If you came to our re:Build and re:Ignite events last week and want more information on the subjects we covered, remember that all the sessions from both the Microsoft Build and Ignite events are available at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2015 and http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015. On these sites you can find videos of the sessions and slide stacks, hours of family viewing.
Day 1078 in the House of Black Marble:
This time three years ago, I was a fresh-faced, just-turned 21 year old, going to my interview at Black Marble.
Today I turn the grand old age of 24 and I’ve been treated Black Marble style.
Heads-up we didn’t win the £1,000, so it’s still out there!
Whilst Niamh and I were setting up our interviews with the important
people at Build, we were invited to take part in our own Channel 9 interview!!
This was an amazing highlight of the conference, and totally
unexpected. We got to speak to Seth
Juarez, in the Channel 9 studio in the foyer of the Moscone centre – in the
same place that Mary Jo Foley interviewed Don Box and just before Scott Hanselman
Plus, we go to sign the same ‘On Air’ board as all these
amazing people :D
It was scary but also really great, and you can see our
video on Channel 9!
Scott was talking about programming as a real useful skill,
like when he was young and his father taught him practical skills with actual
tools. It was great to see so many
people say how much they think programming is a proper skill that everyone
Find out what Scott had to say.
Jason was another interviewee who started programming when
he was young, and brought a different angle on how to engage children with
programming – such as working with a Logic Gate, and working with actual
Find out what Jason had to say.
Martin was keen to talk about the importance of how we need
to encourage the next generation of programmers – he started at 6 – lots of the
people we spoke to started young, not just in school but in the home too. And was keen to talk about the level of
satisfaction you get from programming.
Plus he talked about Minecraft and how inclusive it is – which I agree
with, as I’m a huge fan!
Find out what Martin had to say.
My second interview was with Ben Lower, and he talked about
learning to programme as a kid with Logo, and how teachers can keep things
interesting in the classroom with some of the great tools out there like
Scratch or Alice, or even Kinect!
Find out what Ben had to say.
After Caitlin has interviewed Jeff on Build itself, it was
my turn to come out from behind the camera and talk to Jeff about the
importance of teaching children to programme, and what we can do to encourage
teachers. This is an important subject
to me as when I’m in my Code Club at school, my teacher often asks me for help
with the other students!
All the people we spoke to had great suggestions on
resources for children and teachers, which we’ll pull together into one list on
Find out what Jeff had to say.
Plus Jeff had some great recommendations of things to do in
As the only women in technology we managed to speak to at
the conference, I wanted to ask Michele what she thought we could do to help
encourage girls to take up computing as a career – and liked how she emphasised
the wide range of options available as a career – it’s not just about
out what Michele had to say.
Michele was our only non-Microsoft interviewee, and our
final one of the whole conference!
Michele, as well as being a CIO, is also a Microsoft Regional Director
and Azure MVP. She loved the conference,
thought it was great, and it was marvellous to talk about cross-platform
development with Michele.
out what Michele had to say.