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    Power Up: The Beautiful Game Competition

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    Exclusive for UK Games Developers

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    Microsoft and supporting games industry partners are working together to help encourage the growth in the UK games industry which seeks to recognise and help game studios and developers of all sizes. As part of this ambition we have developed a competition which seeks to provide new Store opportunities for your games as well as helping you to get your titles discovered and downloaded.


    Go to: www.beautifulgamecomp.com

    Power Up: The Beautiful Game competition commences from 3rd March until 20th June 2014. The competition is open to all UK games developers who port and publish their new or existing games titles to Microsoft Windows 8 and/or Windows Phone Stores. Each game entered will receive points based on a wide range of game experiences, as well as recognising the quality of the game, any marketing activities, plus the number of downloads the games get on the Windows or Windows Phone Stores. The top 20 games with the most points secured will win great prizes for their developers but all entrants have an opportunity for their games to be discovered and downloaded by 100,000’s to millions of players. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your game(s) to a much wider audience and be generously rewarded.

    Boost your downloads

    We want to ensure that your game is discovered and downloaded. The quality of the game does not always guarantee success. As such we have partnered with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) to provide some guidance on good practice apps marketing. Visit the competition website for more details.
    Points are awarded for: Game experience – quality of audio execution, visual execution and gameplay. Downloads per store – as an additional measure of the game’s quality we will count the downloads in both the Windows and Windows Phone store.

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    Prizes galore!

    A total prize fund in excess of $50,000! Prizes include: Unity Pro licenses, Supercar all inclusive weekend rental, holiday in Slovakia, Nokia Lumia
    1520, 1020s and 520s, Dell Tablet, a Chartered Institute of Marketing Apps Marketing course, a chance to attend a special mentoring event with
    selected Board members from TIGA and UKIE, and an awards ceremony at Dolby’s prestigious theatre in Soho Square. For full prize listing go to:
    www.beautifulgamecomp.com

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    The Resources

    How to score points and win plus details of the prizes on offer see.The competition

    Enter the competition by completing our online registration form. Register now
    Download our one page marketing plan template. Marketing plan
    Find out more about our partners in Power Up: The Beautiful Game. Industry partners
    Full details of the competition rules. Terms and conditions
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    Visual Studio Online

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    So are you using Visual Studio?

    Are you using Team Foundation Server?

    Are you implementing any Application Lifecycle Management solutions that covers the range of software development activities from requirements capture through to development and onto testing and release into production.

    Well if not.. why?

    - TFS has strong version control, with an ALM element, and also supports GitHub.
    - The platform offers integrations for Eclipse, JIRA, MS Project, as free Add-Ins.
    - It’s possible to have unlimited VU’s for Load testing as long as you have Visual Studio Ultimate
    - There’s an option to have customisable Process Templates, and the user can also customise Burndown charts through Reporting
    - In terms of Release Management, Workflows can be added using PowerShell
    - Team Rooms can be used for enhanced collaboration, such as requesting feedback
    - Excel can easily be used for bulk update to TFS, which is useful in migration

    Here’s just a few links you may find useful to learn more about Visual Studio, TFS and ALM:

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    Microsoft Research Faculty Summit LIVE KEYNOTE Presentations

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    WATCH THE MICROSOFT RESEARCH FACULTY SUMMIT 2011 KEYNOTES ONLINE JULY 18 – 20 2011

    The world of computing is ever changing, and nowhere more so than in the combination of software and consumer devices. We have entered the age of natural user interfaces, and this fact requires innovation in areas of computer vision, translation, audio sensing, and machine learning.

    Security, privacy, and the effect of the data deluge in the systems we build have taken on global significance in our socially networked world. The twelfth Microsoft Research Faculty Summit provides a forum for lively debate of the development, application, and funding of these technologies in the environmental, medical, and educational spheres over a long period of time.

    The keynotes and Design Expo from the Summit can be viewed in real time here: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/fs2011/streaming_video.aspx

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    Microsoft Xbox Kinect

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    So what are you doing or planning on doing with Microsoft Kinect? 

    Are you interested in the official Kinect SDK when it becomes available?

    How about using the Kinect to fly a drone?

    Want to know more about this project watch the following

    Natural Kinect-Based Interface for Quadrotor Control (Parrot AR. Drone)

     So please let us know how your using or planning on using Kinect?

     

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    Three Thing Game Saturday 27th October

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    Three Thing Game has now started 40 teams with 160 students in attendance across two computer labs at the University of Hull

    here is a quick update of the day so far..

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    Saturday 27th October  

    1.00 pm XNA Rob Miles XNA session

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    Here is selection of Demos from Rob's presentation: http://www.robmiles.com/demos

    You can find all the demos here.

    Here are links to the some of the code we developed in the session, plus a bonus “coloured cloud” version.

    You can find a video of the presentation here, from Mix 11 in Las Vega where is was first presented. You can get a free XNA book from here.

    2:00 pm Mono Game Development on Windows 8 Presented in Lecture Theatre A by the MonoGame team and Microsoft. 

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    Here is a copy of the presentation and I will make available Dean Windows 8 Store App demo of the 3D XNA tank via an Appx Package later today. 

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    Looking forward to three thing game at the University of Hull

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    Here are the list of teams and the three thing game words which must be used within their games

     

    Team Name

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    A Druish Princess

    Invading

    Marvel

    wearing glasses

    Aint no partly like a kambham-party

    Steaming

    Spam

    copyright infringement

    Beta Jester

    Tron

    Speed

    attack

    Battle Brothers

    Something beginning with P

    Ship

    Spoon

    Brayshawshank-Redemption

    Pink

    Nuts

    In the rain

    BRB

    Snowing

    Spendthrift

    Banker

    C Hash

    Keyboard cat

    Vampire

    at midnight

    Chicken Dippers

    Chicken

    Hamster

    Parade

    COMPUTER SCIENCE FC

    Ghost

    Yoghurt

    Gangnam Style

    Did you mean "Uncle Mikes Recursive Prolog Party?"

    Fighting

    Toast

    Party

    Double Jump

    Atomic

    Bath Sponge

    Raider

    Fresh Pot

    Shark

    Saxaphone

    At the Zoo

    Honeybadger Productions

    Ninja

    Mountains

    Defence

    Left 4 Dev

    Cooking

    Neon

    Apocalypse

    LightMass

    Evil Wizard

    Cricket Bat

    in the graveyard

    M.C.S.

    Camel

    Bus Stop

    Werewolf

    Men On A Mission

    Sneaky

    Assassin

    With a moustache

    Michael Jacksons Indian Takeaway

    Poptart

    Deoderant

    Teddy Bear

    Mr. Parse

    Jelly

    Orchestra

    Four Letter Word

    Mulan

    Daft Punk

    Rhymes with Truck

    Pinball

    No Method(), No Class{}

    Caffeine

    Monkey

    under attack

    Pigs Might Fly

    Pirates

    Duvet

    racer

    QWERTYUIOP

    Lion

    Skeleton

    Swimming

    Red Light:Green Light

    Heroine

    Nick Cage

    wearing a tutu

    Rusty Spoons

    Roman

    Motorboat

    Pig

    Sheerware Games

    Flying

    Bombs

    Tank

    SkyNet

    Bungling

    Bread

    Pie

    TBC

    Zombie

    Butler

    Swimming Pool

    Team HAL 9000

    Dragon

    Spider

    goes fishing

    Team Plan B

    Gazebo

    Javelin

    word processor

    Team Titans

    Lonely

    Robots

    find love

    The C Hashes

    clone

    Vampire

    Apocalypse

    The Compilers

    Underwater

    Atom Bomb

    bike ride

    The Cosmic Corn Snacks

    Students

    Bishop

    assault

    The Infamous Two Sirs

    Goldfish

    Plug hole

    Invasion

    The Runners Up

    Grunting

    Spring

    Light cycles

    The Y-Nots!

    Fruitcake

    Banana

    temptress

    Three Men

    Lightning

    Kung Fu

    plays piano

    Three Game'o'holics

    Fighting

    Desk

    In a Dress

      

    My favourite has to be Team HAL 9000. With Dragon, Spider, goes fishing that could be interesting.. and really excited by the Windows 8 games which are going to be produced.

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    Want to know more about Microsoft Research?

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    Science@Microsoft, an e-book that commemorates our many years of Microsoft Research activities with the academic research community.

    This celebration of collaboration, demonstrates the breadth of our collaborative research and the potential of computer science to address some of the world’s problems. These stories demonstrate the amazing power of technology to impact areas far afield from traditional computer science.

    Science@Microsoft is available as a PDF at microsoft.com/scienceatmicrosoft. It is also available for the Kindle at Amazon.

    Learn more:

    · Download the PDF

    · Get the Kindle version

    · Read the blog

    · Read more

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    Microsoft Research So.cl Social Networks for Learning

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    Developed by the team behind KODO, an elegant and simple visual programming language, So.cl is now open for registrations. So.cl offers a unique take on search and social networking and is designed to give students the ability to network with their peers and both share information and collaborate more easily online.

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    More importantly, So.cl is designed to offer a secure environment for students to discover new topics of interest and share this with their classmates and beyond. A global classroom or study group is potentially now only a click away!

    Users log in to the network with their Facebook or Windows Live accounts, and are then presented with a range of topic areas that they can learn more about and share with their friends and wider network. Search being a focal point of the service also makes it easy to find new content based around the topics they are currently studying or passionate about and add these to their So.cl profile page. Furthermore, the addition of a So.cl "bookmarklet" makes sharing additional content that users discover online to their So.cl network a simple and streamlined process.

    The ability to add and curate video parties and collaborate around this content with friends is a also a particularly compelling and interesting feature and look forward to seeing how this is embraced within the community.

    Ultimately, with research now primarily being carried out online So.cl offers learners an interesting aggregation tool to collect and share the resources they discover on Facebook and Wikipedia etc to fellow learners and likeminded connections on the site. We will be watching the service closely and will be sharing additional content on the blog over the coming weeks.

    In the meantime, you can learn more about So.cl over at http://www.so.cl/

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    Build 2012 Conference

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    BUILD

    Announcing BUILD 2012

    • October 30 - November 2, 2012
    • Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington
    • Registration opens August 8, 2012 at 8:00 AM PDT

    Download the Windows 8 Release Preview

    Go download the Windows 8 Release Preview now!

    DreamSpark Premium subscribers can go to the subscriptions page for additional downloads and BUILD 2011 attendees can go to the BUILD attendee Connect site for additional downloads.

    For more details see http://www.buildwindows.com/

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    Were looking for Microsoft Student Partners

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    Applications are now open!

    The Microsoft Student Partner Programme recognises top young minds from around the world that are passionate about technology. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop real-world skills to help you succeed in your future career, to help others learn about the technology of today and tomorrow, and to connect with other like-minded students, all whilst having a ton of fun along the way. The program is our way of encouraging students who are interested in building a closer relationship with Microsoft, and those who are simply hooked on technology, or talking about it to others to develop their skills further.

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

    So what exactly is a Microsoft Student Partner?

    As a team we are responsible for helping students and start-ups design, create and publish great quality apps for Windows 8, Windows Azure and Windows Phone. An MSP’s role is to help us achieve this by:

    • creating great quality apps
    • writing great content we can use to showcase student talent
    • co-delivering content with us at events

    So we are looking for students who:

    • are experienced software developers
    • are passionate about developer technology and for Microsoft
    • are able to prove this passion
    • you have written a .NET/HTML5/JavaScript application
    • are at a UK university and over 18
    • have the support of a faculty member
    • are able to articulate technology to a crowd

    We do want to encourage discussion and debate about technology and hence your experiences and opinions are extremely valuable. If you want to share your passion and develop industry-leading skills, we want to hear from you.

    What will you get in return?

    As part of your role as an MSP you will receive the following

    • an MSDN subscription
    • monthly Lync calls with the UK Academic team
    • technical education sessions organised on-line
    • the ability to showcase your skills to a wider audience though Microsoft promoting your apps and skills to the wider student and developer community
    • increased visibility in your university (dependant on you driving this with your faculty contact)

    How do we select MSPs?

    The application process will open in August 2012 and we’ll review applications in September. Subsequent selection will take place until the end of December 2012.

    Eligibility

    To consider applying for the MSP Program, you must be:

    • Over 18 years of age.
    • Studying a full-time course at an officially recognised university in the UK.
    • Have the support of a Faculty Member or a Professional within the technology industry.
    • Everyone needs to have published at least one app in a Microsoft MarketPlace or Store (Windows Phone, Windows 8, Azure application)
    • If you have an app in the design stage you can become an MSP on probation for 3 months until your app gets published

    What are we looking for?

    All MSPs should have the following basic qualities:

    • Passionate about technology and what it can do
    • Someone who loves to learn
    • Be part of an active and vibrant network

    Competencies

    • Demonstrates a high degree of responsibility, honesty, and integrity
    • Good rapport with faculty and students studying other disciplines
    • Willing to share knowledge & eager to educate and inspire others
    • High level of social activity, both online & offline
    • Willingness to support and organise university events and involve the local community

    What’s the fine print?

    • The time commitment is somewhat variable and depends on you and the activity but it might be somewhere between 1-3 hours/week.
    • Students must be enrolled fulltime in an accredited academic institution within the UK.
    • In order for new people to be accepted onto the programme we expect prospective MSPs to provide some evidence that you have the desire, capacity and willingness to share your passion for technology.
    • If we find it is not meeting your needs then MSPs are free to leave the programme at any time
    • Microsoft retains the right to exclude people from the programme at any time.
    • Your details will not be used for any other marketing purpose.

    How to apply?

    Applications for the 2012-2013 Academic Year are now open. To apply for the Microsoft UK MSP programme, please refer to the competencies required and the responsibilities above.

    Complete the application form by clicking here.

    ·You will need to provide contact details from an academic member of your department or the professional who you have worked with in the technology industry

    Contact Us

    For all questions regarding the Microsoft UK program, please email ukmsp@microsoft.com

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