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Windows AzureConf

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On November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Windows Azure community members. Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9, the event will allow you to see how developers just like you are using Windows Azure to develop applications on the best cloud platform in the industry. Community members from all over the world will join Scott in the Channel 9 studios to present their own inventions and experiences. Whether you’re just learning Windows Azure or you’ve already achieved success on the platform, you won’t want to miss this special event.

New to Windows Azure?  Want to get ready for the Windows Azure Conf? Sign up for a free Windows Azure account here.  In under 5 minutes you’ll have access to a comprehensive set of services for building Mobile, Web, and scalable multi-tier applications in the cloud.

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Announcing Metro Friday Hackathons!

Join us on three Fridays in May for Metro Friday Hackathons. We simply want to provide you with an event where you can sit around and co-work on your projects with specific goals in mind. Bring a computer and ideas.

What: Hackathon for Metro Styled Apps on Win8 or Windows Phone
When: 10am – 4pm, May 11, 18, 25 (come and go as you need to)
Where: Microsoft offices in the area, see below for specific dates
Who: Anyone. We’ll be there, you should too!
Registration: Just email eddonahue@live.com that you’re in

Ideas on what you could do

  • Publish your app during the hackathon! (this qualifies you for some special drawings!)
  • Evaluate your app for SDK 7.1.1 256mb emulator compatibility
  • Work on a project with experienced folks to help you
  • Jump start your Windows 8 or Windows Phone developer experience, cowork for a Day!

Install the dev tools before you show up

Dates and Locations:

  • May 11 – Microsoft Chevy Chase Office, 5404 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD (room 7027)
  • May 18 – Microsoft Reston Office, 12012 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA (rooms 3026 & 3028)
  • May 25 – Microsoft Chevy Chase Office, 5404 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD (room 7027)

See you there!

Learn The Cloud. Make A Difference.

How does learning about cloud computing while contributing to scientific research sound to you? Join us for @home with Windows Azure to get a solid understanding of the Windows Azure platform while giving back to a very deserving cause.

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What is @home with Windows Azure?

Microsoft provides a 90-day free trial of Windows Azure where you can kick the tires and run an application in the cloud 24×7, cost-free. Why not use that free compute time to give back to a deserving cause?  The @home with Windows Azure project is an online activity where you use those 90-days of free compute time (or your MSDN Subscriber benefits) to contribute to Stanford University’s Folding@home distributed computing project.

The Folding@home project helps scientists provide insight into the causes of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow disease, ALS, and some cancer-related syndromes, by running protein folding simulations on thousands of machines world wide.

You will deploy Stanford’s Folding@home application to Windows Azure, where it will execute protein folding simulations in the cloud, thus contributing to the research effort. In essence, your participation is a donation of your free compute time to the Folding@home project!

Get Started

It’s easy to get started in 4 quick steps. The @home with Windows Azure site has a series of short, easy to follow along to, screencasts that walk you through deploying Folding@home to the cloud!

Learn The Cloud

Want to go deeper? Join the @home team for a live webcast or catch one of their recordings on demand to learn more about Windows Azure, including: compute & storage services, debugging in the cloud, and patterns for achieving scale.

Make A Difference

In addition to directly contributing CPU cycles to the Folding@home project, from the start of March 2012, Microsoft is donating $10 (up to a maximum of $5000) to Stanford’s Pande Lab for everyone that participates!

See Your Impact

You can see your impact by visiting the detailed World Stats page on the @home with Windows Azure site.  For example, to date, over 6,300 VMs have contributed over 3.5 million compute hours!!!

Learn more about the project and join in at the project’s website: http://distributedcomputing.cloudapp.net

Imagine Cup 2012, There’s Still Time!

Still want to compete in the Imagine Cup for fame, fortune and a trip to Sydney? (The opportunity to change the world is assumed Smile) You might have missed the deadline for the Software and Game Design competition, but there are still FOUR Imagine Cup Challenges that you can enter! For Round 1, the barriers to entry for these challenges are low, so you have time to submit something awesome! You’ll be submitting a project plan (not a project) or taking a quiz. Which challenge is for you?

Kinect Fun Labs Challenge

Go beyond games. Build a prototype using Natural User Interfaces to change how we interact with technology. Submit your Project Plan by 23:59 GMT on March 6th. Teams that move onto Round 2 will receive a free Kinect for Windows sensor! Get started building your solution today!

Windows Metro Style App Challenge

Test your Team’s ability to design and build a Metro style app that takes advantage of Windows 8 features and design principles to deliver an experience that solves one of the world’s toughest problems and wows those across the globe. For Round 1 you need to create your team and pass the Round 1 quiz with a score of 50% or higher. The upcoming quizzes are February 28th and March 6th. Sign up and get ready to take your first quiz!

Windows Azure Challenge

Be a contributor to the “next big thing” in the technology industry and solve one of the world’s toughest problems at the same time. Get your smartest friends together, or work on your own and show how one idea can impact the lives of people around the world! Submit your Application Summary & SketchFlow prototype by 23:59 GMT on March 13th. Teams that move onto Round 2 will receive a 180-day Azure pass! Get started on your web application today!

Windows Phone Challenge

Take your ideas mobile! Create a Windows Phone app that helps make the world a better place. Make your app available to millions by listing in the Marketplace and make a difference right away. Submit your Application Summary & SketchFlow prototype by 23:59 GMT on March 13th. Get started on your app today!

 

Need a Little Inspiration? Not sure which one of the world’s toughest problems you want to solve? You can choose to address a global problem or something in your local community that inspires you. You can find some additional motivation through one of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals. While these MDGs are not required to be in your solution, the Imagine Cup offers these ambitious challenges as a guide to help you promote change in your local community or around the world. You find additional inspiration from the great ideas in Nokia’s IdeasProject.

Get Connected. Follow the Imagine Cup Blog to gain access to new training and resources to help you with your project, read about past Imagine Cup competitors’ successes, and get tips from your Captain.

Learn Azure!

This Tuesday, Dec 13th there will bea special Learn Windows Azure training event for developers.  It will provide a great way to learn Windows Azure and what it provides.  Attend the event either by watching it streamed LIVE online, or by attending in person (on the Microsoft Redmond Campus).  Both options are completely FREE.

Learn Windows Azure Event

During the Learn Windows Azure event attendees will learn how to start building great cloud based applications using Windows Azure.

top_imageScott Guthrie will be kicking off the day with a 90 minute keynote that will provide an overview of Windows Azure, during which he’ll explain the concepts behind it and the core features and benefits it provides.  He’ll also walkthrough how to build applications for it using .NET, Visual Studio and the Windows Azure SDK (with lots of demos of it in action).

The rest of the day will be spent drilling into more depth on Cloud Data and Storage, how to use the Visual Studio Windows Azure Tools, how to Build Scalable Cloud Applications, and close off with an Q&A panel with Scott, Dave Campbell and Mark Russinovich.

Register Now for Free

The free Learn Windows Azure event will start at 9am (PST) on Dec 13th.  Watch the entire event live on Channel9 or attend it in person.  Both options are completely FREE.

  • Register now to watch online or attend the event in person for FREE

One More Week To Enter Rock Paper Azure Sweepstakes!

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Does your bot have what it takes to win? There is one more week to try and find out, now through December 16th, 2011. Visit the Rock Paper Azure Challenge site to learn more about the contest and get started.

Remember, there are two ways to win:

Sweepstakes

To enter the sweepstakes all you have to do is enter a bot, any bot – even the pre-coded ones we provide – into the game between now and 6 p.m. ET on Dec. 16th. No ninja coding skills need – heck, you don’t even need Visual Studio or a Windows machine to participate!

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At 6 pm ET on Friday, December 16, 2011 the “Fall Sweepstakes” round will be closed and no new entries will be accepted. Shortly thereafter, four bots will be drawn at random for the Grand Prize (trip to Cancun, Mexico), First Prize (Acer Aspire S3 laptop), Second Prize (Windows Phone), and Third Prize (XBox w/Kinect bundle).

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Competition

BestBuyGiftCardIcon3For the type-A folks, we’re keen on making this a competitive effort as well, so each week – beginning Nov. 25th and ending Dec. 16th – the top FIVE bots on the leaderboard will win a $50 Best Buy Gift card. If your bot is good enough to be in the top five on successive weeks, you’ll take home a gift card each of those weeks too. Of course, since you’ve entered a bot, you’re automatically in the sweepstakes as well!

Note: As with past iterations of the challenge, even though you can iterate and upload updated bots for the competition, you will only be entered into the sweepstakes one time.

You know what they say… you gotta be in it to win it! Good luck to all players in week #4!

Just a reminder to folks in the contest, be sure to catch Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich live online Tuesday, 12/13/2011, for the Learn Windows Azure event!