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  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup, Competitors at the ready....

    The Imagine Cup 2009 is in full swing. And there is no better year to compete - there has been so much going on in the world of Microsoft technology recently: Silverlight 2.0 released PDC and all the goodness around Mesh, Azure, Windows 7, etc XNA Studio 3.0 Beta announced ... The Imagine Cup is one...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup UK - The winners story

    It seems like a lifetime ago that we held the Imagine Cup UK finals in London and over 150 students, partners and press came together to see what the competition was all about and how students were helping to fight climate change. Ben and Dominic won the Software Design competition, and after competing...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Short Films online

    One of the most exciting parts of the Imagine Cup worldwide finals each year (I've done 3 now) is the showing of the Short Film category. The teams have a simple brief, make a kick arse short film during the WW finals using the surrounding city as your set. The results are astonishing and remind of the...
  • Blog Post: Solving BIG problems with software? Get ready for Imagine Cup 2009

    It will not be long before I start talking all about Imagine Cup 2009 and the plans we have locally in the UK and at the global competition level. And it's looking better than ever! I did attend the Imagine Cup Paris finals, but failed miserably at blogging while I was there for a variety of reasons...
  • Blog Post: Heading to Paris for Imagine Cup...

    Joe Wilson's Pre-Kick Off: Imagine Cup 2008 Paris I'll be there from 3 - 6 July with the 3 teams from the UK. According to Joe "Tom Cruise" Wilson it will be the only place to be this summer! Can't wait. And I'm travelling from the uber-cool St Pancras station: I'll try to blog a lot when I...
  • Blog Post: Achieve what you can imagine

    We had this really slick video created to explain the Imagine Cup. It is now up on Channel 8 and I would encourage you to take 60 seconds to watch it. MarkT, my big UK boss, recently said in a presentation "beware the teenager in their bedroom" - well, marketing/ad/agency people - this is what...
  • Blog Post: Game Development Imagine Cup in the UK

    This stuff is just too cool! Can't wait to see what the UK finalists come up with and how many get through to Paris! Hat tip to Mr Ed who is working with the teams in the run up to the finals to make sure they have all the right MS resources. Video: Drizzle
  • Blog Post: Great advice for Imagine Cup competitors

    Pitching Your Idea Some great advice from Philip (MS) and Perry, a marketing professor in the US, for Software Design competitors. This is great advice for UK competitors as they pull together their submissions for sending in on the 15th May. The UK finalists are in a different situation in that they...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup competitors - where are they now? Channel 8 videos online

    My first two videos on Channel 8 are now online. Yes, I do sound that weird (that's Northern Irish people for you) and talk a lot. But these guys all have done incredibly well out of the Imagine Cup and our student programs and their stories are worth listening to! Imagine Cup UK - where are they now...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Day on 5th June 2008 - Celebrating the best in UK student talent

    It's been a busy couple of months for the Imagine Cup and we have a good 200-odd students fighting it out for great prizes and the opportunity to travel to Paris (in style) to compete at the worldwide finals. And to celebrate the best year for the Imagine Cup in the UK we are going to run an event tentatively...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates at Stanford on Channel 8

    The Bill Gates Stanford Speech Covers DreamSpark, Imagine Cup, Innovation, power of software and students
  • Blog Post: Dell Regeneration/Graffiti Contest winners announced.

    This is a great contest, very similar to this year's theme in the Imagine Cup and the Interface Design contest (we have a couple of entries in from the UK this year!). Very inspiring! "As I blogged earlier this week, the 150 entries with the most votes in the Facebook/ReGeneration Graffiti Contest...
  • Blog Post: Where are they now? Imagine Cup 2004 and 2005 Competitor - Luke Smith

    Luke Smith was a competitor back in 2004 and also a Microsoft Student Partner. I caught up with him recently to hear his thoughts on life since the Imagine Cup. He's gone on to do lots of interesting things including working at a cool mobile sports service called SportsDo and I recently spotted that...
  • Blog Post: innerworkings - Train your developers to code (properly)

    I spent some time talking to Bob and the guys at innerworkings about their product and service - it is a developer training interface which integrates directly with Visual Studio and gives developers (ones that write code for a living rather than students) practice based learning opportunities to hone...
  • Blog Post: Where are they now? Imagine Cup 2004 Winner - Andy Grieves

    This is the first in a series of videos and email interviews with former competitors in the Imagine Cup here in the UK. A very common question we receive is "What happens to former winners and competitors?" and whether the Imagine Cup has had a positive effect on their lives since. I'm not...
  • Blog Post: How to get your students registered for the Imagine Cup

    We've received a lot of positive feedback from our faculty contacts about the Imagine Cup this year. Just to recap why it's such a great year : More competition focus in the UK including great prizes Easier to get involved in the Software Design (just an idea to start). All your teams can enter rather...
  • Blog Post: Faculty: Promoting Imagine Cup to your students

    We get a lot of requests from faculty to promote the Imagine Cup to their students. To that end, we've pulled together several resources that will make it easier to promote to your students. URL to promote to students to register http://www.microsoft.co.uk/uk/academia/imaginecup/2008/quiz/default.mspx...
  • Blog Post: Xbox 360 + Students + Paul Smith = Freeplay lounge and GamesCity event

    Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend but it looked like a cracking event (pulled together mainly by Claire on our team !). A great event hosted by Nottingham council and Nottingham Trent University. We hosted a bunch of academics and students at two venues - a Paul Smith cinema and bar called Bluu to...
  • Blog Post: Xbox 360 Elites have arrived...

    The prizes for the Imagine Cup UK Quiz and Registration have started to arrive - I have a bunch of Xbox 360 Elites on my desk and waiting for people to register to do the monthly prize draw Take the Quiz :)
  • Blog Post: Check out the Microsoft.com (UK) homepage to see the Imagine Cup

    Yay! Our project is live and being advertised - if you are a student, go register !
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Student Partner on a journey

    A slide show of one student's interactions and his travels as a result of competitions like the Imagine Cup and the Student Partner program . It's definitely an inspiration to the 62 UK MSPs who are coming to London on the 17th/18th September for what we are terming 'Boot Camp' - access to the leading...
  • Blog Post: Green Windows Home Server

    I was reading Matt McSpirit's blog and stumbled upon Tranquil PC , a company Matt has been talking to about their new Windows Home Server product T7-HSA . I've been thinking of getting a WHS machine for a while now to hold and back-up all my important data and something had been concerning me - running...
  • Blog Post: XNA Studio 2.0 announced

    Michael Klucher has just announced XNA Studio 2.0 detailing some of the enhancements coming in the XNA Framework and XNA Studio. Coming in the late part of 2007 according to the blog post. If you are a student interested in making your mark in the games industry then head on over to the Imagine Cup 2008...
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