Make the most of your time with us at Microsoft HQ and add these events to your itinerary!
Access to the Microsoft Company Store
Thursday, August 8
All TechMentor Redmond event attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Microsoft Company Store during their time at the conference and have access to the employee-only discount area. The company store’s discount area is typically only open for Microsoft employees to purchase select Microsoft products at discounted prices, so you won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!
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.
Monday, August 5
Join other conference attendees and speakers for a casual, no-host dinner and make a few new friends while enjoying the fun and delicious restaurants in the Bellevue area. This is your opportunity to meet fellow attendees and start friendships that can last for the week or even longer. Attendees can break into smaller groups based on where everyone wants to dine and head off to dinner. Everyone is responsible for their own dinner.
Tuesday, August 6
All conference attendees are invited to celebrate the start of TechMentor at the Welcome Reception. Join us in the expo area to network with fellow conference attendees and speakers, talk with the event sponsors, enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Birds of a Feather Lunch
Wednesday, August 7
Enjoy lively lunchtime discussions by joining one of our table topic conversations. Tables will have a designated topic to help start discussions and interact with your fellow attendees. You may even learn a new trick or two or some great tips to take back to the office.
We will also have designated speaker tables - noted with the speaker’s name. Join your favorite speaker for a lunchtime discussion or just to ask questions or clarify anything from their sessions.
TechMentor's Out on the Town in Seattle
Wednesday, August 7
Experience all that Seattle has to offer by visiting the Central Waterfront! Join us on Wednesday night as complimentary buses run from our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, to the heart of Downtown (drop off and pick up adjacent to the Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59). Take this opportunity to explore Seattle’s vibrant nightlife, including its restaurants, breweries, Pioneer Square, and the city's best seafood, souvenirs, and sweeping views! Buses will depart the Hyatt Regency Bellevue starting at 5:00pm and will run back and forth, roughly every 30 minutes, with the last bus departing Downtown at 9:30pm.
Lunch with the Blue Badges
Thursday, August 8
On Thursday, TechMentor attendees will have the opportunity to have lunch with the Blue Badges at The Mixer, the Microsoft employee lunch area with over 10 different restaurant options to choose from. This extended lunch period is also the perfect time to visit the Microsoft Visitor Center and the Microsoft Company Store. Shuttle service to and from the Commons and pre-paid lunch cards will be provided as part of your TechMentor registration.