Empowering Youth with Technology at YouthSpark Live Vancouver

It’s said that 50% of the job market requires basic technical proficiency, and that that number will increase to 77% in the next decade. With a shortage of qualified computer science graduates to fill these roles and the fact that computer science has not yet been recognized as a pillar of mainstream education, the income…


Be More, Do More with Developer Movement

If you like to play with code, you’ll want to read on. Join Developer Movement, Microsoft Canada’s developer rewards program, and earn points for every challenge you complete! Points can be redeemed for a number of great prizes including #DevMov swag, gaming mice/keyboards, Xbox One consoles, Windows Phones and even the coveted Surface Pro 3….


Kinect for Windows Shines at Hack Vancouver

Last weekend I had the pleasure of joining Ben Lower and his Kinect team at BCIT in Burnaby, BC for the Hack Vancouver Kinect and Structure Sensor Hackathon. 103 hackers gathered for 28 hours to build projects using Kinect for Windows and Structure Sensor, a lightweight, portable 3D modeling sensor build for iPad. By the…


Kinect With Me Part 1 – Setting Up Your Machine

This Kinect for Windows v2 tutorial series will help you build an interactive Kinect app using Visual Studio and C#. You are expected to have basic experience with C# and know your way around Visual Studio. Throughout the series, you will learn how to set up your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and dev environment,…


The Do’s and Don’ts of Designing Gender-Neutral Games and Apps

As designers and developers, we decide who uses our creations. Defining and developing for your target audience is one of the key elements in a successful app or game. But when the target audience is equally male and female, care must be taken to appeal to both genders without alienating either or making either one…


Programming Arduino in Visual Studio with Visual Micro

Instead of using the out-of-the-box Arduino IDE, why not use Visual Studio to program your boards? Visual Micro is a free Arduino programming tool for Visual Studio that supports all Arduino versions and the Intel Galileo in a single IDE. Since the dawn of Arduino, geekdom has been raving about the versatility of the little…


Microsoft’s Dance Cube Proves Kinect for Windows v2 is Not to be Ignored

What happens when you mix developers, designers, and dancers? This time, it’s a virtual reality dance cube! You read that right – in the latest development to come out of Microsoft’s emerging hack culture, a four-foot cube touting an interactive dance party appeared at Seattle’s Decibel music festival last week. With 5 CPUs, 5 projectors…