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  • 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: XNA Talk with DCU

    Last week I had an XNA talk at DCU.  They had left me with a few questions to answer which I had left on my machine which went into the shop.  I got it back yesterday and here are the questions:  What is the accepted file size for games submitted to Community Games? from the FAQ on creators...
  • 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: SkyCon – Recap

    I spent this past weekend in Limerick attending SkyCon 2009 , which was a really fun and diverse conference, organized by the University of Limerick Computer Society (Skynet).  Besides having great topics such as Demoscene, Swarm Robots , Open Source, and WiMax, Randall Munroe from xkcd(!!!) was...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Embedded Development Tour Coming to Dublin

    Pssst. Are you a student or academic?  Like robots?  Interested in learning how to build the embedded systems and robots of the future? Then why not attend the Microsoft Windows Embedded European Tour which is coming to Ireland on Friday, November 28th at the Dublin Institute of Technology...
  • Blog Post: Hey Students – Stay Up-To-Date with Microsoft Technology

    I have some cool news for students today.  As a student, it can often be hard to keep up with what’s new and exciting at Microsoft, what is the interesting new technology, and where to find great deals and offers. So together with Liam Cronin, Microsoft Ireland’s Academic Engagement Manager, and...
  • Blog Post: Welcome New Microsoft Student Partners

    I recently had the opportunity to meet with Microsoft Ireland’s new team of Student Partners.  They were incredibly enthusiastic, and I’m looking forward to the great things they’re planning on doing over the next school year. I talked to the students about as much as I could cram into a little...
  • Blog Post: New Channel 8 Sidebar Gadget

    Check it out – there is a cool new gadget with content from Channel 8, downloadable for your Vista machine.  It flips through the latest content on channel8.  When you click on an item that grabs your interest, you will get more information as well as have a pointer to the page for additional...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Ireland Video!

    I was really lucky to get to go to the Ireland Imagine Cup Championships last week here in Sandyford. There were some great projects shown off, all with the idea of improving the environment. Microsoft Student Partner Alan Spillane did a great job of not only filming the various projects, he also...
  • Blog Post: Irish Microsoft Technology Conference Lands Next Week!

    If you haven't heard yet, for the third year in a row, Dublin is hosting the Irish Microsoft Technology Conference , or IMTC next week! For those of you who haven't been to an IMTC before, you can expect tons of high-quality sessions showcasing the latest technology for Microsoft developers.  We...
  • Blog Post: Third XNA Day Video: Dave Mitchell

    Dave Mitchell came all the way from Seattle during his Thanksgiving holiday to talk with students at the XNA tour. He is a director at Microsoft for XNA, and he certainly knows his stuff. Dave gave the opening keynote of the XNA European Tour, where he talked about the "Ongoing Democratization of Game...
  • Blog Post: Next XNA Day Video Posted: Rob Miles

    Rob Miles is a Microsoft MVP, and as he says in his highly entertaining talk below - it's what all Microsoft Student Partners should aspire to be. Watch as Rob tells bad jokes and demos XNA Game Studio on his MacBook Pro. I laughed out loud at his descriptions of *alternative* games like "Hide the Controller...
  • Blog Post: First of the XNA Day Videos Posted!

    Back in November, Dublin was host to an event called the XNA Game Studio Tour. It was a full day jam-packed with superb XNA experts talking about the upcoming XNA Game Studio 2.0 release, showing off features and real-life examples of XNA applications and games. Liam (pictured below in the video) was...
  • Blog Post: QuMIX! MIX at Queen's University in Belfast

    Today I went up to Belfast with Vincent Vergonjeanne and Liam Cronin to present at QuMIX '07. Mike McMeekin , who is a Microsoft Student Partner at Queen's University Belfast did a fabulous job setting up the afternoon, so special thanks go to him and all of his hard work. The afternoon included a session...
  • Blog Post: XNA European Tour Hits Dublin

    Yesterday in Trinity College something landed. Something big. Something new and fun. Something that might keep me up late at night... The XNA European Tour began right here in Dublin, filling two 150-person lecture halls for the entire day with 300+ students and game developers. In fact we had been expecting...
  • Blog Post: UCC Students Learn About XNA and Silverlight

    On Monday I went to Cork to visit students at UCC. Despite some technical difficulties involving scheduling and room changes, Microsoft Student Partners Nathan Forde and Sarah Fitzgerald managed to get together a great crowd! We spent about a half hour talking about Silverlight and its framework and...
  • Blog Post: The Final Imagine Cup Results!

    Wow - Ireland really cleaned house at the Imagine Cup finals! Team Red Dawn ( Mohammed Al-Tahs and Marouf Azad) from the Dublin Institue of Technology finished SECOND in the world for the web development competition! This was out of 155 teams, which is absolutely incredible. Team InGest ( Eric...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Update!!

    This just in from Seoul, courtesy of Liam Cronin: "InGest from NUI Maynooth have made it into the last 6 of the Imagine cup finals. This is unbelievable and we are all over the moon here in Seoul, that in the space of 6 months we have gone from no Imagine cup competition in Ireland, to now be in the...
  • Blog Post: Go Imagine Cup Ireland!!

    I just watched a great practice presentation of Ireland's Imagine Cup team, who are headed to Korea this Saturday to compete in the worldwide Imagine Cup finals! The technology they built is a sign language instruction tool, and it is incredibly innovative. It was built mostly using DirectX, WPF and...
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