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Laurent Bugnion

Laurent works as Senior Director for IdentityMine, one of the leading companies (and Gold Partner) for Microsoft technologies such as Windows Presentation Foundation, Xamarin, Windows Store, Windows Phone, XBOX and generally User Experience. He is based in Zurich Switzerland.

Laurent writes for MSDN magazine and other publications, codes in Windows, WPF, Xamarin (iOS and Android), ASP.NET and his blog is on blog.galasoft.ch. He is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Microsoft MIX, TechEd, VSLive, TechDays and many other international events. 2016 is his 10th year as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (Windows Application Development), his third year as a Microsoft Regional Director and his second year as a Xamarin Most Valuable Professional. He is the author of the well-known open source framework MVVM Light for Windows, WPF, Xamarin, and of the popular Pluralsight reference course about MVVM Light.

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Laurent works as Senior Director for IdentityMine. This firm from Seattle is one of the leading companies (and Gold Partner) in the field of Microsoft technologies such as Windows Presentation Foundation, Pixelsense, Windows 8, Windows Phone, XBOX and generally User Experience. Employing developers and designers working closely together, IdentityMine was mainly active in the US market, before 2008 when it opened a European branch based in Zurich, Switzerland. Laurent was IdentityMine's first European employee, based in Zurich Switzerland, where he lives with his wife Chi Meei and his two daughters Alise and Laeticia.

Originally an Electronics engineer, Laurent's interests moved to software very fast and he achieved a postgrade study in Software Engineering in 1999. Before joining IdentityMine, he worked at Siemens Building Technologies from 1996, where he helped introduce WPF and other .NET technologies at Siemens worldwide. His job involved developing with the mentioned technologies, training and coaching his colleagues, coordinating and integrating the graphics designers' work, and relationships with Microsoft.

Prior to that, he first wrote embedded C/C++, and then moved to desktop computers in Java, JavaScript, VB6, VBA and eventually .NET (WinForms and ASP.NET).

Between October 2007 and October 2008, Laurent wrote the book "Silverlight 2 Unleashed", published at Sams. Then in 2010 Laurent wrote "Silverlight 4 Unleashed", also published at Sams. These books are a complete tutorial about Silverlight, filled with code samples and illustrations in full color.

Privately, Laurent has also been very active, first by developing websites and web applications in HTML, JavaScript, CSS, ASP and ASP.NET. He has done his best to contribute to the community, first in the JavaScript UseNet newsgroups, and then in the Microsoft community related to Windows Phone, Windows Store, WPF, Silverlight, ASP.NET, C#. More recently he also started being active in the Xamarin community. He writes for MSDN Magazine and blogs regularly on http://blog.galasoft.ch. In 2008, he earned a MCTS for Windows Presentation Foundation. In 2009, he published the MVVM Light Toolkit, a well-known open source toolkit helping to build decoupled applications in Windows Phone, Windows 8, WPF, Silverlight. This toolkit is today the basis for many applications, small and big. It is still maintained and extended regularly. Laurent published a popular reference video course for MVVM Light at Pluralsight.

2016 is his 10th year as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (Windows Application Development) and his third year as a Microsoft Regional Director. He was awarded "MVP of the year" in 2010 and again in 2013 and is recognized as one of the most prominent experts worldwide for XAML, C#, Expression Blend and the MVVM pattern. In 2015, he was also awarded Xamarin Most Valuable Professional, in recognition for his work enabling MVVM Light to run on Xamarin, as well as his talks and articles. He is a frequent conference speaker, and was invited to talk in very large conferences such as the MIX conference in Las Vegas (2009, 2010, 2011), TechEd Europe (2010), Xamarin Evolve (2014 and 2016), VS Live (2015) as well as multiple TechDays and other local conferences in the USA and in Europe.

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