The first Microsoft Innovation Centre in Australia is turning Two this Thursday May 22!

To celebrate we've got a few announcements and a jam packed six weeks of free events!

Free WiFi Now Open

We've been listening and know that you've been wanting a simpler way to access our WiFi. So as of Thursday we're making our WiFi free and open for all! That means that you will now be able to simply connect to MSFTOPEN and start surfing. Yep, no more passwords! (As this is a new feature of the MIC, please be nice if things don't work perfectly as of day one.)

New MIC Website

Every week there's heaps of free events happening here at the MIC, now you have one place where you can find them all! In total, the new website brings:

  • A List of All Events hosted at the MIC.
  • Single Sign-on across the MIC, Windows 8, Windows Phone and Azure Developer Communities (this means that you can register for events across all communities and have all of your events listed in your private profile).
  • A one tick way to join the MIC email list.
  • A new community portal so you can connect with others in the MIC community in Queensland. (Add a public profile in your "Connect" tab)

Six Jam Packed Weeks of Events!

Stay Late & Code

Enjoy the view and free catering as we open late every Thursday night from 5pm - 9pm until the end of June! We're opening our new Dev Den space outside out Hamilton Island room so you can sit up against the glass and pump out that code that you've been meaning to finish. We also have the Hamilton Island, Bribie Island and Magnetic Island rooms available so you can bring a team and work together.

Our huge new Dev Den sign will also be installed over the next few weeks to celebrate!

Pitching Practice

Are you working to perfect your pitch before you head to meet potential investors or partners? We're staying open late from 5-8pm on Tuesday June 3 and Tuesday June 17 with every MIC room booked so you can practice in multiple conditions. Whether you're pitching seated in a small meeting room, standing a corporate boardroom or in large theatres; we've got a space for you! The MIC Manager can also give you individual feedback on your pitch if you need!

Did we mention we're also putting on catering so you can relax and focus on the pitch at hand? Register now and make sure you email us (qmic@microsoft.com) if you want to specifically book any of the rooms.

MIC Scrum (Cohort Only)

If you're a MIC Start-up, we will be launching a monthly social catch-up and opportunity to practice your pitch in front of the MIC Manager and other MIC start-ups. Plus, we'll be celebrating achievements in each start-up and help keep you driving forward!

Register now for our first MIC Scrum in our beautiful 'The Hub' space from 5-6pm on Friday May 30.

Four Start-up Education Events - Coming Soon!

We will also be announcing four new events for June as part of our Start-up Education Program. Stay tuned to the MIC Blog, MIC Facebook and MIC Twitter for the latest news!

BONUS - BizSpark Meetup

We love talking all things start-up! So the BizSpark team is flying up from Sydney to join us to discuss anything start-up, BizSpark or tech related. Don't worry if you're not a BizSpark member, you don't need to be!

Register now for the event from 4:30-6:30 Friday June 13  to make sure we save enough room for you!

What do you think?

We'd love to hear your thoughts on our changes to the MIC and our program! Email us at QMIC@Microsoft.com if you have any questions or comments!