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  • Blog Post: OMG TMI!!!!!!!!!!!!111111 @ the dotConf

    I had an amazing time last week at NCI’s dotConf event in the IFSC.  From their hilarious kick off Lego video to a great speaker line-up to a very fun after party to celebrate their newly launched MSc in Web Technologies, the folks at NCI know how to run fantastic events.  I’m sure every attendee...
  • Blog Post: Jesse Liberty Visiting Ireland and Northern Ireland

    We’ve had such amazing visiting speakers lately, and joining us shortly is Jesse Liberty , self-confirmed Silverlight Geek. Jesse is visiting Dublin, Belfast and Cork to talk about Silverlight development, and as Jesse has created a lot of the training content on http://silverlight.net , you won’t get...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Launch Events – Ireland & Northern Ireland

    Many of you have already received e-mail invites from us or from community organizations about the Visual Studio 2010 Launch events here in Ireland and Northern Ireland, so this is just a quick update about the events. We have a few prizes for folks who attend the events and folks who download VS2010...
  • Blog Post: WordCamp Ireland 2010

    Just a quick post as I’ve gotten several e-mails asking for my WordCamp Ireland slides. The slides can be downloaded here: http://www.slideshare.net/martharotter/free-tools-for-wordpress-users-from-microsoft My talk was “Free Tools for WordPress Sites”, and I covered several free tools people can download...
  • Blog Post: BarCamp Cork III Review

    I had a fantastic weekend in Cork this past weekend for the third annual BarCamp Cork.  Well done to Gordon Murray , Ciara Feely , Ciara Crossan , and everyone else involved!  The crowd was excellent, and I met lots of new people and caught up with familiar faces, too.  Plus, I love the...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Talks and Events

    November just started and it’s shaping up to be quite a busy month already. The Silverlight Jumpstart course I mentioned previously on my blog kicks off its second round this week at the Westbury.  The course is full for both in-person attendees and LiveMeeting attendees, however if you’re interested...
  • Blog Post: WebsiteSpark Launch & Relaunch of TechLudd

    It’s been far too long since the last TechLudd, so we were thrilled to help relaunch TechLudd and at the same time celebrate the arrival of WebsiteSpark in Ireland. There is a lot more information on WebsiteSpark in my previous blog post, but the short version is that it’s a program to help give software...
  • Blog Post: Great Technical Speakers in Ireland & Northern Ireland

    Thanks to the over 200 of you who showed up to meet Scott Guthrie and hear him talk.  Judging by the questions people were asking yesterday, people are very excited about ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET 4/VS2010!  In fact there were so many questions, Scott had to skip the Silverlight talk.  Not...
  • Blog Post: Can’t Get Enough Scott: “Gu And A” Scheduled for Sunday September 27th

    The Scott Guthrie event on Monday, September 28th filled up in three days.  We have a waitlist for the event at the moment. So for those of you who would still like to see Scott, he has graciously agreed to host a second event on Sunday evening.  We’ll be at the Radisson Blu Royal hotel (formerly...
  • Blog Post: Guathon

    I couldn’t help but laugh at the Manchester GUATHON event registration page for Scott Guthrie .  Scott is dropping by Manchester after his visit to Dublin, and they did a great job compiling a list of “things you might not know about Scott Guthrie” which includes such gems as: When Scott Guthrie...
  • Blog Post: SCOTT GUTHRIE COMES TO DUBLIN!

    This is HUGE news  – Scott Guthrie is coming to Dublin to do an afternoon with .NET developers in Dublin city centre!  I couldn’t be more excited! You can register here: http://short.ie/scottgu Who: THE GU! What: A full afternoon workshop covering ASP.NET MVC, .NET 4, Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Back from Holidays and Upcoming Events

    I just returned from an amazing holiday in Iceland where I spent 12 days road-tripping, climbing glaciers , exploring fjords , sea fishing for cod, and monkfish, snorkeling between continents , eating unbelievable food , hiking lava fields and enjoying the wonders of geothermally heated lagoons . ...
  • Blog Post: Hothouse Venture Programme Accepting Applications

    Applications are now being accepted for the very successful Dublin Institute of Technology Hothouse Venture Program.  Hothouse is an annual incubation programme for 16 graduate entrepreneurs to provide them with support, training, workspace, networking, business counselling and more.  The deadline...
  • Blog Post: MIX Essentials – Your Next Web. Now.

    As designers and developers know, it’s so critical to stay up to date on the latest technology, newest tools and ideas to keep yourself, your ideas and your applications fresh. MIX Essentials , happening in Dublin on Wednesday June 24th is all about that. We’ve got a two-track day , full of amazing and...
  • Blog Post: Blogging and Social Media for Business Seminar: June 13th in Limerick

    I noticed this event coming to Limerick in June and wanted to give it a mention as I think a lot of people would benefit from this schedule of Ireland’s top experts in social media & online networking. According to the overview , topics included are as follows: * Bernard Goldbach: Using Twitter effectively...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2009: Innovative Students Take Science Gallery by Storm

    April 30th was a very competitive day in Dublin.  Students from around Ireland competed in Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup competition at the Science Gallery in Trinity College. The Imagine Cup is a contest open to students all around the world.  Winners from each country go on to the finals...
  • Blog Post: Coming Soon – Best of MIX09 Event

    I’m still trying to get through a few more videos from MIX09 (videos are posted here: http://videos.visitmix.com/ ).  But while I work through those to find the best nuggets and most useful information for you, I was wondering if you could help me out with something.  We’re putting together...
  • Blog Post: Lots of Upcoming Tech Events

    I know I’m not the only one who is busy lately. Events are popping up all over the place, so I thought I’d take a second and throw some out there in case you’re not aware of them. Dublin ALT.NET Meetup: Thursday, April 16th starting at 7:00pm at The Duke off Grafton Street in Dublin city centre ...
  • Blog Post: PC Live Radio Podcast on Zune

    I was excited to see this morning that our local PC Live! Radio Show podcast is listed on the Zune marketplace.  If you’re a Zune user, you can search for PC Live and our podcast will come up.  You can subscribe using the button there.
  • Blog Post: Hey Students – Get the Latest Developer News

    If you’re a student studying computer science, development, IT, software design, web design or anything along those lines, sign up for the Microsoft Ireland Student Newsletter .  This twice-monthly newsletter contains guest articles by fellow students, book discounts, pointers to interviews, tips...
  • Blog Post: Are You a Web Developer, Designer, Business Decision Maker?

    The Irish Internet Association ( http://iia.ie ) has several working groups designed to focus on various areas of  the Web.  The Web Development Working Group have created a survey to find out what you would value them spending their time and energy on. It is quite short and will definitely...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Innovation Accelerator Coming Your Way

    On Tuesday, February 24th, Microsoft Ireland together with the Digital Media Forum is bringing a day-long event designed to help accelerate the startup community in Ireland & Northern Ireland. The Innovation Accelerator is free and is taking place in the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Dublin city centre...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Assault Course: Agenda plus Dublin Registration

    I now have the previously top secret agenda for the Silverlight Assault Course I mentioned yesterday.  The course will be on Saturday, January 17th in Dublin and on Sunday, January 18th in Cork.  We have some exciting news about our NxtGenUG guest speakers as well.  Chris Hay has just...
  • Blog Post: Hey Cork Developers! Silverlight Assault Course Coming Your Way!

    The Cork Microsoft Technology User Group is hosting a great event for one day in January.  It’s a free , one-day workshop on Sunday, January 18th at the Imperial Hotel . The Silverlight Assault Course was launched with great success last year for the first time by the very energetic NxtGenUG in...
  • Blog Post: Women in Technology event in Sligo: 10 December

    This year Microsoft Ireland has some really enthusiastic and hard-working Student Partners.  I have been quite impressed by all of the ones I have met so far.  IT Sligo Student Partner Cristina Luminea has put together what looks to be a fantastic event next week, and I’m very excited to head...
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