• 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. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      We have just 15 places left. If you want to come please send me the email by 14:00 on Friday 4th Feb.
    1. zag's Avatar
      zag -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
      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.
      Or if your going the same day get a travel card which is less than 20 quid and takes you anywhere in London to Reading.
    1. gshaw's Avatar
      gshaw -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
      We have just 15 places left. If you want to come please send me the email by 14:00 on Friday 4th Feb.
      Email sent
    1. john's Avatar
      john -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
      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.
      Just tried that one out and doesn't seem cheaper this year to do that, it seems to be about 100 doing it in 2 return journeys, where as you can do it in one lot for 85
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      OK, I'm submittign the list to Microsoft in a moment. Below are those who have registered. There are 7 places left to fill, so if you want to jump in at the last min please email me and I'll see if we can get you added on.

      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
      37. fathead
      38. Zag
      39. lionsl2005
      40. John
      41. elemanager
      42. garyholder
      43. carvjo
      44. Mike Levett
      45. Steampower
      46. tdawson
      47. GAS
    1. gshaw's Avatar
      gshaw -
      Erm why am I still not on the list, emailed and replied to both threads but still no response???
    1. number34's Avatar
      number34 -
      I was signing up and then realised it is half-term and I will be away! Really annoying as I only live about a 20 min walk from the venue. Who decided the date?
    1. john's Avatar
      john -
      Quote Originally Posted by number34 View Post
      I was signing up and then realised it is half-term and I will be away! Really annoying as I only live about a 20 min walk from the venue. Who decided the date?
      All Edugeek events are in school holidays, as most of us struggle to get time off in term time for CPD due to a lot of us being on our own in departments and schools not wanting to be without support for that day.
    1. MrStrategy's Avatar
      MrStrategy -
      I would be very disappointed if I was not able to attend as a result of admin error.
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      Unfortunately, due to work commitments, I am now unable to attend. Hope you all have a fantastic time and I will catch folk at the Conference.
    1. gshaw's Avatar
      gshaw -
      Quote Originally Posted by MrStrategy View Post
      I would be very disappointed if I was not able to attend as a result of admin error.
      PM a few of the mods if you're not having any luck, I had the same issue but eventually got on the list
    1. MrStrategy's Avatar
      MrStrategy -
      Can you confirm that you have got my details.

      Thanks
    1. gshaw's Avatar
      gshaw -
      After all the work getting onto the list it looks like I won't be able to make it

      If anyone wants an extra space you can grab mine on the condition you tell me what MS are saying about Office 365
    1. webman's Avatar
      webman -
      It's only just been brought to my attention by John that I'm down for attending this event. I have no records of emailing the registration address, and no recollection of registering via any other methods. There's no way I can attend, so please remove me

      Apologies to those who were expecting me to be there to answer any questions about classroombookings
    1. john's Avatar
      john -
      Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
      Apologies to those who were expecting me to be there to answer any questions about classroombookings
      We've given over expecting a new version

      Just wanted to say this even is really useful and its really useful thanks to all involved in setting this event up for us
    1. Edu-IT's Avatar
      Edu-IT -
      Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
      Just wanted to say this even is really useful and its really useful thanks to all involved in setting this event up for us
      Getting drunk on the MS Campus? It's only just coming up to 1.30pm..
    1. john's Avatar
      john -
      Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
      Getting drunk on the MS Campus? It's only just coming up to 1.30pm..
      eer nope sorry was trying to post, tweet and listen to the speaker presenting
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
      eer nope sorry was trying to post, tweet and listen to the speaker presenting
      Multi-tasking? Careful .... it might expected *all* the time!
    1. TheScarfedOne's Avatar
      TheScarfedOne -
      Multitasking is a dangerous assumption lol
    1. superfletch's Avatar
      superfletch -
      Just got home after a long old drive back down to the South West. I thought today was really good - very impressed with what Office 365 will offer and was glad to have the focussed time in the breakouts.

      Loads of websites to go and visit now.

      Thanks to all involved for all the effort that must have gone into arranging it.

      THANKS
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