Microsoft Ireland’s Imagine Cup winners announced this evening

I’ve just returned from the first Microsoft Ireland finals of the Imagine Cup, an annual international student competition hosted by Microsoft.  The theme of the Imagine Cup competition this year is “Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all.” Although the competition has been running since 2003, this is the first year that Microsoft…

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Microsoft Robotics Studio, and teaching robotics north of the arctic circle

I was excited to see a good friend, Mona, start blogging about her experience running a science center located north of the arctic circle.  It’s fascinating reading.  They’re designing interactive exhibits and experiments: everything from visualizing DNA to creating 5-meter-high geisers of Coke and computer-controlled Lego greenhouses.  Mona has a background in marine microbiology, she’s an innovative teacher,…

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Imagine Cup 2007: IT Challenge Online Quiz: Round 1 is *tomorrow*

Over 100 students from 23 Colleges and Universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland have registered for the Imagine Cup Competition.  And it’s not too late: the competition is open to students from all third level Colleges and Universities around the world to compete in nine categories which span team-based challenges — such as software design…

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We are running the Imagine Cup in Ireland this year!

For the first time ever, this year’s Imagine Cup competition will include Ireland!  I just got out of a meeting with Liam Cronin, one of my colleagues here at Microsoft Ireland, who is leading the charge and making it happen. The Imagine Cup is an international competition for students, with 9 categories that span Technology Solutions,…

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Students ask the most interesting things

Last Wednesday I gave a presentation to SkyNet, the University of Limerick Computer Society.  About 30 undergrad and graduate students turned up for Atlas, Vista and pizza, in that order. What I showed them was basically a riff on my ASP.NET “Atlas” presentation from ApacheCon Europe, but I also spent some time talking about the…

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Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources

Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning.  This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don’t always know about.  I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article.   1. MSDN Forums –…

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Illusion, Theory, Computation: Andrew Blake on Computer Vision

Here is a link to the slides from Andrew Blake’s fascinating presentation last night on Computer Science and Illusion. (44MB, zipped PPT)  His presentation took us on a journey through four topics from computer vision: perspective drawing, texture, shading, and his current interest, stereo projection.  For each topic, we progressed from visual illusions (such as…

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Looking forward to Computer Science and Illusion on Wednesday in Dublin

If you’re in the Dublin area, don’t forget that Andrew Blake from Microsoft Research will be presenting on Wednesday night at Trinity College Dublin on the subject of Computer Science and Illusion.  The talk will explore and demonstrate connections between visual perception, geometry, and computer processing of images.  In other words, the sort of stuff…

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Andrew Blake, ‘Computer Science and Illusion’ presentation in Dublin, September 6th

A highly respected Senior Researcher from Microsoft Research in Cambridge is visiting Dublin on Wednesday September 6th to give an evening’s presentation titled Computer Science and Illusion: A Computational View of the Interpretation and Manipulation of Images.  Professor Andrew Blake has made major contributions to the field of Computer Vision, and he is also an accessible…

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XNA Game Studio Express

“XNA Game Studio Express is a set of tools based on Visual C# Express 2005 that allow students and hobbyists to build games that target both Windows and Xbox 360.”  To all the enthusiasts, hobbyists and students who have ever asked me if they could develop apps for their Xbox 360, this is the news…

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