Susan IbachTechnical Evangelist
The Discovery channel show Inside West Coast Customs worked with Microsoft to deck out a classic muscle car with all the latest in Microsoft Technology. The final result is pretty awesome!
Imagine driving this beauty around campus. No it is not April 1st, this is for real and it is cool!
The crew at West Coast Customs worked with developer evangelists at Microsoft and decked out a 2012 Ford Mustang!
Step 1 – they retrofitted the Mustang with a 1967 Mustang replica body, painted it black and decked it out with neon blue lights in the grill and around the rims. The result is a car that looks like something from a science fiction show.
Step 2 – Install every cool Microsoft gadget you can think of!
The car is web connected so the driver can just glance over at the display to check the weather forecast or find the nearest Tim Hortons. Though in this car, you might prefer to be the passenger because the passenger display lets you play games over Xbox Live!
When the car is parked you can flip up the rear windshield and turn it into a projector screen to watch movies or play video games
The rear windshield also has a customizable display so you can flash messages to someone driving behind you.
The dashboard is actually a touch screen running Windows 8 beta. You can swipe to choose the display you want for your odometer, you want classic Mustang, we can do that, you want Metro, we can do that too.
There are Kinect sensors in the front and rear of the car, you can use your windows phone to get a live feed from your car. Is your neighbors dog really digging up the flowers? Now you can find out.
Want to learn more, there are stories on Channel 9, There’s a news story below as well.
Become an MSP and bring technology and awesome opportunities to your campus! In this blog post I’ll explain what you need to do as an MSP and some of the great perks you get in return. So join now!
The Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) program can be summarized in the following 4 words: “We believe in you!”
For us, it is not about track records, it is all about passion. We want to see where your love for technology can take you. Of course we prefer people passionate about Microsoft technologies, but simply having the urge to find out more about them, regardless of whether you own an IPhone or an Android phone, is enough to get you in our MSP position.
We have great MSPs all over Canada, some are working with their faculties student society, others directly with teachers, some even have their own start ups. You could be one of them! We want to know how you can help! What are your strengths and how we can empower you so you can shine!
A MSP is the point of contact between students and Microsoft. They help other students find out about the initiatives we put in place such as Developer movement and Imagine Cup. If you like free stuff or helping the world make sure to check those two links out. This last semester we had March App Madness Hack-a-thons which were coordinated events across Canada to teach and then let students develop their own Windows Phone 7 Apps! All thanks to our MSPs. They organized the events, gave tutorials and helped guide the rest of the students in the development of their app.
We are always on the lookout for those highly energetic students that want to get involved with our technology! If you are one of them, apply now!
The MSP position is not all about work. We have a line up of great rewards as a thank you for all the effort you put into it. For starters, MSP get a full MSDN account. More than 5000$ value! (This convinced me when i joined. Nothing like Legal free software)
If that is not enough, read the title of this section again!
We want to help you Improve your career prospects. As a MSP, you are invited and engaged in most of our own and 3rd party conferences in your region. You will get to network with some of the top technology professionals and sometimes even with part of our leadership team. Recently, for instance, our MSPs in the Toronto region had the chance to sit down and chat in a round table with Microsoft Canada’s President Eric Gales. Every year brings new opportunities for you’ll get to take advantage of!
Furthermore, this September, we will be having an international MSP virtual Summit. Where MSPs will get training and knowledge on how to present effectively, how to develop for different platform, how to take advantage of the technologies we have and much more!
Remember that you will be directly engaging with Microsoft. Doing a great job as an MSP helps your chances of finding great opportunities! Being in the front lines lets you touch all the latest technology as early as possible.
There are many other perks and goodies that you constantly receive from us. Join the team, get involved and get ready to shine!
Quick tips on how to have a successful presentation.
There are many do's and don'ts that make a presentation "AWESOME". But I will share with you my three top presentation tricks to give a powerful presentation.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare:
Prepare the slides till you have memorized them by heart. Prepare it with your colleagues, friends, family or even your pets. Some people don't know that most of the valuable presenting time is lost between switching slides and remembering what comes next. So if you want to give a solid presentation PREPARE.
Show your confidence level:
There is a trick to showing confidence levels when presenting. If you are speaking in front of a huge audience only share information that you know. People in the audience always tend to ask you questions based on what you tell them. That is why the first trick is the most important one. Also to make it a great presentation avoid using adverbs like maybe, possibly, perhaps, can be, and so on.... These words define the judgment level of a person. Therefore, if a question is being asked, assert in a direct answer.
Start and End:
The last trick that can seal the "AWESOME PRESENTATION" title is by starting and ending the presentation strong. The most attention span of people is at the start and at the end. Make sure every word during this sections is spoken clearly and loudly to show a high confidence level.
Shreyans Dhaddha Microsoft Student Partner at Algonquin College
You still have time to register and enter! But deadlines are today and next week to submit your ideas and move forward to round 2!
Most of the first round submissions just require a description of your idea, so it’s not too difficult, it gives us an idea of what you plan to build. But, you must submit round one requirements to move on to the next round. Not sure which category your solution falls into? You can enter a solution in more than one category, so why not enter both?
The Software Design and Windows Phone Game Design categories will be part of the Canadian finals, but don’t let that stop you from entering other categories as well. Attending the Canadian finals isn’t the only way to get to Australia!
Canadian & World Competitions
Don’t forget deadlines are midnight GMT! So don’t forget to translate that to your local time zone. It all starts with an idea, time to start sharing those ideas! Register and submit your ideas today!
Take a look at our MSP Shreyans Dhaddha’s advice when making a good app. Make sure you don’t fall in the ever increasing scope pitfall.
Most developers have a question on how to create a good app so that people will find it worth purchasing. It takes a serious amount of analyzing before even creating the app. There are always some rules that you need to follow in order to create something "Good".
Before even developing the first concern should be on the value of the product. And no I don't mean value by price. By value in this case I mean, is there even a market out there for the app that you are creating. Is there any previously created app already on the app marketplace. What can I do better from an already published app? You need to answers all these questions to define the value of your application.
The second thought of the developer should be regarding the app's focus itself? Who will the application focus as their major consumer. Will it target a person who is always on the run or a person who just wants to keep a daily log and so on... Using this idea you can break down and target the exact end user to improve the user experience even more and increase the value of your application.
Most startup developers run into a problem that haunts them during their development phase which is Scope Creep. In simple terms scope creep usually means when a developer keeps adding requirements which makes the project's scope grow continuously. This is one of the main reasons for new developers that their projects don't get completed on time. In order to avoid this situation, design how the application will flow between screens and define the logic in a simple flowchart before implementing it. This rough design technique before the actual implementation would keep you more focused on the current goal. See the sample below for how to create a rough screen design.The third and last topic is creating the user interface.
As we all know that the heart of an application is the functionality it provides. Even thou the functionality is a crucial part of an app, the user interface may have a big role to play as well. If the user interface is acceptable then your users will switch to another application that does the same thing but better looking. There should be an equal tradeoff between the functionality and the design of the application. Some things to remember when creating a user interface is to create a consistent flow for the app. There should be a very small learning curve to the application. Things should be very easily be accessible. Keeping the layouts consistent between each other. Once these targets are met, you will know for certain that you are making a "good" app.
Shreyans Dhaddha Microsoft Student Partner at Algonquin College