• Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Silicon Valley comes to the UK

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    10 LUCKY University Students to win an ALL PAID EXPENSES TRIP TO SILICON VALLEY for creating apps around health, education and environmental data from the Gov’t!

    Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVc2UK), announces a month long, multi-site competition, dubbed, the SVc2UK Appathon, the competition supports and encourages university students to use government data to "hack" together innovative consumer applications in Healthcare, Education, and the Environment. This competition allows students to unlock the power of government data to make both a positive social impact and enhance its accessibility to peers, parents, and grandparents. This ambitious initiative represents the UK's largest ever mobilisation of students to create apps’. We don't know yet what they will create, but we are hoping for a 'good school's guide’ where you can find out where the good schools are near you, a 'good doctor's guide,’ where you can find a doctor near you, and a 'clean city guide' where you can find the cleanest city near you - or the dirtiest!

    This national ‘coding competition’ helps to address the void that exists in most university curricula, creating a real world opportunity for those developers with the ambition, appetite and aptitude to code and build applications that can have real value to users. With support, not only from their peers, but the wider technology community, and a network of mentors, these students will be able to take control of, and enhance, their own education outside of the classroom and make a difference.

    Continuing the historic success of SVc2UK, approximately 1,500 students from 15 universities across the UK are expected to be drawn “like magnets” to six UK locations including Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton and London to take part in the Appathons. Full access to the data and details of participating universities and hosts can be found at http://www.svc2uk.com/appathon.

    The SVc2UK Appathons will run during early October and are open to university students across the country. The competition has the full support of Downing Street, which will supply their technical guru’s from data.gov.uk. In addition, pretty much the whole technology industry is lending their support to the effort http://www.svc2uk.com/sponsors. University students who enter the competition have until 23 October to submit their apps to be judged by leading Global entrepreneurial icons including Reid Hoffman, Joi Ito and more (see http://www.svc2uk.com/speakers).

    The winners of the SVc2UK Appathon will attend an awards ceremony in November as part of ‘Silicon Valley comes to the UK’ ( http://www.svc2uk.com) and 9 winners will be invited to take part in a road trip to Silicon Valley followed by the legendary South by Southwest Conference early next year.

    The Appathon will conclude with winning developers, coming to London (UK), for the http://www.svc2uk.com/techcity finale: a show and tell event where the developers will explain and demonstrate their efforts to a selected audience of their peers, politicians, advisers, civil servants, and the press.

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    Download Building Windows Phone Apps: A Developer’s Guide

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    I’m pleased to announce that the 1st edition of “Building Windows Phone Apps: A Developer’s Guide” is available to download.

    This e-book is a community effort to capture useful information and learning about building apps on the Windows Phone platform.

    Download Building Windows Phone Apps: A Developer’s Guide

    For more details on this publication and its authors see Mike Ormond's Blog, please feel free to use this book with students and your courses also if you have any comments suggestions or ideas for additional chapters or content please post your feedback on Mike’s Blog.

    Happy reading!

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    TechDays.Online FREE ONLINE Training in October 2011–REGISTER NOW

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    I am pleased to announce a series of free Tech.Days Online Conferences for academic and student developers.

    Tech.Days online conferences simply give you access to hand-picked video content and technology training from our UK team, and the chance to get involved online, listen to speakers and ask our panel questions Live.

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    Windows Azure Online Conference / Tuesday 4 October, 3-5pm

    Register for this event here / Click here for more details

    If you are just getting started with cloud computing with Windows Azure, this is the perfect starting point for you This online conference will help you get over any initial stumbling blocks, so you can quickly be productive in this new environment.

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    Windows Phone Online Conference / Wednesday 5 October, 3-5pm

    Register for this event here / Click here for more details

    We’ll help you familiarise yourself with different aspects of designing for Windows Phone, including the philosophy behind Metro and Application design. You don’t need any experience of Windows Phone development, you just need an interest in developing phone apps.

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    Internet Explorer Online Conference / Thursday 6 October, 3-5pm

    Register for this event here / Click here for more details

    In this conference we’ll discuss the difference between a website and a web application. You’ll also learn about HTML5 features that allow applications to do more than is currently possible with just AJAX and HTML 4. In-depth web development experience isn’t necessary you just need to be keen to build your knowledge of the different aspects of IE9.

    How do you Register?

    1. Register simply click on the link for the Tech.Days Online Conference above.

    2. View content - Once you’ve registered you will be sent an email highlighting the video and white paper content to view and digest before the day of your online conference. This hand-picked content helps you cut through the clutter of information around your area of interest.

    3. Send questions or points in advance -  the live online conference will be used to address all your comments and questions - whether they’re sent in advance or asked live.

    4. Attend your live online conference - Join the conference at the scheduled time using the LiveMeeting platform. This will not simply be a presentation based experience: the first part will be a wrap-up and high level summary of the video content; the second part will be a Q&A session where you can post questions to the panel and interact with peers.

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    Integrate Core Windows technologies into your teaching curricula

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    The Windows Academic Program provides universities with curriculum materials, Windows kernel source code, and a project environment for teaching operating system principles using Windows.

    Windows CRK

    The Curriculum Resource Kit (CRK) is a collection of instructional materials that follows the ACM/IEEE-CS Operating System Body of Knowledge and illustrates operating system (OS) concepts using Windows XP as a case study.

    Who it's for

    The CRK is free and available to any professor or student who accepts the terms of the Microsoft Curriculum License Agreement.

    Learn more

    Additional Windows CRK Information

    Download 

    Windows Research Kernel

    The Windows Research Kernel (WRK) packages core Windows XP x64/Server 2003 SP1 kernel sources with an environment for building and testing of experiments and projects based on modifying the Windows kernel, enabling advanced teaching and research that promote better understanding of the Windows architecture and implementation.

    Who it's for

    The WRK is free and available to eligible academic faculty members, researchers, and students at accredited universities who accept the terms and conditions of the Microsoft Windows Research Kernel Source Code License - updated.

    Learn more

    Additional Windows Research Kernel Information

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    ProjectOZ

    ProjectOZ is an experimental environment that is built on top of the native NT API for universities to use as a platform for operating system projects.

    Who it's for

    ProjectOZ is free and available to any professor or student who accepts the terms of the Microsoft Curriculum License Agreement.

    Learn more

    Additional ProjectOZ Information

    Download 

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    NAO’s Robotics European Tour

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    If your interested in Robotics and using Microsoft Robotics studio in your teaching then your going to be interested in attending the NAO’s European Tour.

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    The NAO tour aims to demonstrate how a humanoid robotic platform can be beneficial to teachers and researchers willing to attract students to scientific curriculum.

    On the tour you will be able to take part in short practical workshops exploring computer sciences, mathematics, physics, mechanics, kinematics, and electronics with NAO. So lets make the curriculum exciting with NAO and Microsoft Robotics Studio so attend one of the sessions and learn how NAO is used as a teaching platform from High Schools to University meet teachers and researchers who have adopted NAO and learn from their experience and skills.

    Discover a complete teaching solution that stimulates creativity, problem-solving and team-working. Find out the tutorials for STEM classrooms developed by teachers. Research labs are using NAO to explore areas such as human robot interaction, humanoid motion, localization and mapping, cognition, learn about research projects where scientists benefit from NAO.

    Register now and attend the half day workshop FREE of charge

    Birmingham  Oct 11th 2011

    Manchester Oct 12th 2011

    Edinburgh Oct 13th 2011

    Wrexham Nov 2nd 2011

    London Nov 3rd 2011

    Dublin Oct 20th 2011.

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    Microsoft Azure updates and announcements

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    Last week at the Microsoft Windows BUILD event, a number of announcements in relation to Windows Azure were made.These announcements included the following, the release of the Azure toolkit for Windows 8, availability for Bing service APIs (including translation) internationally, a new Azure SDK , updates to Azure management capability and much more.

    Here is a list of some of the key announcements:

    For more details see Windows Azure Marketplace technical details and at the Windows Azure blog here.

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    Student Developer get stuck into Windows Phone over the summer holidays

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    About two months ago the Windows Phone team issued a challenge to student developers over the summer holiday:

    The challenge, to create an awesome Microsoft Expression Sketchflow prototype of a Windows Phone application.

    The reward was to win one of 50 HTC Mazaa developer devices. The competition resulted in over 281 prototypes created and over 203 participants submitting prototypes.

    So if your developing Windows Phone make sure your using Microsoft Expression Sketchflow which can be downloaded for FREE via Microsoft DreamSpark or MSDNAA and here are some useful tips and guidance on your designs.

    • Clarity of Purpose – Easy to understand what the app would do and for whom. There are various ways to do this: use of an “about” screen, using notations throughout the prototype, and the use of another web-page or even a video explanation.
    • Innovative – Does your app do something new or accomplished something in a new way are you using the device features.
    • Use of Metro – Does your application belong on Windows Phone due to the choices made in layout, in the use of controls (e.g. pivots, colours, functions and layout)
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    Support and Assistance for Symbian Nokia Developers for Windows Phone development

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    Today a comprehensive package to leverage Nokia developer skills while learning to build applications for Windows Phone. Microsoft and Nokia have worked together to build a great package.

    The package contains the following tools and documentation to help you along the path to learning Windows Phone development:

    These complement the similar iOS/Android guidance & mapping work we released a couple months ago.

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    The “Windows Phone Guide for Symbian Qt Application Developers” white paper is about 100 pages organized in 8 chapters.

    • Chapter 1: Introducing Windows Phone Platform
      to Symbian^3 Qt Application Developers
    • Chapter 2: Windows Phone Application Design Guidelines
    • Chapter 3: Windows Phone Developer and Designer Tools
    • Chapter 4: C# programming
    • Chapter 5: Introducing Windows Phone Application Life Cycle
    • Chapter 6: Porting Applications to Windows Phone
    • Chapter 7: Windows Phone Example Applications
    • Chapter 8: Using the API Mapping Tool

    The white paper is available in different formats (HTML, DOCX & PDF).

    Chapter 6 introduces porting tutorials, in which you will find practical examples and tips on how to port your applications, like the RSS Reader applications or the “Diner” example, a catalog-type restaurant information application. From design consideration to data binding, the porting story addresses many aspects of the process that will be useful to you; the developer.

    The full list of samples and source code is available to you.

    The addition of Symbian Qt to the Windows Phone API mapping tool is another perk we wanted to deliver in order to speed up the learning curve to Windows Phone. For this first iteration of the mapping, includes core libraries for Qt 4.7 for Symbian (QtCore, QtGui, QtLocation, QtNetwork, QtSensors, QtSql, QtXml, QtWebKit, QML Elements, QML Components ).

    Finally, keep an eye on the “Nokia Windows Phone Training” roadshow. During this one day training event, you’ll learn how to take your ideas and get them running on the Windows Phone platform. Upcoming dates and locations for the roadshow are as follows:

    We realize this is only a few dates and locations, so for all the developers who want to learn Windows Phone, we recommend that you follow at your own pace the EXCELLENT “Window Phone Mango Jump Start” online video training.

    So, go get your copy of the “Windows Phone Guide for Symbian Qt Application Developers

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    Microsoft Robotics Studio and Kinect

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    The Microsoft robotics group have announced the release of the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 Beta.

    You can download RDS 4 beta at Microsoft.com/robotics. What is exciting about this release is that it has extensive support for the Kinect sensor hardware through the Kinect for Windows SDK.

    This simply allows developers to create Kinect-enabled robots in the Visual Simulation Environment and in real life. Along with this release comes a standardized reference spec for building a Kinect-based robot. .

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    Build Conference

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    The last week has been pretty amazing, the BUILD conference had lots of great sessions explaining how to get productive with Microsoft’s new development tools, services and technologies.

    The following are some of the highlights of the Build sessions which were attend by over  4000 developers. The complete list of sessions and videos are available at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011 which can you can view at your leisure. 

    BUILD Keynote with Steven Sinofsky

    The Overview of Windows 8 and Metro

    Day 1 Keynote with Steven Sinofsky

    8 Traits of Great Metro Style Apps with Jensen Harris

    If you want to learn more about Windows 8 Metro UI additionally if you want more designer-oriented information, check out Designing Metro style: principles and personalities.

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    Platform for Metro-Style Apps with Ales Holecek and John Sheehan

    A great overview of the platform, Windows RT and Windows 8 itself. If you want to know more about the API.

    Platform for Metro-Style Apps with Ales Holecek and John Sheehan

    Tools for Building Metro-Style apps with Chris Sells and Kieran Mockford

    This is the second part of the Platform talk

    Tools for Building Metro-Style apps with Chris Sells and Kieran Mockford

    Lap around the Windows Runtime with Martyn Lovell

    This gives you a deeper look at WinRT

    Lap around the Windows Runtime with Martyn Lovell

    Metro-style apps using XAML: what you need to know with Joe Stegman

    Get the XAML info right from the lead of Windows 8 XAML team

    Metro-style apps using XAML: what you need to know with Joe Stegman

    Metro-style apps using XAML: Make your app shine with Marco Matos

    This is the talk that explains how to deeply integrate your XAML application with Windows 8.

    Metro-style apps using XAML: Make your app shine with Marco Matos

    Make great touch apps using XAML with Alnur Ismail

    Learn all about touch and gestures obviously very important to Windows 8 Metro applications.

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    Stand out with styling and animation in your XAML app with John Papa

    Here's where you'll learn about styles, animations and more

    Stand out with styling and animation in your XAML app with John Papa

    Reach all your customers' devices with one beautiful XAML user interface with Tim Heuer

    Learn how to adapt to different screen sizes, resolutions and more

    Reach all your customers' devices with one beautiful XAML user interface with Tim Heuer

    A deep dive into Visual Studio 11 Express for designing Metro apps using XAML with Joanna Mason and Unni Ravindranathan

    Want to learn about the tooling and the features of Visual Studio 11

    A deep dive into Visual Studio 11 Express for designing Metro apps using XAML with Joanna Mason and Unni Ravindranathan

    Future directions for C# and Visual Basic with Anders Hejlsberg

    Learn more about async and the future of Visual Studio with Project Roslyn copy and paste code transformation

    Future directions for C# and Visual Basic with Anders Hejlsberg

    More Videos to Watch

    Check out the full set via http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011

    Or simply use the list below to go to content based on topic areas

    More Windows 8 XAML

    .NET and C#/Visual Basic
    Windows 8 and WinRT General
    Games and DirectX
    C++

    So overall an amazing conference, content and announcements. Please visit the following online resources to view the 200 + hours of content at your own leisure http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011

    For further references and to download a developer preview of Windows 8 visit dev.windows.com and keep an eye on the Building Windows 8 Blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8

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