Imagine Cup software Design UK Final

Last week saw the UK final for the Imagine Cup Software Design Competition where we picked a team to represent the UK at the worldwide finals in Poland this summer. This year we partnered with five leading UK charities to work with the student teams to align real-world needs with top technical talent. A series…


Free Microsoft Webcasts for Students!

        Just a quick post to let everyone know about a bunch of free webcasts aimed at students. The topics are: Internet Explorer 8 & Bing – 10th March Technology Trends: Women in Technology – 24th March Introduction to C# Programming – 7th April Technology Trends: Career Opportunities in Technology – 21st…


Imagine Cup; UK Bags 1st Place in Short Film and 3rd in Games Development

We’re now all back from Cairo and fully recovered from the heat and sleep deprivation. The great news is that across the board the UK teams excelled with both the Short Film and Games Development making it on stage at the final. Our Short Film team (Fulham Four) were from the London Film Academy and…


Student Celebration Day Videos

Just as we’re heading off to Cairo for the Imagine Cup worldwide finals I want to give you a flashback to the UK final event… Previously I published the slides from all of the Microsoft Research talks delivered on the day and now, finally I have the videos online! Getting from A to B: Fast…


Student Celebration Day Slides

To follow on from yesterday’s post I wanted to share the slides from the MSR talks: MSR Overview – Andrew Herbert Getting from A to B: fast route-finding using slow computers – Simon Peyton-Jones Curing Cancer, Halting global Disease Outbreaks and averting Dangerous Climate Change – Drew Purves Proving that programs eventually do something good…


Student Celebration Day

Yesterday we held a big event at MSR (Microsoft Research) Cambridge  to celebrate the success of UK MSPs and Imagine Cup Contestants. The day included a series of fascinating talks from MSR and Microsoft (slides and video to follow shortly) and culminated in an award ceremony for MSPs and Imagine Cup winners. Team TKCL (Kings…


X48 Update – Games Now Available for Download

A really quick update on X48 – all the games are now online so you can see for yourself what can be achieved with XNA, 36 hours and a crate of Red Bull! Seavolution – The winning game from X48 Technorati Tags: XNA,X48,Microsoft,Pixel Labs,Channel 4,Games Development


X48 Wrap Up

It’s all over – early Saturday evening 80 exhausted students left Derby University for home after spending 36 hours producing some awesome games using XNA. The top three prizes went to: First Prize – Huddersfield Green’s Seavolution Second Prize – Huddersfield Orange’s Involved Third Prize – Team Newport’s Bellis Perennis and there were a bunch…


Student Technology Day Videos Now Online

On 1st of October at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank, London we hosted an awesome event with Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO) keynoting and a host of other top speakers flanking him. We’ve now got all the sessions online so if you couldn’t make the event you can find out what you missed…


Inspiration Tour back on the Road

Yesterday saw the first of this academic years Inspiration Tour events at Bradford University. This year we’re running two sessions; one focusing onrich application development using Silverlight/WPF and the other on XNA games development. The content is designed to introduce these technologies and give an insight into their commercial application (with lots of cool demos…