Huddle.net is a web-based collaboration system, which is designed to complement existing learning management systems or virtual learning environments by providing additional tools such as file sharing, task management, discussion forums and live collaboration. It recently won the Microsoft SharePoint SocialFest competition, because of the way that it sits alongside SharePoint – for example, to allow you to widen collaboration to people outside of your own campus. With Huddle for SharePoint 2010, you can invite external teams to collaborate with you inside your SharePoint environment.

You can use it to connect with students, tutors, partners and suppliers outside of your own network – or with other HEIs. Huddle for SharePoint 2010 allows you to enable your users to invite external teams to collaborate with them inside your SharePoint environment.  They can publish documents to or from Huddle workspaces, manage authentication and synchronise their data with other, unconnected SharePoint sites. And your SharePoint users can access their files through Huddle's online, mobile and social networks. It’s clever because it takes your existing university SharePoint, and adds more powerful collaboration to it.

The team at Huddle are holding an event here at our offices in Reading next month, where you can learn more about our Cloud strategy, the SharePoint 2010 introduction, and the Huddle integration. Here’s the details from the Huddle team:

We would like to cordially invite you to the preview of the Huddle SharePoint Connector, which aims to revolutionise the way education organisations use Microsoft SharePoint externally.
Huddle for SharePoint means companies can now work securely and easily with people outside of their institution through their existing SharePoint installation. Our connector also joins up separate instances of SharePoint allowing external users to use either their own SharePoint site or Huddle to work together. This concept has recently won a global Microsoft design competition.

Jointly with Microsoft we will be hosting a free event on Wednesday 14th April 2010.  The agenda will be:

9.30am - Coffee and registration

10.00am – Welcome

10.15am – Microsoft: Cloud Computing Strategy

10:45 - SharePoint 2010: A Platform for Learning

11.15am – Coffee

11.45am - Introduction to Huddle & SharePoint integration

12.45pm - Customer case studies

1pm - Lunch and depart 

The event will take place at Microsoft's offices at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading RG6 1WG. The spaces are limited, so please let us know as soon as possible if you are able to attend by e-mailing . 

If you’d like to attend, then email Pauline at Huddle directly, and she’ll add you to the attendee list.