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  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup software Design UK Final

    Last week saw the UK final for the Imagine Cup Software Design Competition where we picked a team to represent the UK at the worldwide finals in Poland this summer. This year we partnered with five leading UK charities to work with the student teams to align real-world needs with top technical talent...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Webcasts for Students!

            Just a quick post to let everyone know about a bunch of free webcasts aimed at students. The topics are: Internet Explorer 8 & Bing – 10th March Technology Trends: Women in Technology – 24th March Introduction to C# Programming – 7th April Technology Trends: Career Opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup; UK Bags 1st Place in Short Film and 3rd in Games Development

    We’re now all back from Cairo and fully recovered from the heat and sleep deprivation. The great news is that across the board the UK teams excelled with both the Short Film and Games Development making it on stage at the final. Our Short Film team (Fulham Four) were from the London Film Academy and...
  • Blog Post: Student Celebration Day Videos

    Just as we’re heading off to Cairo for the Imagine Cup worldwide finals I want to give you a flashback to the UK final event … Previously I published the slides from all of the Microsoft Research talks delivered on the day and now, finally I have the videos online! Getting from A to B: Fast Route Finding...
  • Blog Post: Student Celebration Day Slides

    To follow on from yesterday’s post I wanted to share the slides from the MSR talks: MSR Overview - Andrew Herbert Getting from A to B: fast route-finding using slow computers - Simon Peyton-Jones Curing Cancer, Halting global Disease Outbreaks and averting Dangerous Climate Change - Drew Purves Proving...
  • Blog Post: Student Celebration Day

    Yesterday we held a big event at MSR (Microsoft Research) Cambridge   to celebrate the success of UK MSP s and Imagine Cup Contestants. The day included a series of fascinating talks from MSR and Microsoft (slides and video to follow shortly) and culminated in an award ceremony for MSPs and Imagine...
  • Blog Post: X48 Update – Games Now Available for Download

    A really quick update on X48 – all the games are now online so you can see for yourself what can be achieved with XNA, 36 hours and a crate of Red Bull! Seavolution – The winning game from X48 Technorati Tags: XNA , X48 , Microsoft , Pixel Labs , Channel 4 , Games Development
  • Blog Post: X48 Wrap Up

    It’s all over - early Saturday evening 80 exhausted students left Derby University for home after spending 36 hours producing some awesome games using XNA . The top three prizes went to: First Prize - Huddersfield Green's Seavolution Second Prize - Huddersfield Orange's Involved Third Prize - Team Newport...
  • Blog Post: Student Technology Day Videos Now Online

    On 1st of October at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank, London we hosted an awesome event with Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO) keynoting and a host of other top speakers flanking him. We've now got all the sessions online so if you couldn't make the event you can find out what you missed and best...
  • Blog Post: Inspiration Tour back on the Road

    Yesterday saw the first of this academic years Inspiration Tour events at Bradford University. This year we're running two sessions; one focusing onrich application development using Silverlight / WPF and the other on XNA games development. The content is designed to introduce these technologies and...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Update

    Both our Software Design and Embedded development teams put in a sterling effort but unfortunately neither progressed to the final. At least we can take consolation in the quality of the entries that did progress, the quality of work produced by our international peers is outstanding. The format of...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Grand Final, Paris

    Over the past couple of weeks our UK finalist teams have been spending every waking hour preparing for the Imagine Cup final where they'll be tested to their limits and ultimately have the opportunity to win the worlds largest and most prestigious student technology competition. This year the Imagine...
  • Blog Post: Inspiration Tour Wrap Up Video

    Regular readers of this blog will know that a huge amount of my time this year was dedicated to taking new technologies on the road and showing students how to get started with them. In the end we travelled over 15,000 miles to speak to 4000 students at 60 UK universities! We thought it would be cool...
  • Blog Post: Inspiration Tour Update

    We've been on the road since October, traveled over 15 thousand miles and spoken to nearly four thousand students about Silverlight , XNA and Windows Embedded amongst other technologies. As we've gone to each university we've taken photos which I've been uploading to Flickr with geotags. I've now built...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 Sessions Now Online

    If you're interested in Microsoft Web technologies then this is for you, the sessions from Microsoft's annual Web conference held in Las Vegas are now online at http://sessions.visitmix.com/ . There's lots of cool content available including presentations on Internet Explorer 8, Silverlight 2 and Surface...
  • Blog Post: All Inspiration Tour Sessions Now Online

    To follow on from my previous post about the Inspiration Tour on Channel8 I just wanted to let everyone know that all of our sessions are now online: Introduction Silverlight   Windows Embedded XNA   Technorati Tags: Inspiration Tour , Channel8 , XNA , Silverlight , Windows Embedded
  • Blog Post: Inspiration Tour Now Online!

    As many of you already know this year we have been touring UK universities on the Inspiration Tour talking about Silverlight, XNA, Windows Embedded and how these technologies are relevant to the student audience. We've had a lot of great feedback about the content and thought it would be cool to...
  • Blog Post: Inspiration Tour Update

    As we're nearing the Christmas break I thought I'd put together a post about the tour so far... Since the third of October we've visited 20 universities all over the country, travelled in excess of 6000 miles and spoken to nearly 2000 students. The reaction has been great and we're in the process...
  • Blog Post: XNA Update - Gamecity Nottingham

    Microsoft ran an event at Gamecity in Nottingham last week. As part of the event we hosted the guys from the newly established XNA UK User Group presented to the assembled academics. The group is fairly new but already they have built up a strong community with lots of user generated content available...
  • Blog Post: New XNA Content; Inspiration Tour - Hull University

    Yesterday we visited Hull University to deliver the latest Inspiration Tour session. The turn out was great and we were made to feel really welcome so a big thank you to everyone who attended. While chatting to Rob Miles he mentioned that he is currently putting together a book aimed at getting users...
  • Blog Post: The Inspiration Tour - Staffordshire University

    Yesterday myself and Ben Coley visited Staffordshire University to deliver the second date on our Inspiration Tour around UK universities. The event was a great success with a really enthusiastic audience and a great buzz. For those of you at the event thanks for coming to show your support and also...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal Blogging Competition

    Those of you who regularly read this blog or generally keep your ear to the ground will know that Microsoft is selling Office Ultimate to students for £38.95 through theultimatesteal.co.uk . As if that wasn't enough, today sees the launch of a new competition around this offer; the student who writes...
  • Blog Post: Inspiration Tour Resources

    Yesterday saw the first of our Inspiration Tour dates kindly hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. I thought it would be a good idea to pull together a bunch of resources on the technologies we talk about as a central reference for those who attend the tour or are interested in Silverlight, Embedded...
  • Blog Post: SLIDE7 Session Videos - Online at last

    I've been meaning to post these for a while but with one thing or another haven't got round to it until now. For those of you who weren't there or have had too much beer to remember clearly SLIDE7 was a day of talks for students about Microsoft's web technologies. We covered Web 2.0, ASP.NET, AJAX, VS...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Inspiration Tour... Coming to a university near you!

    We are currently busy preparing to launch a new initiative which will see me and several other members of the academic team touring the UK to deliver technically focused content to students. Each and every university has the opportunity to host one of these sessions so start pestering your lecturers...
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