Host a #WeSpeakCode event at your school

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Our world is surrounded by technology, yet only a tiny fraction of Australian students learn the basics of how computers work, or how to create software, apps or websites.

 

#WeSpeakCode is a program to help schools and teachers with this. During the week of 11-15 May 2015, Microsoft Australia will host #WeSpeakCode activities in schools and community hubs nationwide, to encourage young Australians to learn to code.

 

With #WeSpeakCode, we hope to channel the energy of youth into a loud demand for more resources, education and skills training in coding. We hope to encourage as many people as possible to take the first steps towards learning to code and increase the uptake of computer science and careers for students. How can you get involved? Well…

 

Want a coding activity in your school during #WeSpeakCode (11-15 May)?

Microsoft is offering to:

    • Provide a Microsoft-trained volunteer who will come to your school to implement the activity; or
    • Provide training to teachers in your school to enable them to implement a #WeSpeakCode activity.

Be sure to register your details by Friday, 24 April, to secure a spot for a coding activity in your school.

 

Want to volunteer at a #WeSpeakCode event?

As a volunteer, you will go into schools to help implement a fun coding experience for students.
Register your details here by Friday, 17 April to secure a volunteering spot at a school near you.

 

Once registered, we will follow-up with further information.
For enquires, contact wespeakcode@microsoft.com.

Free Unity Porting Lab Sydney

The good peeps over at Hectic Games are putting on a Unity Porting Lab. It’s going to be a jam packed full day where you can bring your Unity game, they we will help you port it to the Windows store. And all for free.

Oh. and if your game is goodness, we’ll put it forward to the store feature team.

What have you got to lose. Get on to the Windows store now!

Email jam@hecticgames.com with details of your game or any questions.

Porting lab will run from 9am to 5pm at St Leonards TAFE, Saturday on the 28th of March.

Building Cross Platform Applications with Visual Studio, Xamarin and MvvmCross – Part II

In a mobile-first, cloud-first world, being able to develop for different mobile platforms is a requirement for many organisations. Join Andrew Coates in an exploration of true cross-platform development using C# and Visual Studio with the Xamarin toolset. Be amazed as the same code runs on Windows (8.x, Phone and Desktop), Android and iOS (both iPhone and iPad). In the second of a 2-part series, Andrew will discuss using the MvvmCross framework to quickly build native multi-page mobile applications connected to back-end services, with a shared core and platform-specific UI, all in C#.
When? Tuesday 3-Jun-2014 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Register here for the online Lync meeting details – http://wp.msdeveloper.com.au/?eventid=E4E6CA58-E75D-480D-8D7E-0C57242EFD9F

A recording of the webinar can be found here – http://youtu.be/DwTNPXczSAA

Slides available here – http://1drv.ms/1hYl5Sn

 

Cross-Platform Development with Visual Studio and Xamarin

 

In a mobile-first, cloud-first world, being able to develop for different mobile platforms is a requirement for many organisations. Join Andrew Coates on May 6 from 12pm – 1pm in an exploration of true cross-platform development using C# and Visual Studio with the Xamarin toolset. Be amazed as the same code runs on Windows (8.x, Phone and Desktop), Android and iOS (both iPhone and iPad). In the first of a 2-part series, Andrew will discuss setting up a development environment that allows you to achieve this and then show how simple it is to use a common code base to build an app with the same functionality on six different platforms.

 

 

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Startup Muster 2013 Launches!

Startup Muster 2013 is a survey of the Australian startup community to take a snapshot of what Australia has accomplished in 2013, launching on February 28th, 2014.

Run by Murray Hurps, with research/design help from Richard Kroon, and statistical help from a statistician and a survey methodology expert.

There will be a free report each year, along with a free anonymised data set.

The survey is being run to help show government, investors and the media what’s really happening in the Australian startup scene, which so far has been under-represented in surveys of the industry. Continue Reading →

Skill up & win prizes! – Winner

As we were unable to contact the original winner of the Skill up & Win contest, this prize has subsequently been drawn on Monday 28th April, 2014.

Congratulations to Arlen June of NSW, who has won the Microsoft Virtual Academy for Developers competition which ended on 30th December, 2013.

By simply completing the course Build Apps for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Arlen has scored  some great prizes – an Asus Vivo Tab valued at $289RRP and a Nokia 925 valued at $450RRP.