The Christmas break was great for me, great to spend quality time with family and friends. However, I made a conscious decision to stay “disconnected” and see how I could enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. I wasn’t sure what I really meant by disconnected when I started but I did want some time to relax and spend quality time with people I love and like . It quickly became clear that I had to narrow down the definition as technology touches so many parts of our lives now that you cannot simply turn it off. Or can you? I failed.
By narrowing down I decided not to do any work stuff but I even failed at that as its so easy to stay up to date with my new Windows Phone 7 device. What it did man though was that when I got back into the office I knew I had no immediate fires to fight or problems to deal with so that made me feel better.
Apart from realising I had set myself an nigh on impossible task I then go to thinking about how we help students use technology in your lives and work and whilst we do a lot there is probably still more we could do.
I started to draft a list including DreamSpark, MSDNAA, Facebook, Twitter etc and I realised there is so much stuff that it must be difficult at times to find out what is available to help you.
So 2 things. Firstly, is there a major challenge you face as a student that technology could help with and secondly we will collate a list of ALL the stuff available for you from Microsoft as a student and publicise it – this may take a while….
I hope you had a good break and good luck with your exams and if there was one piece of technology that was invaluable to you over Christmas – what was it ? Mine was my Windows Phone 7 (obviously).
I know this is a Microsoft Students blog but it is actually written by real people – in this case me, Phil Cross, so when I saw this from Eileen Brown I thought – ah well its holiday season…..
Honda has an amusing little app on Facebook. Its called the naughty-or-nice–a-tron and it goes through your Facebook status updates and comments to find out how many naughty or nice things you’ve said during the year. It does take a short while to run depending on the amount of activity….
Looks like I am OK and I would imagine most people would be NICE but hey – let us know if you are not
I met with approximately 50 MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) on Friday last week and, as ever, had some interesting conversations.
I was wondering, for students who want a technical career, if there would be any benefit in trying to get MVPs to “mentor” students. The MVPs have lots of real world experience in a range of technologies and may be willing to help. That being said, some of them are very focused on one product eg Excel, Silverlight, SQL Server etc so we would need to broker the right relationships.
If this is of interest then let me know and I can investigate further with the MVP lead here in the UK, Claire Smyth.
Though if you look at some of the photos from the event you might not be that keen - I assume they were playing with Kinect…..
We have had a great response to our call for student partners and we have a core set of students we are now working with. While we work through the programme we have closed applications for the time being. We will definitely open it up in July 2011 but if we can manage more then we may open it up before so please keep applications coming in and we will put them on file. Do you still say that these days?
It good to see open dialogue, some positive
some not so…OK I haven’t chosen anything too controversial.
but that’s the point of the programme. To have open and honest dialogue with a sub set of students who can provide help and guidance for our products and programmes on behalf of ALL students in the UK.
Visit the web site for more info or email us firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest
I go to thinking. We host a lot of Live Meetings here (locally and across the Atlantic with HQ) and we are all well equipped to work from home - mobile, PC, broadband, Microsoft Lync etc. So when the weather turns bad we can stay at home and continue to work pretty much like we normally do. Unless you are in the Office when the snow starts you still have to get home but I usually just stay late, let the traffic all die down and then use the little lanes etc to drive home safely. If it gets really bad (like last year) then Microsoft does cater for people staying overnight in the office - it might not be as comfortable as at home but at least its warm. 150 people took advantage of this last year :-). Not all of us have 4x4s and can enjoy this sort of drive to work.
Anyway, what do you as students do? Are you able to work from home? Does the university enable a distance learning experience or do they still expect you to attend lectures?
Whilst face to face is still an incredibly valuable and interesting learning experience could Universities do more to enable you to work from anywhere? Let me know your thoughts.....
Change the world!
I had heard
of the Imagine Cup when I was in IT Pro/TechNet land but didn’t really understand it or know much of the detail. Then I joined the Academic team in June this year
and one of my first tasks was to go out to the worldwide finals, held in Poland,
last July to watch the final day and meet students and my counterparts from
around the world.
Saying I was impressed would be an
understatement. To see the number of
students, the solutions on display and the number of Microsoft people present
created a big impression on me. Hearing
the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and seeing Michelle Obama on
video welcoming students to New York for the 2011 finals was the icing on the
cake. If I can do one
thing in my role this year that would make me feel good inside would be to see
as many UK students as possible enter the completion. We’d really like to see a UK team win the
$25,000 first prize in either the Software
Development or Embedded Design
competitions as we have local UK interest in those.
In fact one
of the competitors from 2008 is now sitting opposite me in Microsoft UK having
joined the academic team as an evangelist – check out Bens post here with his own personal memories and experiences.
Go on, have a
go, the first part is quite simple. Get
a team together, evaluate
the problems posed on the site or create
something yourself. Stage 1 which needs
completing by December 10th for the Software Design or Embedded Competitions is a simple summary of your idea!
For more info
or to enter, visit www.imaginecup.co.uk
Developer conferences are impressive events but are normally
expensive to attend, either money or time.
The Microsoft Professional
Developers Conference (PDC) was no exception until this year!
Instead of going thousands of miles to the US you can join
us on October 28th at one of 7 university locations around the UK for students
interested in leading edge technologies and for professional developers who
want to watch and listen to Microsoft Executives via High Definition Live
Streaming direct from the US.
Since 1991, the PDC has been the centre for students,
developers and architects to gather and hear about the next generation of
Microsoft technologies. This year will be no exception and for the first time
you are invited!
The live streaming of the keynote sessions will be top and
tailed with local UK Microsoft staff and NACUE members to help answer any
questions and manage the local interactive online Q&A! The keynotes detail
the direction Microsoft is heading and will this year focus on Client &
Devices, Cloud Services, and Frameworks & Tools. Following this event
there will be more detailed sessions available for you to watch one line from
Our local sessions will let you engage with like-minded
students and developers to learn about our new technology developments.
Visit the registration sites for more detail and a full
London South Bank University
University of Nottingham
King's College London - http://pdckcl.eventbrite.com/
Cambridge University - http://pdccambridge.eventbrite.com/
University of Surrey - http://pdcsurrey.eventbrite.com/
University of Hertfordshire - http://pdcherts.eventbrite.com
University - http://pdcmanchester.eventbrite.com
University of Southampton - http://pdcsouthampton.eventbrite.com
If you can't make one of those venues and you're
near our offices in Reading, you can stop by here to watch it, too! Details here
Academic Audience Manager
“New opportunities lead to great development experiences on the
On 5th October, we're holding a very special UK Tech Days event at the ICC
in London. Why's it so special? Well, Microsoft 's CEO Steve Ballmer
will be there to deliver a keynote, and our UK Evangelist team will spend the
rest of day talking about the future of Microsoft technology... and we're
giving you a chance to come along!
Our special UK TechDays event is specifically designed to equip you with the
knowledge and understanding of emerging technologies so that you can forge
ahead of the rest to bring your ideas to fruition! Talks on the day will cover
Windows Azure, Windows 7 and the soon-to-be-released Windows Phone 7 and IE9,
helping to show you how multiple screens and a cloud will change the way you
think about development.
The event itself is sold out - but, since we know that students are the
future, we've managed to secure a couple of free tickets just for you! Not
only will you get to come along to the day, but we'll pay your travel expenses
to do so. Sound good? There's a catch - in exchange for coming along, we want
you to blog, Facebook and tweet your way through the day, helping to spread the
word about the awesome technology that you'll be hearing about.
So here's how to be in for a chance to come along! Send an email to email@example.com
with your name, what/where you study, and a sentence stating why you want to
come along to the day. We're looking for people who are keen to write about
the day on their blogs, tweet about the things they see & hear, and use
other social media channels to spread the Tech Day love!
We have a very limited number of tickets, and we'll look to pick from the
best sentences on Monday of next week (27th September). Good luck!
Today is your first
chance to compete in the 2010-11 Imagine Cup.
We want to find the UK’s brightest IT experts and send them to New York
to battle it out with students from all over the world. We’re running eight 1 hour
on-line challenges over the next few months, and you only have to score 50% to
advance to the next round.
Sound easy? Then give the practice quiz a go
first! You can compete in as many or as
few quizzes as you like – either until you get through, or again and again just
for the fun of it. Seriously. Fun. IT. It happens.
Click here to register for the IT Challenge.
If you have any questions, don't know where to go, or just want to brag about how highly you scored, you can connect with us in the
UK academic team on firstname.lastname@example.org, at www.facebook.con/microsoftukstudents or
@msukstudents on Twitter.
And no, we’re not telling you
It's no secret that, here at the Microsoft UK
Academic Team, we love students. One of the ways we share that love is through
the Microsoft Student Partner programme. Put simply, it's a way for students to
engage with us, hear about the latest & greatest technology we're creating,
and spread that knowledge around. I could type loads more about it - but I think
this video sums it up nicely...
Like the man says - email email@example.com
if you want to be a part of it!