Microsoft's developer conference TechEd will have a new home for its traditionally-packed keynote address this year and a strong focus on networking.
The keynote and a new kick-off fest, TechLive, will play out at Vector Arena near Auckland's Waterfront, with the rest of the sessions taking place at Sky City, the usual conference venue.
The tech company is also introducing Hub Happy Hour on two of the days to give attendees a chance to network over drinks once sessions finish. It's also adding functionality to the conference website to make it easier for delegates to arrange networking meetups in the evenings and give advice to out of town visitors about activities in the city.
This year's conference will also feature a new evening event for women in technology.
The keynote and TechLive are the first conference events on 9 September.
As well as the technical session tracks: data platform and business intelligence, datacentre and infrastructure management, developer platform and tools, innovation, office servers and services, people-centric IT and Windows Phone and devices, Microsoft has added the 'Make yourself more awesome' track.
It focuses on developing teams, engaging via marketing or social media, managing projects, presenting and selling.