Master Azure today – even if you are new to coding!

Carlos presents his apps at the Microsoft Student Partner Summit, 2015. Picture a five-year-old boy from Costa Rica. He’s curious and bright. One day, while hanging out with his mom at work, he gets bored. He spots a new machine in the store where his mom works and wanders over to investigate…his first-ever glimpse of…


Coding isn’t always easy – but it’s always worth it

Malaysian Microsoft Student Partner Yong Chin Choy looks focused as he works on his latest coding project. Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Microsoft Student Partner Yong Chin Choy of Malaysia. Yong Chin Choy is 20-years old and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at INTI International University in Malaysia. You…


Passion + purpose = Hackathon gold!

In November, Major League Hacking hosted the first student-organized HackHarvard at Harvard University. Microsoft sponsors many hackathons around the country, encouraging students to develop solutions using technology like the Microsoft Band, the Kinect and Microsoft Azure. The company awards prizes to the teams who best display Microsoft solutions. Photo courtesy of Major League Hacking Though hackathoners can create…


Beginners welcome: Sister-and-brother duo dominate coding competition

Think you’re too young to make games? Think again. Sister and brother Connie (12) and Jonathan Renton (15), both from Scotland, crushed the 2015 Break into Code competition and placed in both of their age groups. The contest was an entry-level challenge to make a brick-breaker game using Microsoft Research’s TouchDevelop. Connie placed first in…


Get your personal coding assistant

As a student, search engines, web forums & technical blogs have always been your best friends to get you all the day-to-day programming related help. But going between Visual Studio and your web browser for your coding questions can be a real hassle. A major part of your time is just spent in formulating the…


Creating cool games is fast, easy and free with new coding kits from Microsoft Imagine

Looking forward to the holiday break? All that free time off from school presents the perfect opportunity to do something super fun – teach yourself to code! Check out the latest additions to our free and short (about 30 min) coding kits from Microsoft Imagine. Learning to code through a game is really effective because…


Want to start your own gaming studio? First stop – Imagine Cup!

John Brengman, leader of Team Radication, presenting their project Sanitarium at the Dundee Science Festival in Scotland. Team Radication Games competed in the UK Imagine Cup 2015 with their unique game, “Sanitarium.” Though they were beat out of the competition by another team (from their own university!), the Radication team has won a boatload of…


Fastest way to turn your idea into a biz? Enter Imagine Cup!

Dimitris Iakovakis, Vicky Bikia, Despina Efthymiadou and Konstantinos Mavrodis have returned to Greece after a whirlwind week at Ability Bootcamp, their prize for winning the Imagine Cup Ability Award. Though they may no longer be absorbing all things Microsoft in person, they know they’ll be slowly taking in everything for a very long time. Vicky…


Your app + Microsoft connections = Unlimited potential – Just ask Imagine Cup winner Team Prognosis

Day three of an action-packed Ability Bootcamp should have produced four haggard student developers. But when we met up with Team Prognosis to recap their day, they were very excited, hyper even. And not just from all the Halloween candy they ate. Something major, something totally life changing had happened that day. Konstantinos Mavrodis, Vicky…


Focus on problems, not solutions, to win hackathons!

Dang Pham, Bowen Baker, Henry Wu, Mark Wang of Team Kinarty In just 24 hours, Dang Pham, Bowen Baker, Henry Wu and Mark Wang transformed the Microsoft Kinect into a device to help the visually impaired “hear” how close objects are to them. As a result, the team not only won the Microsoft Hack Award…