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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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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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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