After the success of the first Global Azure Bootcamp in Bangladesh, I am super excited to arrange another one this year! I got a venue sponsor already and the speaker list is almost final. But a bigger challenge is still there waiting for me. Most of my speaker don’t have an Azure Account ! Yes, you heard it right ! They don’t have one! Its not like they are lazy or they are not ready to spend on azure. But the real issue lies somewhere else. Most of the citizens of Bangladesh don’t have an international credit card. So, they are unable to take the benefit of “30 days trial offer” of azure either.
Since most of them don’t have personal azure account, in the event time they are kind of forced to show only slides rather then lab sessions. Last year, to make the Global Azure Bootcamp event much more interactive, We, the organizer of the event have collected some azure account from MSP (Microsoft Student Partner) to support our speakers during the event time. This is a problem that I face quite often here in Bangladesh. I know there exist a solution which does not require a credit card! but that does not solve the problem. Check the following image and you will find out by yourself.
This issue note only exists in Bangladesh, but other countries like Italy, Poland are also faced such problems. Marco Parenzan, Azure MVP also shared similar problems. He said in Italy they have a big use of prepaid credit cards. When they tried to register using a prepaid credit card, their registration got refused.
So, right now I have only one wish- “Temporary azure account for speaker“.
Lets consider a fictional event named “Azure Day 2030”. Also consider that Mr. X, Mr. Y, and Mr. Z are the speakers of that event. Among them only Mr. Y have an azure account. What I am wishing is to allocate a temporary account (may be valid for 3 days only) for Mr. X and Mr. Z with a reasonable credit limit based on the topic they are going to cover in the event. May be only the event organizer will be able to send request to Microsoft to create temporary account for speakers. In this way Microsoft could verify those user.
Another solution could be spreading AzurePass codes.