What a fantastic event, Student Day (SD) attracted over 1200 students both from Universities and High Schools around NSW and some interstate. Student Day was the platform for the official launch of Microsoft Dreamspark and StudentstoBusiness (S2B) in Australia. If you haven't heard already, Dreamspark is a Microsoft student program designed to offer all tertiary students access to Microsoft’s designer and developer tools for FREE! Dreamspark will also be rolled out to High Schools early next year. Check out the website for more info www.dreamspark.com. S2B is a Microsoft Community initiative designed to connect Microsoft partners and customers with qualified students for entry level and internship positions. A great opportunity to gain work experience or a post-graduate position. Register at StudentstoBusiness.

For High School students, SD offered an opportunity for students to gain an insight into the wonderful world of ICT (Information, Communication, Technology). Industry professionals presented on a range of topics, including, Game Development, latest trends in technology, career panel and more…

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-Main Theatre- High School session

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-Game Development session with Luke Drumm from Readify

The University session as well as the High School session was keynoted by Joe Wilson, Microsoft Senior Director for Academic Initiatives. Joe's presentation was very insightful and inspiring, he discussed the importance of ICT and the significant impact each student can have by contributing their imagination and creativity to the industry.

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- (Above) Joe Wilson Presenting (very cool guy!)

Student Day would not have been the same without the awesome effort of the Microsoft Student Partners who helped organise the event- big thanks to the MSPs!!

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-(Above) MSPs (in red and white shirts) with the Tech Ed “Smack Down Team”

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- (Above) Students going crazy at the “Its Not Cheating” Booth

Student Day will be transformed into a Microsoft Academic Road Show which will travel to 6 major states early next year (Feb-March 2009. Stay tuned for more info.

-Karo