Melbourne residents now have the opportunity to participate in the hugely popular Azure BizSpark Startup Weekends we are currently hosting in Australian cities. Register Now >
Hear what attendees at our recent Perth based event have said:
“The boot camp is one of the best training experiences I have participated in so far, very well organised and fab people. Microsoft and the team deserve a 10 (over 10) for the event, I really recommend other developers to join the next camp event, they won’t regret it.” Enrique Albert-Gleiser Snr Solutions Architect/Developer
“The boot camp is one of the best training experiences I have participated in so far, very well organised and fab people. Microsoft and the team deserve a 10 (over 10) for the event, I really recommend other developers to join the next camp event, they won’t regret it.”
Enrique Albert-Gleiser Snr Solutions Architect/Developer
“The BizSpark Azure Startup Camp gave our consultants the opportunity to exercise their creativity and explore the Azure cloud platform in a strongly enabling environment. They came away from the weekend with a wealth of knowledge and excitement about the potential of cloud computing and the Azure platform. We are confident that this excitement will soon be reflected by our customers and with the hands on experience gained allow us to address this need and craft valued solutions on the Azure platform. “ Caitlin McKinnon Ajilon
“The BizSpark Azure Startup Camp gave our consultants the opportunity to exercise their creativity and explore the Azure cloud platform in a strongly enabling environment. They came away from the weekend with a wealth of knowledge and excitement about the potential of cloud computing and the Azure platform. We are confident that this excitement will soon be reflected by our customers and with the hands on experience gained allow us to address this need and craft valued solutions on the Azure platform. “
Caitlin McKinnon Ajilon
We also ran an Azure Start Up Camp in Sydney earlier this year and all involved found attending the event invaluable! You can read more about it here:
So if you have any interest in finding out more about the Cloud offerings and its ultimate potential to fast track business growth – you need to attend this weekend!
The event is focused on Microsoft’s Cloud offering Azure. Participants attend a deep dive technical day that explains the underlying technical aspects & business value of Azure and then go on to spend the following 2 day weekend using the newly acquired skills to build an application! Combine this with the benefit of learning from Technical and Business Experts while networking with other Entrepreneurs.
The pre day technical training is targeted at developers and Business Decision makers. The content covered includes a Cloud Computing overview, understanding the pricing model and how to get started building applications on Azure & SQL Azure. This event is presented by Graham Elliott
The weekend component of the event is all about you building something that you’d like to take to market. You can work by yourself or in teams of up to 3 people. MVP Steve Nagy, Microsoft’s Evangelist Catherine Eibner as well as a handful of local technical experts will be there to help you! At the end of the weekend, present your work to the judging panel of experts & investors to receive feedback & prizes that include Windows Phone 7 handsets & xBox Kinect packages.
To attend you must:
The entire event is being held at:
We look forward to seeing you there!
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PS – please register soon as places are limited
Microsoft's Web Camps are 2 day events that allow you to learn and build websites using ASP.NET MVC, OData, WebMatrix and much more. We had fantastic results at last years event so I am very excited to announce that we will once again be holding a 2 day WebCamp here in Sydney, Australia!
Saturday 26th February 2011: Register
Sunday 27th February 2011: Register
More info: www.webcamps.ms
Things to bring: Here are some personal items you might want to bring to the Web Camp.
Level 4 Holme Building, Science Rd
The Univerisity of Sydney Sydney, New South Wales
This is a unique opportunity and places are limited – please register immediately.
If you have any questions, please contact the Web Camps team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival & Registration
Data Access and Modeling with Entity Framework
MetaData, Validation and Localization
MVC and Ajax, jQuery Templating, jQuery Globalization
Using Dependency Injection and Global Action Filters
Testing and Custom Validation
Smaller Working Groups/Development
Microsoft Australia kicked off the Global Entrepreneur week with 7 teams from their BizSpark Program coming together in Brisbane over the weekend of the 15th-16th of November to participate in a Startup camp focused on developing apps for the new Phone 7 platform.
Teams attended an intensive Deep Dive technical session on Friday around Phone 7 Run by Nick Randolph from Built To Roam. After receiving the single day of training, at 9am Saturday morning the 7 teams kicked off their development in the Brisbane Microsoft Office. Across the weekend, each of the teams had the additional help & support of technical specialists for both Phone 7, Silverlight & Windows Azure.
Many of the teams chose to enhance the potential of the Phone 7 platform by extending their applications to encompass cloud technologies via the Windows Azure platform. Participant Guy Perrin Development Engineer from BizSpark Partner Dobroyd discovered as a result of attending the weekend that “Bottom line ... yes, I am now convinced that investing time and effort into tooling up with Windows Phone 7 will give me a good ROI. I am particularly interested in the potential synergy between Windows Azure and Windows Phone 7 applications”. Another Participant, Indrajit Chakrabarty, Principal Engineer & Director, Liana Solutions Pty Ltd said: “We are harnessing the power of Windows Azure and SQL Azure and building solutions that include client software running on Windows Phone 7.With Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure, the possibilities are endless.”
Throughout the weekend, the BizSpark partners had the opportunity to:
· Learn and apply new skills to help grow their skillset & business opportunities;
· Learn from experts in Law, Business and Government about how to best structure their business, protect their IP, Pitch to venture capitalists & work with government bodies to grow & support their businesses;
· Develop important business relationships;
· Meet the Microsoft technical experts and network with other Microsoft BizSpark partners.
The Winner for the weekend was Cameron Moses & Andy Wellins whose application My Bike App used the Phone 7 GPS to track your bike ride, graph improvements to your time, and integrate the camera for photos you take during the ride. Cameron & Andy both won themselves a HTC Phone 7 Mozart. Winner Cameron Moses said: “BizSpark has helped accelerate our Phone 7 development and given us insight into its potential in a diverse range of industries. We are now better equipped to promote the Phone 7 platform to our customers who are searching for reliable, scalable mobile solutions.”
The Runner up was the Code Joker team including Beau Allison, Tara Miles and Jesse Drury whose application Lavatographer uses the Bing Maps integration to help you find the closest public toilet – when you need to go! Beau Allison of Code Joker shared that “With the help of Microsoft BizSpark our development studio has hit the ground running. Microsoft not only provided us with the tools we needed but also industry contacts in order to get valuable advice and training. Our main focus is developing Windows Phone 7 applications and without the help of Microsoft BizSpark we wouldn’t have had the opportunities we have today.”
Third place winner Oasis App’s had geographically distributed team participating remotely throughout the weekend. They were also called out for the best Pitch. Their application Hfree0 which they refer to as a digital Water Diviner aims to replace the need for expensive bottled water with the ability to easily find free fresh water. John Lambie of Oasis Apps mentioned that "BizSpark has proven to be a great move for our team. We get heaps of support as well as hands-on advice from Microsoft - which means our remote team can function at full efficiency." Of participating in the weekend itself, John went on to say that “Microsoft got some really good people up to give advice - and they hung around long before and after to take questions and offer help”
Catherine Eibner, Developer Evangelist and BizSpark owner for Microsoft Australia, said: “This weekend’s event was far more than an opportunity to learn a new technology. It allowed participants to understand how integrating across the entire Microsoft stack can allow you to build rich new experiences for your customers.
“The quality of the applications built in less than 2 days is a testament to the Microsoft tools, the power of the integrated platform as well as the help of the fantastic technical experts we had on hand across the weekend.”
Thank you to everyone that helped, participated & presented.
As the weekend wraps up, after much caffeine & sugar has been consumed, the 5 teams rapidly attempt to polish off their applications & pitches, ready to pitch to the judges at 4pm.
Competitors will be judged on:
Azure Technical application,
Technical Innovation and
The judges here for our Perth event are:
Steve Nagy: Readify Senior Consultant and Azure MVP who has kindly helped all teams this weekend with the technical aspects of their applications.
By day, Steven is a .Net consultant for Readify who likes diving deep into the technologies he is passionate about, and has been learning, teaching, and presenting on Azure since its first public release at PDC 08. By night he cackles gleefully basking in the glow of his laptop screen as thousands of Azure worker roles carry out his evil bidding.
Justin Davies: Director of emergination.com.au Digital thinker interested in technology, software and commercialization of businesses.
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors, NIES National Enterprise Workshop, B Bus Marketing and Communications Justin Davies is the Managing Director of Emergination - a consultancy focussed on applying emerging technologies and ideas, coupled with imagination to bring about creating value for businesses. He currently works with a range of private sector clients in growth industries.
He is an experienced public speaker on a wide range of topics on online solutions and digital marketing, as well as being published in Business News and industry journals. He was conference chair at the Enterprise 2.0 conference at CeBIT in Sydney this year, the 2 day Web Forward conference at CeBIT in Sydney in 2009, following chairing the Transaction 2.0 day in 2008. In this role he is appreciated for keeping the day interesting and moving and for his deep insight into where online technologies are moving, particularly with a focus on cloud computing and software as a service models.
Justin has an excellent understanding of the contemporary application of IT within business and new online business models. He has a solid understanding of all aspects of online marketing, Web 2.0 technologies, blogging and other social interaction technologies. Through a background in marketing and advertising, he has a deep understanding of all aspects of marketing from strategic planning, market identification, research, concept development, communications strategy and implementation. He is particularly strong at grasping concepts quickly and in turn communicating those concepts effectively He has a keen interest in new and growing business ventures and has been involved as a guest judge on a number of startup events, and is currently working with a software startup seeking international expansion.
Justin has successfully served as a director on 4 companies, 3 of which have been in non-executive roles. In 2008 he graduated from the AICD Company Directors Course
Andy Lamb: Director of BlueSkyOnline.com.au
Andy has spent over 20 years in IT. Starting out as a computer operator and ending up in senior management roles. Andy has worked around the world at various times over the last 20 years. He has also had exposure to a vast array of industries. From Banking and Finance, Education, Business Consulting, Recruitment and HR, Leisure, and even straight out IT companies. Andy started his first business at the age of 22 in something completely outside of IT, being events management and entertainment and artist touring. Andy has also started consulting, services and software commercialisation businesses both for himself and other people. Andy is passionate about how using technology can lead to new and emerging business models being implemented, and how this creates an constant changing and challenging business environment. Andy moved back to Perth 2 ½ years ago to start Readify in WA and has since decided to stay to be closer to his family again. Andy latest venture, BluSky Online is focused on provided consulting and software solutions utilising Microsoft’s Cloud technologies. Andy holds a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne University.