Want something fun to do this summer?

With University and High School exams nearly over, you are fast approaching the holiday period which means a few months of doing ummm not much… The Imagine Cup is a great way to kill some time and take part in an amazing competition + be in the running for some really cool prizes including $$$….


Small Basic for Beginner Developers

Small Basic has been designed specifically for novice developers. The easy to use programming language allows beginners to get a clear understanding of the fundamentals of programming and have lots of fun on the way. Small Basic is available for download- Click here. Also check out the Small Basic Blog and Small Basic forums for…


Microsoft China is visiting Australia

Microsoft China is coming to Australia! Microsoft is a global enterprise with different subsidiaries specialising in various aspects of the business. China holds the second largest Research and Development Centre for Microsoft after the U.S. Enwei Xie, the General Manager for Microsoft China, will be coming to Australia to discuss the exciting opportunities available in…


Student day @ Tech Ed 2008

What a fantastic event, Student Day (SD) attracted over 1200 students both from Universities and High Schools around NSW and some interstate. Student Day was the platform for the official launch of Microsoft Dreamspark and StudentstoBusiness (S2B) in Australia. If you haven’t heard already, Dreamspark is a Microsoft student program designed to offer all tertiary…


Good beginners resource for building Xbox games in XNA Games Studio

The ground swell of interest in XNA Games Studio never ceases to amaze me – it’s truly an underground phenomenon! Accordingly, there’s never a shortage of materials produced by members of the community teaching you how to do things with XNA. A while back I posted a video of a great presentation that Luke Drumm…


‘Deakin defies drop in uni applications’

From the Australian Newspaper website this morning: ” AN aggressive marketing campaign by Deakin University has helped buck a decline of school-leaver interest, making it the only campus in Victoria with a significant increase in undergraduate applications. Final first-preference data for commonwealth-supported places obtained by The Australian shows applications to Victorian universities were down 3.1…


Visual Studio 2008 is now available in MSDNAA

Visual Studio 2008 is now available for MSDNAA subscribers. Please contact your universitie’s MSDNAA administrator for more information. If your department would like to subscribe to MSDNAA please register at www.msdnaa.netMSDNAA provides you with the software and tools you need to teach your students the latest concepts in software and database design, architecture, coding, web design, multimedia…


‘Mix On Campus’ is go!!

Every year, students and lecturers ask for tickets to Tech.Ed and Remix, and we sadly don’t have enough free tickets to go around. My team got to thinking – this was a pretty terrible situation, so I started asking around the Microsoft office in Sydney and got some budget and the go ahead to run a very special…


Students, get your resume on ‘roids – join Microsoft Student Partners.

  One for the students… Statistics show, employers prefer graduates who display (amongst other things): Interpersonal and Communication Skills (written and oral)  Activities – includes both intra and extra curricular Passion/Knowledge of Industry/Drive/Lateral Thinking/Technical Skills Initiative and enterprise (from 2006 Graduate Outlook Survey, by GCA)  And it just so happens that I’m currently recruiting new…


So what are young I.T grads really worth?

I’d like to think the answer is “ALOT”. Here’s proof – 18 of the 100 entries in BRW’s 2006 Young Rich list coming from the tech sector! But you need more proof than that to convince people. As such, I was skulking around the net looking for some stats to better understand whats on offer to grads for a presentation…