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Creating games and apps is your dream, and Microsoft Imagine can make it a reality. Microsoft Imagine connects you with the tools and knowledge you need to create, code, and develop your ideas. So whether you're new to coding, studying it in school, or planning for your career, you can dream big, build creatively, and boldly bring your ideas to life.

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    And your 2015 Imagine Cup World Champion IS … Team eFitFashion of Brazil!

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    On Friday at the Washington State Convention Center, thousands of hours of dreaming, coding, testing, troubleshooting and pitch-practicing came down to 30 minutes for three first-place Imagine Cup teams in the Games, Innovation and World Citizenship competitions. But they weren’t thinking about their long road to Imagine Cup, they were too busy wowing the judges and thousands of Imagine Cup fans! Team Virtual Dementia Experience, Team eFitFashion and Team IzHard brought their A-games to battle for the title of Imagine Cup World Champion!

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    Microsoft Breaks a World Record at Imagine Coding Camps

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    We did it!! We broke the Guinness World Record® for the “Most People Trained in Computer Programming in 8 Hours."

    Kids from all over the Seattle area arrived at the Microsoft campus today for Imagine Coding Camps. In four bustling rooms throughout Building 92, children learned how to code in the best way possible, by having fun.

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    The 2015 Imagine Cup World Final winners in Games, Innovation & World Citizenship!

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    Thirty-three Imagine Cup World Finalist teams arrived in Seattle on Monday filled with hope and determination. They would face a trial by fire of perfecting their demos and sharpening their pitches in preparation for a fierce competition on Wednesday.

    Now, at last, after many nail-biting hours, the wait is over. Join us in congratulating the best of the best! Meet your 2015 Imagine Cup winners in the Games, Innovation and World Citizenship categories!

    World Citizenship:

    1st Place: Virtual Dementia Experience, Australia: $50,000 and a Microsoft YouthSpark Boot Camp

    2nd Place: Mozter, Singapore: $10,000

    3rd Place: Prognosis, Greece: $5,000

    Innovation:

    1st Place: eFitFashion, Brazil: $50,000 and a Microsoft Ventures Boot Camp

    2nd Place: NoObs, Azerbaijan: $10,000

    3rd Place: Siymb, United Kingdom: $5,000

    Games:

    1st Place: IzHard, Russia: $50,000 and a PAX Boot Camp

    2nd Place: Kuality Games, Netherlands: $10,000

    3rd Place: Thief, China: $5,000

     

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    Imagine Cup World Finals 2015, Day Three: Competition Day

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    Months of work and miles of travel finally behind them, 33 teams competed today for the Imagine Cup in one of three categories: World Citizenship, Innovation and Games. 

    Luca Bruno anxiously awaits his time for Team #idon’tgiveanapp to present HeartWatch to the judges.

    As students waited for their assigned time slot to present, they sported serious game faces. Three teams hit the ground running with an 8 a.m. presentation while others, like Team Octavian of Nepal, had to endure waiting until 3:30 p.m., the very last time slot.

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    Imagine Cup World Finals 2015, Day Two: Microsoft HoloLens, Raspberry Pi & IoT, Oh my!

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    Seattle greeted the 33 Imagine Cup World Finalist teams with sunshine on day two of the global student technology competition. Clusters of competitors boarded the busses that would take them across Lake Washington from the University of Washington to the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. Today is the day they got to be ‘Microsofties.’ They got an exclusive peek at the Microsoft HoloLens, ate lunch amidst the hustle and bustle of the Microsoft Commons, and watched Eben Upton (CEO of Raspberry Pi) play with robots at an Internet of Things presentation.

    As they made their way to Holographic Academy, they walked by the shiny Microsoft Employee Store, smartphone cameras snapping. Teams are beginning to intermingle as many heed the advice of Imagine Cup alumni – to use this time to build some of the most important connections of their careers.

    We caught up with a few of the teams as they walked out of the Holographic Academy. 

    Team Virtual Dementia Experience from Australia is excited about the future of virtual reality.

    Liam McGuire of Team Virtual Dementia Experience said, “My expectations were pretty high. But it seriously exceeded my expectations. There are technologies doing this, but they are very niche. The image quality was unbelievable.”

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    Welcome to the 2015 Imagine Cup World Finals!

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    Student developer teams have begun to arrive from all over the world for the 2015 Imagine Cup World Finals.

    Sleep? What’s sleep?

    How much sleep have you had the last 72 hours? On average, the Imagine Cup teams we spoke to clocked eight hours of sleep. For the 33 Imagine Cup World Finalists arriving today in Seattle, sleep is a nice idea, a distant memory, a dangling carrot. The 33 teams feel the sleep deprivation acutely, but like anytime where pain and adrenaline mix – the adrenaline wins.

    The teams trickle in to register for the Imagine Cup, buzzing and nervous! You can tell they aren’t quite used to superstar status, surprised at being shuffled around by so many people armed with cameras and video recorders. But these kids are pretty much the cream of the crop.

    And this is the big time. It’s the Imagine Cup 2015 World Finals! This is where all those hours of hard work will hopefully pay off.

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    Imagine Cup Alumni Go Pro

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    The 2015 Imagine Cup World Finals are next week! While 33 teams lose sleep to finalize their projects, we caught up with four Imagine Cup alumni teams. All of these teams have transformed their idea into a startup company.

    Team Eyenaemia (2014), Team Zero Gravity (2014), Team Chemicalium (2014) and Team Wormhole (2007) shed light on the wild ride that has been their post-Imagine Cup path to entrepreneurship.

    Spoiler Alert: It’s hard, but they love it.

    Eyenaemia

    2014 Imagine Cup World Champions

    Members: Jennifer Tang and Jarrel Seah

    Description: A medical mobile app that uses a selfie to determine a subject’s iron levels.

    Jennifer Tang and Jarrel Seah stood on the Imagine Cup stage last year as students with a winning idea. Now, they are committed and extremely busy entrepreneurs.

    For many, the time from idea to startup is focused on the product lifecycle. For others, the time is consumed by searching for funding. As a medical app, Eyenaemia must focus on both strategies. Without trials to collect medical data and patient studies, there can be no product improvement. But without funding, there can be no trials.  

    Eyenaemia is pursuing both simultaneously as well as working and studying at various emergency departments in Melbourne, Australia.

    Jennifer Tang and Jarrel Seah of Eyenaemia enjoy their victory at Imagine Cup 2014 as 1st place winners in the World Citizenship category and overall Imagine Cup World Champions.
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    The Valley goes global – HBO's ‘Silicon Valley’ star Thomas Middleditch is looking for the next student tech genius

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    This year, we thought we’d bring a little bit of the Silicon Valley up to Seattle to shift the Imagine Cup World Championship into overdrive. We’re excited to announce that actor Thomas Middleditch, star of the hit HBO show “Silicon Valley,” will round out the trio of judges that includes Alex Kipman, inventor of HoloLens, and Jens Bergensten, lead developer of Minecraft. 

    You can watch all the action and drama unfold via a live webcast starting at noon PT on July 31. Be sure to tune in to find out who will be crowned the next Imagine Cup World Champion by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. 

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    Welcome to Visual Studio 2015 with Azure!

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    With Visual Studio 2015 and the Azure SDK, you’re ready to get started coding for the cloud. Let’s create a simple website and publish it to Azure, all within Visual Studio 2015, and see how this works.

    You should have already:

    (If you haven’t done these steps yet, check out our other blog entry on how to get started with Visual Studio 2015 and Azure. Then come right back here and we’ll start coding.)

    Launch & Connect

    Open Visual Studio Community 2015

    If you haven’t already, sign in to your Microsoft Account by clicking “Sign in” in the upper right corner. You need to use the same Microsoft Account that you used with DreamSpark and Azure already.

    Once you sign in, Visual Studio 2015 will automatically recognize your Azure subscription. It’s automagic

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    Visual Studio 2015 is here for students!

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    John Scott Tynes

    Visual Studio Community 2015 is the new version of Microsoft’s flagship coding tool – or as the pro devs say, “integrated development environment.” I’d say it’s a tricked-out street racer for hackers with a lot of horses under the hood.

    This new release is incredibly powerful and completely free. With VS2015 you can code websites, apps, and much more and deploy your projects to Windows 10, iOS and Android.

    I’m especially excited about this release because it introduces full compatibility with our free Azure student subscription, which gives any student the ability to publish websites and web apps to the cloud at no cost and with no credit card required. If you’ve been experimenting with our Azure offer, you probably know that Visual Studio 2013 wasn’t fully compatible. Well, that’s fixed now and you can really light up the cloud with this new release!

    How to Get Visual Studio Community 2015

    Want to get started? It all begins right here with this free download:

    But don’t stop there! After you’ve installed VSC2015, you also need to grab the Azure SDK for .NET 2.7:

    Run that installer and you’ll be all set.

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    Check out three new coding kits from Microsoft Imagine today!

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    If you’ve always wanted to code your own game, summer is a great time to start! The newly launched Microsoft Imagine just added three more learn-to-code game kits. Designed for beginners of any age, the kits are free, easy to use and only take about half an hour per project. So, you can learn to code a game in the time it takes your dad or mom to make breakfast. Pretty cool.

    Not only will you be introduced to the world of coding in a surprising and fun way, you’ll also be starting down a path that could change your future.

    Check out this month’s new additions:

    Air Hockey: Code scorekeeping, wins, and losses

    Complete an air hockey game by coding in the scorekeeping, testing it out, and then adding win/loss conditions.

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    South Korean MSP Gayoung Ryoo went from a casual gamer to a developer with mad coding skills

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    Gayoung Ryoo’s energy almost buzzes over the phone lines. She sounds much younger than she is and ends each sentence with a sweet, almost effervescent giggle. Don’t mistake Gayoung’s bubbly personality for someone not serious about coding though. She is a formidable programmer and a super star in the Microsoft Student Partner program in South Korea. 

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    Join @MSFTImagine for a June 23 Twitter Chat on Windows 10!

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    Want to know more about creating a cool app or game on Windows 10, but you’re not sure where to start? Then join @MSFTImagine from 8 a.m. PT – 9 a.m. PT on June 23 for a live Twitter chat with Microsoft Director of Windows Evangelism Giorgio Sardo. The inaugural #ImagineChat is your opportunity to ask a Windows 10 expert questions about Windows 10 and all the awesome things student devs can do with the Windows 10 SDK.

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    Love of code started at an early age for Imagine Cup team from Texas

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    From left to right: Ryan Cooper, Jingqi Zhou, Angela Chen, and Sophie He at Imagine Cup in San Francisco.

    Team Centauri just returned to San Antonio, Texas, after competing in the 2015 Imagine Cup U.S. Finals in San Francisco. With three of the four members still in high school, Ryan Cooper, Jingqi Zhou, Angela Chen and Sophie He spoke with us about their experience as one of youngest teams participating in the Imagine Cup. 

    Ryan (18) and Jingqi (19) met at robotics club where student teams build and program FRC robots for competitions. After several years of programming robots together, Ryan suggested to Jingqi that they enter a tech contest organized by Microsoft called the Imagine Cup. They wanted to put their coding skills to test in the real world.

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    Meet the 2015 Imagine Cup World Finalists!

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    The day is finally here. After spending countless hours evaluating more than 150 student projects from 64 countries in our World Semifinals, the judges’ reports are in, the scores have been tallied, and what we have seen is nothing short of incredible. With projects that are entertaining, inspiring and even life-altering, these teams will certainly leave their mark on the world. We are thrilled to announce the 33 top teams that can now claim the coveted title of 2015 Imagine Cup World Finalist

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    Free coding kits from Microsoft Imagine

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    Want to learn to code? Know someone who does? Microsoft Imagine has just launched our new website and we’ve got a bunch of great learn-to-code kits suitable for beginners of any age. They use free visual coding software such as Kodu Game Lab, TouchDevelop and Project Spark to help anyone get started.

    Each of these kits enables you to make your first game, app or school project in about 30 minutes. We’ve got some great kits to get you started and more are coming every month:

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    Say Hola to Microsoft Student Partner Eduardo Ramirez Santos, coding machine

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    Microsoft Student Partner Eduardo Ramirez Santos.

    Eduardo Ramirez Santos, ‘Edu’ as his friends call him, is soft-spoken and doesn’t much like to talk about himself. Until you ask him about technology, that is. Then his words come out fast and easy, his voice gets louder and more animated and he makes punny techie jokes like, “I give Windows 10 a 10!” He’s 23, but when he talks about coding, Edu sounds more like a young boy with a brand new toy than a student developer, almost as if he’s been transported back to the first time he ever looked at a line of code.

    Edu was 10 years old, visiting his uncle at work at a telecommunications company in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, when he had his first meaningful encounter with technology. Standing at a computer terminal, Edu watched lines and lines of letters and numbers scroll by onscreen. When he realized that those lines controlled the machine’s movements, something came alive inside him. The idea that his own written commands could affect a machine’s functions thrilled him then and continues to drive him today. Edu loves that it takes so little code to do such big things.

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    Enter a Windows 10 Game Jam today

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    Want to create an awesome new game for Windows 10, but you’re not sure where to start? Then be sure to check out a Microsoft Imagine Windows 10 Game Jam, which will be hosted in more than 40 countries between May 14 and June 23.

    Gaming is getting a massive push with the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform unifying gaming across PCs, phones and Xbox One. Find out how your next game project can support multiplayer gaming across devices, tap into an amazing gaming community and take advantage of the latest game engines and frameworks from Unity, Monogame and Cocos.

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    Build 2015 Student Diary – Day 3

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    Hi all! This is me again, Steven Cooreman, checking in for coverage of the final day of Build 2015. And let me tell you, it was a blast. The sessions were mostly top-notch, and the actual hands-on experiences on site were also very, very helpful.

    The first thing I noticed on the last day of the conference was that there were remarkably fewer people around. Whether that was due to conflicting schedules, the lack of a keynote or something else, I don’t know, but it was surely refreshing not to have to stand in line as much … Oh, and the attendee party the night before could have had something to do with it as well. ;)

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    Build 2015 Student Diary – Day 2

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    Hi all! This is me again, Steven Cooreman, bringing you my impressions of the second day of Build 2015. And, well, where to start?

    While the first day’s keynote session was all about new features and product introductions, the second day’s keynote kept it very close to developers’ hearts. During the two and a half-hour session on Thursday morning, we got practical examples of how to use some of the tools and features unveiled on day one. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that led to a slightly less frantically paced show, and a lot more depth. Still, for a second time, student developers got the first shout out of the show!

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    Build 2015 Student Diary – Day 1

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    Hi all! My name is Steven Cooreman, and I’m a Belgian Microsoft Student Partner. Currently living in Oslo, I’m a graduating electrical engineer, but am also an app developer on the side with a few highly rated phone apps. In that regard, my main interest for going to Build is to hear and learn more about Microsoft’s Internet of Things story and improvements in the app ecosystem.

    A selfie for Day 1

    My, oh my, what a day! Barely having recovered from jetlag, it started out pretty early with breakfast at 7:15 a.m., when people were already queuing for the keynote at 8:30 a.m. Wait, I wasn’t supposed to get there that early, was I? 

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    Tinkerer, techie, teacher: Meet Dara Oladapo

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    Dara Oladapo, Microsoft Student Partner from Nigeria

    In 2002, Dara Oladapo walked with his two older brothers to the local cybercafé in Ibadan, Nigeria. The three boys went to the café intending to open a joint email account. There, Dara’s brother taught him how to hold the mouse, click on the screen and navigate around Windows.

    That was the first time Dara touched a computer. He was 10-years old.

    Unlike many of this millennial generation, Dara, now 23-years-old, did not spend his toddler years binge watching Sesame Street on Netflix or tapping a touch screen to talk to Grandma on Skype. But talking to him now, you’d think he was born a techie. 

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    Code your dream app, game, or website with Visual Studio Community 2013

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    Want to create a new game to share with your friends? Or do you have an incredible idea for an app that you want to hold in your hand? What about sharing those on your website with the latest technology?

    Microsoft’s Visual Studio Community 2013 is an incredible piece of software that can help coders like you get started in game, app, and web development!  Visual Studio Community 2013 is an integrated development environment (IDE) that brings together many useful tools for developers, along with other services, that let you create code that works across several platforms. You can create and run your new app across Windows, iOS, and Android devices, at no cost!

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    Students see first-hand how technology transforms everyday living at Tech Days 2015

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    Several Microsoft Student Partners from Belgium recently attended TechDays 2015 in Paris, an intense, information-rich mega conference that offers non-stop sessions that last all day. This highly attended conference focuses on exposing IT pros to a new technology (in a day or two) so they have the confidence to deploy and then implement the technology wherever they work.

    But why should students like you, who might not have started a career yet, attend TechDays?

    From right to left, the Belgian MSPs at TechDays 2015 in Paris, France: Sebastiaan Polfliet, Quentin Devos, Alexis Georges, Julien Lebutte, Julie Cugnon, Alexander Clerbois
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    Using Microsoft Azure for students

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    With our new free Azure offer, student developers can publish their own web apps to Azure and host them in the cloud. But if you’ve never deployed to the cloud before, that first step can be a big one. 

    We’ve created a walkthrough to explain exactly how you can publish your code to Azure in any one of three ways: 

    • Publish a Web App to Azure using Visual Studio
    • Enabling Continuous Integration with Azure Web Apps & GitHub
    • Publish a Web App to Azure using FTP 

    Download the PDF and you can get started today!

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