Windows Azure Sydney Meetup Wrapped Up

Our fortnight of meetups thanks to Windows Azure continues, and last night was Sydney's turn. We've got winners, we've got ludicrous captions.

Customer presenting duties were ably handled by Douw Loots from BETER, who spoke on how Azure helped in building an effective nationwide logistics solutions. Our winner of the individual challenge round — who scored a prize of Microsoft Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Essentials valued at $810 — was Jim Wild. Congratulations Jim!

Once again, our vicious trivia questions challenged reader brains. There was a tie for first place, and it was only after a nail-biting tie breaker questions that emerged victorious. No wonder we all had to hang around the pub until it closed afterwards.

Our caption picture in Sydney featured Microsoft founder Bill Gates meeting Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Some of the suggested captions frankly aren't suitable for public consumption, but we ultimately gave the prize to this suggestion from Bevon:

I revolutionised personal computing: what have you done?

Other close-run contenders included "I said bring me Android royalties, not Android royalty", "No Charles, I am your father", "Bill: Should I stand at attention? Charles: No, Az u re.", "It looks like you're filing for divorce — would you like some help with that?" and "A blue screen would be more interesting."

Thanks once again to everyone who came along (and to Microsoft for making it possible). Next week has Melbourne and Perth events — if you haven't already signed up, get in now!

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Bill Gates picture by WPA Pool/Getty Images

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    Thank you Allure for being awesome hosts.

    I'm rocking into work as a walking Microsoft billboard right now. Can't wait to show off the prizes.

    Thanks to Microsoft for the event. Using my ARC Mouse now and loving it.

    Great event, looking forward to the next one.

    Great night, thanks for putting it on.

    Look forward to the next one!

    Had a blast, can't wait for the next one!

    Thanks for an entertaining evening. I can happily say my trivia losing streak is untarnished!

    Amazing time - Props to Lifehacker / Allure & Azure for graciously putting on the event!

    I especially enjoyed networking with everyone afterward - the Sydney dev scene is much more varied than I expected :)

    For those who I didn't manage to give contact details to - feel free to get in touch with me:

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