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  • Blog Post: Give your students the chance to design a Chimpact character for Windows 8 and Windows Phone game

    Here's a chance for your students (or you!) to design a brand new character for the popular game Chimpact . The winner’s character will feature in the next Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 version of the game and get a credit - but just as importantly, the winner gets bragging rights over all their mates...
  • Blog Post: Meet the UK Finalists of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011

    The Imagine Cup, started in 2003,  is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft to give young technologists in universities worldwide the chance to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges using Microsoft tools and technology. More than 325,000 register over 100 countries however...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Competition for Students ...

    How would you visualise this English-language panagram ‘’The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.’’ ? Microsoft has teamed up with Student Beans to give a student the chance to win a state-of-the-art HP Pavilion dv6-3125sa Entertainment Laptop. All you need to do is enter with an imaginative and...
  • Blog Post: Who will be the next Bill Gates

    XMA and Toshiba have launched a competition, called “ The next Bill Gates ”. In a world of competitions and campaigns all the time, it’s a bit of a “ does what it says on the tin ” competition. It’s for students who’ll be applying for university next year, and students enter by recording a 60-second...
  • Blog Post: Student Competition - Code to the Power of Windows 7

    I’ve just heard about our Code 7 competition , for students. The European finalist prize is a paid trip to the PDC09 event in Los Angeles in November - plus a snazzy award – and there are a bunch of other prizes. And there’s 6 weeks until the closing date on 10th October. If you’ve got students in your...
  • Blog Post: Do you know your GPO from your AD?

    If you don’t, then this may not be for you! Microsoft Learning have put together a new online game which is designed to help (and encourage!) system managers or developers to consider certification ( as in, Microsoft certification, rather than men-in-white-coats-certification. Hmm, I wonder if over the...
  • Blog Post: What does next decade’s PC look like?

    You may recall me blogging the ‘Next-Gen PC’ competition last year , aimed at getting people to think outside of the (beige/black/silver) box for computer design. Well, the winners have been announced, and the amazing Napkin PC is the winner. It uses the metaphor of a paper napkin (“great ideas often...
  • Blog Post: Design IT Competition - time to vote

    Over the last three months we’ve invited people to submit their designs for computer systems that demonstrate creativity as well as tackling real social, human interest problems experienced by charities large and small: such as contributing to the battle to reduce carbon emissions; bringing conservation...
  • Blog Post: Still time to tell us what you think in our web satisfaction survey

    We're working on updating our UK Education website and we'd like to know what you think of it as it is now - what works and what doe sn't? Apart from accessing the blogs, do you even visit it and is the information relevant to you? If you don't visit the site, we'd love to know why; and if you do, whether...
  • Blog Post: Tell us what you think for a chance of winning Office 2007

    We're working on updating our UK Education website and we'd like to know what you think of it as it is now - what works and what doe sn't? Apart from accessing the blogs, do you even visit it and is the information relevant to you? If you don't visit the site, we'd love to know why; and if you do, whether...
  • Blog Post: Ergo's BETT Competitions

    One of our education partners, Ergo, have just told me about the competition they are running at the BETT Show in January. If you visit their stand (B100) in the main hall, you can enter their college prize draw to win an Ergo SecureDesk . Of the 30,000 visitors to the BETT show, only about 1,000 are...
  • Blog Post: What does the "next-generation PC" look like?

    Over the years I've seen many "radical" designs for new PCs - I vividly remember being shown an Intel design for a PC that sat inside a leopard-print footstool, designed for the home (sadly, the design was a little premature then, because PCs were still consigned to the study/spare room). But few of...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Vista and Office 2007? Tell us why you like it and win...

    Lots of colleges are already using Windows Vista and even more are using Office 2007. And if you are one of those, then here's your chance to tell others why you like it...and win a prize. There are two Tablet PCs up for grabs in the competition (one prize for the best Student entry and one for the best...
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