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  • 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: 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: 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: Shift Happens Presentation

    Whenever we give a presentation on the Inspiration Tour we like to run a deck called 'Shift Happens' as the audience enters the room. This particular presentation has been doing the rounds online for quite some time and states some key facts which demonstrate the development of IT and the effect on the...
  • 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: UKStudentZine Article - Tech on Tour

    I recently wrote an article about the developments in technology since we have been running the Inspiration Tour with information about expected advancements in 2008. The UKStudentZine is a monthly newsletter for students published by Microsoft which includes articles about technology and our student...
  • Blog Post: XNA Game Studio 2 Released and Entry to Dream-Build-Play 2008 Opens!

    Yesterday the much anticipated XNA Game Studio 2.0 launched adding support for all versions of Visual Studio and online multiplayer gaming . To learn how to get started, install Game Studio 2.0 visit and get some code samples visit http://creators.xna.com/Education/GettingStarted.aspx . All your existing ...
  • 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 Game Studio V2 Beta Now Available

    XNA V2 beta is now available for free download here and the best thing is you don't even have to uninstall the current version of XNA Game Studio Express as the two will work fine side by side. The beta only allows you to build games for Windows but does support multiplayer gaming over LAN and the Internet...
  • Blog Post: XNA V2 Update...

    Yesterday the XNA team announced the impending release of XNA V2 beta to the public. They have confirmed the beta will be feature complete but as with all past XNA betas will only support building games for Windows (Xbox 360 support will come with the full release). To read their announcement click here...
  • 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: 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: Popfly Now in Public Beta!

    For those of you who know what Popfly is the title says it all... as announced today at the Web 2.0 summit by Steve Ballmer you can now sign up for immediate access here . For those of you not familiar with Popfly it is a new online tool (built in Silverlight ) from Microsoft which allows you to easily...
  • 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: 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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