Well it’s MIX time again, no doubt there are a lucky number of people from the Silverlight UK User Group flying out to the 3 day conference in Las Vegas on March 15th-17th. MIX10 is renown as Microsoft’s premier event for web designers and developers building the world’s most innovative websites – it is probably second to none bar the PDC events that Microsoft also host.

As can be expected, this is Microsoft will probably make a host of announcements and following some of the pre-conference #MIX10 tweets,  there are plenty of rumours about!

20100315-slug-agenda-02[2]So if you, like me are not at Las Vegas in the MIX10 hall, I suggest you plug yourself in and watch the event online at LIVE.VISITMIX.COM – the keynotes and select number of sessions will be streamed live (via Silverlight Streaming of course)!

So, keeping in tune with the MIX10 theme, we’ll be hosting a Silverlight UK User Group evening where we’ll recap the announcements and get a feel for the latest developments in the Silverlight and Expression world that will help you create and build the world’s most innovative websites. We’ve got two guys from the design world (Adam Kinney and Richard Griffin) and two developer guys (Ian Blackburn and Ian Smith) who between them all will give their experience of the event and what matters or is the focus for each discipline.




Meeting details are below:

Date: Wednesday 24th March 2010
Time: Registration @ 18:00, Kick off @18:30 – don’t be late! Till about 9:30pm
Where: EMC Consulting, (formerly Conchango), 
Notcutt House, 36 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9EU.

You can register
here or via
Michelle .

Registered attendees will be notified with any final details by Monday 22nd March.



Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

“MIX10 Roundup – A Designer’s View”
with Adam Kinney, Silverlight & Expression Evangelist from Microsoft
and Richard Griffin, Expression Blend MVP (freelance)

Breakout for refreshments (just a beer pitstop this time)!

"MIX10 Roundup – A Developer’s View"
with Ian Smith from irascian and Ian Blackburn from bbits


Most of our user group are Tweet’ers, so if there’s anything you want to share amongst the group, then check out our Twitter hashtag or user accounts:


Mark Mann


Silverlight UK User Group


Michelle Flynn

Please register and I hope to see you there!



About Adam Kinney

Adam Kinney  

Beginning life as an art student, then after a stint in the military joining the world of technology, Adam Kinney feels right at home in that sweet spot between Designer and Developer. Always at least a part-time evangelist, Adam has travelled the trail of UI technologies. First HTML/CSS, then Flash, WPF and now Silverlight, the one client technology to rule them all, he has enjoyed learning, experimenting and teaching them all. Adam’s current focus is Expression Blend, the first interactive design tool that’s really made him happy as a designer and developer.

twitter.com/adkinn | adamkinney.wordpress.com


About Richard Griffin

Richard Griffin

Richard Griffin is an independent freelance consultant, specialising in XAML based technologies (Surface, WPF and Silverlight) to build innovative user experiences for the next generation of applications. He is a regular speaker at Mix, TechEd Europe where he continues his quest to educate Designers and Developers on how to work better together. You can find him hanging out on the Expression Blend forums or read one of his monthly articles published for the Expression Newsletter. Richard is an Expression Blend MVP, and has an interest in design and user experience but he also loves to crank out code and dig into design patterns.

twitter.com/richgee | blogs.xamlninja.com


About Ian Blackburn

Ian Blackburn 

Ian Blackburn is founder and director of bbits who offer specialized .net training, development and consultancy in the UK.  Ian has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from small start-up companies, to blue-chip companies, and prestigious institutions such as the House of Lords.  Ian has authored numerous articles and books and is available for technical consultancies and presentations worldwide.

twitter.com/IanBlackburn | backofabeermat.co.uk | bbits.co.uk/blog 


About Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Ian Smith is an IT Consultant specialising in Microsoft ASP.NET and Silverlight. He playing with video on the side, for which he can be found lurking at the back of various user group or Microsoft events. Ian has been our camera man at the Silverlight UK User Group since the beginning, and has already stepped to the front to talk about PRISM.

twitter.com/irascian | irascianwork.blogspot.com/


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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