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SharePint and ShareCurry Leicester

March 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Following the SUGUK Event in Leicester, a few of us continued the discussions in the local pub.  Still not satisfied, eight of us went for a curry over the road.  This has now almost become custom at Midlands SUGUK events!

The ShareCurry crew as follows: Harry Plum, Alex Pearce, Tony Pounder (@WorTony), Matt Hughes, Richard Willis, Renzo, Tushar and myself!  Good times!!

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SUGUK Leicester – 18 March 2010 – Education Special

March 22, 2010 Leave a comment

This was the first time I had run a SUGUK event outside of our offices in Nottingham, and I must admit I was a little worried about not having complete control over the event.  However, the night was a real success with 30+ people attending, two great sessions and some fantastic catering!

Two guys who are regular attendees of our SUGUK midlands events, Matt Hughes (@mattmoo2) and his colleague Harry Plum (@HPlum78) asked if we could host an event at their place of work – The Samworth Enterprise Academy, in Leicester.

The main entrance faces north onto the city.

This seemed a fitting venue to host an education special, and two experienced guys in this field, Alex Pearce MVP (@Alex_Pearce) and Richard Willis of Salamander Software (@RPWillis) kindly travelled to Leicester to deliver some quality sessions.

After my usual intro speech, Alex kicked off with ‘101 Questions Before Implementing SharePoint in Education.  This turned out to be around 78 questions in the end, however the point was that you cant simply buy SharePoint, install it and then think – right what shall we do with this?  It needs careful planning and before decisions can be made on physical architecture, security, information architecture etc, certain questions must be asked of your user base.  This session provoked around 20 minutes of questions and gave us chance to layout the huge spread which was supplied.  Alex’s slides are available on his blog.

A break followed, with quite simply the best spread I’ve ever experienced at a SharePoint User Group and a welcome change from pizza.  A huge thank you to the Samworth Academy and the catering staff!!!

Next up was Richard Willis to discuss the SharePoint Learning Kit (SLK) v 1.4.  The SharePoint Learning Kit is an open source software development project which extends SharePoint.  It allows educators to create course plans, assignments, distribute work and grade assignments + more.  This was a special interest of mine as it is potentially a powerful solution for schools, but sadly hasn’t had the investment put into it since going open source.  This was a very interesting session and provoked lots a questions in my mind about the use of SCORM content.  Most certainly a free add-on worth considering for any school with SharePoint.

A great deal of work has been done by Richard himself though, and v1.4 has some nice new features, including the ‘drop box’ functionality.  Read more about this over on Richard’s blog.

All in all, another great SUGUK Midlands event.  HUGE thanks for the Samworth Enterprise Academy for hosting the event and providing the wonderful catering.  Also respect to Matt and Harry for making things happen at their end.  I’m sure we can host many more events there in future.

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SharePoint Evolution Conference – Football Tournament

March 9, 2010 8 comments

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When England were drawn with USA at the World Cup 2010 draw in December, it gave me a great idea.  Why not organise an England v USA football match with my SharePoint buddies, here and across the pond, prior to the most eagerly anticipated SharePoint conference this year – SharePoint Evolution?!

England's name is drawn by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke as Charlize Theron looks on

Well that’s exactly what I’ve done, and rather than just one match, I’ve hired a pitch for 2 hours so we can have a mini-tournament so as many people as possible can play, watch and have fun!!  So let the games and the banter begin…..

Here’s a quick run down of the plans….

Date: SUNDAY April 18th

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Venue: Powerleague, Regents Place, 26 Euston Centre, London NW1 2JL

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Format:

There will be 3 teams on the day:

– England, USA, Rest of the World

I’ve booked a 7-a-side pitch for 2 hours, which will give ample time for 4 matches of 20 mins each, giving everyone a run out and a breather at the same time.  The matches will be as follows:

Match 1: England vs USA

Match 2: Rest of World vs England

Match 3: USA vs Rest of World

FINAL: Best 2 teams playoff for the SPEvo World Trophy!

Rules:

Rules will be very relaxed, but I have booked a qualified referee just in case 🙂

Players:

I still need players!!! If you want to take part, please email me (mark@id-live.com) or comment on this blog post.  Players will get further info regarding kit etc via email.

Spectators:

If you’re not intending to play, why not come down and support your team? The more the merrier!  There’s plenty of room for people to watch and chant and shout at the referee….

Sponsors:

Unfortunately, this event couldn’t happen for free. Intelligent Decisioning Ltd, the SharePoint/CRM/Workflow Consultancy I co-direct will be funding part of the day, and I very happy to announce that Combined Knowledge will also be sponsoring the event.  As well as being a global premier SharePoint Training organisation, and a business partner of ours, they are also the brains and brawn behind the SharePoint Evolutions Conference! Big thanks to Steve, Zoe and the team!! 

Afters:

Not those afters! I’m talking food and beer after the game at a good old London Pub.  There are loads on the Euston Road near the venue, but I will be suggesting a specific one shortly.  Watch this space…

So… please come along to what will surely be a very entertaining event and a real ice-breaker for the fantastic SharePoint Evolutions Conference which takes place the following few days. With people coming to London from all over the world, what better way to get everyone together than ‘the beautiful game’. 

Please contact me if you wish to take part in any way, shape or form…

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