The Fun Stuff

Your attendance at TechMentor is about learning from your peers as well as the experts; make the most of your time with us and add these events and activities to your itinerary!

Access to the Microsoft Company Store
You bring the money, we get you special access!*

All TechMentor event attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Microsoft Company Store during their time at the conference and have access to employee-only discount pricing. Popular home-use software titles such as Windows, Office, Office for Mac, and Streets and Trips are available. XBOX accessories and a selection of XBOX games are offered at significant savings. At the Redmond campus location, you will find one of the largest selections of Microsoft-branded PC hardware in any retail store. PC Hardware offered includes Keyboards and desktop sets, Mice, Webcams and more.

TechMentor event attendees will qualify for a pass that allows them access to the special discounts normally reserved only for Microsoft employees. Due to the amazing deals, each attendee is allowed to spend up to a maximum of $200. **Restrictions apply.

**Attendees will be given a voucher/form that allows them access to the employee only discount area to spend up to $200 of their own money on select Microsoft products.
**All attendees must have a valid driver’s license that matches the name on the voucher.
**If using a credit card for payment, the name on the card must match the name on your voucher and identification.
**If you are employed by a government agency or a school or university, you are not eligible for the discount pass due to Microsoft policy.

Visit the Microsoft Visitor Center
The Microsoft Visitor Center is open to all employees and visitors to the Microsoft campus. Come share in the excitement of their discoveries, explore some of the latest products, and meet some of the people whose ideas and creativity make Microsoft a world leader in computer and software industry.

Meet the Pros
Let's face it — our talented team of speakers is the main reason you head to TechMentor events. They share your interest in the latest technologies while refusing to abandon challenging applications out there already. So why not get to know them in a different light during the breaks and networking opportunities we have planned for you at Microsoft HQ? Kick back with the people who love sharing their knowledge and experience to help you get where you want to be professionally.

Mix & Mingle @ TechMentor
Monday, July 17th

This is your opportunity to meet fellow attendees and start friendships that can last for the week or even longer. Join us to mix and mingle with other conference attendees and speakers for a casual no-host mixer. Enjoy light appetizers provided by TechMentor while you get to know your fellow attendees and take in the local Bellevue nightlife. Everyone is responsible for their own beverages.

Table Topic Lunch
Tuesday, July 18th

Join other attendees at lunch to share ideas, talk about the issues of the day, and maybe solve a few. While you enjoy lunch, you can find and connect with other like-minded people at tables designated for certain languages, technologies, and interests.

We will also have designated speaker tables - noted with the speakers’ name. Join your favorite speaker for a lunchtime discussion or to follow up on any questions from a session.

Welcome Reception
Tuesday, July 18th

All conference attendees are invited to celebrate the start of TechMentor @ Microsoft HQ at the Welcome Reception on this, our 25th Anniversary (1998 – 2023). Enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres while you network with fellow conference exhibitors, attendees, and speakers. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new colleagues and talk to conference speakers in a fun casual setting on Microsoft’s campus. Don’t forget to visit our exhibitor BitTitan to see how they can make life easier for you back at the office.

TechMentor's Get Your Game On @ Dave & Buster’s
Wednesday, July 19th, 5:15 – 9:30pm Pre-registration & $10 Confirmation Fee Required

Grab the complimentary shuttle on Wednesday evening to Dave & Buster’s for an exciting night of networking, gaming, and fun with your fellow attendees. In addition to the appetizer buffet (including unlimited sodas, tea, and coffee), each attendee will receive a Power Card loaded with $15 of game play + unlimited video game play* (unlimited video game play excludes games which give tickets, specialty, & crane games). And Wednesday is ½ price game night at Dave & Buster’s, so your game card goes twice as far. The shuttle will run between the Hyatt Regency Bellevue and Dave & Buster’s from 5:15 to 9:30pm.

*Unlimited video game play includes the car racing games like Mario Kart, Shoot 'em Up Games like The Walking Dead and Tomb Raider, Air Hockey, our virtual Roller Coaster Typhoon, Guitar Hero, PacMan Battle Royale, and many others.