A Canuck In The Machine

Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

July, 2005

  • A Canuck In The Machine

    Great Channel9 Video With SteveB


    Scoble continues his great work over on Channel9.  Check out the video with SteveB.  It's all about Developers... http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=85529


  • A Canuck In The Machine

    The Last Developer Standing!


    Microsoft Canada Announces Winner of First-Ever Last Developer Standing Contest

    Ontario developer awarded $25,000 grand prize,
    bi-weekly prizes still available


    MISSISSAUGA, ON – July 7, 2005 – Microsoft Canada Co. today announced that Trevor Pinkney is the $25,000 grand-prize winner of the company’s first-ever Last Developer Standing Contest. Pinkney won the coveted top prize by answering the most questions correctly in each of the contest’s bi-weekly challenges.


    Sponsored by Microsoft Canada and the Canadian MSDN team, the Last Developer Standing Contest gives both professional and novice software developers a unique and fun opportunity to test their software development skills and at the same time receive valuable, hands-on training with Microsoft® .NET connection software, leveraging Microsoft Visual Basic® development system for Microsoft Visual C#® development tool. The Last Developer Standing Contest continues until August 21, 2005. New participants are invited to register at www.lastdeveloper.com and compete for several remaining bi-weekly prizes, including a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize, a library of Microsoft Press® books or a Creative® Zen® Portable Media Centre. More than 6,000 developers have participated in the contest.


    “We congratulate Trevor on winning our first-ever Last Developer Standing Contest. By competing with thousands of talented developers from across Canada to take home the grand prize, Trevor demonstrated both his skill with Microsoft developer tools and his impressive technical knowledge,” said Jeff Zado, Senior Product Manager, Developer and Platform Group, Microsoft Canada. “Last Developer Standing offered us a fun and unique way to support the developer community. Participants also benefit from exposure to Microsoft development tools, which can help them prepare for becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional.”


    Pinkney, a twenty-five year-old graduate of Sheridan College, uses his Microsoft .NET skills at Cyence International Inc., a Microsoft Gold® Certified Partner based in Burlington, Ont., and a leading provider of financial front-office software.


    “It’s an honour to be recognized by the industry leader for being good at what I do,” said Pinkney. “Microsoft provides the tools and support that make it easy for me to advance my skills.  I really enjoyed being part of the competition and interacting with developers from across the country.”


    “We’re very pleased with Trevor and his performance in the competition and on the job. As part of our development team, he has helped make the Microsoft .NET –based environment a rewarding platform for Cyence products and for our customers,” said Greg McIntosh, President, Cyence. 


    More information on Last Developer Standing can be found at: www.lastdeveloper.com. Information on future Microsoft contests and other competitions can be found at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/canada.

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