Faculty Summit Live Channel


    Watch and chat LIVE with Microsoft and guests below June 21, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern time!

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    Session evaluations

    Building mobile experiences that don’t suck by Paul Laberge (11:00 AM Eastern) - Evaluate Now

    Student thought leaders know the cloud by Jonathan Rozenblit (12:00 PM Eastern)- Evaluate Now

    Responsive web design - the view of the world depends on the glasses I wear by Thomas Lewis (1:00 PM Eastern) - Evaluate Now

    How to get your students to the Imagine Cup finals by Andrew Parsons (2:00 PM Eastern)- Evaluate Now

    The Windows 8 platform for Metro style apps by Thomas Lewis (3:00 PM Eastern) - Evaluate Now

    Collaborating with Microsoft Research Connections by Derick Campbell (4:00 PM Eastern) - Evaluate Now

    Microsoft IT Academy: Curriculum that leads to certification by Heidi Johnson (5:00 PM Eastern)- Evaluate Now

    Building games using Visual Studio 11 and DirectX by Amit Mohindra (6:00 PM Eastern)- Evaluate Now


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    Windows 8 Update–New Hardware and events!


    Windows 8 news keeps coming, new hardware, a developer camp, and free book!


    Windows 8 Events in Canada

    If you are interested in building a Windows 8 app, and you want some help learning the developer platform and some of the unique aspects of developing on the Windows 8 platform such as Share contracts, snap view, and app bars a Windows 8 camp is a great resource.




    Free e-book for Windows 8 developers

    If you don’t live near an event, or even if you just want some reference material for Win 8 development check out this free e-book


    Microsoft announces new Windows 8 hardware

    A new surface tablet was unveiled this week. Check out pictures learn more at www.surface.com or read the press release

    App Excellence Labs

    Lots of Canadian developers are in the app excellence labs already presenting their apps and fine tuning them for the Windows 8 store. It’s great to see some strong Canadian apps in the store already! Last night I introduced my kids to Tete a Claques on my Windows 8 slate. Now my kids want a Willy Waller 2006 (T’aime ca les patates?). If you are working on an app contact Win8Cdn@Microsoft.com to find out how you can attend an app excellence lab and get your app into the store. Got your app around the 60-70% completed mark, you could even attend a remote lab next week! Get your app in the store early!

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    Teaching? Don’t miss our faculty summit Thursday!


    Just a reminder of our faculty virtual summit this Thursday June 21st, 2012, pick the sessions that interest you!

    Canada is hosting a faculty summit, but since Canada is really big, we’re doing it online. Join us for sessions on Mobile, Web, Gaming, Imagine Cup, Certification, Microsoft Research. Get up to speed on what’s new in your field and find out what resources we have for you! In addition to some great Canadian speakers we’ve enlisted some of the great folks in Seattle at head office to spend some time with you as well.

    Check out more details about the session and register here!

    We’ve opened up the sessions to faculty from around the world, but first and foremost this summit is for Canadians! We even have a couple of nice giveaways and a faculty package of goodies for the first 50 Canadian faculty who register! Why should the students been the only ones who get cool stuff!

    Hope to see you there!

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    The Windows Phone Hunger Game


    349MicroImagCup-349Carleton University students won second place winner at the 2012 Canadian Imagine Cup with a Windows Phone game that reminds us of the challenges involved in delivering aid and supplies to where it is most needed.

    The Problem:

    World Hunger. 3 billion people around the world survive on $2 a day. One seventh of the people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight.

    The Solution:

    Team Novarum from Carleton University (Skye Gagne, Zara Tooth, Ryan Bottriel, Matthew Fournier and mentor Jean-Sylvain Sormany) built a windows phone game to collect funds from advertising revenue and give it to Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now is a charity that provides meal packs that cost 25 cents and include rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavouring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals. By supporting this charity through advertising revenue in the game, players can make an impact when they play the game. Team Novarum understands by making a fun game you can engage and involve people who might not otherwise take the time to support the charity.

    The Game:

    Based on the hunger theme, the app challenges the player to get food to remote locations. Players have to steer a package of food from the top of the screen to the bottom where a group of people are waiting. Obstacles block the food’s path and must be overcome by manipulating elements such as water, dirt, and ice. For example you can use water to wash away dirt.

    Each level starts with a simple map. The player must determine what elements need to be added, or taken away for the food to reach the people.

    You can see a preview of the game in this video

    Feed The People


    The game graphics are straightforward but the physics make it fun! Congratulations Team Novarum for taking the time to try and inspire all of us to do what we can to make a difference!

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    Professors, instructors these sessions are for you!


    IMG_4304We’ve put together a series of sessions for faculty Thursday June 21st to help you keep up with what’s new and find out about the resources Microsoft has for you

    Teaching courses is a lot of work, the constant pressure to keep courses relevant, and of course it’s not just teaching, there are expectations that you will build new industry partnerships, publish papers, bring in funding, serve on committees, how can you find time to keep up?

    We want to help, so we’ve put together a series of sessions for you the faculty, to bring you up to speed on what’s new, and find out what resources we already have for you to use that can save you time when planning next year’s courses. You pick and choose the sessions that interests you! Microsoft Research? Gaming and graphics? Web? Mobile? Certification? Register today!

    Here’s all the details about the sessions, as an added bonus for Canadian faculty we have a great package of resources to share with you as well. The first 100 faculty from Canada to register for any sessions will receive our package in the mail.

    Virtual Faculty Summit

    Thursday June 21st, 2012


    Building mobile experiences that don’t suck

    Speaker: Paul Laberge, Technical Evangelist Microsoft Canada

    11:00- 11:45 AM Eastern Time

    Over the past 3-4 years, mobile apps have moved from a niche market for a select few developers and designers to a massive new economy across multiple platforms. Gone are the days where a mobile application is seen as an afterthought; it’s simply not enough for a mobile platform to be “good at email”. Many apps are poorly designed and could use significant improvement to their user experience. In this session, we’ll show you what your students as mobile app developers/designers should be thinking about when building apps for any mobile platform. We will go through a great number of topics including how to standardize the look and feel of your app to the platform, creating an effective and appealing user interface, implementing your idea for the mobile form factor and more.

    Student thought leaders KNOW the cloud

    Speaker: Jonathan Rozenblit, Technical Evangelist Microsoft Canada

    12:00-12:45 PM Eastern Time

    As an instructor you are faced with the challenge of preparing your students to be thought leaders when they graduate in 1-5 years. You need to be aware of the disruptive technologies that are shaping the workplace, such as the Cloud. Integrate cloud computing concepts into your existing courses and prepare your students accordingly. In this session you will learn about Microsoft's cloud platform, Windows Azure, and the resources available to you as an instructor to leverage Windows Azure.

    Responsive Web Design - The View of the World Depends on the Glasses I Wear

    Speaker: Thomas Lewis, Technical Evangelist Microsoft Canada

    1:00 – 1:45 PM Eastern Time

    There is no mobile Web, there is no desktop Web, and there is no tablet Web. We view the same Web just in different ways. So how do we do it? By getting rid of our fixed-width, device-specific approaches and using Responsive Web Design techniques. This session will focus on what is Responsive Web Design and how you can use its 3-pronged approach on current development which will adapt for new devices in the future.

    How to get your students to the Imagine Cup Finals

    Speaker: Andrew Parsons – Game Design category captain 2012 Worldwide Imagine Cup

    2:00 – 2:45 PM Eastern Time

    The Imagine Cup is one of the world’s premier technology competitions for students. 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the Imagine cup and students from around the world are descending on Sydney Australia this July to compete in categories like Software Design, and Xbox Game Design. The competition presents a great opportunity to showcase the talent of your students. Imagine four of your students at a technology showcase for high schools, talking to graduating high school students, showing off their winning entry or maybe talking to a reporter about their trip to the world finals. In this session, we’ll talk about the Imagine Cup competition, and share some tips to help you ensure your teams have the best chance possible of succeeding in the competition.

    The Windows 8 platform for Metro style apps

    Speaker: Thomas Lewis, Technical Evangelist Microsoft Canada

    3:00- 3:45 PM Eastern Time

    Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined. Check out this session to learn about the new platform for building Metro style applications that will run on desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Get an understanding of the platform design tenets, the programming language choices (C++ or JavaScript anyone?), and the integration points with the operating system and across Metro style apps.

    Collaborating with Microsoft Research Connections

    Speaker: Derick Campbell, Microsoft Research

    4:00 – 4:45 PM Eastern Time

    Curious how Microsoft Research connects with faculty? Microsoft Research Connections is a division of Microsoft Research that collaborates with academic researchers and institutions to develop technologies that fuel data-intensive research in the effort to solve some of the most urgent global challenges.  Find out what free tools are available to help you with your research and where to find out about opportunities to engage with Microsoft Research Connections.

    Microsoft IT Academy: Curriculum that leads to Certification

    Speaker: Heidi Johnson IT Academy Product Manager

    5:00 - 5:45 PM Eastern Time

    Are you providing students with the skills they need for today’s jobs? The Microsoft IT Academy Program is a complete technology education solution connecting students, teachers, employers and local communities through a life-long learning model of leading-edge technology skills development. IT Academy provides access to engaging content that students need to expand their life skills and enhance their employment opportunities. This session will provide an overview of the updated IT Academy program and the curriculum resources and certification opportunities available for faculty and students. Over 750,000 certified….and still counting!

    Building Games using Visual Studio 11 and DirectX

    Speaker: Amit Mohindra Program Manager Visual Studio

    6:00 – 6:45 PM Eastern Time

    Visual Studio 11 brings the most significant set of improvements for developing graphics-intensive apps in over a decade. If you are teaching 2D or 3D game development to your students, there's something for you in this session. We will walk through all the new tools integrated into Visual Studio 11 that will make game programming a breeze.

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