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Want something fun to do this summer?
With University and High School exams nearly over, you are fast approaching the holiday period which means a few months of doing ummm not much… The Imagine Cup is a great way to kill some time and take part in an amazing competition + be in the running for some really cool prizes including $$$. The the...
26 Nov 2008
Small Basic for Beginner Developers
Small Basic has been designed specifically for novice developers. The easy to use programming language allows beginners to get a clear understanding of the fundamentals of programming and have lots of fun on the way. Small Basic is available for download- Click here . Also check out the Small Basic Blog...
23 Oct 2008
Microsoft China is visiting Australia
Microsoft China is coming to Australia! Microsoft is a global enterprise with different subsidiaries specialising in various aspects of the business. China holds the second largest Research and Development Centre for Microsoft after the U.S. Enwei Xie, the General Manager for Microsoft China, will be...
28 Sep 2008
Student day @ Tech Ed 2008
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...
23 Sep 2008
Good beginners resource for building Xbox games in XNA Games Studio
The ground swell of interest in XNA Games Studio never ceases to amaze me - it's truly an underground phenomenon! Accordingly, there's never a shortage of materials produced by members of the community teaching you how to do things with XNA. A while back I posted a video of a great presentation that...
6 Feb 2008
'Deakin defies drop in uni applications'
From the Australian Newspaper website this morning: " AN aggressive marketing campaign by Deakin University has helped buck a decline of school-leaver interest, making it the only campus in Victoria with a significant increase in undergraduate applications. Final first-preference data for commonwealth...
10 Jan 2008
Visual Studio 2008 is now available in MSDNAA
Visual Studio 2008 is now available for MSDNAA subscribers. Please contact your universitie's MSDNAA administrator for more information. If your department would like to subscribe to MSDNAA please register at www.msdnaa.net MSDNAA provides you with the software and tools you need to teach your students...
21 Nov 2007
'Mix On Campus' is go!!
Every year, students and lecturers ask for tickets to Tech.Ed and Remix, and we sadly don't have enough free tickets to go around. My team got to thinking - this was a pretty terrible situation, so I started asking around the Microsoft office in Sydney and got some budget and the go ahead to run a very...
24 Oct 2007
Students, get your resume on 'roids - join Microsoft Student Partners.
One for the students... Statistics show, employers prefer graduates who display (amongst other things): Interpersonal and Communication Skills (written and oral) Activities – includes both intra and extra curricular Passion/Knowledge of Industry/Drive/Lateral Thinking/Technical Skills ...
13 Sep 2007
So what are young I.T grads really worth?
I'd like to think the answer is "ALOT". Here's proof - 18 of the 100 entries in BRW's 2006 Young Rich list coming from the tech sector! But you need more proof than that to convince people. As such, I was skulking around the net looking for some stats to better understand whats on offer to grads for...
28 Aug 2007
Windows OS Kernel for Australian Academics
I have in my hot little hands around 30 copies of the " Windows Academic Program" CD. It's a special kit coming out of our Redmond HQ that's meant for teachers (and researchers) of operating system units in tertiary institutions. Oh, what a package it is... The disc contains: "1- Windows Kernel...
16 Aug 2007
Redmond comb Australia (again) to find latest Microsoft Interns
Good morning friends! The lovely Carrie Read and Michelle le Cour, Microsoft's U.S graduate recruiting angels, are coming back to our shores later this year to interview students for technical intern roles for students at MS's Redmond headquarters! Be damned, brain drain , be damned! Oh well, Australia...
23 Jul 2007
Learn .NET in Second Life
A few questions every person should ask themself: - Can a beast with the head of a ram and the body of a man use Visual Studio ? - Is it possible to travel to a tech seminar attended by industry leaders by using levitation? (It's much better than driving - levitation emits zero emissions) -...
1 Jul 2007
Imagine Cup Australia Winners
Part of my responsibilities in my role with MS is to run the Australian leg of Imagine Cup. It's a worldwide software development competition for uni students, with a variety of prizes and benefits for the students and uni's involved. This year, the finals took place at ReMix in Melbourne, and the top...
29 Jun 2007
Australian Imagine Cup software design finalists are announced.
Australian Imagine Cup finalists have been announced . Three teams will go to ReMix later this month to duke it out to see who will reign supreme as Australian Imagine Cup champ (aswell as the chance to go on to Korea to compete in the International finals). I'm charged with organising the Australian...
18 Jun 2007
Lessons learnt in games development degrees
Nick Hodge , Microsoft's Professional Geek (yes, that is his actual job title), recently interviewed Ross Brown and Penny Drennan from QUT about lessons learnt from the first ever semester of teaching the Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment degree . Forgetting for a minute some of the...
6 Jun 2007
Microsoft 'Faculty Connection'
Semester 1 is about to end in Australia - which probably means plenty of you will be flat out marking assignments and planning classes for next semester. Microsoft's Faculty Connection is a site that operates (in conjunction with MSDNAA) to do exactly that - helps plan your classes for the coming semester...
5 Jun 2007
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