David Burela works full time as a Senior .Net consultant for the Australian consulting firm Hazaa (http://Hazaa.com.au).
He also holds Microsoft certifications, making him an Azure Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) and a Silverlight Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS). At university, he did a Bachelors in Computer Science, a Masters in Computer Science, and an MBA (Masters of Business Administration). He uses this unique mixture of technical and business skills to help the clients he consults for.
David loves researching the latest cutting-edge technologies and frameworks, and has heavily invested in Windows Azure, Silverlight, and Windows Phone 7. This passion for researching and learning sees him helping out the developer community. He ran a local .Net user group for three years, and currently runs the Melbourne Silverlight User Group. While running user groups is enjoyable, presenting at them is more fun. He keeps his presentation skills sharp by delivering talks every few months on a variety of topics.
David has been recognized for his abilities and contributions with numerous awards. In 2007, David was acknowledged for his contributions to the community and was a state finalist for the "Young Australian of the Year" award of the Australian Government.
In 2008, David entered into a global programming competition run by Microsoft and competed against winning teams from over 80 different countries. David and his team won the global competition with their cloud-based agriculture system that would assist farmers and growers in drought-stricken regions. In 2010, David entered into another Microsoft programming competition, this time for Windows Phone 7, and came runner-up for his submission. The phone application notified the residents of Sydney, Australia of the safety of swimming at the local beaches for the current day.