See Me in Brazil and Argentina in March

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Along with James Senior, I’ll be speaking at a couple of free Web Camps events in South America in March 2011.


Buenos Aires, Argentina –March 14-15, 2011

São Paulo, Brazil –March 18-19, 2011

The registration links are not yet available, but I’ll update this blog post once they are.Registration is open! Register for Argentina. Register for Brazil. For a list of all upcoming Web Camps events, see the events list.

If you’re not familiar with Web Camps, the website provides the following description, emphasis mine:

Microsoft’s 2 day Web Camps are events that allow you to learn and build websites using ASP.NET MVC, WebMatrix, OData and more. Register today at a location near you! These events will cover all 3 topics and will have presentations on day 1 with hands on development on day 2. They will be available at 7 countries worldwide with dates and locations confirming soon.

Did I mention that these events are free? The description neglects to mention NuGet, but you can bet I’ll talk about that as well. Smile 

I’m really excited to visit South America (this will be my first time) and I hope that schedules align in a way that I can catch a Fútbol/Futebol game or two. I also need to brush up on my Spanish for Argentina and learn a bit of Portugese for Brazil.

One interesting thing I’m learning is that visiting Brazil requires a Visa (Argentina does not) which is a heavyweight process. According to the instructions I received, it takes a minimum of 40 business days to receive the Visa! Wow. I’m sure the churrascaria will be worth it though.

Good thing I’m getting started on this early. Hey Brazil, I promise not to trash your country. So feel free to make my application go through more quickly.

Tags: webcamps, aspnetmvc,, brazil, argentina

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34 responses

  1. Avatar for Lerxst
    Lerxst December 21st, 2010

    I am sure you will have a great time in Brazil :) The .NET community here is huge and very enthusiastic. Besides churrasco, don't miss the "pão de queijo" (cheese bread), it's a delicious snack.
    Try to find some time and visit the litoral as well! I recommend Florianopolis, halfway between B.A. and S.P., awesome city and beaches.

  2. Avatar for Ricardo Oneda
    Ricardo Oneda December 21st, 2010

    Hi Phil, I hope you enjoy your stay here in Brazil. And I'm sure you will like the "churrasco"

  3. Avatar for Ricardo Oneda
    Ricardo Oneda December 21st, 2010

    Oh, yes, try also "feijoada" (, wich is another brazilian typical dish.

  4. Avatar for Victor Cavalcante
    Victor Cavalcante December 21st, 2010

    Hi Phill,
    I'm happy for your coming to Brazil, I hope to attend this event.

  5. Avatar for Andre Nascentes
    Andre Nascentes December 21st, 2010

    Awesome news! For sure I'll be at Sao Paulo's event!
    p.s.: I think that's a great opportunity to a Brazilian NerdDinner! What do you think, Phill?!

  6. Avatar for Erick Sasse
    Erick Sasse December 21st, 2010

    Yes, the Visa process is a pain. But it's only required because USA also requires a Visa from us, brazilian citizens.
    But you are certainly welcome in Brazil! And I hope to attend the event.
    And by the way, it's "futebol". :)

  7. Avatar for Erick Sasse
    Erick Sasse December 21st, 2010

    Sorry, I forgot you are also going to Argentina. There you will be able to catch a "fútbol" game. ;)

  8. Avatar for Deylo Woo
    Deylo Woo December 21st, 2010

    Just one word "Picanha"

  9. Avatar for haacked
    haacked December 21st, 2010

    @Erick I corrected my post to mention both! :) I know a little spanish, but no Portugese. :)
    @Andre, a nerd dinner could work right after the first Web Camps perhaps.

  10. Avatar for Fabio Maulo
    Fabio Maulo December 21st, 2010

    Hope to meet you.

  11. Avatar for Javier
    Javier December 21st, 2010

    Hi Phil,
    I'm from Argentina, those are very great news for us. I hope you enjoy your stay here!

  12. Avatar for Zote
    Zote December 21st, 2010

    Hi Phil, you need to try caipirinha too!
    I think a NerdDinner in day 1 it's a great idea!

  13. Avatar for Daniel
    Daniel December 21st, 2010

    As for the Brazilian visa it is a reciprocity policy thing. They will charge and require whatever US requires to grant a visa to Brazilians.
    Believe me, US also gives Brazilians a hard time to get a visa too ;)
    I don't personally agree with that policy though...

  14. Avatar for haacked
    haacked December 21st, 2010

    @Daniel, @Erick I understand now. I'm not pleased with how the U.S. treats foreigners, so I can understand the reciprocity argument. :)
    @Fabio hope to meet you too!

  15. Avatar for Diego Mijelshon
    Diego Mijelshon December 21st, 2010

    We'll be waiting for you in the deep, DEEP South!

  16. Avatar for Diego
    Diego December 21st, 2010

    I hope you enjoy your stay in Sao Paulo. If you need any tips about the city let me know. I will try to attend the event on Saturday. Welcome to our wonderful city with heavy traffic lol.

  17. Avatar for André Baltieri
    André Baltieri December 21st, 2010

    Hi Phill, you're most welcome. I'll be there and hope you enjoy it.
    Ohh, did the other guys introduced you to Caipirinha?
    See ya!

  18. Avatar for Developer Seer
    Developer Seer December 21st, 2010

    Hope to see you there Phil!
    Maybe next time you can bring Scott Hanselman and perform a HaHaa show!
    Enjoy the visit.

  19. Avatar for Willvv
    Willvv December 21st, 2010

    I hope your next stop is somewhere around Central America, I'm sure you'd enjoy Costa Rica and we could use a Web Camp :)
    Regarding the visa, You don't need one for Argentina, but you'll have to pay the $130 that USA charges to get the Visa.

  20. Avatar for Giovanni Bassi
    Giovanni Bassi December 21st, 2010

    Hey Phil,
    I'm an MVP in Brazil. Let's talk. I might be able to help on your visit and on the camp.
    Giovanni Bassi

  21. Avatar for Mark Wisecarver
    Mark Wisecarver December 22nd, 2010

    Legal! (Very cool)
    I'm a Microsot Partner in the U.S. and Brasil.
    My 3 children have dual-citizenship and yes I can assure you the U.S. procedures are nothing short of a nightmare.
    All the best,
    Mark Wisecarver

  22. Avatar for Felipe Lima
    Felipe Lima December 22nd, 2010

    Very cool to see Microsoft events down here in South America :D
    I will try to attend it for sure. Sure there are a lot of things to see here and an year wouldn't be enough to see everything that is cool :)
    Meanwhile, I would definitely recommend asking for a 'Picanha' in the churrascaria, trying to see the shore (Florianopolis is amazing), etc.
    Looking forward to seeing you guys around here :)

  23. Avatar for Ranu
    Ranu December 22nd, 2010

    I will attend.
    In Argentina I´ll invite you to an Asado ( and Empanadas ( )

  24. Avatar for Felipe
    Felipe December 23rd, 2010

    Actually our country is already trashed, but you are very welcome man! :D

  25. Avatar for José Pablo Cortés
    José Pablo Cortés December 24th, 2010

    Nice! You guys comming to any of our countries makes a lot of us happy :).
    I'm From Costa Rica too, as the guy who commented upthere, and yes, we could use a web camp too... I'll bet you my smarthphone that the goverment will issue a "programer's free day" law for that day :P
    And, By the way, you guys from Argentina and Brazil: enjoy!

  26. Avatar for Leonardo Prada
    Leonardo Prada December 26th, 2010

    I will see you in Argentina, and you can get the best meat in the world, because "Lo mais Grande do Mundo" in meat is Called Argentinian MEAT!!!!!
    See you

  27. Avatar for Nicolas Pascual
    Nicolas Pascual December 26th, 2010

    Great news!
    I'm from Argentina and I will waiting for U.S speakers that come to our country so this news are well received!
    Set in your agenda a few days to visit our country which is very beautifully.
    Go to the south (Villa La Angostura, San Martin de los Andes, Bariloche, are the best places to visit).
    Enjoy the trip, we will enjoy the camp :)

  28. Avatar for Martin
    Martin December 28th, 2010

    Great news. I'm from Argentina and I'll try to attend to the event.
    Enjoy your visit!

  29. Avatar for Jonas Stawski
    Jonas Stawski December 28th, 2010

    Phil, be prepared to pay a $100 fee when you arrive in Argentina. Since the Visa to go to the US for Argentineans is $100, instead of making you get a Visa, they just charge you. You can pay with credit card.
    At least it is better than going through a 40 day Visa process

  30. Avatar for haacked
    haacked January 2nd, 2011

    So I get into Argentina on a Sunday and don't have to work on Monday. Where should I go out on a Sunday night? Likewise, I get into Brazil on Wednesday. Is there a hot spot for Wed night I should go to?

    I love dance music, electronica, etc. But can do a mean salsa and meringue if forced. ;)

  31. Avatar for Bruno Rodrigues
    Bruno Rodrigues January 2nd, 2011

    As others wrote here, don't miss in São Paulo the dishes: feijoada and picanha, and also the drink caipirinha. The city is called by some as "the unofficial capital of culinary", so you can enjoy great food. The greatest churrascaria (steakhouse) in town is Fogo de Chão (, and they are near Microsoft.
    São Paulo never sleeps, and you can find many places to go by night even at week days. If you want to feel at home a bit, and listen some good and old rock and roll or jazz, go to one of the best pubs in town, O'Malleys (
    Have a great time!

  32. Avatar for Alaor Neto
    Alaor Neto January 2nd, 2011

    Hey, wednesdey is football day! Maybe you can get a ticket to a Libertadores game, I didn't see its calendar, but there are some "Paulistas" teams there, it's a pitty you won't see a game in Maracanã. =/
    I live in Rio and can't go to São Paulo in the mid of week, what is sad, hope you can do something here in Rio soon, though.

  33. Avatar for Manuel
    Manuel January 2nd, 2011

    Brazil applies reciprocal visa policies to other countries in the world, since the USA ask brasilians for a visa and it's a complicated an lenghty process they also apply the same policy to you, I'm Colombian and our country doesn't ask brasilans for a visa, so they apply the same policy to us, we enter Brazil freely just by showing our passport, no other application required.

  34. Avatar for Gabriel Fuller
    Gabriel Fuller January 5th, 2011

    I am so excited for this! I am moving to BA on March 1! I will be there and cannot wait to learn from the Master!