A welcoming cocktail party invited attendees to Tech.Ed last night, before getting down to business today with the opening keynote by Anne Kirah

Opening night welcome party

Good use of a Sandman: turning it into mobile gaming machine.

What could possibly make this many geeks line up?

A free shirt!

Sometimes you just have to be online, even in the midst of a party with free drinks.

Some of the fun of the FIFA 2006 tournament.

Anne Kirah delivers her keynote address.

Delegates moving into the first learning sessions.

Punters check out the vendor booths.

Attendee backpacks prove extremely popular – as evidenced by the reflective glow.

Security is playing a significant role at this year’s Tech Ed.

In the beginning was the command line… some things never change.

A look into one of the intimate developer sessions.

Getting help at the Dev Garten.