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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: UK Imagine Cup – Register now and we’ll donate £1 to charity!*

    Even though the UK Software Design has just closed, we’re still looking for ways to support our partner charities and to keep you up to date with the UK competition. Register and donate! Here’s the deal - for every student that registers for the UK competition, between now and 31st March 2010, we’ll...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2010 – Compete Now!

    On Monday we launched this years Imagine Cup competition in the UK. The Imagine Cup is the worlds largest student technology competition with thousands of the best and brightest students from around the world competing for the opportunity to represent their country at the international finals (this year...
  • 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: Cairo here we come...

    Regular readers will know all about the Imagine Cup but for the uninitiated it is the worlds largest student technology competition which Microsoft runs annually. 2009 has been a bumper year for the UK with 14 students travelling to Egypt this Friday to represent the UK in the Software Design, Embedded...
  • 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: Imagine Cup UK Finalists Touch Down in Seattle

    Part of the prize for winning the UK finals of the Software Design competition of the Imagine Cup was a trip to our head office in Redmond to work with the Popfly team. Dom and Ben flew out on Sunday night and from the video Ben's just posted on his blog it looks like they're having a good time already...
  • Blog Post: Sell your XNA Games with Xbox LIVE Community Games!

    Over the last couple of weeks there have been some exciting announcements trickling out through the official XNA blog ... Firstly the release of Schizoid the first game built using XNA to be published on Xbox LIVE Arcade - from the official site: "Cooperative gameplay is redefined in the fast-paced...
  • 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: Imagine Cup Games Dev Videos

    Now that the deadline for the Games Development invitational of the Imagine Cup has passed I thought I'd share the videos that the UK teams made to promote their games: These guys pulled out all the stops and produced some awesome games here, now we've just got to wait for the results of the judging...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Games Development Trailer - Drizzle...

    For the last month I've been working with the teams competing in the Imagine Cup Software Design and Games Development competitions to help them get their entries in for the upcoming deadlines. Today one of the guys from TeamAG in the Games Dev competition sent me over this teaser video they've created...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Gold Partner Would Like to Meet Enthusiastic Technical Grads...

    Last week we held our first Imagine Cup event at our offices in Reading. Whilst there I was fortunate enough to have a chat with Steve Cox from CM Group (Content Master). CM create training, e-learning courses, hands on labs, reference applications, conference presentations and books that are published...
  • Blog Post: Embedded Messenger Client - Contact Us Now!

    To follow on from yesterdays post offering students the opportunity to contact me directly via messenger to me talk about the Imagine Cup I thought I'd make it even easier to get in touch and add the embedded Messenger control. Anyone with a Live ID can add one of these to any website (howto here ) and...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup; Need help? Then Get in Touch...

    To help those of you who would like some help or advice with their entries to the Imagine Cup we have set up a messenger alias which you can add and talk directly with a member of the team. If you don't already have Messenger it can be downloaded here . Simply select "Contacts>Add a contact....
  • Blog Post: Software Design Competition - New Deadline 16th Jan

    That's right, we took feedback that our original deadline of 9th Jan was hard to meet as its outside term time for many UK universities and pushed it back a week to the 16th Jan. If you're thinking of entering the Software Design Competition I would really recommend doing so. To enter all you need to...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Deadlines

    After my last post giving an update on the deadlines for recruitment in the UK and the Imagine Cup Software Development Competition I thought I would list the deadlines for all of the Imagine Cup Competitions. Click the below links to find out more and enter: Software Design - 9th Jan 2008 Embedded Development...
  • Blog Post: Happy new year - now get to work ;)

    Hopefully like me you've all had a great Christmas but I'm guessing that also like me today was the last day of your holidays :(. I thought that to kick off the new year I'd remind you about some upcoming deadlines (Aren't I kind!). Round One of the Imagine Cup Software Design Competition ends on this...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup; Example Software Design Entry

    To help everyone out myself and Ben Coley have created an example entry to the Imagine Cup Software Design Competition . The idea isn't meant to set the world alight but hopefully it should give you a good indication of the required format and length of an entry. I have posted the meat of the form...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Games Dev Update

    I just wanted to put together a quick post to clarify some confusion over the Games Development Competition in the Imagine Cup... The correct format of this competition is: Round One: Game Demo, (Vertical Slice) - Submissions should have at least one playable level that reflects what gameplay and features...
  • Blog Post: Win an Xbox 360 Elite by registering at The Imagine Cup website!

    This year we are running a prize draw for those who register at the Imagine Cup website. At the end of each month everyone who has registered during that month will be entered into a draw for an Xbox 360 Elite. To enter visit imaginecup.co.uk and take the quiz to see how you compare to your peers at...
  • Blog Post: Guide to The Imagine Cup; Project Hoshimi (AI) Competition

    As many of you will know the Imagine Cup is the worlds largest technology competition for students. Microsoft runs the competition on an annual basis and internationally around 130k students compete from 100 countries. The competition has nine categories each a competition in their own right. The categories...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with XNA

    I was recently asked to write a guide to getting started with XNA to be published in a guide we will be distributing this year. As I was writing it I was thinking this would be great for the blog so now its finished here it is! NB: If you don't know what XNA is and would like to find out more then...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup '08 Website Online

    The website for The Imagine Cup '08 is now live and will be open for registrations on the 25th August In the meantime why not visit the site to find out more about the competition , the invitationals running in '08 and talk to other students from around the world on the forums . Also check out my other...
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