chance to really dig into technology! For the rest of the week’s sessions, you can expect to see a rich set of in-depth technical content combined with lots of real-world customer examples, so you can learn what peers are doing across a variety of tech areas. In addition, we will have labs, giving in-person attendees plenty of opportunity to really get hands on with the technology.

If you’re already signed up for Ignite, then that’s a good thing–the event is sold out. However, you’ll be able to participate online, and you can click here to save the date and start getting prepared. Let us know in the comments if you’ll be attending Ignite.

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