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Martin Kearn

Microsoft Web, Cognitive Services, Azure, Windows development and other random nonsense

Last Build Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:00:10 +0000


Hack24 – The Microsoft ‘AI for good’ Challenge

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:00:10 +0000

On behalf of Microsoft UK, I'm very pleased to announce that we are proudly sponsoring the Hack24 hackathon in Nottingham on 10/11 March 2018. You can read more about our involvement in Hack24's sponsorship announcement. Technical communities are very important to Microsoft, and Tech Nottingham and Hack24 are one of the country’s best so we...

Web Hack Wednesday Series 3

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:31:57 +0000

I'm very happy to announce that after quite a break, series 3 of Web Hack Wednesday will be launching on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 12:00 mid-day (UK time). This series will be published on YouTube where you can also find our full archive of older episodes too. We have 6 brand new episodes for...

AI Services at Future Decoded 2017

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:40:50 +0000

The nights are drawing in, you've purchased your 'big coat' for the winter and Christmas adverts have started already.... it must be time for Future Decoded again! Future Decoded is Microsoft's annual UK conference which describes itself as "A vision of the modern digital business for today and tomorrow". This year, the conference is held...

Looking forward to Hackference 2017

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:57:33 +0000

I'm very proud to announce that for the third consecutive year, Microsoft are sponsoring Hackference 2017. What is Hackference? Hackference is an annual developer conference/hackathon event held in central Birmingham organized by Hoopy and the wonderful Mike Elsmore. It is always a fantastic event; the speaker line-up looks amazing this year and i'm sure there...

Using the Cognitive Recommendations API in Bots and Websites

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:46:50 +0000

Anyone that has ever shopped on Amazon or listened to music on Spotify will be familiar with the concept of recommendations where the user is offered recommendations of items based on browsing history, purchase history and other indicators of how the user has interacted with a product, artist etc. Recommendations often take one of these...

Dear Meetup Organisers

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:10:53 +0000

One of the best parts of my job as a technical evangelist at Microsoft is to get out into the local community and get involved in tech meetups, conferences and other local events. I try to get to as many events as I can as a member, but I'm also happy to come and do...

The Artificial Intelligence track at Future Decoded 2016

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:54:07 +0000

If you have been to or watched any event this year from Microsoft such as Build, Ignite or TechDays Online, you'll know that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is core to Microsoft's overall vision for how we'll help every person and organisation on the planet achieve more. Microsoft's vision include is about three bold ambitions: Reinventing Productivity...

The many features of Cognitive Services – Part 1 – Vision

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 15:09:02 +0000

Microsoft Cognitive Services is a set of 21 REST APIs that enable developers of any platform or language to add machine learning smarts to their applications. Whilst there are 21 APIs, many of the APIs have several distinct functions within them. For example, the Computer Vision API facilitates the following capabilities: Analyse an image: Gives...

Smart image re-sizing with Azure Functions and Cognitive Services

Fri, 06 May 2016 09:34:21 +0000

A few days ago I blogged about Generating thumbnails with the Cognitive Services Computer Vision API. The article talked about how we can use the Computer Vision API to do smart image resizing in C# and JavaScript. Today I'm going to progress this idea with Azure Functions. We'll explore how to automatically create thumbnail images...

Generating thumbnails with the Cognitive Services Computer Vision API in C# and JavaScript

Tue, 03 May 2016 14:55:02 +0000

I'm continuing to explore Microsoft Cognitive Services. This is a range of 21 public REST APIs, backed by Machine Learning which you can use in your applications. They do incredibly cool things and I've blogged about them before a few times: Introducing Using the Cognitive Services Emotion API in C# and JavaScript Machine Learning...