Windows 8 in education launch event at QPR FC

With the release of Windows 8 now only a matter of weeks away, we have some exciting education specific activities planned for launch day and beyond. BETT 2013, in particular, is going to be a great opportunity to learn more about the exciting new capabilities within Windows 8 and take some of the innovative new devices for a test drive. There are quite a few that we can't wait to get our hands on πŸ™‚

Focusing on Windows 8 launch day (26th October), we are hosting a Windows 8 in education event with our friends from Lenovo and QPR. The event will be held at Loftus Road, QPR's iconic stadium in West London, and will offer a unique insight into how our new OS can excite students and help them realise their full potential. Lenovo will also be on hand to discuss how their new range of Windows 8 devices can provide unique, flexible and cost effective learning experiences across both touch and keyboard and mouse.

Microsoft and Lenovo senior executives will also be presenting their views on the key trends currently impacting the education sector, such as BYOD, 1:1 computer programmes and how to embrace a new era in digital learning. Should be a great afternoon!


Furthermore, for those football fans, no trip to Loftus Road is complete without a tour of the ground. With this in mind, we are planning to round off the afternoon with a tour of the ground, and more specifically, a visit to the clubs education centre (sponsored by Microsoft and Lenovo). During this element of the tour, we will see students from local schools putting Windows 8 through its paces. The kids don’t know it yet, but there will be a surprise visit from a first team player where one or two of the kids attending will be presented with a Windows 8 device.

The day will end with a few drinks and nibbles where you can connect with colleagues, play with some of the devices or ask some of the Microsoft or Lenovo staff more specific questions about Windows 8 in education.

We are just fine tuning the afternoon, but the current details are as follows:

Date: 26th October, 2012

Venue: Loftus Road Stadium, London, W12 7PJ



  • Registration: 2.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Welcome (Microsoft): 3.00pm – 3.10pm
  • Introduction to QPR (QPR): 3.10pm – 3.20pm
  • Windows 8 in education Overview (Microsoft): 3.20pm – 3.40pm
  • Windows 8 Devices in education (Lenovo): 3.40pm – 4.00pm
  • Windows 8 education App showcase (Speaker TBC): 4.00pm – 4.10pm
  • Loftus Road Tour – including Education Centre visit: 4.10pm – 4.45pm
  • Drinks & Networking: 4.45pm – 5.45pm

This event is aimed at Head Teachers, Teachers, Lecturers and IT professionals working within education. With only 70 places, tickets are going to go quickly. To secure yours, sign up today via the our EventBrite page.

More information will be shared, both via the blog and email (to those who have registered), over the next week. We look forward to seeing you on the 26th!

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