Write an Azure app to win a NetBook!

Well… at least be entered into a contest to win one of three Dell Minis.  I really like it when I find interesting projects like this: a contest for Azure apps that is being done by an independent organization, not affiliated with Microsoft.  Just a great developer community engaging their developers in an interesting way. The folks…

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Making OpenGov useful… and wicked cool

I’ve been railing on the concept that the focus on Open Government needs to shift to effective use of open government data – and creating user experiences that make people WANT to use such applications and WANT to participate and collaborate more. Came across this great example today… http://vanguide.cloudapp.net/ Vancouver’s “Social Map of Vancouver Open…

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Open311 with .NET and Visual Studio

Many of you (well, some of you) may have listened in to the call (or read about) regarding San Francisco’s Open311 API – if you missed it, you can find more details at these sites: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/03/03/open-311 http://wiki.open311.org/San_Francisco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-QQ7kCjIGE Having a standard specification/API for services like this is an incredible help for developers, as they’ll be…

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Thinking about the Cloud and Government? Don’t miss Fedscoop’s "Roadmap to the Clouds" – March 9, in D.C. – and I can get you in for free

On March 9th, Fedscoop is holding a TREMENDOUS event: “Roadmap to the Clouds” Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC Time: 8am-5:30pm (including reception after the sessions) More info: http://fedscoopevents.com/index.php Powerful agenda with a lot of diversity – If you are exploring Cloud Computing in the Public Sector in any way you do not want to…

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Open Government and the Cloud… a Perfect Storm

It’s been just over two months since the release of the Open Government Directive (hereby referred to as “The Directive”), and the state of awareness continues to grow steadily, especially among those of us in the technology community. This isn’t unexpected; we’re the innovators and early adopters on the low end of the adoption curve…

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Vote for the BEST Windows Azure Application for State & Local Gov Partners

Let your voice be heard and spread the word!  The submissions are in and public voting is now open for the Windows Azure Application Development Contest targeted towards State and Local Government agencies.  Click here to vote for the best application! Voting is open until Feb 19th at 5pm PST. Check out the submissions and…

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So what is this S+S thing?

I’ve been having a lot of discussions on Software + Services lately, both inside and outside of Microsoft (nothing lights up a dinner party like some witty tech banter, I always say).  Invariably, I find that merely agreeing on the definition of S+S is somewhat of a challenge… so I’m compelled to try to force…

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