Microsoft Champions Summit | Part One of Three

You may or may not know that this is my second year as a Windows Champion. This means that I work with Microsoft to bring you the latest and greatest regarding Windows 8 and other Microsoft products. Through the ambassador program, I was recently invited to Seattle to attend the Microsoft Champions Summit. It was my first time visiting Seattle, as well as my first time visiting the Microsoft campus. There was much fun to be had, and I learned many great things about Windows 8, Skype, Bing for Schools, and OneNote just to name a few. So much so that I decided to put it into a 3 part series.

Microsoft Champions Summit Group Shot

Part One:

The Champions Summit attendees had lovely accommodations at the beautiful Hotel Ballard, located in trendy Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. Below is a peek at my room which had an incredible view of the city. It was the perfect home base for the summit.

Microsoft Champions Summit - Hotel Ballard in Seattle

The summit included a trip to the Microsoft campus and the Microsoft research center. It was pretty amazing to be in the midst of so much creative and technological genius.

One of the things we talked about was how technology is being integrated into our everyday lives to work seamlessly among us, like elevators that know when you need a lift and open the door automatically. After stepping off the elevator we were greeted by adorable little guy.

Microsoft Champions Summit - Directions Robot at Microsoft Research Center

Not sure where you’re going? Just ask the Directions Robot, and he’ll give you directions. It’s pretty amazing! More very cool stuff from the research center is coming in posts 2 and 3 of this series.

Bing in the Classroom
On one of our summit days, we got to spend time hearing from various Microsoft team members and learning about what’s new with Microsoft products. The Bing team shared Bing in the Classroom with us which offers ad free searching for schools (Bing for Schools), a program to earn Surface tablets for your school, and digital literacy lessons.

We also learned about Bing Rewards that allows you to earn points as you search the web that can be redeemed for things like gift cards, magazine subscriptions and pizza delivery. They recently added $5 gift card to Toys “R” Us to the Rewards program, which could be used for freshening up your kid’s supply of sidewalk chalk and bubbles for summer.

Microsoft Champions Sumnmit - Xbox Fitness Demonstration

Xbox Fitness
The Xbox 360 team showed us a live demo of Xbox Fitness. After watching the demo, I was feeling pretty guilty about using “the weather” as an excuse for not exercising. Who know exercising in your living room could be so much fun? Using Kinect the Xbox tracks your movements, gives you feedback on your effort and encourages you during your journey. Also, with an Xbox Live Gold account you can search the content library for free to select your workout. There are so many options available!

There was so much to absorb on this trip, and I am eager to share it all with you. Stay tuned for posts 2 and 3 of this series!

Disclosure: Travel and accommodations provided by Microsoft.

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  1. That robot is cute — I need one of those answering the door at my house! LOL
    Love to see everything you are learning though, so cool.

  2. what a fun experience that would be

  3. What a wonderful experience! I have never been to Seattle, but my best friend really likes it. :)

  4. Ok. I need Xbox fitness. My excuse is that I can’t leave the house to go running while the kids are asleep in the mornings or napping.

  5. I need to look into that XBOX fitness. Looks like you had a great trip.

  6. Oh what fun!!! :)

  7. sounds like fun! I am going to look into Xbox Fitness, because we have a Kinect already

  8. The Microsoft Champions Summit looks like a blast! I would be in geek heaven. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I look forward to reading the rest of your posts!

  9. Xbox fitness would be great and that robot is so cute.

  10. I so regret not being able to make this trip and to have met you and the other bloggers. This looks like it was FANTASTIC! Can’t wait to read your other posts about the trip!

  11. Sounds like a great trip- can’t wait to read about the rest! I love using my XBox 360 for fitness!

  12. Sounds like you had an amazing time! I am a Mac girl myself, for now LOL, but I do love One Note!!

  13. Cool conference! I am all for exercising in the living room. I’ve never tried it with Xbox though…I’ll have to check that out.

  14. I love exercising (ok, I hate exercising) but if I’m gonna do it, it’s in the living room in front of the tv so the Xbox 360 method is right up my alley.

  15. An Xbox is on our list of things to look for when Black Friday comes around, and using it for fitness is one of our reasons!

  16. Wow, they put you up nicely. I really need to use my XBox for workouts.

  17. Sounds like such a fun trip and what a great experience to be working with Microsoft!

  18. A really fun experience. Seattle is a fun town – so much to see and do! Working with Microsoft has to be so much fun. I use Windows 8 and I love it so much I purchased a Windows phone!

  19. I love the robot! Looks like you had a great experience.

  20. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! That XBox Fitness program looks great. I too often use the weather as an excuse not to exercise :)

  21. That looks like a super fun trip – and really interesting as well!

  22. Wow, what an amazing experience. I can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

  23. What an amazing experience, I love Microsoft products!

  24. Looks like an amazing trip. So neat you get to do this.

  25. Love Microsoft! I can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip. You really get the scoop first hand!

  26. How exciting! Everything looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Great trip… I’m sure you learned a lot! Can’t wait to read the rest.

  28. This sounds like an awesome trip! The robot is adorable too!

  29. This sounds like this was an awesome experience.

  30. The directions robot is so cool! And your room was really nice.

  31. What a great experience! Looking forward to learning more!

  32. This sounds like a great trip. I like Microsoft products so I would have liked to take this trip.

  33. That robot is so cute! Sounds like a fun trip

  34. I didn’t know Xbox has a fitness game. I’ll have to look for that!

  35. Looks like a great experience. I’m sure you had a blast since it’s Microsoft.

  36. I just learned about Bing in the Classroom and I love it.

  37. sounds like a great experience, my boys would so love the robot!

  38. Okay I love the Directions Robot. How cool is that? I use Xbox Fitness at home. I love kickboxing and yoga.

  39. Maria Oller says:

    I want the xbox fitness looks wonderful, first need to switch form PS to xbox tho

  40. Sounds like a fascinating event. I love seeing behind-the-scenes stuff like that!

  41. Whoa! I just realized how in the dark I am with games and such. Until I took a second glance, I thought the image of the woman on the tv screen was real…

  42. Now this trip looks and sounds perfect! Man your room was really nice, and I would love to get to see and do all of this! How excitiing, can’t wait to read more!

  43. I just want to be a Windows Champion, like you! Yes, keep sharing with us about all the new and great windows products – they definitely keep my world upside right. Great photo!

  44. Looks like a fun experience!

  45. What a neat experience. I have heard of Bing Rewards but never really looked into it that much.

  46. This sounds like such a fun opportunity I would love to visit and learn more about Microsoft how fun.

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