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  • Blog Post: Scenes from TechDays Vancouver, Part 4: Go DevMENTAL

    What is Go DevMENTAL? Since TechDays – Microsoft Canada’s cross-country developer and IT pro conference visiting 8 cities across Canada this fall – is a two-day event, we’ve got the venues for the entire 48-hour period, including evenings. Rather than have the session rooms (which are already set up...
  • Blog Post: Q&A with Ranyl Bantog on XNA and Windows Phone 7

    Chances are if you’re a casual gamer like me and have thought about leveraging your existing .NET skills to build games, then you’ve probably heard about XNA . XNA is a platform for building games in managed code on Windows , Zune , Xbox 360 , and Windows Phone 7 . If you’re a student...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science Consulting Projects at University of Toronto

    I did developer evangelism work for a number of years prior to my joining Microsoft, and during that time, I dealt mostly with people who’d already graduated from school and were, as they say, “working in the real world”. Working with the Empire has given me the opportunity to connect with students at...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Academic Resources

    At Microsoft, we have numerous programs to help ensure the success of students and faculty across Canada. Students Resources - Careers, Technology and Connections Microsoft Student is your one-stop-shop for information from Microsoft for students. Highlights include downloads, news,...
  • Blog Post: Back to School

    It's Friday and raining in Gatineau. There is a little bit of electricity in the house because my daughters are getting ready for a brand new school semester starting next Tuesday. My son on the other hand just started college for the first time last week. These are always major stress time for parents...
  • Blog Post: The State of the Computer Science Nation in Canada with Tony Targonski

    Yesterday, I interviewed Tony Targonski about the state of computer science in Canada and CompSci.ca : If you haven't had an opportunity to check out CompSci.ca , it's a site dedicated to students and faculty who wish to discuss matters relating to computer science. Tony is one of its contributors...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2008: Day 2 - Working Long Hours

    Team RoboTree (Short Film) The team is well on it's way to create a new short film for the competition. The students were thrown a curveball as the theme and the guidelines for the finals are the same for the second round . Essentially, the goal is to "share a perspective on how technology enables a...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2008: Introducing Team RoboTree

    Team Robotree includes Dan Tran (left), Media Ridha (bottom centre) taken just before Drake Birmann (top centre), and Ryan Morrison (right) left for tree planting in Northern Ontario for the summer. The students are from Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario . They are one of the six...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2008: Introducing Team GreeNet

    Team GreeNet includes Jin Fan and Kevin Muise from School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University , BC. Another team called EcoLid from SFU also competed in the Imagine Cup competition - you can read more about the entry on the CanUX blog via my colleague Qixing Zheng . Team...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2008: Day 1 - Road To Paris

    Video: Imagine Cup 2008 Finals The Imagine Cup is a global competition that encourages young people to apply their imagination, their passion and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world - today. Last year , I travelled with Canadian students to Seoul, Korea...
  • Blog Post: What skills are major game development companies looking for?

    Are you interested in or thinking about entering the job market as a game developer? I recently attended the Academic Days on Game Development in Computer Science Education Conference which provided some interesting facts. At the conference, Electronic Arts , Blizzard , Bungie and Garage Games revealed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DreamSpark in Canada - No Cost Software for Students!

    We have just announced a new program called Microsoft DreamSpark which provides professional development and design tools to students in Canada (and around the World) at no charge. The official launch date for Canada is February 21st. Our team is really committed to help support and advance their learning...
  • Blog Post: David Hu, WarPong and XNA

    One of the amazing stories to come out of X07 Canada is that of David Hu (shown below on the right, beside David Flook), a grade 10 student from Toronto who created a cool XNA game called WarPong. His story has spread throughout the blogosphere including prominent magazines such as Wired , Blog New Channel...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2007 Korea - Canada Wins!

    I can now announce that Team Awesome came 3rd place in the Photography Challenge and walked away with a giant cheque and trophies! Congratulations to both Team Awesome ( Team Robot Hospital and the rest of the Canadian and U.S. teams) on winning the finals, flying to Seoul, South Korea and participating...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2007 Korea - Day 4

    Today, we had the Digital Theatre presentation where Photography and Short Film competitors got the chance to show their presentations. Team Robot Hospital and Team Awesome did a great showing - the photos are really impressive. We will be posting them shortly so you can take a look at how talented our...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2007 Korea - Day 3

    There wasn't much happening in terms of competition today, however we all had to get up quite early to spend the "Day in Seoul" - a sightseeing tour sponsored by the city, of different Korean cultural landmarks . Here are a handful of photo highlights of our visit to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Seoul...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2007 Korea - Day 2

    Day 2 was very hectic and eventful. Here are the updates and highlights for the Canadian and North American teams: Team Omni - Software Development Challenge Around 9:50 AM this morning, Team Omni gave their second presentation. The team did their best and the judging was really really tough. The...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2007 Korea - Day 1

    Greetings from Seoul! Yesterday was quite eventful as I flew 20+ hours from Toronto, to Dallas, then ending up in Seoul, South Korea. Took a bus to the hotel with the Canadian photography competitors, Team Awesome and Team Robot Hospital , caught the tail end of the keynote, had a few hors d'oeuvres...
  • Blog Post: MatchIt.ca - Where Technology and Citizenship Meet

    Before joining Microsoft, I used to work with many non-for-profits and charitable organizations. There is a huge demand out there for technical help in different capacities - I used to do a host of odd jobs like helping setting up networks, replacing defective video cards, setting up websites and so...
  • Blog Post: The Road to Imagine Cup Korea - T-Minus 7 Days

    In the next few blog posts, I'll set the stage to explain what the Imagine Cup is all about - then we'll start taking a look at some of the specific Canadian entries. The theme of this year’s Imagine Cup is "Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all." The first category in this...
  • Blog Post: The Road to Imagine Cup Korea - T-Minus 8 Days

    To prepare for the trip to South Korea, I had to go through a bit of research. The first part was figuring out the timezone - the official timezone is GMT/UTC +9. I've worked out an algorithm to help me quickly figure out the time in Toronto and vice-versa: If it's 8:00 AM, add an hour and change the...
  • Blog Post: The Road to Imagine Cup Korea - T-Minus 9 Days

    The theme for this year's Imagine Cup is Education - the challenge is "Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all." (the themes year after year are similar in one way - they challenges students to thing of ways that software can be used in citizenship and improve people's lives...
  • Blog Post: A Chat with Richard Fung - MSDN Code Award Finalist

    Earlier this week, I met Richard Fung , an undergraduate student from the University of Calgary . Richard is part of a team of developers who submitted an entry for the MSDN Code Awards , which concluded at EnergizeIT 2007 in Toronto. You can check out his team's entry at the following URL: http:...
  • Blog Post: The Road to Imagine Cup Korea - T-Minus 10 Days

    This year, I will be travelling to Seoul, South Korea with 9 Canadian finalists as part of the Imagine Cup challenge. I feel very privileged to have been picked to accompany these really talented students to cheer them on! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Imagine Cup , it is one way we are...
  • Blog Post: MVP Summit 2007 Videocast: Matthew Cassell

    Here is an interview with Matthew Cassell at the 2007 MVP Summit. In this interview, Matthew talks about some of his academic activities including the Academic .NET Student Conference held in Toronto . He also recounts his meeting with Steve Ballmer , CEO of Microsoft. Video: MVP Summit: Matthew Cassell
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