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Formed in April 2006. Birmingham Science Park Aston near the city centre hosts NxtGenUG Birmingham. A great meeting place to discuss technology and eat Pizza!
Having opened in September 2007, Cambridge will offer a unique insight into Microsoft Research.
Coventry venue has a bar and comfy chairs. With great meetings every month, what more could you ask for? Serving the Coventry community since April 2006.
Deepest Essex is the scene of the eighth NxtGenUG Region, poised just outside the M25, it's run by Rob Silver and Anis Batliwala local lads with a passion for technology
NxtGenUG Hereford - Then there were six. Formed in February 2009 Hereford is the newest NxtGenUG Region. Run by local guys Ryan O'Neill and Richard Wilde.
"It's a sunny paradise!" does not describe soggy Manchester; at least it has its own NxtGenUG region! Run by Steven Robbins and Andy Wilkinson, two northern guys with a passion for pizza/technology!
Holding it's first meeting in November 2006, Oxford is headed up by the prfessional and enthusiastic Richie Hopton and BI Consultant Robert Minchin
By the seaside, in the warmth of the South, NxtGenUG Southampton is run by John McLoughlin and Richie Allen, local guys with a passion for technology! Southampton started in October 2007.
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Help local Indie Kickstart Fathom
local Indie IronSun Studio's needs you Kickstarter backing to get their exciting Fathom game off the ground
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Modus IT has an urgent requirement for an Analyst Programmer to help deliver the first version of a revolutionary Business Intelligence product to the market.
Fancy coding for Charity?
Fancy coding for Charity? Then maybe you'll like to take part in Dev4Good and help some worthy causes whilst writing code!
Windows Server Events June 14/15
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Events: In London and Edinburgh on 14 and 15 June
Two Meetings at NxtGenUG
Two meetings this month at Birmingham region including one with Mike Taulty ...
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Ridgian are a leading IT solutions provider, delivering business centric solutions.
Ridgian are a leading IT solutions provider, delivering business centric solutions.
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NxtGenUG - Meet the Management Team...
Costall, Richard
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.

On NxtGenUg...
"NxtGenUG is about bridging the gap between Microsoft and the developer. The waves of technology emerging from Microsoft is relentless, developers are under more pressure to deliver software and also understand these new technologies.

Its not just about the language anymore, its also XSLT, MSMQ, SQL and a deep understanding of the framework. Its also about WPF, WCF, WINFX, XAML, Vista, Office 12 and Media Centre. The list is almost endless and seems so daunting.

We want to enlighten developers, and get them enthusiatic about these new technologies, by providing quality meetings, with the top speakers in Europe.

Come on.. sign up, we have lots of exciting things in the pipeline for members and this is only the beginning"
Vice President
McMahon, Dave
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.

On NxtGenUg...
"I see the Next Generation User Group as a focus for enthusiatic developers using Microsoft products to find out about the rafts of new technology that Microsoft are in the process of launching. I want the NxtGenUG to be part of the ‘demystifying’ of Microsoft and to put a human face on the people working for and with Microsoft to provide us with the tools and technologies we use in our daily jobs. I want us to help take away the anxiety and fear of ‘too much technology’ and replace it with ‘excitement about the possibilities’. I’m not sure where we will end up, but it’s going to be great and we aim to have a good time along the way. Come and join us!"
Membership & Finances
Price, John
My background is in Point of sale for the retail sector, in particular petroleum.

I have been working as a developer as long as I can remember, in fact my first development job was as 15, while I was still at school!

I worked for 10 years at Wella GB as a developer developing systems for hairdressers before doing 4 years designing hardware for various platforms. I even had a hand in designing a 286 motherboard!

I then worked for Meggitt Petroleum Systems as a Technical Architect designing Point of Sale terminals and Back Office systems for major oil companies across the world. I have been lucky enough to visit 26 countries as diverse as South Africa and Japan doing this.

I developed some desktop and enterprise level applications using an obscure 4GL called Omnis.

Since then I have been working with .NET since its inception and was part of the beta program for 1.0 and have built a web site in ASP.NET

Numerous projects later I have sepcialised in media devices for XP and XP embedded and media center, along with mobile applications for devices ranging from symbian hardware through Pocket PC to Windows Mobile 6.5, and on into Windows Phone 7, and Windows versions, including authoring articles on MSDN about Search systems.

I am also a pilot and am fortunate to have an aeroplane at Coventry airport, at the flying club. I can usually be found on the airfield most Saturdays either flying the 'plane if the weathers good, or flying the bar if its not!

If you would like to read more about what I get up to, you could check out my blog at
On NxtGenUg...
"My goal for this user group is to be able to support all IT people, not just developers, to make use of technology in a way that enhances thier business and home lives. While its relatively easy to find dry facts about a particular technology, its much more difficult to decide when or if it should be used, and want address that.

I'd also like to see this group be able to put both newer and older technology to uses beyond that of the traditional desktop or web application and integrate it into a more productive and informed vision of the future."
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