• EduGeek@Microsoft Conference Details. Reading, 24th Feb 2011

    This is the offical announcement that there will be a joint EduGeek/Microsoft conferance to be held at the Microsoft campus at TVP (Thames Valley Park), Reading on the 24th Feb 2011. The subject areas to be covered are:

    • Office 365
    • The new schools' licensing scheme
    • SCCM
    • Cool stuff from the Microsoft labs
    • Primary schools (this will most likely be a break out session where you can meet the 'right' Microsoft people and discuss your issues)
    • Sneak peek of upcoming Microsoft technologies
    • And an EduGeek 'Ask the admins session' to round off the day


    The timings will be as follows:

    08:30 - Registration and coffee at Microsoft
    09:00 - Introduction and start
    10:30 - Coffee
    12:30 - Lunch
    13:30 - Afternoon sessions to start
    15:30 - Coffee
    17:00 - Close

    We have not yet worked out the program of talks i.e. who talks when, so please bear with us on this. The conference is strictly limited to 55 places and will be on a first come, first served basis, and of course, attendance is free. If you wish to register please send an email to the address below with the heading 'EduGeek/Microsoft conf registration' and give me the following details:

    conference@edugeek.net

    • Full name
    • School
    • School address
    • Will you be staying in a hotel and for how many nights. Also if you are planning to join the EduGeek admins in the evening (23rd-24th Feb) for drinks and discussion.
    • EduGeek Username


    The relevant details will be passed onto Microsoft for registration purposes.

    Accomodation

    Just a quick note to let any of you who are planning to stay the night know that if you can't streatch to Novotel prices, there is an Ibis Hotel right next door to the Novotel Reading and you can get a room for about £44 per night (http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-54...re/index.shtml), and we'll get you a beer (and possibly food) or two in the evening of the event.
    We look forwards to seeing you there for what promises to be an interseting day.
    Comments 98 Comments
    1. localzuk's Avatar
      localzuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
      @localzuk & @plexer: I too cannot see the emails from you guys... there's lots of other ones mind so if you could re-send, we would be grateful.
      I resent earlier today.
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      Did you send it too: conference@edugeek.net? Or the orgional address that was taken down after a few mins by Shaun in a fit of common sense? Because I still have no mail from you.
    1. plexer's Avatar
      plexer -
      That'd be why wrong email address but no worries anyway as just found out wife has a medical that day so can't make it now.

      Ben
    1. localzuk's Avatar
      localzuk -
      Ah, wrong email address - I was using the one originally posted as no mention of it being changed was made other than the original post being edited...

      Sent it for the 4th time to the new email address.
    1. localzuk's Avatar
      localzuk -
      Please can we have an update on the list, so I can see if I got a place and can book tickets?
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
      Please can we have an update on the list, so I can see if I got a place and can book tickets?
      You have a place. Only 15 left now.
    1. localzuk's Avatar
      localzuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
      You have a place. Only 15 left now.
      Thanks. All booked now.
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      Updated attendees list:

      1. Webman
      2. GAS
      3. Witch
      4. CAM
      5. RobK
      6. TeeJay
      7. DrewP
      8. Localzuk
      9. elsiegee40
      10. joe90bass
      11. Sparker
      12. James May
      13. SoulFish
      14. dos_box
      15. ZeroHour
      16. Ric_
      17. Russ
      18. aleach2
      19. superfletch
      20. Grumbledook
      21. sroachford
      22. AngryTechnician
      23. GREED
      24. Jay_Jay
      25. jstuttard
      26. stuartwilkie
      27. rhtec
      28. kuryakin
      29. EduTech
      30. PHS
      31. FragglePete
      32. Rob101
      33. Anjunabeat
      34. Pow
      35. apearce
      36. NetMan
    1. zag's Avatar
      zag -
      hey don't think I made it on.

      Just resent the email
    1. witch's Avatar
      witch -
      Is there parking at the actual conference?
    1. srochford's Avatar
      srochford -
      Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
      Is there parking at the actual conference?
      Yes (lots!) - http://www.microsoft.com/uk/about/map-reading.mspx
    1. Jay_Jay's Avatar
      Jay_Jay -
      Anyone in the Kent area going to this, just curious
    1. elsiegee40's Avatar
      elsiegee40 -
      Me! I'm going up the night before and staying at the IBIS and then coming home on the day.
    1. teejay's Avatar
      teejay -
      Well, the HT wouldn't authorise me to claim my mileage to drive down, but have now managed to find a sensible train journey at a sensible price which she's agreed to. Trainline etc were coming up with either a stupid route via London, or a 1 change route that was £220 each way. Bit of research and I've managed to get a 1 change route for £94 return.
    1. ZeroHour's Avatar
      ZeroHour -
      Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
      Well, the HT wouldn't authorise me to claim my mileage to drive down, but have now managed to find a sensible train journey at a sensible price which she's agreed to. Trainline etc were coming up with either a stupid route via London, or a 1 change route that was £220 each way. Bit of research and I've managed to get a 1 change route for £94 return.
      If the change switches from say virgin to gner then you should buy 2 tickets, one for each legg and it will be cheaper.
    1. localzuk's Avatar
      localzuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
      Well, the HT wouldn't authorise me to claim my mileage to drive down, but have now managed to find a sensible train journey at a sensible price which she's agreed to. Trainline etc were coming up with either a stupid route via London, or a 1 change route that was £220 each way. Bit of research and I've managed to get a 1 change route for £94 return.
      Amazing, its the opposite here - the school won't cover my travel expenses via train. If I drove, they would cover it.
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
      If the change switches from say virgin to gner then you should buy 2 tickets, one for each legg and it will be cheaper.
      Or, as we found out last year. Go direct to London (single journey) then get to Paddington and a train to Reading from there. We saved about £100 per ticket last time we did that.
    1. irsprint84's Avatar
      irsprint84 -
      Can it be asked why libraries were a good idea in the enterprise? and will a gpo be officially released to remove them properly
    1. Jay_Jay's Avatar
      Jay_Jay -
      Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
      Me! I'm going up the night before and staying at the IBIS and then coming home on the day.
      Well I'm from Maidstone/Tonbridge area, I would have loved to stay but the wife and kids have other plans lol so will be driving down on the day, fingers crossed for the M25
    1. elsiegee40's Avatar
      elsiegee40 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay_Jay View Post
      Well I'm from Maidstone/Tonbridge area, I would have loved to stay but the wife and kids have other plans lol so will be driving down on the day, fingers crossed for the M25
      PM sent