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Welcome! We hope you like the new look of the Flash.

There has been a lot of new announcements from our side recently. It can be hard to take the time to familiarise yourself with the latest news, and then to stay up to date! As a dev this is critical though. Sometimes it may seem like you leave your desk and a new product, tool or update is available when you get back.

So, how do the best Kiwi devs keep up?

Research shows that your productivity is massacred when you multi-task. You need to set aside a chunk of time when you have a lot to skill up on, or you want to master something new. One of the best ways is to block out a day and attend one of our Microsoft Developer Web Camps. These Dev Camps are hosted by a Microsoft Expert, are hands-on, and free! So pick a day out of your calendar and dive into a full day of focused learning.

Taking a full day out of your work week can be tricky sometimes. If you’ve been following the news from //build/ 2015, or you’ve heard whispers, you’ll be pleased to know that the ground breaking announcements from the US conference will be delivered in person by some of the original speakers in Auckland on Saturday 30 May at //build/ Auckland. For free. There are still some spaces available – so get in and save your seat now.

Here’s to those days when you stretch your legs out of the office and stretch your brain out of its regular routine. Connect with us anytime for the latest events and learning resources.

 
Ashley Gilgrist
Ashley Gilgrist
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News
Two Weeks Until //build/ Auckland
//build/ Auckland is just around the corner, following the exciting announcements from the San Francisco event. Register for free if you haven’t already, seats are filling up fast!
 
Microsoft is Looking for MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals)
Are you passionate about Microsoft technology, and want to make a positive impact on technical communites? MVPs are independent of Microsoft, with separate opinions and perspectives, and are able to represent the community’s views. Applications are now open!
 
Project Oxford: Building More Intelligent Apps
Project Oxford is a new solution announced at //build/ San Francisco, that allows developers to create smarter apps using things like facial recognition and natural language interpretation, even if the app developers are not experts in those fields. Find out more…
 
Microsoft Ignite New Zealand: Buy a Ticket! Become a Speaker!
Tickets are now on sale for New Zealand’s largest tech conference. If you are interested in becoming a speaker, @nzregs gives an outline of what Ignite NZ is looking for this year and what to expect. For the latest Ignite NZ updates, follow @ignitenz.
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Upcoming Events
Christchurch Code Camp
16 May (Christchurch)
Christchurch Code Camp is on again for 2015! Every year, we find the best developers to come and share their knowledge with you. So if you’re a developer in Christchurch, register free and come along for a valuable day of learning from some amazing speakers.

Startup Weekend Palmerston North
22-24 May (Palmerston North)
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

//build/ Auckland
30 May (Auckland)
For the first time, Microsoft is hitting the road and doing a worldwide tour after the US conference. Join us at //build/ Auckland on the 30th of May at the Viaduct Events Centre, to hear the great developer announcements around Windows 10 & Microsoft Azure in person, and ask those Microsoft experts all your burning questions. Registration is free!

Microsoft Developer Web Camp Auckland and Wellington
3 June (Wellington), 4 June (Auckland)
WebCamps are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then you’ll get to apply what you’ve learned. At this WebCamp, you will build cutting edge websites with the new release of ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio 2013, then deploy and scale them with Microsoft Azure.

Startup Weekend Auckland
12-14 June (Auckland)
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

Ignite NZ
1-4 September (Auckland)
TechEd NZ is now Ignite NZ. In it’s twentieth year, the conference is poised to bring you the best content and connections to ignite your innovation. Early bird tickets are now on sale so get in quick to secure your space at NZ’s largest tech conference.

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Recommended Apps
Why did the chicken cross the road? Yes, Crossy Road is exactly what you think it is. If you’re planning on staying out of the cold weather this weekend, why not check out Plex? It organises all your videos, photos and music collections and streams them to any of your screens. The perfect indoors activity. Or, if you’re having a bit more of a productive, serious week, Office Lens will come very much in handy…
Appy Weather
 
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Have a Windows project on the side? Show it off! Share it with the rest of the community in the Kiwi Windows Apps Facebook Group or send us an email at msdnnz@microsoft.com.
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Skill Up With Microsoft Virtual Academy
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Know it. Prove it. Build Developer Challenge
The last Know it. Prove it. challenge offered a month-long learning binge to accelerate your tech skills to rock star status. Now, like all great rock icons, it’s time to take your talents on the road! Join the KiPi Build Developer Challenge to follow your passion and continue to evolve your skill set.

A Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 Preview
Would you like a preview of the developer tools for Windows 10? If you’ve signed up for the Windows Insider program, get early access and a head start on developing for Windows 10. Plus, you can offer your feedback to help us shape it!

Java on Microsoft Azure
Curious about what Microsoft has to offer the Java community? You might be surprised! Join us to explore the latest tools and technologies to help Java developers get in the cloud with Microsoft Azure, like plug-ins for Eclipse and IntelliJ, along with a look at options in Windows and Linux for authentication, security, and continuous integration (CI).

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