Ever had an idea for an app, game, or great bit of technology - but not had the time or the skills to make it happen?
Next month we're running something called Apps in August (original name, right?) where a group of students will be coming to Microsoft HQ to create some amazing apps for Windows 8. We're in the process of selecting the students who are coming in - and now our focus is turning to giving them some great ideas for applications they can design, build, and publish to the store.
So, we thought, why not match up students with app ideas to the students coming in for Apps in August?
Here's how it's going to work...
A few things to note...
We look forward to seeing your ideas!
Students – we want you to work with us at our UK headquarters in August. How’s that for a headline?
We know that one of the things that makes students so awesome are the amazing ideas you all seem to have. Not only that – but you’re all brilliant when it comes to doing something about them. We’re working hard at Microsoft to make awesome things happen – so why not help you all do the same?
We’ve talked about Windows 8 before. It’s new, exciting, and a great opportunity for student developers to showcase their skills and build applications on a huge platform. We’re giving those great ideas of yours a stage.
We want you to join us, both in person and virtually, during August to create amazing app experiences for people using Windows 8. There’ll be some workshops, some training, some tools and resources for you to make use of – and you’ll all get to publish your app(s) by the end of the month into the Windows Store.
Take advantage of some of your time off of studying – make something amazing happen and get a chance to work with us at our headquarters. Besides, it’ll probably only rain anyway.
So in a nutshell
What do I need?
How do I sign up?
Click here to register!
Registering does not guarantee you a place on this workshop. You will receive an email saying whether you have a place OR not once your application has been looked at.
The registration form will ask you the following key pieces of information:
If you would like to participate BUT cannot make the 6th - 8th August email be sure say no to the ‘I will join you in TVP’ option and we’ll see what other opportunities there are down the line.
We look forward to working with you in August!
Terms and Conditions...
If we accept you onto this programme:
Hi everyone! My name is Natasha Joseph and I have just joined the Academic Team at Microsoft. Although I have only been here just over a week, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere different for this year, and am really excited to get going. In writing this blog, I want to give you an insight into what it’s like at Microsoft and give all those young students out there, a few helpful hints on how you could successfully get yourself an internship here, just like me.
For the past two years I have been studying at Exeter University doing Business Management, with the dream of one day becoming a successful manager in marketing. Some may be questioning, ‘what is a girl who is doing business, with no particular technical experience, doing at Microsoft!?’
This is where I want to begin…
When first visiting the offices, I was guilty of those typical Microsoft misconceptions; I was expecting a load of tech geeks in suits, however my whole perception of the place that day changed and I fell in love. The place is relaxed and full of colour, the technology available is far beyond my previous comprehension, the offices are slick and fashionable and the whole lifestyle here is just so forwards moving. I remember leaving that day thinking, ‘WHEN CAN I START!?’ It was perfect and everything I wanted in a workplace. Best of all, I could genuinely imagine myself fitting into the Microsoft community. And that is just what Microsoft is like… a tight knit community and family, a quality that most big corporates lack.
I won’t lie and say that anyone can get a job at Microsoft, but it is justifiable to say that an employee can come from anywhere. The diverse ranges of people within these buildings are just amazing, and I can honestly say that everyone here truly fits in. Whether you are a lover of consulting, a great communicator and networker or a person who prefers a role helping to develop the most innovative of technologies, there is a place for you here. Not only that, but all the work done here is truly meaningful, with every employees making a real difference. That is a quality that really attracted me, as I really wanted a lot of responsibility, and a chance to own my own projects, and that is just what I have been given.
However, the process to get this internship and any job here is not for the faint hearted, as there are a lot of stages in order to get to the final few. These include; application forms, online tests, telephone interviews and assessment centres. I would say to anyone who wishes to apply, that firstly make sure this is the place for you, check it is the culture you want in a workplace, and that there is a role or department you are really interested in (although the HR team here is really good at figuring out how well and where you could fit.) Secondly, at all stages of the application process, BE YOURSELF AND BE HONEST! There is nothing worse than someone who pretends to be a certain way, and then comes to a place which they may not really enjoy. Lastly, I would recommend to really do your research, as you want to love the place you are working in. As I started delving more and more into the world of Microsoft and the sheer range of AMAZING products and services they have to offer, it soon became hard not to love.
If I could leave everyone with one message, it would be to encourage people to apply for jobs here. If you are in the same position as I was just a few months ago, and are looking at companies to work for, this is truly an opportunity of a lifetime and I feel really lucky to have been offered it. I couldn’t speak more highly of the benefits and rewards you can get from working at Microsoft. It is an incredible place to work and I am now a real MICRO-LOVER!
Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @Tashjoseph66, and anyone who has any questions can email me at email@example.com. Keep in touch!
As promised here are the summer camps BUT only in London in the short term. Sorry about that – it's purely a logistical decision….….These are open to ANYONE – students, professional developer, part timers etc but wouldn’t it be great to fill them with students!
With Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 around the corner, its a great time to start building apps with the skills you already have and get your app in the Windows Store/Marketplace as soon as possible. Imagine how good that will look on your cv . Obviously we are here to help you get your app ready with a bunch of support ranging from online training to Camps and App Excellence Labs.
Regardless of your exposure to date of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system releases, our UK Camps have been designed to help you smoothly migrate your application or write a new one!
The Windows Phone Camps will be slightly different than the on-campus events we ran last year with a choice of sessions and workshops.
The Windows 8 Camps are also quite different. If you’re new to Windows 8 then you can sit through overview sessions to better understand the platform and opportunity that Windows 8 presents from a technology, user and business perspective. If you’re already familiar with the Windows 8 experience then you have 2 options, you can either spend the day working through our HTML or .NET labs (or both!) which walk you through the Windows 8 application development process, taking you from the familiarisation of the tools to the deployment of your app. Or, you can bring your current application and work on migrating it straight away. Not only will there be experts on hand to answer your questions on usability and implementation but we will have no-nonsense cheat sheets explaining how to implement behaviours and controls that are common across Windows 8 and Metro style applications.
We don’t expect you to have finished your porting in one day (although that’s not impossible). You will at least understand the Windows 8 operating system, what makes a great Metro style application and the development paths that are available to you. If you choose to take advantage of one of our 1:1 User Experience (UX), then you will also leave with a set of wireframes that you can use to base your Metro style application on.
If you wish to, you can return to one of our future camps to carry on with your application build and take further advantage of our Windows 8 experts who will be present all day to personally answer your questions. there a re some pre-requisites – see the Windows Phone Camp page for theirs and the only pre-requisites for attending the is camp are:
1) You have the Windows 8 Release Preview installed and running on your machine - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/download?ocid=W_MSC_W8R_DevCenter_MetroDL_EN-US
2) You have Visual Studio 2012 Express RC installed - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/apps/br229516
The first set of camps will be held in London but after that we’ll be heading off round the country (narrowly avoiding the Olympics). See you there!
Wednesday 18th July, Windows Phone DevCamp
Thursday 19th July, Windows 8 DevCamp
Friday 20th July, Windows 8 DevCamp
Saturday 21st July,Windows 8 DevCamp
Monday 23rd July, Windows Phone DevCamp
Tuesday 24th July, Windows 8 DevCamp
Wednesday 25th July, Windows 8 DevCamp
Thursday 26th July, Windows 8 DevCamp