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.
Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) Jordan Kantharidis is surprisingly chipper, talkative and prepared for a 12 a.m. (Athens time) interview. After admitting that he rarely sleeps, Jordan chats with us about how he learned to code a game in a few hours, how he sees technology changing the future of Greece’s economy, and how participating in the Imagine Cup helped him start his own coding company.
If you were in Seattle for Imagine Cup 2014, you may have seen Jordan, one of Greece’s Microsoft Student Partners. Jordan, along with Manos Hatziioannou, Kostas Dokos and Panos Karabelas, formed Team Genesis to compete in the Imagine Cup 2014, in the Games category.
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!
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?
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:
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. ;)
Hello everyone! My name is Phang She Chin, although my friends know me simply as Sunnie. I’m a 24-year-old Malaysian student studying at the University Malaysia Pahang (UMP). During my first year at UMP, I learned of the Microsoft Student Partners program and, after some encouragement from my peers and a few older student developers, I applied to participate in the program. I went for the interview and was soon accepted. After that, I worked to evangelize Microsoft developer tools on my campus as well as in the local community by leading coding camps at a number of secondary schools.
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!
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.
Dr. Hon Weng Chong was doing his rounds as a pediatric resident when he stumbled across a surprising statistic. Something close to one-third of childhood deaths in developed Western countries are caused by pneumonia. Dr. Hon knew this shouldn’t be the case because “pneumonia is easy to prevent and detect, and the treatment for it is cheap and available!”
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.
Hiba, Khalid and Jawad are three college students in the United Arab Emirates who have been inspired by Microsoft Imagine to master new technologies, learn new skills, and push themselves to dream big, build creatively, and boldly bring their ideas to life.
Cloud computing is changing the technology industry. When you start looking for your first job, will you have the cloud on your résumé? You will if you compete in our new Hello Cloud Challenge! With Microsoft Azure, students can get a free subscription with no credit card required and start creating web apps, running databases and much more.
Every month, one student will win our $1,000 sweepstakes. To compete, you just complete one or more of our Hello Cloud activities. Each activity you complete gives you another chance to win. And you only have to do each activity once – your name will still be in the sweepstakes month after month!
Register for our Hello Cloud contest today and you can get started!
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.
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.
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.
Summer is almost over, but your fun doesn’t have to be. Microsoft Imagine just added three more coding kits to help you either start coding or continue on your way to coding awesomeness.
These coding kits are free, fun and short. It’s a great way to learn to code without having to spend precious summer hours staring at a computer screen. If you get stuck, the tutorial can help show you what to do.
In “Endless Runner” you can make running courses harder and harder; in “Plotting a Stealthy Path” you get to muscle-up the guards protecting your estate; and in “Quadratic Root Finder,” channel your inner math geek and code an app to figure out a quadratic equation.
Check out this month’s newcomers:
Sprinting isn’t easy in this game. Give runners a fighting chance to dash and dodge oncoming obstacles.
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.
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.
Are you interested in competing in this year’s Imagine Cup competition? Got questions about our new Hello Cloud Challenge? Want to learn more about our cool new Imagine Cup Earth contest?