XNA Update – Gamecity Nottingham

Microsoft ran an event at Gamecity in Nottingham last week. As part of the event we hosted the guys from the newly established XNA UK User Group presented to the assembled academics. The group is fairly new but already they have built up a strong community with lots of user generated content available for free on…


New XNA Content; Inspiration Tour – Hull University

Yesterday we visited Hull University to deliver the latest Inspiration Tour session. The turn out was great and we were made to feel really welcome so a big thank you to everyone who attended.  While chatting to Rob Miles he mentioned that he is currently putting together a book aimed at getting users started with C# using XNA…


Guide to The Imagine Cup; Project Hoshimi (AI) Competition

As many of you will know the Imagine Cup is the worlds largest technology competition for students. Microsoft runs the competition on an annual basis and internationally around 130k students compete from 100 countries. The competition has nine categories each a competition in their own right. The categories are: Software design Embedded development Game development Algorithm Information…


My Example Popfly App

Now Popfly is in public beta and the Inspiration Tour is in full swing I thought it’d be a perfect time to knock up a sample application which plots photos taken on the tour onto a Virtual Earth map.   I have hosted the photos on Flickr as a set with each photo tagged with the…


Popfly Now in Public Beta!

For those of you who know what Popfly is the title says it all… as announced today at the Web 2.0 summit by Steve Ballmer you can now sign up for immediate access here. For those of you not familiar with Popfly it is a new online tool (built in Silverlight) from Microsoft which allows you…


The Inspiration Tour – Staffordshire University

Yesterday myself and Ben Coley visited Staffordshire University to deliver the second date on our Inspiration Tour around UK universities. The event was a great success with a really enthusiastic audience and a great buzz. For those of you at the event thanks for coming to show your support and also thanks to the staff at Staffordshire…


The Ultimate Steal Blogging Competition

Those of you who regularly read this blog or generally keep your ear to the ground will know that Microsoft is selling Office Ultimate to students for £38.95 through theultimatesteal.co.uk. As if that wasn’t enough, today sees the launch of a new competition around this offer; the student who writes the most compelling article about how they…


Inspiration Tour Resources

Yesterday saw the first of our Inspiration Tour dates kindly hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. I thought it would be a good idea to pull together a bunch of resources on the technologies we talk about as a central reference for those who attend the tour or are interested in Silverlight, Embedded, XNA, Popfly or Surface….