Students see the forest through the tweets – the US Imagine Cup Finals

I’ve openly lamented about the challenges that the U.S. faces with the decline in technical student enrollment and what I have perceived as a lack of enthusiasm for technical jobs among American students.  To be competitive into the future, we need graduates with strong technical skills and a tremendous entrepreneurial spirit… and, unfortunately, the macro…

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Ooooh-Pen Data!

And when we say Yeeow! Ayipioeeay! We’re only sayin’ You’re doin’ fine, Open Data! Open Data O.K. (With sincere apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein – and probably everyone who chances to read this blog… ) Some great announcements out of Mix today – from the press release at:  http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/mar10/03-16MIX10Day2PR.mspx Creating Compelling User Experiences, Powered by…

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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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Slides from my FedScoop presentation last week

I’ve been a little remiss in making my slides available from last Tuesday’s Fedscoop “Roadmap to the Clouds” event.  I’m attaching them to this post. I’d like to thank everyone who attended… it was a pleasure meeting so many folks, and I really enjoyed presenting Azure… writing code in front of folks has always been a…

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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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Microsoft’s REAL choice for Governments…

  I’m fresh from the US Public Sector CIO Summit – it was an amazing week and I had some truly enlightening conversations and experiences. Everyone I spoke with had very positive perceptions and feedback on Microsoft’s strategy – but I happened to come across Matt Asay’s blog comments, “Software industry’s false choice for governments,”…

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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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Open Gov… Dallas and Bing – done.

Well, that was easy.  So easy that I spent the rest of the evening playing around with the UI of my App just for fun (yes, I consider that fun). First, Dallas… I thought it would be a little challenging… after all, the idea of engaging services from a Data Marketplace itself just seems complex. …

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