Hour of Code at the Durban University of Technology

We’re hosting a Hour of Code station at DUT this weekend. Pop in and complete your Hour of Code 😀

Below is an excerpt with all the details.

Hello-

I’d like to introduce myself, I am a Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) which is a volunteer student program active in over 110 countries around the world, and I’ve been selected a Microsoft technology expert on my university campus.

The MSP program is for students who realize the best technology careers come to those chase their dreams.  Part of this dream is to be able to share my passion for technology with others and make sure the next generation of students understand how  computer science can be a catalyst to create and achieve great things and unlock opportunities for youth around the world.

We know that computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. In one week, 15 million students tried computer science! Computer science was on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners came together to support this movement.

The reason I’m contacting you is this year we’d like to make it even bigger. We are hosting an Hour of Code station at The Durban University of Technology. Everyone (kids, parents, CEOs etc.) is welcome to come in and complete their Hour of Code, even USA president Barack Obama recently completed his Hour of Code.

Date: 13 December 2014
Time: 09:00 – 12:00 (Anytime within this period)
Venue: 22 Winterton Walk,
DUT, Ritson Campus, LAB 5

We’re hoping to reach 100 million participants by the end of the year and I’m hoping with your support  you’ll allow me to help contribute to that goal.

Also we have some goodies for those who complete their Hour of Code at this station 😀

Goodies

Thank you,

 

Giveaway time!

Giveaway

Up for grabs an Amazon Kindle Touch or a Samsung Focus Flash Windows Phone 7.8 device!

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Update your DreamSpark account now!

You have till 30 September 2014 to associated a Microsoft account with your DreamSpark account. You will lose access to your DreamSpark account if you miss this deadline.
I hope I didn’t vex you too much with my bold and red text above. Lets get to it then, time’s a wastin.

Chances are you received an email like the one below and it went straight into your spam folder or you caught a glimpse of it and didn’t catch the important bits.

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I’m back from Seattle!

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I was invited to Microsoft headquarters! 😀
To be honest I’ve been back for some time now, I sure did not expect 10 days of hiatus to throw my schedule of track the amount that it did. After almost a month of my return here are some of my experiences.

Departure
The adventure began 27 July and sure promised to be a bombastic experience. Being my first time on a plane I sure went all out with my trip from South Africa to the USA summating to 27 hours and 10 minutes. My trip itinerary was Durban -> Johannesburg -> New York (quick tip: if you’re catching a connecting flight and JFK is your first point of entry into the US, 2 hours between flights is a bit of a squeeze. Had I not being escorted passed a line of 200+ people I would have missed my flight to Seattle) -> Seattle.

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Phone Fridays is back!

It’s back! I know we’re well into the semester and a lot of you guys have been waiting patiently for some time. Thanks for hanging on 🙂

The first session will take place this Friday (12 September 2014)
DUT,
Ritson Campus,
Lab 2,
12:00 – 13:00

See you there 😀

Music Piracy is dead, almost.

As I type this I am listening to a track from my catalogue of 25 million* tracks, each track 100% legal.

How? Music streaming. That’s the start and end of it, I don’t have a “site” or a “friend” that provides me with a fresh dose music.

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Microsoft has invited me to Redmond Seattle!

Yup it is confirmed! I will be in Redmond Seattle at Microsoft university for an entire week 😀 Admittedly this is rather old news, the announcement of my trip has been everywhere with the exception of my blog—well that is till now.

I have a terrible habit that my eyes hate me for. When I received emails while asleep unconsciously I open them and instantly blind myself and thereafter pass out again. Like every other night my automatic-email-reading-eye-blinding reflex kicked in 5 May 2014 just after 11 PM.

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