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At the Coventry Volta meeting David Tims collected his Redgate XBox 360, as a prize for completing feedback on our hugely Successful Fest08 Event.
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Fest08 - Web Cam Footage
Check out some WebCam highlights recorded by the delegates at NxtGenUG's Fest08 Conference in June 2008.
Fest08 Redgate XBox360 Winner
At the Coventry Volta meeting David Tims collected his Redgate XBox 360, as a prize for completing feedback on our hugely Successful Fest08 Event.
FEST08 G(r)eek Dinner
We're having a G(r)eek diner just before FEST08 - please feel free to join us if you're in the area
Daniel Moth - Final Appearance
Daniel Moth is to make his final presentation, before heading off to Redmond, at Fest08 in a SwanSong Nugget - bring the hankies - it'll be a tear jerker.
NxtGenUG Announce Fest08
Save the Date : June 12th 2008 - That's the date for Fest08 - The NxtGenUG boys annual conference. This year the subject is "Data Today, Data Tomorrow".
FEST07 FEEDBACK OPEN
Feedback is now open for Fest07. Please could attendees log into the site and follow the instructions in this news article. Hope you enjoyed the day!
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Thanks to everybody who attended NxtGenUG Fest08 - "Data Today, Data Tomorrow". We had a great time and we hope you did too. We do have an XBOX 360 (courtesy of 1st Software) and some other prizes, which will be drawn from the feedback. Feedback can be left here (login required) Only attendees of Fest08 will be able to leave feedback. If you have any problems get in touch
Fest08 Speakers
Daniel Moth
Daniel Moth has been working in the UK for Microsoft in the Development & Platform group since May 2006. Daniel gets to "play" with the latest and greatest Microsoft software and then explains and demonstrates it via his blog, articles, webcasts, screencasts, online chats and in person at developer events! Before joining Microsoft, he worked for a large consultancy and before that in an R&D department. In addition to significant industry experience, he holds a BSc in Computing for Business, an MSc with distinction in Object Oriented Software Technology, Microsoft certifications and he has been working with .NET since the first public beta in 2000. Daniel gained the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his community contributions in 2004 and 2005.In his spare time he loves to travel around the world, be it on city breaks, lazing on the beach or SCUBA diving the oceans.
Oliver Sturm
Oliver Sturm is an internationally well-known expert on programming languages, .NET and products from DevExpress, where he worked as Director of Quality until recently. He is a Microsoft C# MVP, author of many training classes and articles and an Associate Consultant at thinktecture. Consulting and Training Services for .NET, as well as specialized DevExpress topics, are available through thinktecture.com, oliversturm.com and dxtraining.com.
Richard Costall
Richard Costall (MVP, MCSD.NET) has over 22 years development experience and works for 1st Software, a Microsoft Gold Partner, and the UK's leading software solution for Financial Adviser and Intermediaries, designing and implementing IFA applications in the financial services sector. Previously specializing in VB, XML/XSLT, COM, ASP and MSMQ, Richard now lives and breathes the awesome world of .Net and in particular ASP.NET and Silverlight 2.0. Richard spent 5 1/2 years as the Midlands regional coordinator for VBUG (Visual Basic User Group) before co-founding NxtGenUG, the innovative UK user group for Microsoft Technologies.

Richard has written articles for publications such as ASP.NET Pro and International Developer Magazines and also co-authered the Apress title Professional MSMQ. He speaks a local user groups, Microsoft Conferences/Product launches, TechED Europe and the hugely successful DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper Events.

When not in .Net land, Richard enjoys relaxing at home with his wife and two sons, playing on the XBOX 360 or ultimately jetting off to Walt Disney World, Florida, for a trip on the Tower of Terror.

Dave McMahon
Dave works as Chief Architect for .NET Development at Ridgian Limited, a privately owned software house based in Central Birmingham. Ridgian are a Microsoft Certified Partner and specialise in Business Intelligence Solutions and Custom Software Solutions. He is very active in the Microsoft community speaking at DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper conferences, and at numerous User Group meetings around the country on such topics as SQL XML, SQL 2005 Security, Regular Expressions and his favouritte technology XSLT and XPATH. He has recently published articles on SQL Server 2005 Security in International Developer Magazine and on Vista and Office 2007 in the Microsoft Beta Newsletters.

David Morrow
Dave Morrow is Chief Architect for BI Development at Ridgian. Having had a previous life as an accountant, he is now a specialist in Business Intelligence Solutions and his experience in the business world gives Dave a unqiue prespective on developing solutions, with an inate knowledge of what the end user is looking for. He is an expert in SQL Server Analysis Services, Reporting Services and is a Proclarity Trainer.
Dave Sussman
Dave Sussman is an independent trainer, consultant and writer. He spends most of his time as an author, having written over 40 programming books and still cannot work out why his royalty statements always seem to be negative. Dave is a Microsoft MVP, a member of INETA Speakers Bureau and the ASP Insiders. a body of industry experts that advises the ASP.NET team. He has spoken at many conferences, including Microsoft ASP Connections, TechEd and PDC.
Mike Taulty
Mike Taulty is a member of the Developer and Platform Group at Microsoft in the UK, but began work as a professional developer in 1991. He spent the following 9 years working on a number of different operating systems (Unices, VMS, Windows NT) with various database technologies (Oracle, Informix, SQL Server) and distribution technologies (RPC, DCE, COM).

Mike joined Microsoft in 2000 working as a developer consultant with a sideline in ownership of the Microsoft UK scalability lab.

Today, Mike maintains a keen interest in a wide spectrum of technologies including Client, Database, Web Services and the core Microsoft .NET technologies - anything that looks to be in need of a little code.
Josh Twist
Josh Twist is an Application Development Consultant with Microsoft UK. Based in the North West of England. He travels around the region (and further) helping Microsoft customers and partners build great software on the windows platform. In his spare time he enjoys doing most of the same stuff he do at work; plus playing 360, walking his dog Jack, and indulging in a bit of DIY with typically disastrous consequences.

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