Did you have a good Fourth of July weekend? Technically a holiday for me today as the real day come on the Sunday. I understand it was a bit of a holiday in Norway as well – Queen Sonja’s birthday. I was pretty busy at ISTE last week and then catching up on things a bit. Oh ok a lot. So not a lot of links to share but hopefully you’ll find something worth checking out here.
Microsoft Elevate America program reaches New Hampshire. New Hampshire is where I live to I am very happy to have NH join the growing number of states signing on to this program that provides training for workers looking for jobs.
In news from the ACM (twitter @TheOfficialACM ) The ACM News reports that Wipro will Fund ACM Scholarships for Women Students Attending Computing Research Conferences. A lot of computing research conferences are heavily dominated by men so this program to support women attending is a good step forward towards making these events more diverse.
Speaking of women, the Boston Globe recently did an article on The Women Who Run Microsoft's NERD Center in Cambridge MA. I’ve meet several of these women and Microsoft is lucky to have them onboard. It’s nice to be able to share some great role models in technology careers from young women.
Dell announced a contest last week to let a school win a Dell Connected Classroom makeover for your school! (US Competition). Hey, it could happen right?
Interested in working for Microsoft academic relations in NYC? This is a job opening in my group (I’m not the hiring manager BTW) and could be a wonderful job for the right person. Tell them you heard about it from me.
Lastly I want to do a shout out and send some links to Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s CTO for US Education. His web site is at http://www.higherinnovation.com/ and he shares a lot of good information on education from grades K to 20. I spent a bunch of time with Cameron at ISTE and was really impressed that he “gets education.” I can’t say that about every senior person in every technology company I’ve met so I wanted to suggest you take a look at his ideas.