• 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 -
      I have just about got home (the bus broke down! it thought it was on fire for some reason).

      Thanks to Dos_Box and co for organising the conference, and thanks to Microsoft for hosting it! It was an interesting day and definitely worth going to.

      Thanks also to Ric for letting me have his spare bed when my room booking went wrong! (Even though its like sleeping with a chainsaw)

      Much appreciated!
    1. nephilim's Avatar
      nephilim -
      Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
      Thanks also to Ric for letting me have his spare bed when my room booking went wrong! (Even though its like sleeping with a chainsaw)

      Much appreciated!
      LMAO...at BETT I could hear him through the floor!!! lol
    1. Little-Miss's Avatar
      Little-Miss -
      pmsl! What is it with Admins being real loud snorers!!

      PS: i havent slept in the same room as an admin! This is what ive heard from other victims! lol
    1. joe90bass's Avatar
      joe90bass -
      yep, great day. Lots to think about! Unfortunately I have to wait until we change to EES in July before I can play with SCCM
    1. tdawson's Avatar
      tdawson -
      Is it bad that I took the orange button apart?
      It glows different colours once you get it open.
      Well it was a long train ride home.
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      You wouldn't belive this, but tdawson actually looks like his avatar in real life!!
    1. john's Avatar
      john -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
      You wouldn't belive this, but tdawson actually looks like his avatar in real life!!
      I know scary that! The Xbox Live Avatars are really good I look very much like mine, except the shirt I have on my Xbox one is red but I got the purply blue one instead.

      As for Ric's snoring, I am glad that we are sharing this euneque experience around the Edugeek members. Its well worth spending a week sharing a hotel room at BETT with him

      We need to give the Ibis a bit of a kick though I don't think many of us in the Ibis had an easy check in! I had to argue that I had a bed for 2 nights, had paid in full in advance and had then this morning it was oh you had breakfast thus we want more money when I pre-paid for that as well!!! So we did have various issues so not the bet move for Accor hotels in that one and ZH said he had a sofabed again
    1. fathead's Avatar
      fathead -
      hey guys!

      had a fantastic day and was great to meet you all (as I'm fairly new to edugeek). extremely informative and well worth it all round, especially for James' cake!!!

      wish i could have stayed over for a few brewski's but I had to drive back to brum on the evening as I had tickets to see MOGWAI, they were awesome as always.

      thanks to everyone who organised it, can't wait for Chorley in June now and you'll be hearing a lot more from me on here!
    1. russdev's Avatar
      russdev -
      That is one thing I will not miss is Ric snoring
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      Ric does not snore. There isn't a word yet created that describes what happens when Ric goes to sleep, although I think Shauns description of 'Demonic Possesion' comes pretty close.
    1. Little-Miss's Avatar
      Little-Miss -
      lol!!!! Excellent!
    1. john's Avatar
      john -
      Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
      lol!!!! Excellent!
      Sounds like we have Rics next room share with Little-Miss!
    1. elsiegee40's Avatar
      elsiegee40 -
      Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
      Sounds like we have Rics next room share with Little-Miss!
      [stern warning voice]John...![/stern warning voice]








    1. EduTech's Avatar
      EduTech -
      I quite enjoyed my stay in Ric's Room! I think providing you have had enough to drink (which i tend to) it's a breeze! :P nothing to worry about...

    1. SwedishChef's Avatar
      SwedishChef -
      I had great time too, wish i could have stayed awake longer to watch chris's pretty graphs back at the novotel.

      Ps: my ibis stay was perfect great rooms, and no problems.
    1. rob101's Avatar
      rob101 -
      Was a great day, does any one have the spoof video Andy showed us?
    1. AngryTechnician's Avatar
      AngryTechnician -
      Quote Originally Posted by rob101 View Post
      Was a great day, does any one have the spoof video Andy showed us?
      Here it is: YouTube - Microsoft's new "WSYP" Program
    1. rob101's Avatar
      rob101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
      Yay thanks bud.