• Digital Camp (volunteering for the kids!)

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    Hi all,

    We've been working with the digital camp for the last couple of year and building skills into children between the ages of 14 - 17. We've had a great response from this incubator style. If any of you have kids this age and want them to attend the camp and would like to offer your time to help the product teams that would be great. Just needs a few hours of your time over the 30th and 31st July 2021. It's a hugely fulfilling experience and we need your help!

    Hopefully will see you there, link below!

    Have a good summer!


    Build your skills & help teens with green-tech projects this summer! Are you passionate about tech and want help young people to develop their skills? We’re looking for speakers and mentors to join me in helping teens to build summer projects using technology to help the planet. This is an opportunity to build AND share your skills while helping the next generation.

    Digital Camp on 30th-31st July is a community non-profit programme designed to help teens to connect with tech, build digital skills, and get mentoring to support first work experiences. Join our mission to help build diversity in tech leadership and support young talent--especially in underrepresented communities through scholarships, work experience, and building young entrepreneurs with the Digital Incubator. http://digitalcamp2021.eventbrite.com

    As a Tech Mentor you have the opportunity to:

    Help teens in the Digital Incubator to build their “green Tech” projects to launch with Minimum Viable Product.
    Learn simplified Design Thinking principles and apply it in student workgroups
    Share your skills and lead a hands on “play and learn” tech workshop to help students connect with tech

    Sign up here to register your interest and join a briefing to find out how you can develop your skills, share your knowledge and help the community on 30-31st July.

    Please help spread the word!


    Are you passionate about technology and the potential to change lives? Want to inspire and help the next generation to build an exciting future? Share your skills and join the Digital Camp team on a mission to build a sustainable education programme to make technology fun, engaging and relevant for girls and teens. http://digitalcamp2021.eventbrite.com

    Sign up here by 18th July to register your interest and join a briefing to find out how you can develop your skills, share your knowledge and help the community on 30-31st July.

    The goal of this non-profit community programme is to spark creativity, as well as support students with work experience programmes that ignites a world of opportunity for young talent. Proceeds from Digital Camp are helping teens to bring their ideas to life with a Digital Incubator programme.

    DIGITAL CAMP: FRI 30th & SAT 31st JULY

    The Digital Camp is designed to help 14-19 year old teens / girls to get started learning new digital skills, developing their personal stories, setting goals, and getting support from mentors for first work experiences. The camp offers an opportunity for students to learn from professionals who volunteer to share their skills in interactive workshops --for example introductory coding, chatbots, cloud computing, data, AI, AR/ VR, IoT, drones, 5G. Students will have an opportunity to continue learning after camp through Digital Challenges, supported by mentoring and a community to connect and share learnings about projects. Students will learn from professionals in industry about different roles in tech, skills required, career journeys, and receive advice.

  • Lunch and Learn: Azure Synapse Link

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    Richard Conway discusses use cases and shows demos of Azure Synapse Link.

  • Lunch and Learn: Azure Purview

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    Join Pablo Cabeza and Theo Rutter showing demos and talking through core capabilities of Azure Purview for better data governance.

  • Data modernisation and moving your SQL workloads to Azure

    Moving SQL workloads can be a daunting task. However there are proven methodologies to move them in a prompt, secure and efficient manner. In this talk Carl Manning, Devi Mohan and Kris Araujo will discuss how they have moved large SQL and windows workloads to Azure. They'll cover a variety of migration tools and techniques to simplify the headache of SQL and windows migration and describe how they've just achieved a successful SQL migration of over 100 databases in less than 8 weeks.

  • PRODUCT GROUP SESSION: What's new in Azure Cognitive Search?

    We're delighted to be able to welcome Liam Cavanagh back to the UK Azure User Group! Liam first spoke for us in 2016, which old timers in the group will remember being in the Bell on Middlesex Street. Good times!

    Liam is the PPM for Azure Cognitive Search, and he's going to give us a run through of everything that's new, including some recent announcements around the new Bing Powered Semantic Search capabilities added in March.

    Liam Cavanagh is a Principal Program Manager in the Azure Data organization at Microsoft where he builds Azure Cognitive Search, a fully managed full-text search service allowing organizations to add great search experiences to web and mobile applications. Additionally, he works with enterprise corporations implementing enterprise cloud and mobile solutions and conducts training seminars worldwide. Liam holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Business and Information Systems from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

  • Product Group Session - Azure Digital Twins

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    Azure Digital Twins are an exciting new Data tool in Azure. We're delighted and fortunate to be joined by the Microsoft product team for this session, with Deepika Sadahiro joining us to give direct insight from Redmond.

    In this session, we'll explore what precisely an Azure Digital Twin is, and the types of application that we can build with it.

    NOTE: We're going to run this a little earlier than normal to adjust for the Redmond timezone and get a slot with our speaker early in the morning.

  • Data Governance on Azure : An Introduction to Azure Purview

    Azure Purview is a unified data governance service that helps you manage and govern your on-premises, multicloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) data. Easily create a holistic, up-to-date map of your data landscape with automated data discovery, sensitive data classification and end-to-end data lineage. Empower data consumers to find valuable, trustworthy data.

    BIO: Aashish Ramdas, Principal Program Manager, Azure Purview

  • Hackathon: How banks can save the world!

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    Could you help develop a solution to better evaluate risk and assist banks to shift their banking book to contribute to the 600 billion of green investments needed each year to limit global warming well below 2.0 degrees by 2100?


    In the paper by Vincinguerra et al (2020), it is illustrated how financial services are at the heart of driving the change to a sustainable economy. Banks work under a very regulated framework and by assuming that the regulator could enforce a partial activity shutdown to limit CO2 emissions, the risk management approach of a bank should provoke the shift of the portfolio without any effective enforcement. Whilst a global Emission Trading Scheme with a carbon tax to avoid free riders has been suggested to be failing, an alternative solution involving leveraging finance power to change and simulate the economy effectively, quickly and globally via green investments has been proposed through the Climate-extended RWA.

    What is the Climate Extended RWA?

    The objective of a credit risk model is to calculate the unexpected credit loss under a stressed scenario taken at a high level of confidence. The mathematical proposition illustrated in the paper builds on existing regulation and calculations to provide a powerful predictive stress test that helps financial institutions tackle climate change. The three areas covered include: assessing risk as usual, assess the transitional risk to a green economy, and the physical risk.


    Overlay economic and environmental data to provide a risk tool using the Climate Extended RWA so Financial institutions can effectively contribute to green investments. Prizes will be awarded for best: Data Science solution, Data Engineering solution, BI solution.

    TBC: Economic data, Environmental data, Open Data
    More details will be confirmed nearer the time.

    Hackathon Agenda
    • Saturday 16th Jan,[masked]am: Adrian Sargent: How banks can save the world with Climate extended RWA
    • Saturday 16th Jan,[masked]am: Data Sponsors talking through economic and environmental data
    • Saturday 16th Jan,[masked]am: The Challenge
    • Saturday 16th Jan, 11.45 – 12.00pm: Team Registration
    • Saturday 16th Jan, 12pm to Sunday 17th Jan, 3pm: Let’s get hacking
    • Sunday 17th Jan,[masked]pm: Presentations
    • Sunday 17th Jan, 4.45pm- 5pm: Prizes Awarded

  • Azure Sentinel – Happy 1st Birthday!

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    Azure Sentinel has only just turned 1 year old, but in that year it has developed more than a 1 year old child! This fully fledged SIEM and SOAR tool has added many new capabilities and has many more in preview. Join us to learn about the first year it’s journey and get a sneak preview of whats to come!

    BIO: Kieran is a Technical Specialist who has been working with Microsoft for 8 years helping customer adopt, deploy and develop security solutions and practises. He focuses on threat protection solutions including Azure Sentinel, the Microsoft Defender Suite and Microsoft Cloud App Security. In his spare time he enjoys all aspects of technology, specifically following developments in Quantum Computing

  • Azure Synapse viewing party

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    Join us for a viewing party for the launch of Azure Synapse. If you saw our talk last month on the workspace and some of the things you can do this will be an array of speaker talking about all parts of Synapse. Some pre-prep material that you might find interesting below!

    o Watch: The missing piece - Diving into the World of Big Data with .NET for Apache Spark - https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/dotnetConf/2020/The-Missing-Piece-Diving-into-the-World-of-Big-Data-with-NET-for-Apache-Spark?WT.mc_id=data-10095-cxa

    o Learn: Understand the evolving world of data - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/evolving-world-of-data/?WT.mc_id=data-10095-cxa

    o Learn: Identify the tasks of a data engineer in a cloud-hosted architecture - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/data-engineering-processes/?WT.mc_id=data-10095-cxa