Trend to Follow: Women in Computer Science

We are all familiar with success stories of men who code, but where are the women? As of now, female developers are few and far between in technology, and unfortunately it’s getting worse: Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields. In 1984,…


Microsoft Announces U.S. Imagine Cup Finals Demo Day Winners

Today, Microsoft hosted the 2013 U.S. Imagine Cup Finals Demo Day in Silicon Valley. The top 10 U.S. teams pitched their ideas and solutions to investors, entrepreneurs, and technology professionals for a chance to win cash prizes and support for their businesses. COMPETITIONS WORLD CITIZENSHIP: Students had the opportunity to create an app that will…

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Webcast: Build Awesome Windows 8 Apps using Azure Cloud Services

You may have heard about cloud-computing and all the cool ways you can use it to boost your projects, but did you know it could also land you more job opportunities as a mobile app developer?  Take Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform Windows Azure for example.  A rising number of businesses and companies out there are looking…

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Microsoft Announces the Imagine Cup 2013 U.S. Finalists!

UPDATE – May 8, 2013  We will be streaming live from the U.S. Imagine Cup Finals Demo Day on Monday, May 13 from 8:45 am-2:45 pm PST. RSVP for the virtual event here: http://po.st/uEd5Jl.  REDMOND, Wash. – April 16, 2013 –Microsoft today announced the 10 teams who are advancing to the 11th annual U.S. Imagine Cup Finals Demo Day. Demo…

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Lessons for Developers from Tom Kosnik

Tom Kosnik, Professor at Stanford University, spoke at Microsoft Startup Boot Camp in Silicon Valley this week and shared his advice on how startups can successfully cater to their customers in a way that makes sense for their business goals. Here are the top 5 must-dos to help narrow your focus and get to building the…

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3 Lessons on App Development You Missed from Microsoft Startup Bootcamp

Taking an app from an idea to an actual functioning prototype is a huge step in the journey of a startup. It’s likely that entrepreneurs with a game changing idea won’t face their biggest challenge executing code. Rather, paring down the concept to exactly what’s needed to deliver on a vision is the step that presents the biggest…


3 reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Dan’l Lewin’s Keynote at Startup Bootcamp

Today 15 teams of aspiring tech entrepreneurs begin a week-long startup bootcamp in Silicon Valley on their path to Imagine Cup. Participants will have the opportunity to work with successful startup leaders, expert mentors, and Microsoft executives as they make huge strides towards transforming their ideas for the next game-changing company into a reality.  An…

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Imagine Cup Champs Talk Strategy, Tips, and Career Planning

Developers sometimes feel that when it comes to their career they have a choice to make: build solutions for the greater good or focus on bringing home the bacon. We don’t think you have to choose one or the other, and we tracked down last year’s Imagine Cup winners to prove our point for us. …

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5 Tips For Up and Coming App Developers

Last week, we sat down with the Windows 8 Games Studios team to get a feel for what the winner of the Ultimate Experience contest could expect. We left with some nuggets of advice worth their weight in gold. Rather than keeping those to ourselves, we decided to do the cordial thing and share with the community. From gamification…

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