We like to make a personal connection with you all (we try as much as we can) so in that spirit please meet our latest team member. Rather than me waffle on I’ll let Joanna introduce herself in her own words – please say hello if you connect with her online or if you meet her in person.
Hi everyone, my name's Joanna Tong and I have just joined the Academic Team at Microsoft alongside Ben Nunney, who I’m sure you’re very familiar with, and all of the other wonderful people who help to run the Microsoft UK Student, Faculty and Emerging Business programmes.
Like Ben I’ll be working as an Academic Developer Evangelist which means that I'll have the incredible job of evangelising Microsoft technology within the student community, telling you about all the cool stuff we’re doing, the amazing stuff that Microsoft technology enables you to do, and essentially being one of your points of contact should you need any help, advice or just a general bit of chat.
I am really excited to meet new people, and I imagine I will be meeting many of you in the upcoming months in many of the events that we’re holding and helping out at amongst the student community.
I studied at UCL for an MEng degree in Computer Science, meaning I have a pretty intense passion for technology, which I’m sure you share. As a graduate entry into the MACH program at Microsoft I have a lot to learn which is fantastic as I have a great support system in both my team and the company as a whole. This is why if any of you are considering a career or an internship, I’d strongly urge you to apply to Microsoft and see where the journey takes you. If that’s not on your agenda but you still want to do some innovative things with technology, Microsoft caters for that too. There’s DreamSpark for you eager developers and once you’ve gotten into the swing of things there’s the opportunity to get your technology out into the public eye, particularly through the Windows Phone medium, where it is so easy to publish your apps onto the Marketplace.
In my spare time I like to cook (and eat), read up on some financial news and watch a cheesy show or two. If any of you share these sentiments don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @joannatonguk (it might be pretty empty right now but I promise I’ll populate it with needless tweets in next to no time).
I’m really looking forward to meeting so many of you soon and I hope that I can, with the help of my team equip you with the tools and skills to become the developers of the future.
Congratulations! I'm sure you will have a great time in MS. Good luck. :)
Hi Joanna - on behalf of the past and present MSPs you'll be speaking a lot with, welcome: it's good to have you on board! :)