Microsoft erecting massive tent for BUILD 2012 conference

Microsoft has been pretty silent about its plans for the 2012 edition of its BUILD developers conference since it was officially announced in July. The event, which sold out about an hour after registration started in August, will be held at Microsoft's worldwide headquarters in Redmond, Washington from October 30 to November 2nd.

Even though the event is over a week away, Microsoft has already been busy preparing for BUILD 2012. Geekwire.com reports that the company is in the middle of putting up a massive tent on its campus that's designed to hold 2,000 people for the event.

When finished, the tent will be one of the largest in North America, three stories high and covering an area equal to about 12 NBA basketball courts. Normally, Microsoft holds events like this outside its campus, but Microsoft’s Tim O’Brien, the general manager of its Developer & Platform Evangelism, says that for BUILD 2012, "We’re a Seattle company, and we’re proud of the work we do here, and the campus experience is something that we want to show off to Build attendees."

Neowin.net will be attending BUILD 2012 and will be reporting on the events inside that giant tent, which will start to come down on November 1st. Microsoft also plans to stream events from BUILD 2012 online on its Channel 9 developer site.

Source: Geekwire.com | Image via Geekwire.com/Microsoft

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spenser.d said,
The company I work for erects a tent that can sit 3500+ every fall...

Was tired last night - didn't mean to sound like a troll. We host our annual user's group meeting every fall and the last few years we've had 7000 customer representatives come, so the tent I speak of is necessary for lunch and some other activities that we don't ahve room for anywhere else on our campus. I like to think there's a point where a tent is no longer a tent, such as when they have their own industrial HVAC system as I'm sure this one at MS does lol.

spenser.d said,

I like to think there's a point where a tent is no longer a tent, such as when they have their own industrial HVAC system as I'm sure this one at MS does lol.

Well, they'll have to. Just look at the weather forecast for Seattle. It's already in the low 50s (Fahrenheit).

Also, it rains something like 9 months straight in Seattle. That's why they have to put in all that pavement. Can't have people walking on the grass outside.

That graphic of the landscape seems to have a line of blue Porto-potties. I really hope they are planning to have actual, regular, bathrooms in this massive tent. Porto-potties always descend into something close to hell when they are matched with massive crowds.

LogicalApex said,
That graphic of the landscape seems to have a line of blue Porto-potties. I really hope they are planning to have actual, regular, bathrooms in this massive tent. Porto-potties always descend into something close to hell when they are matched with massive crowds.

Especially when there are only like 10 of them.

LogicalApex said,
That graphic of the landscape seems to have a line of blue Porto-potties. I really hope they are planning to have actual, regular, bathrooms in this massive tent. Porto-potties always descend into something close to hell when they are matched with massive crowds.

You sure those aren't for the construction workers? There's a trailer right next to it -- that's the construction field office.

In any case, this conference is being held across the Microsoft campus. They have enough toilets in their existing buildings for, what, 60,000 employees?

TomJones said,

You sure those aren't for the construction workers? There's a trailer right next to it -- that's the construction field office.

In any case, this conference is being held across the Microsoft campus. They have enough toilets in their existing buildings for, what, 60,000 employees?

The construction field offices, and its support buildings, are not usually included in artistic renderings of what the final building will look like. Otherwise, I wouldn't have saw it odd to have seen them in the image.

On the Windows Phone mobile version of the site the headline reads 'Microsoft erecting massive tent'. Good thing the rest of headline is readable by scooting it over.

I can't wait for BUILD 2012! Microsoft showing off its latest and greatest and all my favorite Microsoft bloggers covering it.