Entrepreneur Week

Entrepreneurship Week Event: Turning Your Ideas into a Reality

In celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, Microsoft Boston and Microsoft Natick will be hosting free two-hour special events for aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage startups. You’ll hear a keynote address from a successful startup founder and a panel of local entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship experts will be sharing insights and taking questions. Later you’ll have the opportunity to network with other local startups and entrepreneurs and to hear about Microsoft BizSpark and other business solutions offered by Microsoft. Read more “Entrepreneurship Week Event: Turning Your Ideas into a Reality”

Hacking Productivity with Microsoft Office 365

Hacking Things Done

Don’t worry, we’re not about to tell you how to code an app in under five minutes. (But if you want to try, we’d love to see it!) We do want to tell you about Hack Productivity, a new online hackathon from Microsoft with $32,500 in prizes for apps that help people make stuff happen — with ease (and panache).

Hack Productivity, launching today, gives you access to the Office 365 APIs for mail, calendar, contacts, photo/video, and files so you can create tech solutions that allow people to do everything they set out to do, and more. As an added challenge, we’re also asking you to build an entirely new Add-in (extension) for your app.

Your solution needs to help people manage their lives — but how is totally up to you. For instance, you could build an app that:

  • helps people create photo albums with images shared by their friends
  • creates a weekly schedule for everyone in the household
  • collates a daily to-do list based on incoming email
  • creates a filing system for school assignments and research work
  • designs a new collaboration system for the office
  • suggests a friend date when you haven’t seen one of your contacts in awhile
  • uses Pavlovian push notifications to defeat procrastination

There are lots of ways to sauce this enchilada, if you know what we mean. Your time-saving, achievement-producing app will be up cash prizes, plus some other shoutout-worthy swag:

  • meeting w/ a Microsoft product exec
  • one-year allowance on a premium Office 365 service
  • expenses-paid trip to a Microsoft conference
  • Surface products

We’ll be providing lots of support throughout the hackathon, including online office hours, tutorials, and tech tips. So check off the first thing on your to-do list: Register & start building your productivity hack @ msoffice365.devpost.com.
Photo Credit: Bain News Service – Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
 

 

 

Azure Certification Jump Start in New York City

If you’re interested in any of the following, this is a must-attend, free, hands-on event!

  • Becoming Azure certified
  • Improving your marketability in the new cloud-optimized world
  • Becoming a systems architect
  • Staying current on the latest technologies
  • Becoming a cloud EXPERT

Join us for a full day focused on architecting Microsoft Azure systems and solutions. You’ll also discover what’s required to pass the MCP Azure Certification exam.

We’ll cover all the exam objectives, including PowerShell, through live demos, hands-on labs and discussions, and we will tailor the agenda to fit your needs and concerns.

Agenda: (subject to change without notice)
Everyone who attends will receive a copy of the Microsoft Press guide, 70-534 Exam Reference: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (co-authored by Dan and a $40 value). The event also includes breakfast, lunch, and drinks during the social hour — all at no cost to you, thanks to our generous sponsors.

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Everyone who attends will receive a copy of the Microsoft Press guide, 70-534 Exam Reference: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (co-authored by Dan and a $40 value). The event also includes breakfast, lunch, and drinks during the social hour — all at no cost to you, thanks to our generous sponsors.

We hope you can join us, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Speakers:
Dan Stolts
Sr. Technology Evangelist, Microsoft
Brian Lewis
Sr. Technology Evangelist, Microsoft

 

Microsoft Ventures Northeast Events

Microsoft Ventures (MSV) info event in Boston and New York is taking place soon. You’ll get to learn about the next MSV Accelerator focused on Machine Learning, network with MSV folks from Seattle, and learn how to apply. Please find details below.

NEW YORK
DATE: October, 21, 2015
TIME: 6-8 PM
LOCATION: NYU, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship
REGISTRATION: http://aka.ms/domoredata-nyc

BOSTON
DATE: October, 22, 2015
TIME: 6-8 PM
LOCATION: Venture Café
http://aka.ms/domoredata-boston

Since we assume you’re coming straight from work, light apps and drinks will be provided. RSVP while there’s still room!

Microsoft Ventures

Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative empowering entrepreneurs around the world on their journey to build great companies. We’re focused on building partnerships with venture funds, angel investors, incubators, accelerators, corporate executives, and at the core startups, as well as run its own accelerators around the world. Our goal and objective is to help scale and grow startups by giving them a great working environment, access to mentors and service providers, free technological tools and connecting them to Microsoft’s customers and business partners. The next batch of the program opens on Feb 2016 and it’s going to be themed around Machine Learning and Data Science. We will be targeting startups that are a more mature than previous batches – such that raised $1M-$1.5M, with an existing product and maybe even initial traction.

 

The 4-month program offers the following unique and distinctive benefits to the startups:

  • No Equity Program – all the benefits in the program are totally free, takes no equity or any other type of payment or special rights in the companies.
  • Access to Microsoft facility in downtown Seattle, the startup hub in the city.
  • $25K no-strings attached one-time gift to cover travel and living expenses
  • Technology agnostic – companies can be accepted to the program using any technology they want. It’s up to the company to decide whether they use Microsoft’s technologies to boost their growth or use any other infrastructure that fits their need.
  • Having said that, startups that choose to use Azure will enjoy the help of the ML product group in architecting their solutions to the right size and using the cutting edge services Azure ML offers.
  • Access to the Microsoft distribution channels – Microsoft Ventures is committed to help startups who have relevant products to our customers and partners get connected to them through our massive distribution channels. In addition, startups will receive assistance in getting set up on the Azure Marketplace allowing the Microsoft sales reps to sell their solutions with higher incentives.
  • Free of Microsoft Azure – startups in the program will be automatically enrolled to BizSpark Plus program and be credited for $500K of cloud usage (storage and compute) for 3 years, to be used in their own pace. This allows the startup to focus on the crucial business aspects of their company.

What’s in it for Microsoft?

From the experience Microsoft Ventures has acquired in the last 3.5 years, working with hundreds of startups from all around the world, we noticed startups are choosing to use Microsoft’s infrastructure because they see the great value in partnering with us. We would like to give more startups the opportunity to enjoy the values we provide them and create more partnerships for Microsoft.

 

Apply today at aka.ms/domoredata

 

Get Your Learning Hat Ready for Microsoft Events

Get ready to learn some awesome technology and services. Ranging from Machine Learning to Disaster Recovery, we have events lined up for everyone.

letsdevthisDevelopers, new to Visual Studio 2015 or Microsoft Azure? Sign up now for a free, hands-on day of expert-led demos and labs in a city near you: http://aka.ms/letsdevthistour

Boston 9/30
New York 10/15

technetIf disaster strikes, is your recovery plan ready? Sign up now for a free, hands-on Azure virtual lab in a city near you: http://aka.ms/TechNetTour

New York 10/8

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Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Bootcamp

Join area technologies in this hands-on bootcamp exploring the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning service, which leverages the perfect storm of the availability of massive, on-line data sets, low cost computation in the cloud, and leading edge predictive analytics algorithms.

The event will incorporate both lectures illustrating key concepts in machine learning and opportunities to apply these concepts using the free version of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio:

Machine Learning Levelset – discussion of supervised vs. unsupervised machine learning models, regression vs. classification models, and popular algorithms for each

AzureML Overview – how to use AzureML and the Machine Learning Studio to get and save data, preprocess data,, and build and publish predictive models.

R Programming Fundamentals – learn how to use R with popular packages such as stats, caret, ggplot2, and the new AzureML package to produce models hosted on the AzureML platform

Have questions about Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Bootcamp? Contact Blue Metal Architects
Boston 10/24
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AzureCon 2015 Boston Area Viewing Party
AzureCon: You’re Invited to the Microsoft Northeast District Office in Cambridge, MA for an exclusive AzureCon viewing party!

Where’s the Party?: Microsoft Northeast District Office – Cambridge, MA
(255 Main St. Cambridge)
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Party Starts: 11:30 AM EDT
Viewing Begins: 12:00 PM EDT
Party Concludes: 3:30 PM EDT

Lunch & snacks will be served – register now to reserve a seat!
Prizes and give-aways too!

AzureCon is the place to join us and be first to hear what’s next for Microsoft Azure, including additional features, powerful new capabilities and practical tips from pros who eat, drink and breathe Azure.

Ready to dig in? Good news: There’s more than enough Azure insights to go around – so while you can stream from anywhere, connect with your community and peers and watch with us.

More brains are better than one
Experience it first hand, and get the inside scoop on all things Microsoft Azure during this one-day live virtual event. Choose from more than 50 breakout videos lead by Azure engineers and community members that demonstrate how you can do even more with the Azure.

Hear it first from the minds behind Azure
Exclusive keynotes from Scott Guthrie, Jason Zander, Bill Staples, Scott Hanselman, Mark Russinovich and other Azure engineer gurus.

Small Business Week

Small Business Week and Microsoft

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. See more @ sba.gov

We at Microsoft are helping as well. We have events scheduled all across the country at various Microsoft Stores and offices. At the Westfarms location starting Monday night, there are workshops and presentations to get your small business going.

Monday May 4th

  • 10:00am – Start Simplifying your Business with Surface Pen – Throughout this workshop, attendees will be able to see the benefits that Surface Pen will help aid their business, whether they are on the go, or in a workspace!
  • 6:00pm – Office in the Cloud – Come in and learn how Office in the Cloud, is your familiar office that you’re used to, now with the ability to work on virtually any device you use most!

Tuesday May 5th

  • 10:00am – Power Up Your Business with Surface – In this workshop, Microsoft shares key benefits of the Surface specifically for small and medium-sized business needs. Learn how this essential device delivers power, portability, and productivity with the versatility to work as both a laptop and a tablet. Want to know what the essential differences are between the MacBook/Macbook Air and Surface? Learn all about it. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience key Surface Pro features useful to business professionals with hands-on experience creating invoices, setting up meetings and editing a presentation.
  • 6:00pm – Put Your Business in the Cloud – Learn how Microsoft BizSpark can benefit your business. Why partnering with Microsoft may be the smartest move you ever make for your business. See how to leverage BizSpark for operational needs, web development, mobile gaming + more! Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that provides free software, support and visibility to help startups succeed.

Wednesday May 6th 

  • 4:00pm – Virtualizing Your Business with Office 365 and Azure – Understand the benefits of Office 365, and virtualizing your business in the Cloud, as well as how Azure can safeguard and keep your data secure!
  • 6:00pm – Workshop: Understanding the Benefits of SharePoint

Thursday May 7th

  • 6:00pm – Small Business Networking Event – Come in and network with other Businesses, Partners and resources to understand some tips on how to become a more successful business!

 

Game Panel Discussion

Microsoft @ UConn Stamford DMD

UConn Stamford Digital Media & Design Program presents:

Microsoft – Game Design & Development
Panel Discussion
April 9th, 2015

Prospective students, applicants, or current majors in the DMD program, are invited to attend our Digital Media Career Series at UConn Stamford. Learn from industry professionals about the digital media careers and internship opportunities that exist right here in the New York metropolitan tri-state area.  We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, which will allow you to see other event announcements and UConn Stamford DMD happening.

To attend this event, you must RSVP to Katie Huntington (Kathryn.huntington@uconn.edu) and include ‘DMD Stamford Digital Media Career Series’ in the title of the email.

Make sure to mark your calendars for this exciting event!

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Want to learn more about careers in Game Design and Development?

Join the UConn Stamford Digital Media and Design program on April 9th as they host Microsoft, and a number of game developers for an info session on careers in game design and development. If you’re interested in working as an independent game developer, a designer at a company like Microsoft Studios, or how games are being utilized in the world of business, you should consider attending this event.

This event will be in a panel discussion format, including the following individuals:

MODERATOR: Joshua Drew, Microsoft – Sr. Technical Evangelist New England
PANELISTS:

  • Jason Walters, Microsoft
  • Adnan Agha, Nevernaut Games
  • Vivian Allum, Nevernaut Games
  • Brian Johnstone, Darkwind Media

Jason Walters is a game developer and creative coder, living in NYC, whose work ranges from full body interactions to immersive virtual worlds. He uses code as a tool of artistic expression and enjoys working at the intersection of art and technology. He is self-taught and experienced in a variety of languages, open source technologies, game engines, and design tools (2d and 3d). Jason has worked with emerging artists, boutique studios, and most recently the advertising industry where he was hired as the second Creative Technologist at BBDO. At BBDO he helped shape the Creative Technology department, specialized in rapid prototyping, and gave interactive creative direction on projects for At&t, Exxon, GE, FedEx, and more. He is currently working at Microsoft in NYC as a Games Evangelist. To learn more, please click HERE.

Adnan Agha is the designer and programmer at Nevernaut Games. Having worked on SlashDash since its initial conception, he’s witnessed and been a huge part of its evolution over the last two years. He works on everything from fine-tuning the movement to dealing with cloud storage on the Xbox One. He has a one-eyed cat named Cow.

Vivian Allum is a programmer at Nevernaut Games. She has a computer science and game design background and utilizes both in her work. Vivian has also been a part of the SlashDash project from the start when it was still a school project. She works in all areas, from bug fixing to adding in more features,including programming in artistic assets and dealing with cleaning up code.

Brian Johnstone graduated in 2008 from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Software Engineering. Darkwind Media was founded in 2007 with 3 other RIT students. Johntone started a graduate degree while the company grew and by 2009 it was his full time job. Darkwind Media started doing non-game visualization contracts before eventually doing some contracting for NVIDIA.  After that, they began contracting for Unity Technologies and in 3 years ported their engine to 6 platforms and ported over 100 game titles. Darkwind has worked on many excellent games including Kona’s Crate, Skylanders: Cloud Patrol, Deus Ex: The Fall, and Republique. Currently Johnsone is focused on their upcoming premier 2D Roman decapitation simulator called Wulverblade.

Hartford Area Microsoft Events

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Building Websites in the Cloud

Learn how to use Microsoft Azure, our global cloud solution, to power your websites

This workshop will show you how to quickly create web applications using popular frameworks such as WordPress, Joomla, NodeJS, PHP and more. You will learn how to create and deploy a website using Visual Studio Online. Other features such as cloud services will be discussed how to take your website to the next level.

Time: Monday, March 16, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Microsoft Store, 211 Westfarms Mall, Farmington CT (located on the upper level between Center Court and Macy’s)

Time: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Microsoft Store, Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury CT

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These workshops  are “hands-on” optional. You can attend and learn without participating in the labs. The labs will be provided at the end of the workshop. If you are particpating in the labs you will need the following:

 

Microsoft Cloud Dev Camp

Master the new Microsoft Azure features and services to build, deploy and move apps to the cloud

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to master the latest Microsoft Azure development tools and technologies. Join us at an expert-led Microsoft Cloud DevCamp and leave with code running in the cloud! DevCamps are fun, FREE events for developers, by developers. That means no fluff or filler – just valuable coding skills you can immediately put into action.
More information here.

Time: Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Microsoft’s Office, Hartford at 280 Trumbull Street, Hartford CT

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The Cloud Dev camp is intended to be “hands-on”. The following is required for attendance:

Note – you MUST bring a laptop to participate in this event. In addition:

 

Cloud DevCamps

sign-me-upJoin us for a FREE hands-on day of Microsoft Azure demos and labs in a city near you!

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to learn the latest Microsoft Azure dev tools and technologies. Join Microsoft experts at your local Microsoft Cloud DevCamp and leave with code running in the cloud!

From your first cup of coffee until we call it a day, you’ll learn how to use new Microsoft Azure features and services to build and move a variety of applications to the cloud – including websites, mobile apps, and enterprise-class applications.

Whether you use Linux, Java, Node.js, Python, Ruby or just about anything else, we speak your language. With Microsoft Azure, you can use practically any language, framework or tool to build or move existing applications to the cloud.

Don’t miss the live Cloud DevCamp in your local area. Save your seat today!

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We’ll also give away a $100 Microsoft Store gift card* to one lucky attendee at each event!

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Sessions run from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Attendance is limited, so save your seat today.