Would you like to know how to win a free robot? Have you already downloaded Microsoft design and development software titles for free? Would you like to take part in fun competitions and win cool prizes? If you got curious, the You Make IT Smart campaign shows you how to discover these resources.
Microsoft Switzerland is giving away up to 300 LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT for full-time students and faculty members of Swiss educational institutions to enable hands-on experiences on embedded development with Microsoft® Robotics Developer Studio and robotics hardware.
Students have 3 ways to win one of the 200 free LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT:
1. Complete the Robotics Simulation Online Exercise with Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio and submit the correct solution as one of the first 90 Swiss students.
2. Participate in the Imagine Cup 2009 Embedded or Robotics & Algorithms Categories and be among the first 35 Swiss competitors in the Embedded Development category or one of the 35 Swiss competitors getting the highest scores in Round 1 of the Robotics & Algorithms category.
3. Get lucky as one of the 34 participants of the Windows Embedded European Tour on 24th-25th November 2008 at EPFL in Lausanne and ETH in Zürich, or as one of the 6 participants of other forthcoming Microsoft Switzerland Events for Students.
Faculty members of Swiss educational institutions can win up to 100 free LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT:
1. Professors and faculty members of Swiss Universities or Universities of Applied Sciences can win one of the 60 robots by submitting their “winning idea” on how they and their students could benefit from robotics hardware and Microsoft software.
2. Teachers at Swiss vocational- and high schools can win one of the 40 robots for their class by submitting their “winning idea” on how you and your students could benefit from robotics hardware and Microsoft software.
How to participate?
Show your talents at the student technology Olympics!
The Imagine Cup is an annual world-wide student competition that will stage its 2009 world finals in Egypt. We invite students 16 years of age or older to participate in the following categories: Embedded Development, Robotics & Algorithm, Software Design, Game Development, IT Challenge, Mashup, Photography, Short Film and Design. All Swiss Imagine Cup 2009 competitors will be given awards and the top Swiss talents will be invited to the local Imagine Cup finals in May 2009.
How to compete? Visit: http://www.microsoft.com/switzerland/education/en/academiczone/professors/imaginecup.mspx.
Download free* software
MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) is a program for educational institutions with curricula in computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, design or a similar field. If your institution is an MSDN AA member, you have free access to the Microsoft platform, servers and developer tools software.
Swiss DreamSpark gives you access to basic development and design software free of charge. Any students connected to SWITCHaai are entitled to download this software.
How to get started? Read more about MSDN AA: http://www.microsoft.com/switzerland/education/en/academiczone/students/MSDN.mspx or Swiss DreamSpark: http://www.microsoft.com/switzerland/education/en/academiczone/students/dreamspark.mspx.
Local Software Economy/Academic Audience Manager