Susan IbachTechnical Evangelist
Passionate about technology? Love learning about new tools? Want to build a relationship with Microsoft and take the first step into the IT industry? Sounds like you need to consider becoming a Microsoft Student Partner!
Microsoft Student Partners, or MSPs, are students who are enthusiastic about the latest and greatest tools and technologies and are passionate about sharing their excitement with their peers. If you’re familiar with the MVP program, then think of MSPs as MVPs of academia. If you’re not familiar with the MVP program, then simply think of them as campus rock stars!
MSPs must posses a range of abilities ranging from excellent time management to superb organizational skills. Communication skills are considered especially important to ensure that MSPs can host successful campus events and spread their knowledge and excitement to their peers. They should have a good relationship with their faculty and must have the backing of at least one faculty member who would be willing to support their initiatives. Additionally, students who are selected for the position of an MSP must sociable, friendly and approachable individuals who like to meet new people.
The MSP program is rewarding not only through engagement and support but also through perks and benefits. These include:
Microsoft Canada is continuously looking for students to participate in the MSP program. If you think you have what it takes to take the privileged status of an MSP on your campus, grab and fill out the MSP application. Be sure to email it to me as soon as possible! Summer may be in full gear, but don’t delay, as we select only one top-notch student from each university/college to represent their campus.
If you have any questions, be sure to ask me, a former MSP.
Drum roll please. AzureFest is finally coming to Toronto!
I said it before and I’ll say it again, as students we should care for a simple reason: we don’t like to sit through long and boring lectures (com’n, admit it). AzureFest is all about getting down and dirty with the tools. Instead of walking away with just the knowledge of how to deploy a cloud app, you’ll walk away having actually done that. Be sure to bring your own laptop and a credit card (event and tools are free; it is only required for account activation, you will not be charged for anything) and get ready to actually do stuff.
AzureFest Toronto will take place in the heart of Toronto downtown at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone.
When: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 Where: 10 Dundas Street East, Room: AMC-502, Toronto, ON, M5B 2G9 Register: Click here
And as always, there will be prizes!
If you haven’t yet done so, be sure to check out Microsoft’s FUSE Labs (http://fuse.microsoft.com/). FUSE (Future Social Experiences) produces some pretty neat projects that deal with social, real-time and media-rich experiences.
Among their notable projects is Docs for Facebook, a tool that allows you to share Microsoft Office documents with your friends on Facebook. Think of it as SkyDrive with full Facebook integration. you can upload, create, view, edit and then share documents with your friends or even the world. As with SkyDrive, document editing is collaborative, which means that you and your friends can edit at the same time. If you have Microsoft Office installed, you can edit directly from your desktop instead of the browser.
Bing Twitter Maps is another cool project that allows you to see tweets directly from Bing maps. That is, the tweets that you see and post are in the context of a map and carry a story along with the place. If you are, for example, searching for a specific place or object on the map, you will be able to see real-time tweets in that specific area. All the standard options that you would expect including searching, filtering and embedding are all there. Be sure to check this project out and if you have a comment or a suggestion be sure to voice it.
FUSE even attacked the problem of solving classic crosswords. Team Crossword allows you to solve crossword puzzles with your friends. Simply start a session and invite your friends, or wait for random strangers to join you as well. You can even jump into an existing session and play with others around the world. Whatever you do, you now don’t need to ask anyone what the nine-letter movie title that start with “i” is.
Lili Cheng, General Manager of FUSE Labs, gives an insight into some of the other projects and how and why they are cool and unique.
Be sure to head over to http://fuse.microsoft.com/ and check out all of their projects.
It is common for the human brain to sometimes have the best ideas on a certain subject when completely focused on something else. This is exceptionally true to University students, but can also be referred to as ‘procrastinating’. Case in point: There I was, studying for my final exams and living off of coffee and hot pockets, when a brilliant idea for a Windows Phone 7 app finally lodges itself in my brain. You get ideas from the strangest sources, and mine was of course spur-of-the-moment.
I listen to music constantly when I study (or work, or live for that matter), and when there is no source of music I make my own. Tapping on tables, humming tunes... I must be the pet peeve of every co-worker in existence. So, in the midst of studying with no music and humming some nonsensical tune, I get an epiphany. What if there was an app for that? Then, instead of studying (because my brain hurt of boredom), I expanded the idea. An app that could make basic beats and background music for songs. You set a bass-line, set a snare on repeat, set a couple of notes on a trumpet to loop every 4 bars, and you have the building blocks to the next great pop-song. Save all your blocks together as an mp3, plug it into your computer program later, and really make the music happen.
The key is that instead of having to jot down notes on a piece of paper or try to remember a great idea in your head (think “dum dum da da daaaa dum dum”), you literally save your idea and master it later. That being said, no one steal my idea, as the 3rd and final round of the Battle of the Apps is accepting submissions right now. A free phone and a potential trip to Australia? You bet I’m going to submit my app. See you on the judging side.
Omri Wallach Microsoft Student Parter | UBC
The third and final round of Battle of the Apps (http://battleoftheapps.ca) closes on June 15th.
Did you know that as a student, you have access to lots of freebies on http://www.dreamspark.com/? Need more development power than Visual Studio 2010 Express can offer? Want to get access to the full Microsoft Expression Studio suite? DreamSpark is the solution!
DreamSpark provides students with various development and design tools at no charge. Additionally, various offers such as Microsoft Certification and AppHub Marketplace registration fees are waived for students through DreamSpark registration.
To access all the goodies on DreamSpark, simply verify your identity through your school email. If your email is not on the school list, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a redemption code.