The Microsoft Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and asks them to use their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. Back in May you could read that 2 of our Belgian teams made it to the finals in Sydney.
One of the teams “Make a Sign” created this amazing project that uses Kinect in combination with Azure to recognize sign language used by deaf people and learn people how to use it. Earlier this week the 3 students from HEPL in Liege met with minister-president Rudy Demotte of the Walloon region. Press: On RTL TV news. In La Derniere Heure. In Le VIF.
So before you read/watch any further do this: go to the People’s Choice Award site and vote – and then ask your friends, family and network to vote too. Then read the rest of this post and you’ll know why you did the right thing .
This is where you can find the full project video:
It looks like my colleagues are a fan of some gaming. Join them for the first ISV Café and spend an interesting evening on Dec 6th around Windows Phone Mango, SQL Server 2012, business sessions and partner cases. Full information follows below.
Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the very first edition of ISV Café, where networking meets Microsoft technology in a thrilling Forza Motorsport atmosphere. The event will take place at the beautiful ‘Espace Del Goutte’, located in Ophain near Brussels.
In the presence of Joe Wilson, Sr. Director of the Developer and Platform Group at Microsoft Western Europe, we race through a series of 15’ sessions, providing you a mix of business and technology topics. Joe will kickoff the event and talk about the value of the ISV-Microsoft relationship.
For the technology-minded, we first take a look at Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’: what’s new and what are the opportunities for ISVs. In addition, we give you an overview of the next version of our data platform, SQL Server 2012 and highlight the licensing changes.
But also for those interested in the business perspective, there is plenty to look out for. We first have a great session on how to enter the SaaS business: how does this impact your business model, financials, licensing, etc. In a second session, Tri-Vizor presents their experiences in building a business in the cloud, resulting in winning the Supply Chain Partner Award!
Of course as you all know, we never forget about the fun part here at Microsoft, closing everything off with a drink, where you’ll have the opportunity to network with other ISVs and the Microsoft ISV team.
On top of that, the first 50 to race towards that registration button get a free copy of Forza Motorsport 4 on Xbox 360! So don’t hesitate and register immediately.
15:00 – 15:30
15:30 – 15:50
Key note: The value of the ISV-Microsoft relationship Joe Wilson, Sr. Director of the Developer and Platform Group at Microsoft Western Europe
15:50 – 16:05
Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ David Hernie, Developer & Platform Evangelist / Jeroen Van Hees, Mobile Business Group Lead
16:05 – 16:20
16:20 – 16:35
Introduction to SQL Server 2012 Christophe Van Mollekot, ISV Partner Account Manager
16:35 – 16:50
Partner Azure case: Tri-Vizor “Supply chain award winner” Alex Van Breedam
16:50 – 17:05
Starting up SaaS business: knowledge, practice sharing Ben Piquard, Director Microsoft Innovation Center asbl
We kicked off the MSDN Summer beginning of July 2011 where we invited you to dive into the Windows Phone 7 'Mango' developer tools, Visual Studio 2010 Application Lifecycle Management and HTML5.
Now it's time for the 4th and last topic: The Windows Azure Platform
The holidays are just about to end, but there's still time to boost your knowledge or learn something totally new. During these two weeks we'll be giving the fourth and final topic of these MSDN summer issues their place in the sun, namely the Windows Azure Platform. Click through and you'll find all the best material about the Windows Azure Platform, presented based on the amount of time you want to spend on it.
You’ll find content fitted to be consumed in 30 minutes time, half a day or a full day or more. It goes from white papers to full training kits with samples and tutorials. We also included video recordings, books and top blogs to get your knowledge on the subject a level up.
PS. Don't forget to take the quiz and win! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TheWindowsAzurePlatform
Just 1 more week to benefit from a 15% discount on your ticket for TechDays 2012: the Early Bird pricing ends on December 21. Registrations are coming in strong, so be sure to secure your spot before we sell out!
We are happy to confirm speakers like:
- In the Developer track: Alex Turner, Brian Keller, Bart De Smet, Gill Cleeren, Jeff Prosise, Maarten Balliauw, Matt Milner, Ben Riga, Steve Sanderson, Nikhil Kothari, Rob Miles, Tarek Madkour, Wade Wegner - In the IT Pro track: John Craddock, Kurt Roggen, Ilse Van Criekinge, Adam Hall, Corey Hynes, Kim Oppalfens, Mike Resseler, Dan Holme International speakers are teamed up with our local experts to give you a top content mix.
TechDays program: 80% of agenda is finalized This year promises to bring a lot of new content from Microsoft. Looking at the next versions of tooling, languages, OS and management you know this is not a standard TechDays event. Our content is split into current and upcoming technology.
Deep Dives (February 16) Peter Himschoot and Jurgen Postelmans (U2U) will be delivering a full day .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio (Dev11) Futures for Web Development Deep Dive covering all the latest and greatest in .NET 4.5, focusing on Web Development with ASP.NET, HTML5 and WCF. Rhonda Layfield will be delivering a full day deep dive covering all the different tools and techniques to deploy Windows 7, she will also cover the upcoming Windows OS deployment tools. Mike Resseler & Tom Shinder will deliver a full day covering private cloud topics, including Management and Operations of your private cloud infrastructure.
> REGISTER NOW Hope to see you at the TechDays 2012! Questions? Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or simply via e-mail.
Good news, last month at MIX the Silverlight Analytics Framework (SAF) was released. It supports a range of analytics vendors including Google Analytics, Nedstat, Comscore and many more. This framework is ready to be used directly in Expression Blend with custom behaviors so you can add tracking without having to write any code. You can use the framework for normal Silverlight sites and applications but it also integrates with the Microsoft Silverlight Media Framework so you can track media usage.
Download and see more details at the framework’s homepage on CodePlex.
Also recommended: watch the MIX 2010 session on the framework presented by Michael Scherotter who has done a great job with this framework.
Cross posting from my colleague Bart Vande Ghinste’s blog.
Yesterday Microsoft released the new Windows Azure Website with improved billing, management and SQL Azure capabilities. The site is in English today with localized versions planned to roll out next year
A highlight of the new features include:
On Tuesday December 13th after European Business hours, Microsoft will be holding a special Windows Azure event for developers. Join us LIVE from the Microsoft Redmond Campus to learn how to get started building applications for the cloud from Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich. More details can be found here.
You can start building your application on it in some simple and easy to do steps:
1. Setup an Account:
Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure an SQL Azure. You can sign up and get the trial from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/. Note: With the new capping functionality available you are assured that no charging is happening once your trial offer has expired.
2. Create your First application and Deploy it on the Windows Azure Platform:
Download the tools and learn how to create an application using .NET, JAVA, Node.js or PHP and deploy it on Windows Azure at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/overview/
When all steps are executed successfully you should have running your first application on the Windows Azure Platform.
Some folks are getting an extra Christmas present this year Read further what my colleague David Hernie has the pleasure to announce! And don’t hesitate to participate next time. …
The Microsoft Innovation Center organized in 2011 four Windows Phone 7 project Calls. The objective of this initiative is to stimulate and support developer, student or company to develop innovative apps on the Windows Phone 7.5 platform.
The contract was simple –
I’m really pleased to announce
A phone is waiting for you at the Microsoft Office at Zaventem – 9th floor – Reception Desk. (Available from Tuesday noon)- Please come with a valid ID
You want to participate to our next project call - Very simple
Save the date, the next one will be organized in February after the TechDays.
Leveraging an interesting post from my colleague Nick with a case on Numeri’zik’s project on Windows Azure.
Numeri’zik is a Belgian startup company that is involved in the digitization of media and new ways of communication. They are a member of the Microsoft BizSpark program, through which they have access to Microsoft software, support and a worldwide ecosystem of peers and partners.
Companies need to communicate to their employees about internal events, organizational changes, HR-related announcements, etc. Often email or other electronic communication is not appropriate and a more personal approach is needed. However, bringing all employees together in one physical location may not always be possible for different reasons.
Numeri’zik has built the Robot Stream application, which provides companies and institutions with an Enterprise Radio that gives them an innovative, fun and informal way to communicate with their employees. Through Robot Stream, you can integrate information messages in a music stream and target them at all or specific groups of employees, regardless of their location. Whether it’s in the coffee corner, during lunch in the cafeteria, on the PC or smartphone, you can reach anyone, anywhere in the organization.
With support from the Microsoft Innovation Center in Mons, Numeri’zik has developed the Robot Stream solution using Microsoft’s Cloud Computing platform. The streaming server is hosted in Windows Azure and which can communicate with an on-premise Robot Stream appliance (NumeriBox).
By leveraging Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Numeri’zik can offer its customers a solution that is highly available without having to invest in and manage a server infrastructure. At the same time, as the number of Robot Stream users fluctuates the platform can flexibly scale up or down, optimizing the operational cost.
Do you want to be the next one to feature your cloud application here? You can get started with the Windows Azure platform in 2 easy steps:
Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure an SQL Azure. You can sign up and get the free trial from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/. Note: With the new capping functionality available you are assured that no charging is happening once your trial offer has expired.
When all steps are executed successfully you should have your first application running on the Windows Azure Platform. Let us know about it and maybe you’ll be in the spotlights!
If you are a student or a teacher, this is something you should make sure to read. My colleague Lieve Goedhuys has the full post on the Academic Belux blog.
Leveraging the information below:
There are different categories, with focus on different technologies. You will certainly find the category that fits best your core skills/interest.
Have a look at the different categories, presented in a nutshell.
You can still register, but act now : select carefully your category and topic to work !
DEADLINE for registration and 1st round
In this ultimate category, participants will develop innovative, dynamic and powerful software applications. It is the ideal competition to demonstrate your ideas and technical ingenuity.
March 13, 2012
Windows Phone Challenge
Develop a Phone App (Imagine Cup theme). Ensure it is a practical application with a strong content and an appealing look and feel.
Use the Azure Cloud computing platform in an innovative way to develop a powerful web application that answers one of the challenges of the millennium targets.
Game design: Xbox/Windows
Create a “fun game” that illustrates the Imagine Cup themes. Above all, the game should be fun to play and illustrate how technology can impact positively the world in which we live.
February 14, 2012
Game design phone competition
Develop a creative and technically unique phone game in line with the Imagine Cup themes. Do not forget a high fun factor !
For all categories, except Software design, the will be a first and second round, managed completely by Microsoft Corp. Please read carefully through the info on each category to find out:
Good luck.. and hope to see you and your teammates in Sydney !