Imagine Cup India Photos posted

as promised. What an experience! My set can be found here Other UK ICers photos are here and here

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Super-Intern Matt Duffin developing killer bots…

..still only kidding about the killer bots, but he has written a great tutorial over on my old academic blog (Mint Source – the only sheep blogger i know of) on how to create a bot that remembers everything you want it to. Go check it out here (note to self: work out how interns…

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Back from the Imagine Cup in India

After 8 days, 12000 miles of plane journeys, about 3 hours sleep a night and one of hell of a time I am back in the UK after attending and supporting all the teams at this year’s Imagine Cup competition. My job for the event was to host Team 3Pair representing the UK as they…

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Super super super excited to see the back of super

Things are a little hectic here as we get ready for the Imagine Cup finals in India on Saturday. The team were down on Monday for a trip to the British Broadcasting Corporation to do a radio interview with Gareth Mitchell from the Beeb’s world service technology show, Digital Planet. Andy has blogged about it…

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Just spotted a cool new designer community – Re:merged

A cool new community for designers interested in the interactive design of Web 2.0 and with a focus currently on the Windows Live services and SDKs. www.remerged.com/remerged

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Presenting 101++

Darren Strange is an Office Product Manager here in the UK and has posted a great blog entry about delivering top presentations using that little known tool called PowerPoint. It suits my presentation style really well and has given me some techniques which I had long since forgotten (the old B for blacking out the screen). The…

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NextDesignNow – great resource for budding UX gurus like me!

http://www.nextdesignnow.com/  David Shadle is a User eXperience Evangelist at Microsoft in Redmond and maintains a great set of resources for all the different presentation technologies. I have started to work my way through some of the links and there is a wealth of information to read. Check it out…

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Mark Johnston – who is he?

He is me. I thought it was worthwhile doing a very quick introduction to give some context to this blog and what I do at Microsoft. I’ve been at Microsoft 3 years now and worked on academic programs during that time. This has given me amazing opportunities to meet students and academics all across the…

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The killer bots are coming…

…not really! But wouldn’t life be a whole lot more interesting if they were. Thankfully the kind of bot that I am talking about sits safely inside the CLR and tells you things you want to know like train timetables and Encarta questions. Ian Moulster in my group is running a cool UK competition for…

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