Microsoft Student Technology Day Videos Online – SteveB and more industry/MSFT greats

On 1 October 2008, Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer and a host of industry professionals discussed the next generation of computer science innovations with more than 300 students and lecturers from across the UK – the event was the Student Technology Day. The videos are now all online in glorious Silverlight. And I’ve embedded the big…


Imagine Cup, Competitors at the ready….

The Imagine Cup 2009 is in full swing. And there is no better year to compete – there has been so much going on in the world of Microsoft technology recently: Silverlight 2.0 released PDC and all the goodness around Mesh, Azure, Windows 7, etc XNA Studio 3.0 Beta announced … The Imagine Cup is…


Imagine Cup UK – The winners story

It seems like a lifetime ago that we held the Imagine Cup UK finals in London and over 150 students, partners and press came together to see what the competition was all about and how students were helping to fight climate change. Ben and Dominic won the Software Design competition, and after competing at the…


Expression…nah…its all about MSPaint for designers

Looking forward to attending Future of Web Design in London in mid-April. The Academic team will be there in a "Student Zone" inside the MS stand area wanting to talk to designer students about how they use software and if we can help them or their lecturers (like we do so well with the CS…


Imagine Cup competitors – where are they now? Channel 8 videos online

My first two videos on Channel 8 are now online. Yes, I do sound that weird (that’s Northern Irish people for you) and talk a lot. But these guys all have done incredibly well out of the Imagine Cup and our student programs and their stories are worth listening to! Imagine Cup UK – where…


Imagine Cup Day on 5th June 2008 – Celebrating the best in UK student talent

It’s been a busy couple of months for the Imagine Cup and we have a good 200-odd students fighting it out for great prizes and the opportunity to travel to Paris (in style) to compete at the worldwide finals. And to celebrate the best year for the Imagine Cup in the UK we are going…


Bill Gates at Stanford on Channel 8

The Bill Gates Stanford Speech Covers DreamSpark, Imagine Cup, Innovation, power of software and students


The Inspiration Tour videos on Channel 8

I managed to get Ed and Ben into the MS UK recording studio thing before Christmas to record their sessions delivered across the country online for Channel 8. Those videos are now all online. Ed has the background and here are the videos are for your viewing pleasure:  Microsoft Inspiration Tour; Part 1 – Introduction…


Conference calls

We ran our first student Live Meeting and had 30 of our student partners from around the UK on, and for many of them it was their first experience of a conference call. We had people typing and with their laptop microphones on, phone calls going on in the background, etc. It all reminded me…


Bill’s last day at the Office

This is too good not to share! It is a spoof video which Bill Gates opened the CES 2008 Keynote with – it has loads of celebrities making appearances and worth a watch Video: Bill Gates Last Day CES Clip Almost as funny is that George in the IT Pro team has a photo of…