Raising the Philippine Flag at the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals and Microsoft Student Partners Summit

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It all ended in Seattle. This year, Microsoft has invited hundreds of students which comprised the 35 teams with their mentors in its hometown in Seattle, Washington last 29th of July – 3rd of August 2014 for the culmination of the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals and the first ever Global Microsoft Student Partners Summit where 80 students from the pool of 7000 MSPs worldwide were chosen to gather and celebrate their achievements in the program, attend series of sessions, experience the Microsoft HQ and bond with their fellow MSPs throughout the week.

This year’s Imagine Cup World Finals has been significant and historical for the Philippines because of the representatives we had this year. Months before the announcement of the World Semifinalists, Philippines already made a mark by winning First Place at the Imagine Cup 2014 Online User Experience Challenge with Team Hiraya from Treston International College. They prevailed among hundreds of teams worldwide for their project Via, a Windows Phone 8 app they’ve designed.

And after months of judging, Team Animus from De La Salle – College of St. Benilde surpassed the World Semifinals and became the sole team representative of the Philippines to the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals – Games Competition with their project FitPals, a fitness Kinect adventure game designed for children aged between 4 to 7 years old. The game features various levels with basic exercises integrated with basic educational tools that allows kids to exercise both brain and body while having fun. Parents can also track their child’s progress (Calories burned, time spent playing, etc.) and share their child’s achievements via our Facebook integration through our Windows phone and Windows 8.1 apps.

Team Animus members Charlene Ho, Trish Alonzo, Juan Miguel Maningo and Rizzi Sanidad with their mentor Ben Uy, really did a remarkable job for their project. Out of teams who joined the yearlong competition, they were one of the world’s best and chosen to be with nine other teams in the category vying for the cup.

On the other hand, the Microsoft Student Partners Summit was also represented by two MSPs from the Philippines, Gabriel Eric Villanueva from Treston International College, and James Gabriel from Bulacan State University. There were a total of 80 MSPs invited by Microsoft and representing the Philippines in behalf of all Microsoft Student Partners in the country really means a lot to them.

Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals Week Kick Off | 29th of July, 2014

Team Animus Arrives at the Alder Hall, University of Washington

Team Animus Arrives at the Alder Hall, University of Washington, the Official Residence of Imagine Cup World Finalists and MSP Summit Delegates

Even before everything started, our representative for the Microsoft Student Partners Summit, Gabriel Eric Villanueva got the chance to have a small chat with the program lead of the Imagine Cup, Mr. John Scott Tynes during breakfast time. Gabriel told him that it was indeed a dream come true to finally experience the Imagine Cup World Finals, in line with his delegation at the MSP Summit. He also got the chance to send his teammate’s regards (Team Hiraya) in behalf, to him. It was indeed a memorable opportunity for him to finally meet the man behind the world’s largest technology competition in person.

And few hours after, he received a tweet from John that he just shared their small conversation and featured it at the Imagine Cup Blog during that day: http://bit.ly/1rkQ7ZB. It was indeed a great moment for our Microsoft Student Partner, Gabriel to be featured at the Imagine Cup site that day.

Gabriel Eric Villanueva and James Gabriel with their fellow MSPs from Honduras (L – Eduardo Paz), South Africa (L2 – Pivendren Naik), and Brazil (Back – Gustavo Magella) at the Alder Hall Lobby

Gabriel Eric Villanueva and James Gabriel with their fellow MSPs from Honduras (L – Eduardo Paz), South Africa (L2 – Pivendren Naik), and Brazil (Back – Gustavo Magella) at the Alder Hall Lobby

The first day of the Imagine Cup World Finals Week officially kicked off during the evening of the 29th of July, after the arrivals of the World Finalist Teams and other attendees during the entire day, where a welcoming dinner was held at the Red Square of the University of Washington.

A Magnificent Photo of Team Asia Pacific for the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals and Microsoft Student Partners Summit at the University of Washington Red Square featuring Washington’s Mount Rainier

A Magnificent Photo of Team Asia Pacific for the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals and Microsoft Student Partners Summit at the University of Washington Red Square featuring Washington’s Mount Rainier


Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals Presentations and Microsoft Student Partners Summit One | 30th of July, 2014

During the 30th of July, 2014, the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals presentations headed underway at the Kane Hall of University of Washington. Teams on that day truly gave their all to present their project to the World Finals judges in the Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship categories.

Team Animus on their Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals Live Presentations

Team Animus on their Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals Live Presentations

Our own Team Animus really did an exemplary job during their live presentations for their project, FitPals. Even the YouthSpark reporters and Mr. Andrew Parsons, the new Developer Audience Marketing Lead for LeX (Learning Experiences) at Microsoft applauded the team for presenting the game wearing the national costume and for representing the Philippines well. One reporter added, and acknowledged the concise answers given by the team to the questions of the world finals judges.

The comments of the YouthSpark Reporters and Mr. Andrew Parsons, the new Developer Audience Marketing Lead for LeX (Learning Experiences) at Microsoft about the performance of Team Animus during the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals Live Presentation

The comments of the YouthSpark Reporters and Mr. Andrew Parsons, the new Developer Audience Marketing Lead for LeX (Learning Experiences) at Microsoft about the performance of Team Animus during the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals Live Presentation

Team Animus in action, presenting their project FitPals wearing the national costume of the Philippines

Team Animus in action, presenting their project FitPals wearing the national costume of the Philippines

Meanwhile in Redmond, while the Imagine Cup Live Presentations are happening at the University of Washington – Kane Hall, the Microsoft Student Partners finally reached the Microsoft Headquarters to kick off the day one of the Microsoft Student Partners Summit. Mr. Scott Burmester, the Senior Program Manager of all Microsoft Student Partners Worldwide started the event by welcoming the MSPs from all around the world.

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It was an overwhelming feeling for the MSPs who attended to be acknowledged by Mr. Burmester and call them as the best of the best MSPs, since there are over 7000 Microsoft Student Partners around the world and out of this pool, 80 were given the chance to attend the Summit in Redmond, and at the same time witness the Imagine Cup World Finals live.

After all, The MSP Summit is focused on celebrating the achievements these students have accomplished during their participation in the Microsoft Student Partner program, as well as provide them with an opportunity to develop their technical skills via deep-dive technical sessions and networking opportunities with product teams.

During that day, series of talks were given by the icons of Microsoft. Mr. Kurt Steck, the General Manager for Developer Experience talked about the Audience Marketing Insights; Murat Burme, Technical Evangelist for Emerging Business talked about the Redmond Startup Program where he introduced the teams who participated in this program and the experience they’ve had while in the program. MVP Mentorship Program was also discussed by the Senior Program Manager of the MVP Program worldwide, Ms. Kari Finn, where MSPs may consider having mentors who are Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals in order to further boost their skills and knowledge in a specific technology they prefer. To cap off the first half of the MSP Summit day one, Mr. Giorgio Sardo, the Senior Evangelism of Microsoft talked about the Universal Windows Apps.

Mr. Giorgio Sardo poses for the picture during his talk at the MSP Summit

Mr. Giorgio Sardo poses for the picture during his talk at the MSP Summit

In the afternoon, the MSP Summit day one wrapped up with talks from Mr. Bryan Tomlinson, the Senior Manager for Windows and Mr. Andrew Parsons, the new Developer Audience Marketing Lead for LeX (Learning Experiences) at Microsoft. They talked about Windows and Windows Phone and Game Development, respectively.

Microsoft OneWeek Product Fair at the Microsoft HQ Commons – Soccer Fields

Microsoft OneWeek Product Fair at the Microsoft HQ Commons – Soccer Fields

Before the day officially ends, the Imagine Cup teams and Microsoft Student Partners finally got the chance to prepare at the Microsoft Commons Soccer Field for their showcase setup. The showcase setup is also timely for the students as well for them to experience the things a Microsoft employee have experienced. This is because Microsoft OneWeek Product Fair was also happening at the field during that week where the employees are showcasing their projects as well to their fellow Microsoft employees. However, due to NDA matters, the tent where OneWeek Fair took place is off limits to the Imagine Cup finalists and Microsoft Student Partners since the products being showcased are the products that are not yet released in public. In other terms, the products they showcased may be considered as the next big releases for Microsoft.

Team Animus poses for the picture at their Showcase Booth with the Academic Programs Specialist of Microsoft Philippines, Ms. Duchess Domagsang

Team Animus poses for the picture at their Showcase Booth with the Academic Programs Specialist of Microsoft Philippines, Ms. Duchess Domagsang

Anyhow, given the opportunity to join the booth with Imagine Cup finalists and Microsoft employees nearby was already a big thing for the Microsoft Student Partners, because they also get the chance to experience how it feels like to promote their apps and solutions to the employees of Microsoft.

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Another Incredible Day at the Microsoft Headquarters | 31st of July, 2014

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The 31st of July is considered to be one of the peak moments of the week since it is the last day of the Imagine Cup World Finals prior to the announcement of the winners the next day as well as the Microsoft Student Partners Summit. The closed door hands-on judging happened on that day at the Microsoft HQ Commons – Soccer Field Imagine Cup Showcase Tent where the teams would really have to give their last shot since it will wrap up the efforts they’ve made for the entire competition.

Team Animus during the Imagine Cup 2014 Hands On Judging

Team Animus during the Imagine Cup 2014 Hands On Judging

Meanwhile, at the Thunder Conference Room of Building 92, the last day of the Microsoft Student Partners Summit started with the series of talks about the Role of MSPs, headed by Microsoft’s Senior Director for Audience, Ms. Victoria Grady. The Microsoft Research Director Ms. Rane Johnson was also present to discuss the amazing projects of the team. Ms. Valerie Anderson, the College Staffing Consultant of Microsoft also gave tips to the MSPs about how to get a job in the world of tech. capping off the morning sessions at the summit was a talk about Kinect for Windows by Mr. Ben Lower, the Developer Community Manager of Kinect for Windows.

Gabriel Eric Villanueva and James Gabriel with Ms. Rane Johnson, the Director of Microsoft Research

Gabriel Eric Villanueva and James Gabriel with Ms. Rane Johnson, the Director of Microsoft Research

Before lunch time, there were selected Microsoft Student Partners who took part at the Mock Interview at the recruitment building of the campus, this is to let them experience how job interviews are being done at Microsoft. It is a cool opportunity as well to get some insights on securing a job during the interview process, and our Microsoft Student Partner Summit reps Gabriel Eric Villanueva and James Gabriel were lucky enough to experience the interview.

Gabriel Eric Villanueva’s Road to the Recruiting Building of Microsoft HQ, en route for his first ever Interview at the Campus

Gabriel Eric Villanueva’s Road to the Recruiting Building of Microsoft HQ, en route for his first ever Interview at the Campus

For the last day of the Microsoft Student Partners Summit, the Microsoft YouthSpark team prepared a special lunch for everyone at the Building 121 Common Area. Ms. Suphatra Laviolette, the Digital Marketing Manager of YouthSpark and Ms. Yvonne Thomas, the Senior Program Manager were the hosts of the lunch where they have discussed the new program under Youthspark, and that is the Youthspark Advocates program and the MSPs who attended the summit are now part of the team.

The program is about the YouthSpark Advocates who are handpicked by Microsoft Citizenship from the community. These are either MSPs or anyone who is an advocate of social change. These advocates are on a journey to represent the YouthSpark program at campus or school events, and even online. They are also entitled to make professional connections with Microsoft employees and others using technology for social change. These advocates are also trendsetters. They will be the first one to hear cool stuff happening at the program and even take advantage of the cool opportunities.

James Gabriel enjoying with his fellow MSPs/ YouthSpark Advocates at the YouthSpark Lunch

The gathering of MSPs, now also YouthSpark Advocates has become a fun afternoon filled with joy and high enthusiasm with Ms. Suphatra and Ms. Yvonne.

Gabriel Eric Villanueva: A sunny afternoon with fellow Microsoft Student Partners/ YouthSpark Advocates

Gabriel Eric Villanueva: A sunny afternoon with fellow Microsoft Student Partners/ YouthSpark Advocates

Gabriel Eric Villanueva and James Gabriel with their fellow MSPs at the YouthSpark Lunch

Gabriel Eric Villanueva and James Gabriel with their fellow MSPs at the YouthSpark Lunch

After lunch time, the Microsoft Student Partners went to the second day of the product showcase at the Imagine Cup Showcase Tent, where the next batch of MSPs were given the chance to promote their apps and solutions.

James Gabriel presenting his app to his fellow MSP, Joel Santos from Portugal

James Gabriel presenting his app to his fellow MSP, Joel Santos from Portugal

At the end of the hands-on judging, our students assembled in the showcase tent on the Microsoft campus. It was time for Microsoft staff to come through and see the students’ projects. The Imagine Cup team took that opportunity to announce the winning teams for two of the great partner awards, and here they are:

For the Facebook Creativity Award, Team IJ Developers won a $25,000 Facebook advertising credit for their project Ladybug, a household electricity monitoring and automation project that beautifully integrated Facebook functionality into their community features.

For the AppCampus Award, two teams were chosen for their outstanding Windows Phone apps. Each team will receive 20,000 Euros from AppCampus, a mobile innovation program funded by Microsoft and Aalto University, Finland.

Team Tep from Hungary won for their project, Tep, a virtual pet whom you care for by exercising and getting fit. Team Brainy Studio from Russia won for their project, TurnOn, a clever game about using electricity to light up a dark town.

These three teams will join the winners of our Apps for Office Challenge and our Windows & Windows Phone Challenge at a celebratory dinner high atop the Space Needle! Congratulations to all of these great teams for their hard work and much-deserved recognition.

The entire Redmond experience won’t be complete without visiting the Microsoft HQ Company Store. The Microsoft HQ Company Store is comprised of two sections. The first section is open to everybody, where they could purchase available Microsoft merchandise ranging from Microsoft, office shirts to jackets and more.

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The first section of the Company Store is filled with Microsoft Merchandise

Everyone is entitled to purchase anything they can from this section. The other part of the store is the hardware/software section. This is the section where only Microsoft full time employees can access. This section is filled with cool Microsoft hardware and software products at a discounted price.

A glimpse of the entrance towards the hardware/software section of the company store

A glimpse of the entrance towards the hardware/software section of the company store

To top it all off, Microsoft gave the chance to all Microsoft Student Partners Summit delegates, Imagine Cup World Finalist Teams and mentors to shop at the hardware/software section of the company store with a personal shopping limit of $120 just like a Microsoft employee (but FTEs can purchase as many items as they can without any limit).

Entering the store will make you get everything you see but of course you’re limited with the money that you have. It’s indeed a once in a blue moon opportunity, and will always be memorable to experience this as a student.

Before the day officially ends, the Microsoft Student Partners were requested by Mr. Scott Burmester to go back to the Thunder conference room for some announcements. And little did they know, big surprises await the MSP Summit delegates. When everyone is gathered in the room, Mr. Burmester announced that the delegates will bring home a new Microsoft Student Partners backpack, Microsoft Student Partners Jawbone Speaker, Kinect for Windows 2.0 and Windows Embedded Kits. The announcement brought so much joy in the room.

Cool swags from the Microsoft Student Partners Summit

Cool swags from the Microsoft Student Partners Summit

Before leaving the Campus, the MSP representatives and the Microsoft Student Partners Country Lead for the Philippines, Ms. Duchess Domagsang got the opportunity to have a picture with Mr. Scott Burmester along with the Philippine flag. The entire experience will surely be remembered forever.

James Gabriel, Ms. Duchess Domagsang and Gab Villanueva with Mr. Scott Burmester

James Gabriel, Ms. Duchess Domagsang and Gab Villanueva with Mr. Scott Burmester, the Worldwide Lead of the Microsoft Student Partners Program

That marks the end of the Microsoft Student Partners Summit and the Imagine Cup 2014 competition. The judges just need to tally up scores and determine who won for the World Championships event the following day.

Imagine Cup World Championships | 1st of August, 2014

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The culmination of everything happened during the first day of August this year at the Washington State Convention Center. Everyone is keeping their hopes high, all rooting and praying for their team’s fate. The winners of this year’s Imagine Cup were finally crowned and the teams who made it are as follows:

World Citizenship Competition

Since Imagine Cup started in 2003, students all over the world have teamed up to make the world a better place. By creating impressive new technology projects in fields such as health, education, and the environment these students have shown the world new ways to think and to change.

1st Place: Eyenaemia from Australia

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Screening for anaemia is as simple as taking a selfie – Eyenaemia is a simple, non-invasive and easily accessible screening tool for anaemia made for use by everyday people. Eyenaemia analyses the conjunctiva and calculates the risk of anaemia, putting years of medical training into the hands of untrained users.

2nd Place: SMART Crew from Taiwan

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The idea for this device results from members of the SMART Crew observing several patients suffering from strokes. They were disappointed by the limited treatment options and noticed that patients encountered considerable suffering and hardship during the rehabilitation process. Thus, “Usens” was developed to provide patients with feedback on their rehabilitation progress, allowing users to receive professional medical care from the comfort of their own homes.

3rd Place: Access Earth from Ireland

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Team Access Earth wants to make the world a more accessible place for everyone. Our app, Access Earth, is an app that provides information on a buildings accessibility for those with mobility impairments. We provide information about a place’s ramps, toilets, counters, and more, and we also provide a rating of that places accessibility. Using our app and volunteer network, we hope to bring this information to anyone who needs it, from elderly people to wheelchair users, and to their friends and family.

Innovation Competition

Incredible, world-changing software innovations often come from students. Social networks, music services, digital photography apps, gadgets and robotics – the list goes on.

1st Place: Team Estimeet from New Zealand

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Have you had enough of friends who are always late, but never reply? With Estimeet, you will no longer have to make any more stressful texts and calls to your friends. Estimeet shows you all your friends’ distance and estimated time of arrival from the meeting location as well as whether they are on their way. We want to spend less time worrying about when our friends will show up, and more time having fun.

2nd Place: Tep from Hungary

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Tep is a entertaining fitness mobile application in the form of an expanded tracking software linked with a tamagotchi which motivates people to do sports in an enjoyable way. The mobile application provides a customizable companion, a virtual pet for users who is to be taken care of by doing sports: the user earns points through workouts which can be spent on food and accessories for the pet.

3rd Place: ButterFly from Bahrain

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This combination of hardware and software enables the creation of custom nail polish colors on demand. Using the project’s app, choose from color swatches or specify your own custom color and then select a glossy, matte, or glitter finish. The hardware then mixes the pigments and the finish and delivers just enough nail polish for a single application. With this project you can generate your own custom nail polish colors matching your clothes, hair, eyes, or mood.

Games Competition

Today, great games come from anywhere and people play them everywhere. On their phones, on their computers, on their tablets, in their browser, with their friends, with anyone, with everyone. Powerful game engines and libraries are available for free so students can get started right away.

1st Place: Brainy Studio from Russia

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TurnOn is the story about a living electrical spark named Turnon; the aim of its life is to provide electricity to the city. The inspiration for creating this story was the world event “Earth Hour”, when the whole world turns off lights to raise awareness of the economical use of electricity. Electricity is all around us, and people are so used to it. They absolutely do not notice and save it. But what if the electricity suddenly disappeared? We decided to develop a game to model this situation.

The game “TurnOn”, an unusual 2.5D side scroller platformer game, is filled with surprise and wonder, memorable design and graphics, with original gameplay mechanics and soundtrack. The user has the opportunity to control an unusual character that can influence people’s lives in a big city without electricity.

2nd Place: BOMON from Korea

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In ‘Under Bed’, the main character Judy explores the Dust Kingdom under her bed, using her socks to generate static electricity to climb walls and control dust. Can you imagine that? See how she explores the dust world with her socks!

3rd Place: Illogic from Egypt

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Puppy in Bubble is a Windows Phone 8 physics puzzle game. The story of the game is about Spout, a naughty puppy who gets lost and trapped in a bubble, and needs to be returned to his owner, Adam. Use fans, vacuum cleaners, and other environmental objects to steer the puppy-in-bubble back to his owner.

The Imagine Cup World Championships

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The best of the best in one stage. The first place winners in each category in this year’s Imagine Cup came together for the Imagine Cup 2014 World Championships. In this round they will face series of questions from the following icons of the world of technology:

  • Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft
  • Hadi Partovi, founder of Code.org
  • Erik Martin, GM Reddit

What’s at stake? The Imagine Cup Championship trophy and the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft Corporation. And this year’s World Champion is no other than Team Eyenaemia from Australia!

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Congratulations, Team Eyenaemia for being this year’s Imagine Cup World Champion!

To this year’s Imagine Cup World Finalists, Congratulations too for making it and for representing your respective countries. It was indeed a memorable weeklong celebration of great innovation! Thanks to Microsoft for hosting a world changing competition. Kudos to everyone as well who worked hard to put up the competition all together, surely it was successful.

To the Microsoft Student Partners Global Lead, Mr. Scott Burmester and Imagine Cup Project Manager John Scott Tynes, congratulations to the both of you and we salute you for all of the hard work in bringing the world’s most passionate minds in Seattle. This is truly a week that the participants will never forget.

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The Imagine Cup 2014 World Finalists in One Picture


 

The Microsoft Student Partners from different parts of the World in one picture at the Imagine Cup World Finals Stage

The Microsoft Student Partners from different parts of the World in one picture at the Imagine Cup World Finals Stage

And of course, this incredible team deserves a recognition for raising the Philippine flag. Congratulations to our own, Team Animus for their remarkable performance at this year’s Imagine Cup World Finals. They’re now part of the history. They’ve gone a long way and this is just the beginning. The future is just ahead and without any doubts, these guys will make it farther. The Philippines will always be proud of you. Job well done, Team Animus!

Team Animus raising the Philippine Flag at the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals Stage

Team Animus raising the Philippine Flag at the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals Stage

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Microsoft Student Partners Philippines Recruitment for FY 2015 – LUZON

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Attention Tech Students in Luzon!

Yes, that’s right. We have 3 batches of MSP Application – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. For now, we are accepting applications from students in Luzon. We are looking for new recruits with the right APPtitude to join our tech student rockstars! Students will be evaluated based on the following:

Technical Expertise

  • Student designers and developers
  • Strong understanding of Microsoft Visual languages, .NET Framework and Microsoft technologies
  • Must have skills in multiple platforms, languages, and technologies
  • Can design Metro-themed creatives and UIs

Educational Background

  • A bona fide student of your college/university and presently enrolled in a Computer Science/Information Technology/Multimedia Arts related course and at least 18 years old
  • An active member of your school student organization
  • Able to name a reference (dean/college head/organization adviser)

Attitude

  • Must be passionate about technology
  • Assertive, would love to learn more, can self-study
  • Committed to share your time, experience and knowledge to the academic community
  • Has a sense of Leadership
  • Innovative, creative, and full of ideas!

If you have the abovementioned qualifications, then WE WANT YOU to be a part of the Microsoft Student Partner Program!

The Microsoft Student Partner Program recognizes the top young minds from around the world who are passionate about technology. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop real-world skills to help you succeed in your future career, to help others learn about the technology of today and tomorrow, and to connect with other like-minded students, all while having a ton of fun along the way. Selected IT students get the opportunity to build a closer relationship with Microsoft, connect with IT enthusiasts, learn new stuff, develop their skills and help the academic community learn the latest technology.

Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs) are encouraged to share their expertise by undertaking a number of fun assignments like participation in Microsoft events, organizing and delivering tech sessions, online activities and code camps. In return, they will get access to numerous benefits – including Microsoft software, reference materials, training as well as privileged information about future career opportunities.

So are you up to the challenge?

We’ve set a mini-challenge for students who wish to apply.

You will need to complete 3 MVA courses before you can answer our survey and send in your application. The following topics

Once you have completed the above mention course, then you may proceed with the next steps.

  1. Create a one-minute video addressing the following prompt-Why should you be selected to be an MSP?
  2. Fill out the survey found here
  3. Send the following requirements to : acadph@microsoft.com:

Email Subject: MSP Application

Attachments:

  • Accomplished MSP application form together with your faculty recommendation form
  • Resume/CV (Please include portfolio URL in your resume/CV)
  • MVA Course Completion Transcript (with certificate and profile printscreen)

If your papers can impress us, then our team will get in touch with you for an interview and exam.

Remember, all it takes is great skill and a desire to survive. Now’s your time to shine!

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For further inquiries about the program, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at acadph@microsoft.com.

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Meet the Imagine Cup Philippine Finals 2014 Champions

Imagine Cup PH 3 During April 24, 2014, Microsoft Philippines officially hosted the Imagine Cup 2014 Philippine Finals which was held in Casa Blanca Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. The event was filled with so much pride, enthusiasm and patriotism since everyone is in their own national attire in an old pre-Hispanic setting in line with celebrating the great yet world class talent of Filipinos in innovation.

So who won this year’s Imagine Cup Philippine Finals? Some amazing students with their world-changing ideas!

Games Category

IMG_1698 Team Animus topped the Games category with FitPals, an app that combined fitness and play and utilized the power of Xbox Kinect to enable children to remain active. Team Animus is comprised of students from De La Salle – College of St. Benilde namely Charlene Ho, Patricia Alonzo, Flerizza Sanidad, and Juan Manuel Maningo.

Congratulations to Team Animus for winning first place in the Imagine Cup 2014 National Philippines – Innovation Category. Learn more about their app, FitPals here.

Innovation Category

IMG_1709 Team PewPew conquered the Innovation category by adding a touch of personalization to storytelling with FUNIMALS, an app that generates stories based on pictures selected by children. This Pew Pew is a group of students from De La Salle University Philippines currently taking up BS Computer Science major in Software Technology, represented by Joyce Guiao, Matthew Go, Mark Anthony Castilo, and Oliver Brian Syson. 

Congratulations to Team PewPew for winning first place in the Imagine Cup 2014 National Philippines – Innovation Category. Learn more about their app FUNIMALS here.

World Citizenship Category

IMG_1730 Team TALA, winner of World Citizenship category, presented ReLink — an app that will help people sell their pre-loved belongings instead of throwing them away. Team Tala is a group of students from different colleges and universities in the Philippines that aim to make a difference in the world – Paul Villena and Paul Jethro Ganzon from Adamson University, Yvette Watson from Treston International College, and Mark Erwin Villarina from Mapua Institute of Technology.

The word “Tala” is the Tagalog term for “star” and also the name of the goddess of stars in Tagalog mythology. Just like the stars at night that give light and hope in darkness, we have committed to bring hope by developing a solution to help solve one of the pressing problems in our world today. 

Congratulations to Team Tala for winning first place in the Imagine Cup 2014 National Finals Philippines – World Citizenship Category. Learn more about their app, ReLink here.

Now What’s Next?

Our teams have finally submitted their respective entries for the next round, the World Semifinals. During this round, amazing teams will be selected to represent their respective countries at the Imagine Cup 2014 Worldwide Finals this July in Seattle, Washington. At the worldwide finals they will compete for the coveted Imagine Cup trophy, up to $50,000 USD in prizes and a chance to meet Bill Gates!

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Three teams top the Games, Innovation and World Citizenship categories of the Imagine Cup local finals.Winning teams stand tall and eager to represent the Philippines in the Asian Finals.[L-R] Paul Villena, John Jethro Ganzon, Mark Erwin Villariña and Yvette Watson of Team Tala; Charlene Ho, Patricia Alonzo, and FlerizzaSanidad of Team Animus; Joyce Guiao, Miguel Maningo(Team Animus), Oliver Syson, Mark Castillo of Team Pew Pew. 

Once again, Congratulations to all the teams who participated in this year’s Imagine Cup Philippine Finals, and as well as to the official partners- Department of Science and Technology, Smart DevNet, and the Intramuros Administration for making the event possible.

In about few days’ time, we are about to determine the fate of our World Semifinalist teams, Team Animus, Team Pew Pew and Team Tala. Who among them will make it to the cut?

We are of course hoping for the best, hoping that all of our teams will advance to the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals in Seattle, Washington this July.

A Remarkable Accomplishment by the Philippines in Imagine Cup 2014

We also wanted to highlight the great performance on the world stage by a team from the Philippines in this year’s edition of the Imagine Cup.

User Experience Challenge – 1st Place | World Champion

ImagineCupPic2 Hundreds of teams of students from more than hundred colleges and universities from different parts of the world competed in the 2014 Imagine Cup User Experience Challenge. In this contest Imagine Cup asked students around the world to dig deep into their project’s user experience: the flow a user encounters with the software, the information architecture of how menus and screens are connected, wireframe examples of a couple of major screens, and finally a visual target showing one example of how the finished software would look.

Congratulations to Team Hiraya who earned the title of First Place/ World Champion for the User Experience Challenge for Innovation.

These three students at Treston International College, represented by Gabriel Eric Majo Villanueva, Jomarie Marquez and Neo John Tuquero, have designed a beautiful app integrating timetables, maps, ratings, and dynamic data that could be the salvation of many busy travelers. Microsoft Imagine Cup is thrilled to recognize the design skills of Team Hiraya and award them the first prize of $3,000 in the Innovation category.

Meet the Winners of the User Experience Challenge featuring Philippines’ own Team Hiraya here. In line with their winning, the Philippines was the first team from Asia who made it in this year’s list of Imagine Cup Winners. Check out the entire list here.

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Meet the 15 National Finalists for Imagine Cup 2014 National Finals

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All roads lead to Casa Blanca, Intramuros, Manila tomorrow, April 24, 2014 for the most anticipated Imagine Cup Philippine Finals which will determine who among the 15 National Finalist Teams will represent our country in the forthcoming Asia Pacific Region Finals and we’re hoping to see our representatives in the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals in Seattle, Washington this coming July.

Microsoft Philippines in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office) announced the 15 semifinalists of the 12th edition of the Imagine Cup global competition few weeks ago. Semifinalists were chosen for the three major competition categories — Innovation, Games, and World Citizenship.

Imagine Cup, which is currently at its 12th year, is the world’s premier student technology competition. The competition provides students across all disciplines the opportunity to use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications, games and solutions that solve the toughest problems in the world today. Some even took inspiration from recent events and adversities encountered by Filipinos to come up with solutions that address them.

“There are a lot of technologies out there that have the potential to change the way Filipinos do things. We took these latest technologies and used them as leverage to address the challenges our fellow Filipinos are facing today,” said Mark Muya, Computer Engineering student and member of Imagine Cup team Team Dose from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. “We are very happy to be part of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup because it has given us the venue to reach our goal of creating a solution that will create an impact in the lives of our fellow Filipinos.”

Innovation brought entries such as BALM, a business continuity and incident management system that enables users to create a continuity plan that will help their business run smoothly.

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Utilizing cloud technology is CNEARC, short for Cloud Network Emergency Response Communication, a cloud based service that helps rescue workers conduct their operations.

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Addressing urban problems is RoadFloodPH, a flood monitoring application that will help motorists and pedestrians on the road.

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Adding a touch of personalization to storytelling is FUNIMALS, an app that generates stories based on pictures selected by children.

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Helping the elderly maintain their mental health is WhaleWang, a web and mobile application that consists of mini-games that deal with visual or spatial perception and cognitive functions.

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World Citizenship entries addressed issues in healthcare, environment, and governance among others. HanapBuhay, an emergency response app, enables users to find the nearest hospital using their location and medical information.

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HealthCare will centralize medical records and emergency contact information in a website that medical facilities can access reducing the need for repetitive forms.

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A group came up with ReLink, an app that will help people sell their pre-loved belongings instead of throwing them away.

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GreenThumb, a mobile phone app that help users grow vegetables in their own homes, encourage citizens to help the environment in their own little way.

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Taking inspiration from the bayanihan spirit is Do-Nation, a mobile phone app that will enable Filipinos to easily volunteer in relief efforts and donate relief goods during times of calamity.

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Entries for the Games category tackled fitness and wellness, city, and disaster management and current events. FitPals combined fitness & play and utilized the power of Xbox Kinect to enable children to remain active as they have fun while Pixel Calamity and Minmin Escapes Disaster teach users how to respond to a disaster through an engaging mobile game.

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Subject of Change, a 3D simulator similar to the popular Sim City, enables players to build and manage a city. A cute and adorable game called Furbs lets players solve world issues through various minigames while counting on the help of the fluffy creatures the game was named after.

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The semifinalists for each category will be competing in the National Finals tomorrow, April 24, 2014 at Casa Blanca, Intramuros for a chance to win Php 50,000 and to represent the Philippines in the next round.

“We are proud of the semifinalists and are very impressed with the ideas and technology they have come up with. The 15 semifinalists truly demonstrate that Imagine Cup can truly help the Philippines in producing a new class of developers that has the right vision for the country,” said DOST – ICT Office Executive Director Usec. Louis Casambre.

“At Microsoft, we are committed to ensuring that Filipino students are given the opportunity to hone their skills that prepare them for the future,” said Karrie Ilagan, General Manager of Microsoft Philippines. “Imagine Cup is just one of the many ways we are helping shape a generation of creators who are capable of creating impactful technological solutions. We are proud of the semifinalists and we look forward to hopefully using their solutions soon.

More than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in Imagine Cup over the past 10 years. To date, over 1,000 young Filipinos have been given the opportunity to transform their ideas into wonderful apps through this prestigious competition.

Imagine Cup was made possible with the help of SMARTDevNet and the Intramuros Administration. To learn more about imagine cup visit www.imaginecup.com

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It’s Time to Step Up and Take the Challenge, Filipino Students: Imagine Cup 2014 Local Finals Philippines Formally Kicks Off in Partnership with DOST-ICTO

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In the Photo: Mr. Alvin Gendrano (DPE Director, Microsoft Philippines), Ms. Karrie Ilagan (Country General Manager, Microsoft Philippines), and Mr. Mon, Ibrahim (Deputy Executive Director of DOST-Information and Communications Technology Office)

Manila, Philippines,  5th of November, 2013- Microsoft Philippines formally launched the Imagine Cup 2014 Local Finals in the country along with the partnership of Microsoft Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO) to further help student participants to focus on how to develop and emerge with the right software that will solve particular government related problems, as part and parcel of Imagine Cup’s goal- and that is to help solve the world’s toughest problems.

The event was preceded by an introduction from Ms. Karrie Ilagan, Microsoft Philippines General Manager stating statistics of Imagine Cup, which is currently on its 12th year as the world’s premier student technology competition.

So far, there are over 1.65 million students from 190 countries have participated in throughout the entire Imagine Cup history, and among these figures, 1,000 Filipino students have participated already and took the Imagine Cup challenges.

Eligible students to the competition are invited by Microsoft to fully use their imagination and burning passion to create technological breakthroughs that breaks a new ground, solving the toughest problems that the world is facing today.

As part of the partnership of Microsoft Philippines to DOST-ICTO, Mr. Mon Ibrahim, the Deputy Executive Director of DOST-ICTO stated that there are a lot of great talent in among the Filipino software developers.

The government organization also stated that they have crafted a long list of priority problems hoping the aspiring Imagine Cup participants could focus on, and among these problems, three major priority sectors were highlighted, namely health, environment and e-government.

In a worldwide scale, Philippines is considered to be one of the largest supplier of IT talents in the world, but Mr. Louie Casambre, the executive director of DOST ICTO stated a realistic statement in his opening remarks that despite the large number of IT talents that we have in the world, we still don’t have an Apple or a Microsoft.

Above all, the Imagine Cup has been an avenue to harness the skills of the students from the ICT field, and within its existence, it has opened a lot of door of opportunities to the competitors, whereas their projects became their key towards success in their respective careers and some teams actually went on pushing through building start-ups, improving the craft of their projects and immediately turning these start-ups to the enterprise level.

Ms. Katrina Macaraig, the Audience Marketing Manager of Microsoft Philippines introduced the flow of the Imagine Cup 2014 local finals and highlighted the major dates and deadlines of the competition.

The Imagine Cup Local Finals Philippines 2014 (In person) will be held on April 12, 2014.

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Former participants of the Imagine Cup competition also shared their personal experiences and some tips that can help the aspiring Imagine Cup participants to solve some of the toughest problems that we are facing in the world, and in the society.

An Imagine Cup 2010 and 2011 Worldwide Finalist, and graduate of DLSU College of St. Benilde, Mr. Marion James Pilande shared his experience for being part of the prestigious competition for two consecutive years as a representative of the Philippines, that being in the Imagine Cup worldwide finals was not purely an intense and serious kind-of-a competition.

The competitors will be facing the judges on the first days of the Imagine Cup worldwide finals week, and they will be exposed as well to expand their connections, since they will also be presenting their projects to other companies who will attend the worldwide finals on a showcase day.

Moreover, Imagine Cup is a celebration of world’s greatest innovators of our generation, the competitors are also given the chance to explore the host country to the so-called worldwide finals’ cultural day and attend series of parties within the dates of the worldwide finals, thus, making the entire journey, a roller coaster like experience, rather than just a serious kind-of-a competition.

Mr. Paul Villena, a Microsoft Philippines DPE intern, Microsoft Student Partner, and an aspiring Imagine Cup competitor from Adamson University, shared his sentiments on why he joined the competition, he said that Imagine Cup is a training ground to harness his skills in app development, in creativity, and as well as to be a catalyst of change, in terms of helping solve a particular problem that we are currently facing.

Ms. Gigi Adamantopoulos, a Microsoft Student Partner from De La Salle University, and a former Imagine Cup competitor shared that Imagine Cup for her, was a learning experience and an avenue, not for just developers per se or creative designers in particular, but also to sound editors, where she expressed that as long as you have the skills to contribute to the team, you can still join Imagine Cup, plus the success of the team is measured by the joint effort of an entire team, therefore, teams who will be joining must first have unity and camaraderie instilled in their cores, and together, combine everyone’s talents, in order to achieve goals and surpass the challenges of the Imagine Cup competition.

Mr. Cesar Cuaresma, a Microsoft Student Partner from the University of the Philippines- Diliman, also a former Imagine Cup competitor whereas, his team made it the Imagine Cup 2012- Windows Phone category top 100 world finalists.

He shared that the Imagine Cup was a way for him to practice his skills in programming for mobile phones, Windows Phone OS in particular and as well as improved his confidence in building programs in mobile phones.

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In the Photo: Upper left to Upper right: Former Imagine Cup competitors Gigi Adamantopoulos, Paul Villena, Cesar Antonio Cuaresma, and Marion James Pilande | Lower left to Lower right: Mr. Alvin Gendrano (DPE Director, Microsoft Philippines), Ms. Karrie Ilagan (Country General Manager, Microsoft Philippines), Mr. Mon, Ibrahim (Deputy Executive Director of DOST-Information and Communications Technology Office) and Ms. Katrina Macaraig (Audience Marketing Manager, Microsoft Philippines)

“Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is vital to promoting the science and technology capability of our student developers in achieving innovations that are geared towards delivering economic and social benefits,” Indeed it is, Mr. Casambre said.

“We look forward to more partnerships like this with Microsoft in order to sustain the development of programs that harness the talents and skills of Filipinos in science and technology,” he added.

Now that the Imagine Cup 2014 Local Finals has finally kicked off, Microsoft Philippines and DOST-ICTO look forward to see the amazing projects of the talented Filipino students in the coming months. So to all aspiring Imagine Cup competitors out there, the opportunity has arrived, it’s time to step up and take the challenge, live that dream, and believe in your capabilities, Join Imagine Cup 2014 and who knows, you and your team might be the next one to bring home the Imagine Cup from Seattle, Washington to the Philippines.

Gabriel Villanueva is your Imagine Cup 2014 Local Finals- Philippines Insider. He’s your Microsoft Student Partner from Treston International College, currently taking up a degree in Computer Engineering; also the Microsoft Student Partner Social Media Lead for Microsoft Philippines Academic Team.

He’s also a Certified Microsoft Certified Professional, and is one of the youngest tech bloggers in the Philippines to be nominated at the prestigious Philippine Blog Awards 2011 with his blog, The Ultimate Cyborg for Best Tech Blog Category – National Level.

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Meet the New Microsoft Student Partners for F.Y. 2013-2014!

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Interviews were conducted this week at the Microsoft Philippines where the aspirants for the Microsoft Student Partners program have gone through their respective interviews.

Indeed, everyone who applied are all deserving to be a part of the program, but of course, we only selected the best of the best, the technology gurus, innovation trendsetters and the IT student leaders.

The search is officially over, we’re not going to prolong the agony of waiting, and its time to finally unveil who among the applicants made it to the program.

Introducing, the Microsoft Student Partners for F.Y. 2013-2014:

Adamson University Ariel Christopher Almelor
Bryan Anthony Garcia
Emylynda Garcia
Jasper Barcelon
Jose Luis Vicedo
Keven Ayag
Leo Mark Villar
Anthony Dayrit
 
AMACU Jermayne Carabeo
 
Asia Pacific College Jennifer Arroyo
 
Ateneo de Manila University Amiel Reveche
Marcel Villanueva
Justin Lim
 
Baliuag University Jasper Dimla
 
De La Salle- College of St. Benilde Charlene Ho
JP revilla
 
Bulacan State University Andrew Estrella
Cesar Magpayo
Elijah Ignacio
Irish Castillo
 
Colegio de San Juan de Letran Karl Kevin Manabat
Mark Llyod Alcones
Rachael Ly Uycoque
Rajiv Ian Aseron
Sebastien Paolo Zapanta
 
De La Salle Lipa Bruce Perez
Kevin Robles
Mark Reyes
 
De La Salle University Abigail Pacleb
Amos Changcoco
Franz Buenaventura
Giselle Que
Joshua Ling
Joyce Guiao
Kaye Canoso
Laurenz Tolentino
Nico Elayda
Sonam Sanghu
 
De La Salle University – Science and Technology Complex Gaston Velarde
John Nufable
Kristoffer Ross Cruz
Larissa Ubungen
 
FEU EAC Kristel Patola
Raffy Alcoriza
Ryan Bonifacio
 
iAcademy Charles Atienza
Jose Paulo
 
Immaculate Conception ICAT Eunice Pancubila
 
Informatics College Manila Darius Lee Pasilaban
Liezl Lao
Obadiah Aranas
 
La Consolacion College Manila Jez Tabilog
Keesha Pauline Dela Cruz
 
Mapua Intramuros EJ Aquino
James Sandigan
Jomer Abajay
Philippine Christian University Chris Moscosa
 
PLM Chester Hogar
Jonas Antonio
Matthew Buena
Zeychelle Hundana
 
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Dominique Galang
Gerard Cruz
Magen Domingo
Perry Litan
 
PUP Manila Assyrah Honra
Mark Muya
 
TIP Cubao Ana Verano
Gladys Palatino
Mikhail Perobello
 
Treston Christian Huang
Dominic Arrojado
Douglas De Vries
John James
Laila Buncab
 
University of Sto. Tomas Carmina Opada
Juan Escultura
Sara Rocky Asl

Congratulations to the new batch of MSPs! This is a start of a great and innovative year ahead. Together, we’ll make history! Its time to Shine!

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DreamSpark Activation Day

Here’s a Christmas treat for student developers! J As part of our mission to empower students and faculty, the Microsoft Academic Team will be having a DreamSpark Activation Day! APPtivate
If you have any questions or inquiries about this event, please feel free to send us an e-mail at acadph@microsoft.com

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The Microsoft Student Partners – Microsoft Philippines DPE Leads Exclusive Dinner with Mr. Giorgio Sardo

During the 21st of November 2012, representatives from the Microsoft Student Partners were given the opportunity to join the Exclusive Dinner with the DPE Leads of Microsoft Philippines and Mr. Giorgio Sardo.

Mr. Giorgio Sardo is a Sr. Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, he focuses on HTML5 and Internet Explorer.  He’s based in the Microsoft Headquarters, in Redmond, Washington and came here in the Philippines for a corporate related visit. Since he’s got the knowledge of what’s happening with Microsoft, he’s in touched with the big bosses of the corporation – Mr. Steve Ballmer and other Microsoft Executives, we’ve got the opportunity to ask him about things most of us probably don’t know yet about Microsoft and the things they are currently working with. Here’s a couple of questions we asked him.

MSP: Windows 8 is here already, we would like to know when will Microsoft plan to release another version for Windows?

Mr. Giorgio Sardo: Windows 8 is four weeks old already and the new version of Windows is currently in the works. Expect a new version within five years.

MSP: We’re just curious about the time frame of Windows 8’s creation. When did the team started creating the new operating system for Windows?

Mr. Giorgio Sardo: Windows 7 was released three years ago. The team started creating Windows 8 during the first week of Windows 7’s release. I think there was just a one day gap (some sort of a holiday which happened during the launch of Windows 7) after that break, the team started building Windows 8.

MSP: We’ve noticed that Microsoft decided to have apps in Windows 8. We’re just wondering if its really Microsoft’s leaving or going to remove desktop in the next version of Windows?

Mr. Giorgio Sardo: If I were Steve Ballmer, I would say NO.  The Desktop environment has been available for 25 years already. It’s a 25 year Microsoft legacy. Remove the Desktop in the next Windows? Why Should We?

MSP: We Filipinos are very excited about the Microsoft Surface. I know some of us asked this question for the nth time already. We know you’re the right person to confirm it, Is Microsoft going to formally launch and sell Microsoft Surface in the Philippines?

Mr. Giorgio Sardo: As of this moment, Microsoft Surface has been released to eight countries only and Microsoft has plans to expand its availability to different countries around the world and with regards to the Philippines? Yes.

MSP: Knowing about the two versions of Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Surface RT has been released already. We’re wondering about the exact time or the estimate month of Microsoft Surface Pro’s availability, can we know some official details ‘bout this?

Mr. Giorgio Sardo: Microsoft Surface RT and Windows 8 is four weeks old in the market already. Count 90 days from their release date and you’ll know about Microsoft Surface Pro’s availability.

 

It’s another memorable experience to talk with Mr. Giorgio Sardo. We felt so honored to have that chance to bond with him. Mr. Giorgio Sardo is fun to be with. We had the chance to see his Surface too (which comes in red Touch Keyboard), and talked about our meetup with Mr. Matthias Shapiro, also a good friend of Mr. Giorgio that all the MSPs who attended made his Surface an instant celebrity, which is true and we laughed about it.

Knowing his position in Microsoft, he remains to be humble with his words and actions. He gave us inspiring words too before he left. Indeed it’s a remarkable night for all of us.

Gabriel Villanueva is a Computer Engineering Junior and Microsoft Student Partner from Treston International College. He’s a Certified Microsoft Certified Professional, and is one of the youngest tech bloggers in the Philippines to be nominated at the prestigious Philippine Blog Awards 2011 with his blog, The Ultimate Cyborg.

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The Exclusive Windows Phone 8 App Development Meet up with the Microsoft Student Partners by Mr. Matthias Shapiro

Opportunities come and go and as with the Microsoft Student Partners of the Philippines, they were given a rare opportunity to meet one of the greatest minds of Microsoft Corporation at a meet up. It was during the 15th of November when they met Mr. Matthias Shapiro, a Windows Phone Technical Evangelist from Seattle (Microsoft Headquarters, Washington) for a Windows Phone 8 App Development briefing.

Since Windows Phone 8 has been released already in the United States, and is coming real soon in the Philippines, Mr. Shapiro gave the MSPs an overview regarding the latest features for the Windows Phone 8 SDK, knowing that the MSPs are now equipped with knowledge about both Windows 8 and Windows Phone app development.

The talking points Mr. Shapiro gave the MSPs revolved around the Overview of Windows Phone 8, the big things about it, and the developer platform improvements in developing an app under Windows Phone 8.

Gabriel Villanueva is a Computer Engineering Junior and Microsoft Student Partner from Treston International College. He’s a Certified Microsoft Certified Professional, and is one of the youngest tech bloggers in the Philippines to be nominated at the prestigious Philippine Blog Awards 2011 with his blog, The Ultimate Cyborg.

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WOWZAPP 2012 Manila: Surviving the Midst of 24 – Hour Windows 8 App Development Challenge

During the 9th of November, 2012, Filipino student challengers stepped up to the 24-hour Windows 8 App Development Challenge and gathered at Microsoft Philippines to celebrate the availability of Windows 8 for WOWZAPP 2012, a worldwide hackathon for Windows.

WOWZAPP 2012 is a worldwide event happening simultaneously in over 30 locations around the globe where students are expected to work in teams. Their goal is to create apps for download in the Windows Store.

During the entire event, students had the opportunity to not just work with their respective teams, but also with our Microsoft app experts, developers and designers who helped them, assisted them in coding and guided them each step of the way.

The event kicked off at 7:00 p.m. Hour zero started with the registration and eat and greet. An hour and a half later, participation went inside the so-called no-sleeping zone or the room where they will be staying to code for the rest of the entire event.

The participants were welcomed by Mr. Alvin Gendrano, the Director of Developer and Platform Group of Microsoft Philippines, giving them words of encouragement that they will be needing for the rest of the night. Mr. Joben Rara followed to give a talk regarding the Modern Style UI, and the Windows 8. We also have Mr. Tim Vergel De Dios, the audience marketing manager of Microsoft Philippines to discuss the techniques in creating a great Windows 8 app.

And then, during the 4th hour, the teams started to build their apps by means of project planning. And afterwards, the teams have finally started working with their apps.

 

While working with their apps, at exactly 3 o’clock in the morning, an unexpected event happened. Microsoft Philippines was attacked by zombies. You heard it right, the WOWZAPP 2012 participants were attacked by zombies.

The zombies came over to keep the coding spirit of the participants, alive (Aside from their main intention of getting their brains). To break the ice, the zombies are in the search for some participants who would want to dance with them to the tune of the worldwide hit dance craze – Gangnam Style by Psy.

 

 

 

 

And our WOWZAPP 2012: Manila participants are active enough to be part of this ice-breaker game. As a part of their participation, they received some goodies from the zombies themselves.

While working for their apps, participants can go to the nearby store within Microsoft Philippines where they can purchase brain and tummy boosters using their Zomonies.

The participants continue to work with their apps straight up until in the morning and they stopped for a while for breakfast by 07:00 am. Finalizations with their apps came right afterwards up until 3:00 in the afternoon. App consultation were held from time to time through the help of our Microsoft app development experts in the house. With 80% accomplished, critics decided to scout around to look for the apps with the best looking Live Tile. The winners were announced by 12:00NN. We have the apps Whacked and Pic-A Number.

The team winners for the award received Windows 8 Developer Jacket.

With only two hours left, the teams decided to finally introduce their apps. Presentation time was held at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. This is the most crucial part of the WOWZAPP 2012: Manila because this is the point where the best team with the best app be awarded.

And so, the presentation phase has begun.

 

 

 

 

Overall, there are 14 teams who took part in WOWZAPP 2012: Manila. Here’s a preview to what they have done throughout the challenge:

After the presentations, the certificates of participation were given to the students who took part to the success of WOWZAPP 2012: Manila. And then, it was followed by the announcement of the ultimate winner.

The best team for WOWZAPP 2012: Manila will receive a dinner to Makati Shangri-La, One Microsoft Tablet, Movie Tickets and Microsoft premium items for the entire team. And the team who were awarded as the best team for WOWZAPP 2012 was the team from De La Salle University comprised of MSP Juniors. They created two apps during the entire length of the 24 hour challenge.

Indeed, it was a tough, fun and challenging experience to everyone who participated at the WOWZAPP 2012: Manila. Staying up for 24 hours straight, coding and thinking about their prospect apps isn’t an easy job.

It was indeed historical one since Filipino students just proved that Filipinos can also step up for App Development and can create download-worthy apps. Congratulations and Kudos to everyone! Thank you for participating, Till then!

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