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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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    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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    Anyone can use code. Tomorrow’s heroes write it.

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    The students in Mr. Tanimoto’s 4th period Computer Science class may not know it yet, but it’s not your average Monday. Seattle’s Ingraham High School is one of many schools participating in Computer Science Education Week, and to kick off the first day, they have invited James Whittaker to speak.

    Microsoft and other tech engineers are a familiar sight at Ingraham. For three years, the school has partnered with Microsoft TEALS, which sends volunteer software engineers to schools to team-teach computer science alongside classroom teachers.

    Whittaker is a distinguished engineer at Microsoft, as well as an author and a former professor. With charisma, a Nine Inch Nails t-shirt and more pop-culture references than a late-night comedy sketch, he grabs the attention of these students right away, almost despite themselves. Even the hyper-focused kid who started working at his computer before class can’t help but look up and listen.

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    Student developers create awesome apps at coding accelerator in Seattle

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    Microsoft and the nonprofit STEM Labs teamed up to give students a chance to sharpen their coding skills by designing responsive and sophisticated cloud-based apps. Organizers and development managers were wowed by the results, saying the apps were as good as those created by professional developers!  

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Student developers share pitch video secrets to success

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    Imagine Cup fever is underway! We recently announced the winners of our Pitch Video Challenge. The top team in each category won $3,000 and after the excitement settled, we caught up with team members to talk projects and code.

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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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    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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    Announcing Microsoft Azure for students

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    From the latest startups to the largest enterprises, cloud services are where new projects are born and new ideas take flight. We want to ensure students around the world aren’t left behind, so today we launched Microsoft Azure for student developers. 

    This new offer for students in 140 countries around the world gets you started with the services you need most to develop in the cloud at no cost and with no credit card required.

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    It’s official, here are your Imagine Cup UX Challenge Winners!

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    One hundred sixty-three teams entered the Imagine Cup User Experience Challenge and the judges have announced the winners. Just like in the Imagine Cup contest, teams compete in the categories of World Citizenship, Games and Innovation. But for this challenge, we ask young developers to focus on user experience (UX) and design early-on and throughout their projects.

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    Here they are … Your 2015 Project Blueprint Challenge winners!

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    It wasn’t easy, but the Project Blueprint Challenge judges have come to a consensus on the winners!

    In the Games category, the winner is Team Scrolling from the United States, for their puzzle-platformer Scrolling! The game centers on a clever size-changing mechanic that allows the player to manipulate the environment to solve challenges.

    In the Innovation category, the winner is Team Dogma from Germany, for their project CoZyPut! CoZyPut allows physically disabled gamers to control games with eye, tongue or single-hand gestures, with the fidelity and responsiveness necessary for fast-paced gaming.

    In the World Citizenship category, Team Eye3 from Canada takes the prize for their project Ciris! Ciris is a real-time color augmentation overlay that allows the colorblind to more clearly see contrasts on their desktop computers and mobile devices.

     

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