Microsoft Working with Startups

For the past few months, I have been working with a company called VRPhysio. They are a data driven health company but specifically focusing on rehabilitation health using a virtual reality device. They are part of the Microsoft for Startups program called BizSpark and are able to take advantage of software and services along with other cool collaboration opportunities like the one that presented itself a few weeks ago. Read more “Microsoft Working with Startups”

Activate Your DreamSpark Subscription to use Azure

What is DreamSpark?

DreamSpark is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes.

DreamSpark is simple: it’s all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at no cost so that students can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology – or just get a head start on their career.

DreamSpark helps educators teach the latest technologies and experiment in research. Microsoft knows that to make learning more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today’s students requires a diverse set of resources. DreamSpark gives educators the resources to ensure their classrooms always have the latest technologies to challenge, motivate, and keep students engaged in new ways.

DreamSpark is also a subscription for Academic Institutions: it provides a cost-effective way to put Microsoft developer tools, platforms and servers in labs and classrooms, and on their students’ and faculty’s computers for learning and research purposes. It reduces lab costs and teaching budgets.

How do I get it?

As a Student: simply create an account, verify your student status and download software through this website at no cost. If your school/university has a subscription, you can also get access to more software titles.

Here are the steps:

  1. Head on over to DreamSpark.comDreamspark.com
  2. Click on Sign In or Get Azure Now. step-2
  3. Make sure you have a Microsoft Account first and sign in to create your DreamSpark account.step-3a
  4. Once logged in, you can now create your DreamSpark account profile. Click ‘Continue to Verify’ to get to the verification option screen.step-3b
  5. The verification option screen provides several methods to verify that you are a student. Using your student email address (john.doe@college.edu), your School DreamSpark account (My College Name), Student Identity Card, Verification Code or documentation you can supply.step-3c
  6. Once you enter your verification method, click verify.
  7. If you are verified you can click continue to get to the “congratulations” screen.step-3
  8. Click continue to access the DreamSpark main page. From here you will be able to get to the store and Download Software.step-4
  9. You will now be presented with all of the software and service options within DreamSpark. Click on Azure to activate your Azure Subscription.step-5
  10. You will now be prompted to start the Azure account activation process.step-6a
  11. Once you click on Register Now you will be in the Azure Account creation funnel. Fill out the appropriate information and make sure you are verified before you click sign up.step-7step-8
  12. The Azure account creation takes a couple of minutes. In the mean time you can view a video of Azure or sit and wait until you get the all done message.step-9step-10
  13. You can now start managing your service and access the Azure Portal.step-11
  14. You can jump right in and start creating Web Apps!step-14
  15. Unfortunately some features are not active with the Student DreamSpark subscription, such as Virtual Machines. But that is ok. There is a lot you still can do within Azure.step-13

 

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.

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.

Microsoft WebCamp – coming to a city near you!

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The new release of ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio 2013 puts the power to build cutting-edge websites right at your fingertips. Even better? Once you build a beautiful, interactive site, you can easily deploy and scale it with Microsoft Azure!

Join us for a free WebCamp and learn how to elevate your coding – in just one day. WebCamps are live, no-fluff events created for developers, by developers. You’ll learn from lively, informative experts who start with the basics and ramp up to advanced topics as the day goes on. Here are some of the topics we’ll cover in these hands-on sessions:

  • Introduction to ASP.NET and Visual Studio 2013 Web Tooling
  • Building web applications using the latest ASP.NET technologies
  • Building web front ends for both desktop and mobile using the latest web standards
  • API Services for both web and devices
  • Running, improving and maintaining a site in the real world
  • Real-time communications with SignalR

Don’t miss this free opportunity to sharpen your coding skills – regardless of which languages or platforms you use. We speak them all. We’ll also give away a $100 Microsoft Store gift card to one lucky attendee at each event! You must be present to win.*

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Select a date below to register online.

Attendance is limited, so save your seat today.

Win a trip to the 2015 Game Developers Conference!

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Ready. Set. //GameOn.

Win an all access pass and free trip to the 2015 Game Developer’s Conference!

Submit a game that runs on a Windows Platform by February 9th. We will select three teams as winners and provide them all-access passes and a travel stipend to attend GDC 2015.*

Learn more and sign up at http://aka.ms/GameOnInfo

Why should I participate?

The Game Developer Conference is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only games conference, where 24,000 interactive games amateurs, professionals and luminaries exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry each year. It’s your opportunity to get immersed in the world of the professional gaming industry, network, learn about the latest technologies, and create job opportunities for when you graduate. And of course, have a lot of fun.

Get started

  1. Build a game using at least one Microsoft platform (yes, desktop games count!). You can also port an existing one to the Microsoft platforms. We have tools and resources to help you do that!
  2. Fill out the submission form to enter the contest
  3. Get users to like your entry on Facebook toincrease your chances of winning. How? Once you have submitted your game to the contest, you will receive an email providing instructions on how to find a Facebook post about your submission posted by the //GameOn Contest Facebook page.

Learn more and sign up at http://aka.ms/GameOnInfo

*Offer good only in the 50 United States & D.C.” to Students enrolled in higher educational institutions..