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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota
Twin Cities IT and Developer Events Postings by Brandy Favilla

Our TechFuse 2008 Conference on February 26, 2008 drew in over 425 people for a one day conference, focusing on Microsoft Technologies.  Featured tracks in 2008 included SQL Server 2008, System Center, Visual Studio 2008, SharePoint 2007 and more. 

TechFuse 2009 Conference is going to be held on March 17, 2009 (you bet, the luck of the Irish!) at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Center.  We have selected our tracks (with feedback from our internal instructors and our students) and they are:

  • Virtualization
  • System Center/Productivity
  • Infrastructure Core
  • SQL Server / Business Intelligence
  • Visual Studio / Development
  • Collaboration (2 tracks)
  • Professional Skills

Our target audience is anyone in the field of IT (Information Technology) including IT Administrators, Developers, DBA's, SharePoint Admins and Developers, IT Managers, Project Managers, Business Analysts and Help Desk Associates.  Last year our attendees included all industries from Enterprise Customers to Small Businesses and Consumers.  We expect the same this year.  Our target is 300-450 attendees and we can have as many as 600 attend!


Email me directly at for an application packet.  Deadline for applications in December 19.


We are now accepting applications for speakers at the conference.  If you have expertise in any of the areas listed above, please consider speaking at TechFuse 2009.  It gives you the opportunity to showcase your expertise and it gives great exposure to your organization as an expert in that area.  Posted on Friday, December 5, 2008 8:49 PM Twin Cities IT and Developer Events | Back to top

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