Great Technical Speakers in Ireland & Northern Ireland

Thanks to the over 200 of you who showed up to meet Scott Guthrie and hear him talk.  Judging by the questions people were asking yesterday, people are very excited about ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET 4/VS2010!  In fact there were so many questions, Scott had to skip the Silverlight talk.  Not to worry – he’s…


Imagine Cup 2009: Innovative Students Take Science Gallery by Storm

April 30th was a very competitive day in Dublin.  Students from around Ireland competed in Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup competition at the Science Gallery in Trinity College. The Imagine Cup is a contest open to students all around the world.  Winners from each country go on to the finals which in 2009 are in Cairo,…


SkyCon – Recap

I spent this past weekend in Limerick attending SkyCon 2009, which was a really fun and diverse conference, organized by the University of Limerick Computer Society (Skynet).  Besides having great topics such as Demoscene, Swarm Robots, Open Source, and WiMax, Randall Munroe from xkcd(!!!) was the keynote speaker.  Randall gave a hilarious talk about some…


Embedded Development Tour Coming to Dublin

Pssst. Are you a student or academic?  Like robots?  Interested in learning how to build the embedded systems and robots of the future? Then why not attend the Microsoft Windows Embedded European Tour which is coming to Ireland on Friday, November 28th at the Dublin Institute of Technology (Aungier Street campus). The agenda looks pretty…


Artbots: The Robot Talent Show

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve gotten the chance to write any new programs for my Lego Mindstorms robot.  The Artbots were in town this weekend, and I thought that would be the perfect place to get some excellent inspiration. Artbots is an international art exhibition for robotic art & art-making robots.  It…


Welcome New Microsoft Student Partners

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Microsoft Ireland’s new team of Student Partners.  They were incredibly enthusiastic, and I’m looking forward to the great things they’re planning on doing over the next school year. I talked to the students about as much as I could cram into a little over an hour.  So…


New Channel 8 Sidebar Gadget

Check it out – there is a cool new gadget with content from Channel 8, downloadable for your Vista machine.  It flips through the latest content on channel8.  When you click on an item that grabs your interest, you will get more information as well as have a pointer to the page for additional details. …


Fourth XNA Video: Dr. Joaquin Quiñonero-Candela

Dr. Joaquin Quiñonero-Candela is an Associate Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge.  He works with the Applied Games Group.  He and his team are doing quite a lot of interesting work as you will see in his talk, titled “Learning to Race.”   He talks about all of this, as well as a showcase of an internship…


Third XNA Day Video: Dave Mitchell

Dave Mitchell came all the way from Seattle during his Thanksgiving holiday to talk with students at the XNA tour.  He is a director at Microsoft for XNA, and he certainly knows his stuff.  Dave gave the opening keynote of the XNA European Tour, where he talked about the “Ongoing Democratization of Game Development.”  It’s…


Next XNA Day Video Posted: Rob Miles

Rob Miles is a Microsoft MVP, and as he says in his highly entertaining talk below – it’s what all Microsoft Student Partners should aspire to be.  Watch as Rob tells bad jokes and demos XNA Game Studio on his MacBook Pro.  I laughed out loud at his descriptions of *alternative* games like “Hide the…