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  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Registrations

      Hello Everyone, Interest for the Imagine Cup has been strong and we can confirm the various categories are now open for competition. From experience we know that the next couple of months will be key in getting great UK representation in the Imagine Cup. Here are just a few of the reasons for ...
  • Blog Post: Student Technology Day - Future User Experience Technologies

    Hello All, Filmed at the Royal Festival on 1st October, please find below the session by Paolo Barone on Microsoft Surface : If for any reason you cannot view this clip, please do let me know. Best wishes,   Allison
  • Blog Post: Student Technology Day videos

    Hello All, For those of you who made it along to the Royal Festival Hall and, especially for those of you who had other commitments, please find below Steve Ballmer’s Keynote Speech:   If you have any difficulty in viewing the clip, please don’t hesitate to let me know.   With best wishes,...
  • Blog Post: UK High Performance Computing Award

    Hello Everyone, The Windows Server HPC team have created a special award for UK Software Design competitors who use the Windows HPC Server in their Software Design solution of the Imagine Cup. Microsoft want to stimulate the thinking of UK students about how HPC can change the world.  We want students...
  • Blog Post: ITA Student Pass

      Hello, I’d like to tell you a little about the ITA Student Pass which gives students access to a large number of e-learning courses free of charge. The e-learning materials will provide your students with access to training on real-world technology and industry-recognised certification. You might...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Certification for Windows Embedded CE 6.0

      Hello All, I know that many of you are considering incorporating the Microsoft Certification Program into your curricula so that graduating students supplement their degrees with an industry recognised certification. With this in mind I thought you might like to know about the the free Preparation...
  • Blog Post: News from the Faculty Summit

    Lee Dirks, the Director for Education and Scholarly Research , announced five new ‘lifecycle’ tools for academics and researchers. The tools are as follows: Research Information Centre Creative Commons (an add-in to Microsoft Office) Article Authoring (an add-in to Microsoft Word) E-Journal Hosting Service...
  • Blog Post: Pixel Poetry

    Hi, It was our very great pleasure to sponsor and support the Microsoft Photography Competition at the Department of Engineering 2008 , at the University of Cambridge. Blue Spikes, by Sonja Findeisen-Tandel If proof were needed, these photographs exemplify the strong connection between art and science...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark is here!

    What's this?  Free developer software for every student in the UK? Ed Dunhill has all the details on his blog . Share this:
  • Blog Post: Free ASP.NET hosting for UK Students from WebFusion

    Many of you will have met or be about to meet Ed Dunhill as he tours the country with Ben Coley delivering the Inspiration Tour . When not on the road, Ed has been working on a great deal for students - Free ASP.NET hosting for all UK Students provided by WebFusion . To get this the students need a unique...
  • Blog Post: Films for Learning

    One of the exciting new projects being demonstrated at the BETT show this year is the Films for Learning Project. I know that many of you work with your feeder schools to establish links, provide extra curricular activities and to foster enthusiasm for Computer Science and Engineering subjects and I...
  • Blog Post: The simplest New Year's Resolution to achieve

    Happy New Year to all! While many a student is still sleeping off the effects of their festivities we are aware that a dedicated few are polishing up their ideas for their entry into the Software Design Challenge of the Imagine Cup. A minority are sleeping smugly because they have already submitted theirs...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup - Software design deadline extension, new mentor service and extra prize

    Students competing in the Software Design category of the Imagine Cup will be delighted to learn that the deadline has been pushed back to January 9th . This gives everyone chance to work on their submissions over the Christmas holidays. We realise that it is in the last stages that students need...
  • Blog Post: Inspiration Tour Update

    With 17 dates behind them and another 37 yet to come, Ed and Ben are having a great impact on the students that they present to as part of the Inspiration Tour . We love to get feedback, both good and bad but our favourite so far is: The talk you gave today was absolutely awesome, as were the demos....
  • Blog Post: Life as an intern on the Microsoft Student Placement Programme

    Based in Reading and London, our placements last 48 weeks, beginning with a week-long induction designed to introduce the student to all the different areas of the business and identify objectives for their professional development. Subsequent learning will take the form of on-the-job training within...
  • Blog Post: What's new with XNA v2.0?

    Ed Dunhill, Academic Developer Evangelist, answers just this question in his blog and links you to the XNA team blog too. There is still massive interest in XNA v1 and so we have produced some more of the popular 'Getting started with XNA' DVDs. If you are a UK Academic then please let me know if you...
  • Blog Post: Life changing prizes to be won in the Imagine Cup

    Technorati Tags: Imagine Cup , Students The Imagine cup registrations are flooding in and the competition is definitely hotting up. If you need any more compelling reasons to prompt your students into registering (apart from the chance to win an Xbox 360 Elite) I thought I would share with you the...
  • Blog Post: Tip: Imagine Cup registrations; if you don't tell us who you are we can't send your prize!

    As more and more students are registering for the Imagine Cup I have noticed that many are not giving us factual names and addresses. We understand a person's reluctance to provide such personal info but there is a very good reason why we need it - last year we had trouble issuing several prizes because...
  • Blog Post: XNA at Gamecity, the follow up

    Hi everyone, We held our events at Gamecity Nottingham last week and were delighted by the enthusiasm of everyone who attended. The afternoon saw the academics eating popcorn while hearing about: XNA Game Studio 2.0 the XNA User Group , Rare's 2008 lecture programme and the experiences of students at...
  • Blog Post: The Imagine Cup 2008

    Those of you who have already hosted the Inspiration Tour will know that the Imagine Cup is a really exciting opportunity for students this year and includes some great new categories. In the UK we are even adding extra value. The key points are: 1. There are 9 competitions for all interests and skill...
  • Blog Post: Tales from the Inspiration Tour

    The Inspiration Tour is underway and our presenters Ed Dunhill and Ben Coley have so far presented at Manchester Metropolitan University and Staffordshire University. Check out their blogs to read comments from the students and to access links to some great accompanying resources. Next they are off...
  • Blog Post: Special request dates available for the Inspiration Tour

    The tour is now full but we are able to offer dates in the Summer Term upon request. If you would like us to come then please call me (Claire Perry) on 0118 909 3409 or email i-claipe@microsoft.com Day Date University Tuesday 2nd October * Wednesday ...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Inspiration Tour

    Last week we announced that we are sending our team on the road from October to March to talk to your students. The response has been excellent and sadly I have to report that ALL of the Wednesday slots before Christmas have now been taken. There are still a few Tuesday and Thursday slots available this...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Academic Alliance, do your students know they can get Vista?

    The academic team is currently in London running the Microsoft Student Partner bootcamp; 62 students from 50 universities learning about our tools, products and vision so that they can help their peers develop a love of technology. A big debate just revealed that many of them are unaware of the benefits...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal, tell your students!

    Students around the world are now able to get their hands on Office Ultimate 2007 at 90% off the recommended retail price. The official press release announced this deal yesterday and is already causing a lot of interest in our community. Students in the UK also have the option to buy an annual licence...
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