Microsoft Ignite - Spotlight on UK
By Mike Irving - Published: 20/10/2022

This time last week I was midway through two days at Microsoft Ignite 'Spotlight on UK' at O2 Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

As an attendee at the MS Ignite event, I was one of around 500 people lucky enough to secure tickets to attend physically, with many more watching online from the UK, and indeed anywhere in the world.

This was a satellite event of the main MS Ignite event, happening at the same time in Seattle.

Microsoft Ignite Manchester - View From The Balcony


Day One

Day One started with a keynote from Satya Nadella, followed by further main-stage sessions, and breakout sessions in smaller rooms within the venue.

It was also nice to visit the various exhibition and showcase stands from Microsoft divisions, including a Tech Community Stand, and visit various Microsoft Partners in their designated areas. We could also visit 'behind the scenes', at the studio for the video content.

I attended a great session titled "Accelerate secure innovation with GitHub and Azure", hosted by David Okeyode in "Connection Zone 2".

Microsoft Ignite - Accelerate Secure Innovation with GitHub and Azure


Day Two

On Day Two, there was an insightful opening session on security, before a passionate keynote from Andy BurnhamMayor of Greater Manchester.

There was also a good session replayed on the big screen "Building what matters most for your business". It was good to see how Windows is moving forward, with deep inights from Panos Panay and team.

Microsoft Ignite - Andy Burnham keynote


Networking Opportunities

One of the main benefits, and personal aims, of attending, was the networking opportunities.

Due to Covid, this was the first time I had seen many familiar faces in nearly 3 years.

It was great to catch up with Dot Net North co-organisers Rik Garner and Oli Newsham, in an informal setting.

It was nice to chat with Adam Jackson, Claire Smyth and Sara Fennah, amongst others, from Microsoft, about the UK Tech Community and Events.

Many MVPs were in attendance too, and it was great to see Lee Englestone, Pete Gallagher and Bill Ayers amongst them, across the two days.

Thank you for your participation in the Microsoft UK Technical Community!



A number of tweets captured events over the two days, from friends on Twitter.



Refreshments, including a full lunchtime meal, were also provided, courtesy of Microsoft.

It was good to see Vegan and Vegetarian options. Delicious!

MS Ignite Manchester - Lunch Options


Dot Net North - back in-person too

In September, Dot Net North returned to in-person. Coupled with attendance at a Conference event, this marks a seemingly full return to normality, both events serving as the first of their type, 'In-Person', since before the Coronavirus Pandemic started.

Our event, at Auto Trader, featured a talk from Rob Miles, and it was good to meet group members face-to-face once again.

Dot Net North - September 2022


The Future

As great as online events have been, I do hope that there will be more physical events on the horizon. It is good to be back!

Microsoft Ignite - Event Badge

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