Past Speaking Locations
Amman -=- Amsterdam -=- Antalya -=- Arnhem -=- Bangkok -=- Barcelona -=- Beirut -=- Boston -=- Brussels -=- Budapest -=- Buenos Aires -=- Cairo -=- Cambridge (UK) -=- Colombo -=- Copenhagen -=- Dammam -=- Denver -=- Doha -=- Dubai -=- Dublin -=- Eindhoven -=- Frankfurt -=- Halifax -=- Helsinki -=- Houston -=- Istanbul -=- Islamabad -=- Jeddah -=- Karachi -=- Khobar -=- Knoxville -=- Kuala Lumpur -=- Kuwait City -=- Lahore -=- Limassol -=- Lisbon -=- London -=- Long Beach -=- Los Angeles -=- Manama -=- Melbourne -=- Milan -=- Moscow -=- Muscat -=- Nairobi -=- Nashville -=- Nicosia -=- Oslo -=- Philadelphia -=- Phoenix -=- Port Louis (Mauritius) -=- Portland -=- Riyadh -=- San Jose -=- Seattle -=- St. Petersburg (Russia) -=- Singapore -=- Sofia -=- Stockholm -=- Toronto -=- Valetta (Malta) -=- Vancouver -=- Warsaw -=- Washington DC -=- Zurich

Attendees
and organizers say:

"What a show! Good speaker, good session, totally enjoyable."
Attendee Feedback Form
TechEd Asia


"If you are looking for a brilliant speaker for a conference, consider Kudzu. As you might know, I make very few endorsements of that sort. .... The good news is that he'll be an independent speaker and if you run a conference or a user group anywhere in EMEA, you should really consider have him come over and talk."
Clemens Vasters
WCF Program Manager
Microsoft

"Chad Hower's a hoot! Never did I think that an hour and a quarter session on localization would have me on the edge of my seat like this season's summer blockbuster."
Blog post about TechEd Asia 2008

"Wow-Very very professional."

"We could not have delivered the First Dev.Conference (Geek Event) in Gulf without his input to planning and excellent delivery which has had very positive effects on our perception and engagement with the developer community in the region.
Many many thanks."
Vimal Sethi
DPE Lead
Microsoft Gulf


"An excellent presentation and a good overview of the technology. I'm not 100% convinced of it's application but really impressed with the presenter. Well Done and thanks :-)"
TechEd Europe Feedback Form

"The presenter was really funny and it was very entertaining."

"Good session. Great speaker.... good look into the future as well as pragmatic review of current stuff."
Attendee Feedback Form
TechEd US


"Kudzu was really amazing and made almost every one in the room to fall off his/her chair, he knows his stuff, but he also does it with passion and laughter. Thank you, thank you and thank you Kudzu for your support to MS Kuwait, and hope to have you back in the near future."
Omar Draghmeh
EPG Manager
Microsoft Kuwait


"Inspiring"
TechEd Europe Feedback Form

"This is for me the best session I have attended; technically accurate, hot topic and the presenter knows and uses the power of humor to educate on the subject."

"This guy is great and the contents is incredible."

"Kudzu was presenting at our WebDevCon conference in Moscow, also I saw him presenting at various events before and I always was delighted by his style of presenting and being in contact with the audience. I can say for sure – Kudzu is one of those speakers whom you can learn from."
Alexander Lozhechkin
Architect Evangelist
Microsoft Russia


"Very good speaker! Was overtime but we didn't care!"

"The best session in the event till now."
TechEd Developers Europe
Hossam AlFraih (SaudiGeek.NET)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

"Kudzu excelled in presentation, educational and technical skills while 'performing' during Developer & IT Pro Days 2006 in Belgium."
Tom Mertens
Audience Marketing Manager
Microsoft Belgium


"Very good entertaining speaker. Great topic about user-friendly interfaces and user-experience."

"Kudzu has a laid-back and comfortable way of presenting topics, he has the ability to lure knowledge into us, in a both entertaining and efficient way. He also has the ability to make the audience participants, not only spectators. By looking at things from new viewpoints - Kudzu is a master here, you start to think in a new way. His sessions become a trip in Aha!-land, an exciting trip."
Ingvar Nilsen
Oslo Delphi Day


"Wish he had more time for another session, excellent!"

"Best speaker of the 2 days for me. This man can fill a whole day without falling asleep or losing the public's attention."
Attendee Feedback Form
Belgium Developer Days


"If you look beyond the jokes you will find a deeply knowledgeable individual who is always willing to help the community. Kudzu manages to excide the crowds not only by jokes but by deep knowledge and hands-on experience on the topics he delivers!"
Evangelos Hadjichristodoulou
BizTalk MVP

"Chad is a very very funny and brilliant guy; he has amazing presentation skills with a cool sense of humor."
Ahmed Mahdy
Microsoft TechNet Forums - Global Moderator
Egyptian Developers Conference

Woo Hoo!!!

Important Announcement!

Over the years at various times I've had a family situation which has caused me to scale back my speaking activities. I've tried to keep it private, but its worsened. Immediately and for the foreseeable future I am suspending my speaking activities. I will instead focus on Open Source projects and web casts.

But there is more! You can help me. Recently I was arrested in Bulgaria based on false documents filed by my son's mother. In short, she stated that I kidnapped our son from the US. But at the time she accuses me of this I was not in the US, and the last time he left from her summer visitation she put him on the plane under court order to transfer him to me. Despite the fact that my passport will prove I was not there, the FBI is working with her statements. I need your help! Please see http://www.FreeChad.org


About Woo Hoo

Are you looking for a technical presenter who can also excite and engage an audience? Why settle for boring technical presentations or pay someone to read slides? Audiences learn better when they are engaged and interested!

I am a professional speaker on technical topics with my main focus being on Microsoft .NET and associated technologies. My areas of expertise include C#, Delphi, VB.NET, Indy, SQLCLR, LINQ, WPF, Silverlight, WCF, VSTO, Architecture, HPC, Security, MicroFramework, Compact Framework, Visual Studio Team System, and more.

Background

I have been speaking professionally throughout the world since 1998 and have spoken in more than 30 countries. Formerly I was employed by Microsoft as the Regional .NET Developer Evangelist for the Middle East and Africa region. In my role at Microsoft my primary job was speaking at Microsoft events and conferences. On average I presented between 15 and 30 sessions per month, and had a territory of 85 countries covering 4 continents and 11 time zones.

Qualifications

I am well known as an international speaker and a Microsoft Regional Director. I am a member of the European INETA speaker bureau, and I have spoken at numerous Microsoft TechEd and Borland conferences worldwide. At TechEd Europe 2006 I was rated by delegates as one of the two top speakers with a speaker rating of 8.66 out of 9. I was also a content track owner for TechEd Europe 2006. For the Microsoft Visual Studio.NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 launch I supported 16 launches in 14 countries including Keynote sessions, MSDN tracks, and IT Pro tracks. More about me.

Culturally Aware

I have visited more than 60 countries and have lived in six.

My native languages are C# and Delphi, but I speak excellent English as well. I have extensive experience speaking to non English speakers either by presenting in a clear and slow manner, or by simultaneous translation. Both are unique skills and many speakers are not experienced with such audiences. I am also accustomed to various cultures and adapt my material to fit. Riyadh, London, Moscow, or Shanghai, I am prepared and experienced.

Affordable

Many professional speaker fees in recent years have become astronomic, however my rates are very affordable. I offer a simple fee schedule and do not work to negotiate the highest possible rate for each event. This provides event organizers a predictable cost for repeated engagements. For information, contact me about your event. For non profits, or user groups, sometimes I even speak for free! (Although I do require my Travel and Expenses to be covered)

Woo Hoo?

If you have attended one of my sessions, then you know what Woo Hoo is! If not, then I invite you to consider me for your next event and let me excite and motivate your audience. If you would like to see me in action you can check my list of upcoming events.

Other Services

Don't just hold an event - hold an event attendees will remember and will want to come back to! In addition to speaking services, I also offer event planning consultation.