Two weeks ago, Catapult Principal Consultant and Microsoft MVP, David Warner took first place, along with his project partner Eric Overfield, President and Co-founder of PixelMill at Microsoft’s Fluid+SPFx vNext DevKitchen. Microsoft 365 developers from around the world descend on Microsoft headquarters in Redmond to get a glimpse into up and coming features for SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams. Because this event introduces new features, the technology previewed at the event is kept confidential until they are released to the public.
What’s comes out of Fluid+SPFx vNext DevKitchen is something truly unique. Not only are developers getting the opportunity to preview new technology, but they also get the opportunity to build technology demonstrations over their three days in Redmond. Both David and Eric, along with the other participants, present the solutions they’ve developed to their peers and Microsoft judges. The judges then award the top three solutions based on the most creative, inventive ideas.
The secret to this event is somewhere between creativity, enterprise usefulness, innovation, and a positive mindset.
It was such an honor to be included in this year’s DevKitchen and hackathon. Being surrounded by so many talented developers, you get a unique glimpse into how these new features can be harnessed. It’s also awesome that Microsoft provides this forum in the first place, giving developers the opportunity to test and provide feedback on future technology.
–David Warner, Principal Consultant, Catapult
Interested in learning more? Even though the technology shared at DevKitchen is under lock and key (for now), those interested in gaining insights into the newest features should stay tuned for news coming out of Ignite, November 4 – 8. Additionally, David Warner has been invited to participate at one of Ignite’s breakout sessions this year titled, “Zero to hero: SPFx development techniques to boost the performance of SharePoint solutions”, so stay tuned on developments from him there.
So, what’s next for these new technologies? By getting the chance to attend events like Fluid+SPFx vNext DevKitchen, we get hands-on experience with new features sets that will eventually be available to our customers. Once public, we plan to hit the ground running by looking for new and innovative solutions to better support our customers’ pursuits.