Changes MPN competencies for App development and ALM

Partner-Program-logo.jpgIn November we had some changes to the competencies of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) program that are particularly interesting for Microsoft Partners that are doing Application (or App) development on the Microsoft platform. Equally interesting for companies that just start on the platform triggered by the release of Windows 8.
The Application platform competencies are now:

The “old”  Web Development, Software Development, and ISV competencies have merged to become the new Application Development competency. If you want to get started with that you can take the HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript Jump Start – get a free exam voucher!  You can get a voucher for Exam 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 when you take the Developing Windows 8 Apps Jump Start online training. Get details (Partner log-in required).

More news for the ALM competencie:

  • Visual Studio 2012 and ALM competency readiness. First, review the learning path to discover the latest sales, licensing, and technical training.
  • How sell Visual Studio 2012 and attach other products: partner materials, reseller kit (Partner log-in required)
  • Host customer events using launch-in-a-box kits Part 1 and Part 2. Host ALM customer events with the ‘Rise to the New Normal’ IT decision maker event-in-a-box kit  (Partner log-in required)
  • Sales Specialist competency assessment (Partner log-in required) this 200-level, 45 minute sales assessment covering Visual studio 2012 can help you prepare to meet ALM competency requirements.

Windows App Day November 23rd, Antwerp

Windows App Day November 23 2012 Antwerp BelgiumThe app market is exploding, first on Apple & Android, now Windows 8 is triggering the same App explosion on the Microsoft platform. To make sure you get the necessary coaching and insight don’t miss the first Windows App Day. The agenda has 2 tracks, for App Development, User Experience and Design and is packed with national and international speakers. All of them actively working on Apps, design & the web and ready to share their learnings and best practices. Join us and get inspired!

  • All About Apps: Windows 8, Windows Azure, Windows Phone and WebApps
  • After the 100% app keynote we split into two tracks: one focused on UX, designers and web experts; a second one for developers.
  • Feel free to switch tracks during the day to compose the schedule of your taste. Find detailed info on the sessions and our speakers on our Windows App Day page!

 Don’t miss this first Windows App Day on November 23rd!

Join Windows 8 Developer Day Sign up

This is why these 3 young Belgians need your Imagine Cup Vote!!!

imagine-cup-2012The Microsoft Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and asks them to use their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. Back in May you could read that 2 of our Belgian teams made it to the finals in Sydney.

One of the teams “Make a Sign” created this amazing project that uses Kinect in combination with Azure to recognize sign language used by deaf people and learn people how to use it. Earlier this week the 3 students from HEPL in Liege met with minister-president Rudy Demotte of the Walloon region.
Press: On RTL TV news. In La Derniere Heure. In Le VIF.

So before you read/watch any further do this:  go to the People’s Choice Award site and vote – and then ask your friends, family and network to vote too. Then read the rest of this post and you’ll know why you did the right thing Smile.

Congratulations to:

Julien Rousselle

Antoine Trippaers

Nicolas Bertrand

This is where you can find the full project video:

Imagine Cup 2012 – Make A Sign (Project Presentation)

Building Windows 8 apps on the Belgian beach. First session on July 12

Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon (Belgian Coast)If you’re a company thinking about building your first Metro apps and getting them ready to be part of the Windows 8 General Availability later this year than the summer app-a-thons at the Belgium coast are not to be missed. First one will be on July 12 and is going to be a special, seaside app-a-thon in Blankenberge.  What could be more inspiring for building great Metro-style apps than the sound of waves crashing into the beach, ice cream and a beautiful sunset!

We’re building upon the success of the coding night at the Windows 8 Developer Day and have a hackathon to build cool Metro-style apps.  So team up with your best UX or developer friend and form a killer app team, come alone or sign up with an entire group, whatever you want!

This seaside Summer App-a-thon promises to be an experience like N.O. O.T.H.E.R!   Hands on. Code. Build. Shine. Totally Windows 8. 

Sign upThere will be 2 coding sessions:
1 for Day Birds from 10AM – 4PM and one for Night Owls from 6PM – 12AM. You have 3 registration options: Only the Day Birds coding session; Only the Night Owls coding session or both in case your W8 addicted Smile. So if you’re a developer or UX designer, sign up right now to join us for an unforgettable experience!

New Windows Azure services that help you build “Hybrid Cloud” solutions

Microsoft has announced previews of new Windows Azure services that help developers build applications that connect data to users across public and private clouds, take advantage of VHDs and deploy scalable websites quickly and cheaply.

Today, Scott Guthrie hosted “Meet Windows Azure” to introduce these new services.  And next week, as part of TechEd North America and broadcast live online, Scott, along with Mark Russinovich, Quentin Clark, and Bill Staples will host “Learn Windows Azure” to provide deeper demonstration of the latest Windows Azure features and services to build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud.

Among the highlights of the announcements made :

  • Windows Azure Virtual Machines enable the moving of workloads on virtual hard disks (VHDs) between on-premises environments and the cloud.  Windows Azure supports both Windows and Linux VHD images, which can be customized or chosen from a pre-populated gallery.  With the commonly supported VHD format, developers and IT Pros can move existing workloads like a SQL Server database or an existing line-of-business application into Windows Azure to create greater scale, lower cost or deploy to new users.  It has never been easier to move your applications to the cloud and boost them with virtually unlimited power, flexibility and reliability.
  • Windows Azure Virtual Network enables the creation, extension and management of virtual private networks into Windows Azure.  Organizations can now more effectively and securely extend their corporate networks into the cloud.  Did you ever wish you had an extra couple of servers for running a calculation job or to deal with a peak in user demand?  Now you can seamlessly add and remove computing resources to your network, as your need them.
  • Windows Azure Web Sites makes building .NET, Node.js, Java and PHP web experiences easier and cheaper than ever while supporting deployment techniques like Git and FTP and framework applications like WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke, Umbraco and Drupal that web developers already know and trust. Why should it be hard to setup a website that can scale with user demand, that is always up and running, regardless of the technology you’re using?
  • Python support, new Tools  The new Windows Azure SDK (June 2012) includes updated support for Java, PHP and .NET and adds Python support, while providing 100% command line support for developers using a Windows PC or a Mac.  No matter what your development flavor is, you can build applications that take advantage of Windows Azure and all its building blocks – experience the openness and interoperability of Windows Azure.

To discover, learn and get started building applications on the Windows Azure platform, I encourage you to:

Follow the live stream of “Meet Windows Azure” and discoverthe new Windows Azure services.

Tune into Learn Windows Azure on Monday June 11 for a deeper demonstration of what’s new.
Set up a trial account for getting free access to Windows Azure.

image Of course you want to play with these new features! How can you host your own virtual machine in Azure? What is needed to create a PHP web site using MySQL on Azure?

As of Monday June 11, the Azure Training Kit will be updated and guide you step-by-step through a series of hands-on labs.

Download the tools now  and get started!

Download Windows 8 Release Preview and start building your own apps!!!

Windows 8 Release Preview has been made available last week, representing another important quality milestone on the road to Windows 8 General Availability (GA).
This post provides you with some must-know information around what and where to download the bits, the tools and information on how you can count on our support in taking your app to launch.

Belgian Apps???
If you have been following our Belgian activities around Windows 8, ever since our developer event in March Windows 8 Developer Day and Night of Windows 8 (app-a-thon), you know folks are working hard on apps.

We are very happy to announce that two of our Belgian partners we’ve been working with since the early stages now made it into the Windows Store for Release Preview: Le Soir by Rossel and Slash Monsters by Fishing Cactus/Tokkun Studio. Le Soir one of the first European newspaper in Windows Store!


Your app in Windows Store? Loads of stuff coming to you
As we get closer and closer to the next milestone for Windows 8, locally here in Belgium and Luxembourg we are preparing a bunch of ways to support you along the way into publishing that app in Windows Store by launch – you do want to take that first mover advantage.

How we’re helping you
Below you can find a collection of activities and resources coming your way. Or come our way by means of an App Clinic.

image Training events for developers and designers
Windows Camps and UX Workshops, check out our Metro map.
image Seaside coding at the Belgian Coast: Summer App-a-thons on Windows 8 Metro Style Apps.
When: 12 July (and 8 August in Antwerp)
app clinic App Clinics: join Evangelists, external developer or Metro UX consultants to discuss any questions on your mind regarding your app.

By joining an App Clinic you are also on the right track to get access to App Excellence Labs.

Lab App Excellence Labs
When you’ve been in touch with us through an App Clinic and your application is polished enough go to review, you are invited to participate in an App Excellence Lab. This is a 2-hour review of you application with a Microsoft engineer and if you pass the requirements checklist you get a Windows Store Token!
Because the Store is still closed for public registration for now, this is the only way to get registered and reserve your app name for future fame.
Have an app ready? Register your interest via the App Clinic form (mention App Excellence Labs) .

Windows 8 Release Preview: downloads

  1. For Windows 8 downloads and ISO files you can go to
  2. For developer downloads you’ll find the developer SDK with Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 RC and Expression Blend for Visual Studio, remote debugging tools, Live SDK and more:
  3. New samples for Release Preview: Download sample app pack (300 MB)
  4. Updated documentation:
    If you have read through the documentation previously you’ll see that a lot of the content has been updated, this includes both the developer documentation as well as UX Guidelines.

We are looking forward to helping you take advantage of this huge new opportunity to reach millions of users worldwide.
It’s going to be a hot Summer!

2 Belgian student teams will join the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Sydney!!!


Imagine Cup is a Big Deal!! Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition in witch 350.000 students from 183 countries compete for international recognition and cash prizes. In July, 106 student teams from 75 countries will celebrate Imagine Cup’s 10th Anniversary by competing in the Worldwide Finals in Sydney, Australia. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Imagine Cup with 1.65 million students from 190 countries participating in the competition during the past decade.

They did it again! 2 Belgian teams  “Make a Sign” & “Hotfix_windows” will represent Belgium on the Worldwide Finals in Sydney. After 4 months of hard work and dedication, these 2 Belgian teams can be proud on their performance – making us now amongst the best performing countries in Imagine Cup 2012 : there are only 9 West-European teams and 104 teams worldwide still in running. And again not a coincidence that the teams come from 2 of our best schools in the country HOWEST/DAE in Kortrijk and HEPL in Liege that both have a long Imagine Cup participation track including some finals positions.

These are the 2 Belgian entries making it to the finals:

Team Hotfix_Windows – We influence the world we live in. Learn via a game how you can create a positive impact on world. Developed by 4 students of Hogeschool West Vlaanderen (Howest) in the digital arts & entertainment faculty.

Team: Make A Sign – Imagine you could not hear or speak? Social interaction would all of a sudden become much more complex. 3 students from Haute Ecole Provinciale Liege (HEPL) have developed an application based on Kinect technology to construct a sign database for all languages, and learn in a very convenient and fun way how to communicate correctly.

More information about Imagine Cup is available at the Imagine Cup Virtual Pressroom and on the Imagine Cup blog.

2012 Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) for Belgium announced (full list attached)

Each quarter Microsoft awards passionate technical community leaders with the Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award recognizing they are top-tier technology influencers and outstanding community contributors. In Belgium most of them are full time professionals doing IT for a living, with some exceptions that are teachers or just passionate users.
Microsoft began the MVP Awards many years ago as a way to recognize members of the general public who devoted their time and technical expertise to helping users in various online technical forums. Over time, the program evolved, and awards are given to members of technical communities worldwide for their contributions to communities including third-party Web sites, user groups, blogs and wikis. MVP Awards are given directly by Microsoft Corp and not by the local BeLux subsidiary.

Below is the list of all 46 new and existing MVP’s for Belgium cross a wealth of technologies from Dynamics CRM and ERP, over Exchange, SQL and Azure, and consumer security and Xbox. Congratulations to all of you especially the new ones on the list !!!  I’ve added the Twitter address for most of them so feel free to start following those in your domain of technology.

MVP Technical Expertise
Claude  Leloup Access
Kris  van der Mast ASP.NET/IIS
Simone  Chiaretta ASP.NET/IIS
Didier  Stevens Consumer Security
Marc  Van Nooten Consumer Security
Mieke  Verburgh Consumer Security
Wim  Coorevits Dynamics CRM
Eric  Wauters Dynamics NAV
Luc  Van Dyck Dynamics NAV
Wim  Gielis Excel
Tom  Decaluwe Forefront
Paul  Loonen Forefront Identity Manager
Thomas  Vuylsteke Forefront Identity Manager
Hans  Le Roy Internet Explorer
Johan  Delimon Lync
Kurt  Roggen Management Infrastructure
Jethro  Seghers Office365
Luc  Sanders PowerPoint
Hans  Hoet Project
Jan  De Messemaeker Project
Joris  Poelmans SharePoint Server
Karine  Bosch SharePoint Server
Ludovic  Lefort SharePoint Server
Sébastien  Sougnez SharePoint Server
Serge  Luca SharePoint Server
Stéphane  Eyskens SharePoint Server
Gill  Cleeren Silverlight
Frederik  Vandeputte SQL Server
Isabelle  Van Campenhoudt SQL Server
Alexandre  Verkinderen System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Christopher  Keyaert System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Mike  Resseler System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Kenny  Buntinx System Center Configuration Manager
Kim  Oppalfens System Center Configuration Manager
Didier  van Hoye Virtual Machine
Jérôme  Lambert Visual C#
Olivier  Matis Visual C#
Marc  Gregoire Visual C++
Pieter  Gheysens Visual Studio ALM
Maarten  Balliauw Windows Azure
Panagiotis  Kefalidis Windows Azure
Yves  Goeleven Windows Azure
Nick  Asseloos Windows Home Server
Olivier  Lebeau Word
Frederik  De Breuck Xbox
Brecht  Kets XNA/DirectX

To become an MVP, candidates are nominated by other community individuals, Microsoft,  or in some cases themselves. Candidates are rigorously evaluated for their technical expertise, community leadership, and voluntary community contributions for the previous year.
Are you interested in hearing more about the MVP Award from some of our leadership team? Check out this video created by Visual C# MVP David Giard about what the MVP Award means to the technical community, what it means to Microsoft, and how MVPs are selected. Please visit the nomination page to nominate a community leader to be considered for an MVP Award.

Microsoft certification reinvented for the cloud + "Two for One" exam offer

MCSE: Lead your organization to the cloudLast week Microsoft Learning announced that it has reinvented its certification program to directly address technology’s evolution to the cloud.

Why is Microsoft changing the Microsoft Certification program?

  • Microsoft’s new certifications help bridge the IT skills gap as new jobs are created by the cloud demand deeper understanding and more rigorous trainings.
  • As Microsoft technology moves to the cloud, so does its certification program.

What key changes is Microsoft making to the program?

  • Microsoft Certification Program is raising the bar, evolving with the cloud to ensure relevance and competitive advantage in the industry.
  • Microsoft Certifications now validate a broader and deeper set of skills to build Microsoft technology solutions in the cloud or on-premise, a more comprehensive approach than certifications about individual components or aspects of a single Microsoft technology.


What do the new certification acronyms MCSA, MCSE or MCSM stand for?

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate(MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer(MCSD)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM).

What do the new skill levels and certifications encompass?

  • The Associate Level comprises the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification, which provides a clear starting point for job seekers early in their technology career. It represents a foundation and is the prerequisite certification necessary to earn an MCSE.
  • The Expert Level comprises the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or its developer equivalent, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and is Microsoft’s flagship certification for individuals who want to lead their organization’s transition to the cloud. These certifications recognize IT professionals and developers with broad and deep skill sets across Microsoft solutions.
  • The Master Level is the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification that differentiates the select few from their peers and represents the highest bar of knowledge and skills validation.

2 for 1 exams! Get current and get to the cloud

The best path to cloud certifications is to complete your Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) – or Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification and upgrade to the equivalent MCSE certifications when they become available with the “Two for One” exam offer.

More information : When you are a Microsoft partner you can visit the Microsoft Learning Campaign Factory otherwise this is the public site.

Naturally: real NUI in a real banking environment using SUR40/Surface

picture from iNUI blogThe “Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat” (BCEE) is a full service bank in Luxembourg. They are not only held in high esteem by the rating agencies, but are also pretty innovative in their customer approach. With the Samsung SUR40/Microsoft Surface v2 only recently released on the market BCEE has opened the first Natural User Interface driven branch office.

iNUI Studio, the Luxembourgish startup of the year in 2011, has developed an innovative sales support banking solution based on the brand new Samsung SUR40/Microsoft Surface 2.0. The solution allows the sales agent to place their clients in the middle of the decision making process through manipulation of all documents in a very intuitive natural user interface. The project uses both formats, a “TouchTable” and “TouchWall”.

2 nice articles explaining the details (in French) published earlier this week:
IT Nation. LU  and iNUI Studio Blog .

All Belgian Windows 8 developer readiness events on one navigable map

While planning the next 4 months of local readiness events the team came up with this great “new way” of navigating the readiness system: a map. Yes jut  like a subway or metro map. Pick your destination and follow the route.
The Windows 8 Metro Map is your guide to your app in Windows store. We have a great ride outlined! Get it now.

This is how it work:

Pick your destination:Windows 8 App readiness: the destinations

Pick your event type:Windows 8 App readiness: the event types

Make your ride:image

Belgian TechDays go digital

If you missed TechDays 2012 … bad luck there is no way to bring you back the whole 10th anniversary experience. The good news however is that we’ve just posted the digital version with recordings of each of the sessions so you can learn from the best.

From now on, you can browse all the sessions, view them online or download to your favorite media player + download the slides.

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We welcomed many top speakers like Scott Guthrie, Brian Keller, Jeff Prosise, … in the developer track and Ward Ralston, Corey Heynes, John Craddock, … in the IT Pro track.

Discover now

Happy learning and feel free to share your thoughts about TechDays 2012 via #techdaysbe or #msdnbe

PS. We’ve also published the event pictures and a nice video of our MEET-members. Check it out on !

Oproep tot structurele partners Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen

Op 20 december 2011 werd de vzw Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen opgericht.

Deze vzw stelt zich tot doel om de ontwikkeling van de regio Vlaanderen te stimuleren op het vlak van informatie- en communicatietechnologie (ICT) bij prioriteit in het domein van de welzijns- en zorgsector door middel van:

  • sensibilisering, informatie en vorming op het vlak van ICT
  • het verstrekken van adviezen en begeleiding aan bedrijven die actief zijn in de ontwikkeling van informaticatoepassingen met sterk ontwikkelingspotentieel
  • de begeleiding van startende ICT-ondernemingen die prioritair activiteiten ontwikkelen op het vlak van e-health

De vzw beschikt over twee operationele locaties in de steden Kortrijk en Genk. De activiteiten hebben een focus op e-health, gezien de belangrijke rol van deze sector binnen het ViA maar ook als sector met economische en sociale toegevoegde waarde voor Vlaanderen.
Het Microsoft Innovation Centrum Vlaanderen, hierna afgekort als ‘MIC Vlaanderen’, kan een belangrijke rol spelen in het verder ontwikkelen van een toonaangevende industrie in de gezondheidszorg en dit door middel van speciale ondersteuning voor het lokale ecosysteem van IT bedrijven, innovatoren, start-ups en spin-offs, overheid en instellingen.
Het MIC Vlaanderen zal deze doelstellingen realiseren door het organiseren van activiteiten die gericht zijn op:“Netwerking” : De creatie van een positief kader voor IT innovatie door een centrale netwerking hub functie voor opportuniteiten en professionals binnen de regionale IT sector.

  • “Ontdek & Leer” : Stimuleren van kennis over nieuwe opkomende technologieën aan de hand van organisatie van conferenties, seminars en workshops.
  • “Innoveren” : Stimuleren van toegepaste innovatie rond deze technologieën door het organiseren van ‘Call for projects’ gekoppeld aan zakelijke opportuniteiten.
  • “Ondernemen” : Ondersteunen van IT start-ups door het organiseren van doelgerichte bootcamps gericht op de IT sector

De vzw staat open voor alle overheden en bedrijven organisaties die een wezenlijke bijdrage kunnen leveren tot het bereiken van het maatschappelijke doel van de vereniging en een toegevoegde waarde hebben voor de vereniging.

Het Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen is opgezet op basis van een publiek-private samenwerking. De publieke zijde wordt ingevuld door de steden Genk en Kortrijk en werkt met financiële steun van de Vlaamse Overheid. Aan de private zijde is op dit moment enkel Microsoft een partner.
De Raad van Bestuur bestaat momenteel uit telkens twee bestuurders vanuit Genk, Kortrijk en Microsoft. Het IBBT werd gevraagd toe te treden tot de Raad van Bestuur.

De vzw MIC Vlaanderen zoekt nog een aantal structurele partners. Deze partners gaan een engagement aan met het MIC Vlaanderen in lijn met de stichtende partners (Stad Genk, Stad Kortrijk en Microsoft). De structurele partner verbindt zich tot het leveren van een bijdrage aan het behalen van de doelstellingen van het MIC Vlaanderen niet alleen in de vorm van financiële middelen maar ook door de enthousiaste inbreng van expertise. Dit type partner ziet ‘market intelligence’, toegang tot de MIC Vlaanderen ‘community’ van gespecialiseerde ontwikkelaars en entrepreneurs, valorisatie van onderzoek en zichtbaarheid binnen de zorgsector als belangrijkste waarden van een partnership. Een structurele partner gaat een engagement aan van 3 jaar met mogelijke verlenging. De jaarlijkse bijdrage bedraagt minimum 75.000 Euro.

In ruil voor zijn engagement krijgt de structurele partner een pakket aan voordelen op maat samengesteld uit: visibiliteit, activiteiten, call for projects, faciliteiten en lidmaatschap in de Raad van Bestuur van de vzw.

Visibiliteit: de structurele partner heeft een zichtbare band met MIC Vlaanderen. Het aanbrengen van logo’s via website, nieuwsbrieven, banners, …; het afficheren van bedrijfs logo in het MIC Vlaanderen; aanwezigheid tijdens publieke activiteiten…
Activiteiten: de vzw organiseert tal van activiteiten. In het pakket worden een aantal lidmaatschappen van de vzw MIC Vlaanderen voorzien. Deze leden krijgen toegang aan de activiteiten van het MIC Vlaanderen.
‘Call for Project’: de structurele partners maakt gebruik van het MIC Vlaanderen platform voor het uitschrijven en de organisatie van ‘call for project’.
Faciliteiten: structurele partners kunnen gebruik maken van de specifieke infrastructuur in het MIC Vlaanderen zoals meeting rooms, seminarie ruimte, demoroom,…
Raad van Bestuur: de structurele partner heeft recht op een zetel in de Raad van Bestuur van de vzw MIC Vlaanderen.

Kandidatuur richten aan (burgemeester stad Kortrijk) of (Burgemeester stad Kortrijk) of (Luc Van de Velde, Directeur Developer&Platform Group Microsoft). De kandidatuur moet binnen zijn voor 30 april 2012.
De kandidatuur is enkel geldig als minstens de volgende informatie aanwezig is:
– naam van bedrijf en activiteit
– gegevens van contact persoon (email, gsm)
– korte beschrijving van de motivatie
– korte overzicht van mogelijke projecten die in aanmerking komen voor een ‘call for project’

De integrale statuten van de vzw MIC Vlaanderen zijn gepubliceerd in het Belgisch staatsblad en vindt u alvast hier terug:

Met het oog op een zo ruim mogelijke verspreiding van het aanbod om een partnerschap aan te gaan met de vzw, mag u onderhavig schrijven doormailen/doorsturen naar andere potentieel geïnteresseerde actoren.

Wij hopen op een grote belangstelling voor dit unieke project en kijken dan ook graag uit naar uw deelname.

Met vriendelijke groeten

Stefaan De Clerck
voorzitter vzw MIC Vlaanderen

Lancering Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen op 19 maart 2012


Negen maanden na de intentieverklaring om samen een Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) Vlaanderen op te richten zijn de verschillende actoren klaar voor een officieel lanceringsevent. Deze lancering vindt op 19 maart simultaan plaats in Genk en Kortrijk, niet toevallig de twee innovatieve en ondernemende steden waar MIC Vlaanderen zal beschikken over een operationele locatie.
Via videoverbinding zullen speeches en debatten door Ministers Kris Peeters, Jo Vandeurzen, General Manager Philippe Rogge van Microsoft België, en andere gastsprekers op beide locaties te volgen zijn.

18:30 Introductie met verschillende sprekers
19:00 Keynote door General Manager Microsoft België Philippe Rogge over MIC Vlaanderen vzw gevolgd door een debat met Vlaams minister van Welzijn, Volksgezondheid en Gezin Jo Vandeurzen (Flanders’Care) en andere betrokkenen.
19:50 Startschot door Vlaams minister-president Kris Peeters.
20:00 Receptie en netwerking in Genk en in Kortrijk.

Stuur even een mailtje naar indien je een uitnodiging voor dit event wenst te ontvangen. Volg ons op: #micvlaanderen .

Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen vzw
MIC Vlaanderen heeft als doel de ontwikkeling van de regio Vlaanderen te stimuleren op het vlak van informatie en communicatietechnologie door middel van:

  • Het stimuleren van innovatie gedreven ondernemerschap en tewerkstelling
  • Ontwikkeling van expertise
  • Het verstrekken van adviezen en begeleiding aan bedrijven die actief zijn in de ontwikkeling van informatietoepassingen met sterk ontwikkelingspotentieel
  • De begeleiding van startende ICT-ondernemingen die prioritair activiteiten ontwikkelen op het vlak van e-health

Creatie van een positief kader voor IT innovatie en netwerking

Ontdek & Leer:
Stimuleren van kennisoverdracht rond nieuwe ideeën en aanzetten om ze door middel van ICT te realiseren

Aanmoedigen van nieuwe ideeën en aanzetten om ze door middel van ICT te realiseren

Ondersteunen van start ups en stimuleren van ondernemerschap

Looking for developers in desperate need of a Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone!!!

clip_image001We’re looking for feedback from Belgian developers on the use of their tools, languages and platform they target. NO YOU DON’T need to be a Microsoft addict or even developing on the Microsoft platform, all developers are equal (at least for this survey Winking smile).

So thank you for taking the time to fill in our short developer survey. The survey is anonymous and no personal data will be stored. If you would like to take part in the give-away of the Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone, please answer the contest question and provide your e-mail address at the very end of the survey.
By entering the contest, you are conclusively deemed to have agreed to be bound by the general terms and conditions.Star developer survey and win a Lumia Windows Phone

Not sure whether you should believe the Patriot act cloud FUD or not?

CloudIf you’re still not sure whether you should believe the FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) that some are spreading to scare companies away from cloud computing you should certainly read these 2 papers and form your own opinion.

  • Law Enforcement and Cloud Computing is an article from Linklaters a Belgian Law firm in which they discuss these 2 perspectives:
    “From an EU perspective, concerns have recently been voiced about the access to data by US law enforcement agencies under the so-called USA PATRIOT Act. However, EU law enforcement agencies also have broad powers to access information placed in the cloud.
    From a cloud user’s perspective, this essentially means that sound information management practice, not the USA Patriot Act or similar laws in other countries, should govern decisions regarding what data is appropriate for what range of storage sites, including use of cloud services.
    To view more of Law Enforcement and Cloud Computing piece click here
  • UK Cloud Computing Interception – nothing new in this article from Olswang they discuss the UK situation but that is the same for the rest of Europe.
    “Some UK cloud-computing customers are concerned that they should
    not entrust US cloud-providers
    with their data for fear of US law
    enforcement interception. If interception is so much of a concern they should not only avoid US cloud providers but also should avoid using the UK’s telephone, the Internet, and the postal system. The interception of communications, whether stored in the 21st Century cloud or sealed in 16th Century scrolls, and whether here in the UK or in the US, is nothing new. All communications data, where justified, may be intercepted by the State’s watchful and proportional eye.”

Free Web Camps coming to Belgium again!!

logo-webcampsFree Web Camps are back again! This time you can register for any of the four confirmed one-day events to learn more about Open source web apps and get to some practical hands-on HTML5 coding experience.

If you are wondering how to take advantage of HTML5 and CSS3, use and deploy a free open source app like Umbraco, Orchard, Drupal, or others or simply want to program your own website, then this event is for you.

The morning section is presentation time while in the afternoon it’s time to get coding on HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, ASP.NET and web apps. You will be able to choose from a more basic to a more advanced tutorial depending on your interests. The amazing Kris van der Mast @KvdM will be your coach for the day. 

Practical details @ Microsoft Belgium on these dates:

Details here:

From Card to NUI in 30 years

Those who’ve seen me speaking last 18 months know that NUI (Natural User Interface) is one of those trends I strongly believe in. There is no doubt in my mind that in 5 years from now it will be hard to buy a PC screen without touch. And stronger a lot of flat (or not so flat) surfaces will get touch enabled. Add the Kinect technology and you have the next paradigm shift.
If you have the same passion or your still not convinced yet watch this new Future Vision Video.

2011 edition of Productivity Future Vision video

Steve Clayton one of our chief storytellers looked back at the 2009 version of this video and the predictions it made to check ho much of it is starting to become reality.

Helping students and startups succeed with professional Software and Business support, free of cost

Couple of years back we’ve launched 3 Spark programs that help startups, students and young web agencies succeed with quite some resources including access to the top level SKUs of quite some software. It felt like time for a repost Smile

Microsoft BizSparkMicrosoft BizSpark for startups:

  • Software: Get immediate access to Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses of server products (including Windows Azure Platform) for use in developing and bringing to market innovative and interoperable solutions.
  • Business Support: Receive business and technical training at highly subsidized costs or in many cases, no costs; Receive two technical support incidents per startup; Receive access to MSDN Ultimate; Get connected to BizSpark Network Partners.
  • Visibility: Get marketing visibility in front of an audience of potential investors, customers, partners and journalists and tap into a rich, vibrant ecosystem of peers, partners, and support resources around the globe.

Microsoft DreamSpark for students:

  • Software: professional-level developer and design tools to students and educators around the world at no charge. These Microsoft tools will help you advance your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science, and engineering activities.
  • Get training: access to a carload of technical training by reading, doing and watching. 
  • Get Paid for Your windows Phone Apps: You get the same tools professional developers and designers have, and you can sell your mobile applications and make money! We’re waiving the $99 registration fee and giving you the first 100 application submissions for free!!

WebsiteSparkMicrosoft WebsiteSpark for Web designers and developers:
Software: provides access to a technology offering for development and production hosting of websites.

  • Get training: Receive business and technical training; Receive two technical support incidents per startup; Receive access to MSDN Ultimate;

Innov@MIC mini conference 26/10: the Key to success

Entreprendre ? Se lancer ?
Quels sont les secrets de ceux qui réussissent ?

clip_image002Les patrons qui réussissent ont-ils juste eu de la chance ? LA bonne idée suffirait-elle ?
Découvrez les secrets du succès de patrons belges grâce à Innov@MIC mini qui se déroulera le 26 octobre prochain, à 17h00 à Louvain-La-Neuve.

  • Bruno Segers, CEO de RealDolmen et patron de start-ups nous livrera ses conseils.
  • Olivier de Wasseige, CEO de Défimedia, nous relatera son parcours depuis 1999 et partagera également son expérience en tant que capital risqueur auprès de jeunes entreprises.
  • Raphaël Gazon, psychothérapeute, nous expliquera l’importance de l’intelligence émotionnelle dans la réussite. En conclusion, les 5 clés de la réussite.
  • L’événement sera suivi d’un networking drink.

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A propos des orateurs…

clip_image003Bruno Segers, CEO de Real Dolmen et ex-patron de Microsoft mais également à la tête d’une start-up, viendra nous livrer ses conseils..avec une “vue de Flandres”. Bruno Segers est à l’heure actuelle également associé chez All Together, une plateforme jouant le rôle de catalyseur entre les différentes entreprises et initiatives relatives à l’entrepreneuriat, l’innovation et la création d’une réelle société du savoir. Il siège également au conseil d’administration de l’IBBT, le centre de recherches du gouvernement flamand, ainsi que dans d’autres entreprises dont City Live.

clip_image007Olivier de Wasseige, fondateur de DefinITion en 1999, il est désormais CEO de Defimedia SA , né de la fusion entre DefinITion et IMedia. Hyper-actif, Olivier de Wasseige a récemment lancé Internet Attitude; une coopérative d’investissement afin de soutenir le développement de jeunes entreprises spécialisées dans le web et les nouvelles technologies. Il est également  administrateur de l’Union Wallonne des Entreprises et de l’Infopôle (Cluster TIC).

clip_image008Raphaël Gazon est psychologue et psychothérapeute cognitivo-comportementaliste. Il est actif dans le développement de traitements psychothérapeutiques innovants et anime régulièrement des conférences sur l’intelligence émotionnelle, la gestion du stress…
Raphaël Gazon présentera comment certains processus émotionnels peuvent interférer avec la réussite d’un projet professionnel. Il développera ensuite la notion d’intelligence émotionnelle comme facteur de succès dans la vie.

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