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ImagineCloud 2016 - a conference for Computer Science undergraduates, post graduates and teaching faculty with the aim of inspiring, exciting and engaging them around the next generation of Cloud powered innovations and experiences. Providing them with insights to the technology areas that employers will be increasingly looking for.
09:30 - 10:00
Keynote Dr Kenji Takeda - Microsoft Research - Innovation at Microsoft: Getting from Now to Next
10:00 - 11:00
Docker and .Net Core – Jonathan Collinge, Microsoft
11:00 - 12:00
Cognitive Services & Bot Framework – Simon Michael, Microsoft
12:00 - 12:45
Lunch - Academic Workshop
12:45 - 13:45
Living the Dream: Real world DevOps with Azure and VSTS - Rik Hepworth, Black Marble
13:45 - 14:45
Machine Learning and Jupyter Notebooks - Amy Nicholson, Microsoft
14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:30
Unifai – Students and Cloud Services. Leonardo Ciocan, Izz Abudaka, Unifai
15:30 - 16:00
Next Step on your Journey – Lee Stott, Microsoft & James Redden, Adventurer
Dr Kenji Takeda, @ktakeda1 Solutions Architect, Microsoft Research
Innovation at Microsoft: Getting from Now to Next
We live in a world of unlimited opportunity as technology is becoming increasingly pervasive at home, at work, and all around us. Our industry does not respect tradition, only innovation. Microsoft is at the forefront of driving an invisible revolution, where increases in our capabilities are powered by technology that moves further and further out of sight. This invisible revolution has only become possible because of technologies that didn’t exist a decade or so ago, such as massive cloud computing centres and recent discoveries in the field of artificial intelligence. But fundamentally, the problems it will solve are ones that humans have struggled with forever. We will discuss how Microsoft is empowering every person and organisation on the planet with breakthroughs in AI, augmented reality, quantum computing, global scale cloud computing, more personal and pervasive computing.
Jonathan Collinge, @dotjson Microsoft Technical Evangelist Joni is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works with a range of customers to build next generation cloud systems which go beyond the capabilities of traditional infrastructure. His background is as a Software Engineer, working on both the Microsoft and OSS stacks. This has driven his passion for bridging the gap between the two traditionally distinct worlds and encouraging openness within Microsoft.
Simon Michael, @simon_mich Microsoft Technical Evangelist Simon is a Senior Technical Evangelist within the Developer Experiences (DX) team at Microsoft UK. He has worked with UK developers and companies to help them understand and get the best from the Microsoft Platform. His current focus is the bot framework, cognitive services and conversations-as-a-service. Simon holds a BSc (hons) and PhD in Computer Science.
Rik Hepworth, @RikHepworth IT Director Black Marble
Rik is IT Director at Black Marble, an award-winning Microsoft Gold partner, as well as a Microsoft MVP for Azure and an enthusiastic technology evangelist.
Title - Living the dream: Real world DevOps with Azure and VSTS
The dream of any DevOps solution is to make the provisioning and deployment to environments seamless. In this session I will show you how this dream can be achieved using the latest advances in Visual Studio Team Services and Azure.
I will show how you can use utilise Azure Resource Templates to define your environment then the latest features of VSTS Release Management to create an end to end deployment of your environment and application, with appropriate testing.
Amy Nicholson, @AmyKateNicho Microsoft Technical Evangelist Amy Nicholson is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft UK having obtained a degree in Computer Science. She is passionate about Data Science, Machine Learning and IoT. Amy helps customers to envision, design and build their cloud solutions. You will find her sharing content online and at in person events.
UnifAI - UnifAI is a platform that aims to bring all the services you use every day under one unified interface that is based on text and natural language recognition.
Izz is a 3rd year Computer Science at the University of Manchester, coming back from his year in industry. For the past year, his main area of focus has been processing and storing large volumes of financial transactions. On his free time, Izz enjoys solving algorithmic problems on online judge websites, and tinkering with NLP.
UnifAI Leonardo is a graduate from King's College London. His main work and interest revolves around mobile and web development, as well as artificial intelligence and its applications in bots. See
Lee Stott, @lee_stott Microsoft CTO Academic Engagements Lee’s role is all about working with UK Academia to secure the future of the Microsoft platform to determine what our technical engagement looks like and to then work with our UK Technical Evangelist teams to have them support initiatives on/off campus.
James Redden, @jredden Adventurer In 2016 James competed a walk to the North Pole. Starting in November 2017 James will attempt to walk 683 miles in under 30 days to reach the South Pole. As part of training he will be walking 350 miles through Norway. This will allow James to test gear, prove the technology, work on skiing skills and validate his fitness levels for his Adventure. Hear how UK academic industrial projects have helped James with his adventures and challenges to date and share his experiences. You can follow his adventure at
http://www.jamesredden.co.uk/http://www.jamesredden.co.uk/is empowering every person and organisation on the planet with breakthroughs in AI, augmented reality, quantum computing, global scale cloud computing, more personal and pervasive computing.
Amy Nicholson, @AmyKateNicho Microsoft Technical Evangelist Amy Nicholson is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft UK having obtained a degree in Computer Science. She is passionate about Data Science, Machine Learning and IoT. Amy helps customers to envision, design and build their cloud solutions. You will find her sh