The world needs more geek girls

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being involved at an event that exposed grade 5 & 6 girls to science and technology, the event was fun but it does address a serious issue: the shortage of girls in computer science and engineering. My son covered his ears as the girls screamed, cheering on their teacher…

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Building Your Resume – Stand out from the crowd

Show you can learn on your own So what really matters when you finish your program? Is it the diploma or degree? Is it what you learned in class? Is it your extracurricular work? Your work experience? All those pieces fit together to form your resume. But how do you stand out to an employer?…


Get free tools from DreamSpark

Did you know that as a student, you have access to lots of freebies on http://www.dreamspark.com/? Need more development power than Visual Studio 2010 Express can offer? Want to get access to the full Microsoft Expression Studio suite? DreamSpark is the solution! DreamSpark provides students with various development and design tools at no charge. Additionally,…


XBOX Kinect helping Surgeons in the medical field

Doctor Calvin Law is able keep his hands sterile before surgery thanks to the Microsoft Xbox Kinect. The surgeons at Sunnybrook hospital have deployed the hardware solution to help their team scroll through CT images during surgery with hand gestures.   This allows the doctors to access the patient’s information quickly without needing to leave…


Battle of the Apps Code-a-thon – Queen’s University

    It is always important to go beyond your abilities and Microsoft is here to help you in your journey.  Microsoft is going across Canada to bring the coding party to your campus. Join your friends for a 24-hour Battle of the Apps Code-A-Thon in Kingston hosted by Microsoft and Queen’s University. There will…


A Windows Phone 7 application that goes above and beyond – All the way to the outer atmosphere

  Dr Andras Sobester from Southampton University and team launched a Windows Phone 7 into the upper atmospheres using a helium ballon.  “We are collecting data which will then plug in to various atmospheric science projects, monitoring pollutants such as volcanic ash for example, and informing the science behind modelling the climate and earth system…


Microsoft Research: Microsoft Tags by Shahrad Rezaei MSP

 Having fun with Microsoft Tags One thing you should know about me is that I am a geek. This explains why I’m writing a blog post right after I discover some fun, nerdy thing. My cousin has recently bought a Windows Phone 7, and since I don’t have one, I’ve been fiddling around with it…


Microsoft Research & Development: Kinect – Part 1: An Innovative New Approach

  Happy New Year! 2011 is going to be a huge year and wishing everyone the best!  2010 just passed us but it was not with some big announcements.  Microsoft released the much anticipated Kinect hardware for the XBOX 360 entertainment gaming console.  To kick start the new year, in this 10 part weekly mini series…


Sudoku3D: XNA Mobile Game Development Experience By Alexander Yakobovich – MSP

Back in November of 2008, Microsoft launched the Xbox Live Indie Games Channel, giving indie developers a chance to publish to a platform that was once exclusive to major game studios. At the time, I was experimenting with C# bindings for OpenGL and DirectX purely out of interest. But the never before seen opportunity to…