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  • Blog Post: Sydney Opera House Hackathon Dec 7-8

    The iconic Sydney Opera House are running a Hackathon in Sydney over the weekend of Dec 7-8. With a first prize of $4000, this might just be a great way to spend a weekend. They’re making a heap of great data sets available including archival recordings and a huge 3-D spatial data set with a model of...
  • Blog Post: Win a Nokia 710 while Learning Windows Azure

    In addition to the Windows Azure Meetups in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth this month, the folk at Lifehacker are running a competition in which you can win one of four Nokia 710 Windows Phones between now and June 26, and you get to dip your toe in the Azure water as well. Of course, if you're...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Star Contest - Win an ASUS Laptop

    The folks over at The Code Project have launched a cool contest so you can show off your LightSwitch skills and win prizes in the process. From their release: Do you have what it takes to be a LightSwitch Star? Show us your coolest, most productive, LightSwitch business application and you could win...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile Development – Live Meeting and Competition

    Don and Dave have been running Windows Mobile development jumpstart training via Live Meeting along with James McCutcheon. Live Meeting 3 is coming up – Don has more details . In parallel to this, we’ve started the Code Mason’s Guild for mobile developers. Check it out for local initiatives, competitions...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Attendance Competition Winner

    As part of the lead-up to this year’s TechEd in Sydney, I offered a prize to the person who could come the closest to guessing the final attendance number (without going over). I had a larger number of entries than I expected and the guesses ranged from 2612 at the low end up to 3273. I know it’s been...
  • Blog Post: Demos Happen { Here } – State finals starting in Sydney tonight.

    This evening (Monday 11 Aug) is the first of the Demos Happen { Here } state finals. We’ll be kicking off at 6pm at Microsoft HQ in North Ryde. Subsequently we’ll be holding finals in the MS offices in Canberra - Aug 12 6pm Melbourne – Aug 13 6:30pm Brisbane – Aug 18 6pm Adelaide – Aug 20 6pm Come and...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Fever – Guess the number of paying attendees at TechEd Australia and Win!

    Now for a bit of TechEd fun. Maybe I’ve been on too many aeroplanes recently (in fact, I know I’ve been on too many aeroplanes recently), but after chatting with Ben, I’ve come up with a little competition (open to folks living in Australia only). Guess how many people will be at TechEd Australia this...
  • Blog Post: Get twice as certified and help win your User Group $3000 worth of prizes

    As some of you know, I'm a big fan of the certification system . Well, there are only 11 days left of MS Learning's great offer to give you a free exam voucher for each MCP/MCTS credential you get before 31 May. You'll need to prove you passed by sharing your MCP transcript . Here's the skinny (for all...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft launches RoboChamps, a worldwide simulated robotics competition platform built on .NET

    It's seems like competitions are the flavour of the month. A couple of weeks ago we launched a world-wide competition for people building simulated robots. This is "... a simulated robotics league that is open to academics, hobbyists and developers from around the world, that demonstrates the power...
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