Wow! What a weekend I had. Microsoft was pretty involved with the kick off of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. We gave each of the 2,200 or so teams a Kinect to use to control their robots. I was able to attend some of the kickoff events including presenting a workshop on Kinect for FRC and the Founder’s Reception at Dean Kamen’s house the night before the unveiling of the game. What an exciting game this looks to be. Ok there was ore to the week and I do have some links to share. I hope you find at least one of them useful.e

Last month I posted about Microsoft Kicks Off Cloud Fundamentals Video Series The newest video, Cloud Computing Requires Transparency,” features Mark Estberg, senior director, Microsoft Global Foundation Services, speaking about the need to have a partnership between customers and cloud providers to ensure transparency. The video is showcased on Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing (TwC) Blog:

Big App on Campus is now on Facebook.

Windows® Phone is giving you the opportunity to create and publish your dream app. In doing so, you could win Big, a 4-day trip (for you and a friend) to the 2012 SxSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. There are two categories to enter - free apps and paid apps. You choose. Then let your mobile app's creativity and popularity deliver the ultimate prize, 15,000 U.S. dollars.

New from Coding 4 Fun  @coding4fun: Using the Kinect to build a NUI E-Book It's not an e-book about the Kinect but with the Kinect!

From the Anita Borg Institute I found this great link.  "What may happen in the next 100 years" from The Ladies' Home Journal, Dec 1900. It is really interesting what they got right (not much) and what they got wrong (quite a bit)

From the Kodu team @koduteam: Remarkable Asteroids game programmed in Kodu by a student in the UK.:

Student developer of the week: Kyle Orth, Australia. Kyle already has five Apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace

Last but not least, please remember the 12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference. - call for participation