Microsoft Student Partner 2015 Applications are open!

It is the new year and we need some fresh new recruits 😀

The Microsoft Student Partner program is an international program that recognizes the immense amount of talent and potential of the worlds tech savvy youth.
Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs) are social and friendly students who like to meet new people. MSPs are the game changers of the future. They think and act boldly.

As an MSP you will:

  • build apps and demos
  • demonstrate the newest technologies and host tech events on your campus
  • acquire the tools and training to lead technology discussions on your campus
  • build your global network with industry experts
  • connect with like-minded students and faculty around the world
  • attend trainings from Microsoft leaders to enhance your knowledge about cutting edge technologies
  • be the one on your campus with insight and answers on Microsoft technologies

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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,

 

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 😀

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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DVLUP

Developers are pretty cool and they also happen to make useful things. I like to think this is why Nokia with several partners came up with DVLUP(pronounce Develop). So what’s DVLUP?
Short answer – gamification of app development.
Longer answer – it is a loyalty program designed to help motivate and optimize developers. With the points you gain from completing challenges you can claim devices, developer tools gift card and a plethora of other cool goodies

There isn’t much for me to write about really. You publish your apps the platform benefits and in turn through DVLUP you benefit! Win! Win!

Joining the program couldn’t be easier, head on over to DVLUP (my referral link) or hit www.dvlup.com.

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I want to learn app development!

So I wrapped up the “Creating apps” session at YouthSparkSA with a little Overview of Microsoft for students.

Unfortunately my presentation can’t stay up indefinitely so a blog post seemed like a more permanent location for some links.
Hopefully these resources will help you on your Windows Dev journey.

Channel9
Microsoft Virtual Academy

This list is quite a sparse post at the moment. I will definitely update this post at some stage.

DreamSpark registration

So you’re a student and want to develop for Microsoft technologies? Luckily our friends at Microsoft really see the potential in students and have invested heavily by providing
premium tools at no cost.

Step 1 – The key

Firstly you’ll need a DreamSpark card which has a verification code on it. The design of these cards change a good deal so don’t be concerned if the card you have you looks different.

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Windows Phone Carrier Billing

So why is carrier billing not a bigger thing in South Africa?
It makes sense that carrier billing would be the prevalent billing method in a country where access to credit cards is scarce, unfortunately this isn’t the case.

There is a shimmer of hope for Windows Phone users. Vodacom now supports carrier billing for the Windows Phone store, well to be accurate the service has been available since June this year. I did try it out in June with no success and decided to try again after Microsoft mentioned it in a press statement on 7 November.

This time round it worked flawlessly.

Billing confirmation

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