As expected, the conference season has managed to put a couple of spanners in the works (in terms of the previously published proceedings). So, here is the revised agenda for the next Silverlight User Group meeting, we’ve decided on the venue and changed a speaker.

The next user group meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th November – that hasn’t changed! We have about 70 signed up so the plan is to hold the meeting at Microsoft‘s office in Cardinal Place (nr Victoria). Registered attendees will be notified on Monday 3rd November (should this revert back to Conchango‘s Notcutt House).

You can register here or via Michelle.

By the way, Michelle and I have created a Facebook group for the “Silverlight UK User Group” so that we can all keep in touch with other, and she also created an event the next meeting too.


Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

The ‘Tricky’ Design Experience
Tricky from TrickyBusiness
Rich internet applications have changed the way that super-brands connect with their customers. If you want to compete in this cluttered marketplace it’s essential that you evolve your product or service into a unique brand, creating a circle that people want to join.

People don’t buy products, they buy experiences. Get the thoughts of Tricky on ‘experience design’ and the methods that his team have put into practice on digital projects for Audi, Alton Towers and John L Scott. Discover why design is an essential stage in the creation of rich interfaces, and how you can shape your product so that it’s right for the people who really matter, your customers!

This session covers the iterative approach that Tricky and his team use to design experiences, including: Branding, ideation, research, sketching and conceptualisation. It is a great opportunity to check-out some exciting WPF & Silverlight projects, also to understand and discuss how designers are using Microsoft‘s Expression tools.

An engaging session for both designers and developers alike.

Pizza and beer*.. a chance to recharge and discuss in the interlude.

Real world Silverlight & Photosynth
John Penrose from Graphico
John is Technical Director for Graphico, a creative digital agency based in Newbury. As the RIA trend gathers pace, he has been working with key clients and Microsoft to help develop opportunities that will make use of these new technologies.

John’s session will be focused on the practical and commercial considerations of adopting new technologies, and will be based around two real-world examples. Firstly, he will be talking about a recent Silverlight project involving live streaming, multiple partners, assistance from the Microsoft team, and a lot of rum! Secondly, he’ll speak about working with the DPE and Live Labs teams on providing launch content for Photosynth.

So what are you waiting for!
Get registered and I hope to see you there!


*dependant on venue

Want to join the discussion?
The event is geared to please/interest/inform both developers and designers alike, so if you are interested in coming along then please contact either myself or Michelle Flynn (here) and we will be glad to take your details.

Want to present or showcase?
We are always on the lookout for presenters for future sessions – whether it be a high or low level coding walk through, a workflow perspective or showcase demo. If you think that you have a topic/presentation that ought to be shared with the community then please contact me (here) and I’ll see if I can get you scheduled in!

In addition to emailing us directly there is also a Facebook group for the “Silverlight UK User Group” that we set up. Check for updates there too!


This is a cross post from my EMC blog, mainly for backup duplicity and to aggregate some of my past postings. My EMC blog used to be under the Conchango brand but was acquired by EMC so I’ve also retrospectively refreshed some of the old links and maybe a tweak a bit of content too.
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