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This week marks the 11th Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp on the Redmond campus. For the third year I volunteered to chaperone groups of girls on tours and demonstrations. What a great group of intelligent, interesting, dynamic girls!

From the DigiGirlz website:

High Tech Camp

Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. One of our signature programs, DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls, works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry. We continue to look for opportunities to give young people a chance to experience, firsthand, what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology.

About DigiGirlz High Tech Camps

During the camp session, the girls listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops. Established in 2000, the camp program continues to grow and evolve.

To learn more about DigiGirlz High Tech Camp and other DigiGirlz events and classes, check out their website!

You are the controller.

This morning we had an hour or so to play with the Xbox Kinect, and learn about the technology behind it. There were several gaming stations and we were able to try out many games.

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Surface

We also spent and hour or so exploring Microsoft Surface technology. Haven’t heard of Surface? Here’s what they have to say about it: “The Microsoft Surface platform brings people together to connect, learn, and decide. It enables experiences that change the way people collaborate and connect with a 360-degree interface. And, with PixelSense, Microsoft Surface sees and responds to touch and real world objects—supporting more than 50 simultaneous inputs.”

The girls were absolutely fascinated with Surface. Testers and PMs from the Surface group were there to explain the technology and answer questions. I think we all left wishing that we had one of these at home…

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