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After earning the ultimate title in the MSP world, Microsoft Expert Student Partner, a new opportunity was offered: a Microsoft Certified Trainer training. How can one refuse that, especially that was so kindly (and free of charge) provided by Microsoft Germany? The only drawback was that it was completely presented in German and this is not really my strong point.
Become part of an elite, international community that spans more than 150 countries and regions and includes classroom and e-learning instructors, learning consultants, authors, conference presenters, and user group leaders. Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies, and are the only individuals authorized to deliver training for Microsoft Certification. Learn how you can join this exclusive group of IT professionals and developers and reap the benefits of membership. [from Microsoft website]
Recently I started looking for jobs, because my master thesis will come to an end and I am too dynamic to loose time after graduation searching for the perfect job.
Since I am a certified ASP .Net 3.5 professional, I started looking in this direction – but almost anyone associated ASP with SharePoint. Since I didn’t had any clue about SharePoint, I enjoyed very much the opportunity to take part in a technical workshop on this theme.
So on a very beautiful day of 8th of March (yes, on the Woman’s day), I woke up and traveled to Köln, where the workshop was held. At 10 AM the workshop, presented by Šenaj Lelic, maguro DataAssist GmbH and seconded by Peter Kirchner, Program Manager ISV for Developer Platform & Strategy Group.
The workshop was focused on different features, starting with a technical overview of SharePoint 2010 which prepared the audience including the presentation of new features in SharePoint 2010 which were interesting for us, developers.
As part of the Microsoft Student Partners I was invited to take part yet again from a Social Media Reporting team. This time is the CeBIT, a huge conference about consumer electronics. We arrived yesterday, on 2nd of March, to prepare ourselves for the challenge.
In the morning we just scouted the area, looking for interesting places to blog, tweet and make movies about. If you haven’t been to CeBIT, you should understand that it is really HUGE – there are around 30 big display areas in which you can be lost without a map.
There were a lot of nice prizes there : (more…)
I am a certified SQL 2005 Technology Specialist. While this means a lot from a professional point of view, the new technologies come toward us, developers, too fast sometimes. It is quite a while since SQL 2008 was launched, and now SQL 2008 R2 brings its novelties. One good developer must keep up to date with its skills, otherwise the quality and quantity of his or hers work will suffer. New technologies means usually more productive developers – and I wish to stay on the wave instead under it.
As part of Microsoft Student Partner organisation (MSP), I am trying my best to EVANGELIZE: promote Microsoft technologies through workshops, presentations, representing the organisation in front of the students:
We are the Evangelist of Students for the Students!
As I enrolled, I was on the lowest position : Junior Student Partner. What this meant for me? I got the opportunity to be part of the most awesome geek organisation, where only the imagination is the limit: there is actually a Imagine CUP! As junior, I was able to tap into the organisation’s resources, to be able to organize and present workshops, contact the other members for support, share amazing experiences like programming on Windows Phone 7 when it wasn’t even available on the market. Lots of cool stuff made generously available by Microsoft.
There are 3 levels of activity recognition in Microsoft Student Partners as developer (for the :
- Junior Student Partner: basic stuff – access to the network, support and help to start presenting; to requirements to the next step are to have a certain amount of student hours (in my case 60h, but can vary from country to country, check the latest organisation’s internally available docs) AND have a certification of your preferred technology – in my case was ASP .Net 3.5; Student hours are computed in a simple way, for example if you have a presentation of 1 hour attended by 15 students you will have 15 student hours( 1h * 15 students ).
- Student Partner: there’s starts the value to be shown, where people start believing in you and give you more responsibilities like representing MSP in prestigious events like TechEd or CeBIT, you get unlimited vouchers to certify yourself, order books, MSDN ULTIMATE licence;
- Expert Student Partner: you get more prestige in the organisation based on your performance, access to the Microsoft Certified Training offered free of charge by Microsoft;
So now I am Expert and looking forward to the MCT certification!
In my latest Windows Phone 7 workshop that I presented in UniBonn, I promised that we will have a contents. By now two people created and submitted their applications. What makes me happy even more than their interest is the fact that they used techniques not presented in the workshop – location services, WP7 sensors, persistence in IsolatedStorage database as alternative to IsolatedStorage file.
While reading the code, I realized that would have been better to have a two day workshop in which to also present and demo other features of the Windows Phone 7 like geolocation and its mocking, shakes, tile updates, push notifications being only few of the examples. But fortunately there is still time, so I will plan this for my future workshops.
Here they are in their submission order:
Back to the Student Technology Conference 2010 – second day – again I had a full schedule: attending web development session and after lunch the company startup coaching event. After a nice over-night sleep, I was full of energy to continue attending the presentations! You can read about the first day here.
First I went to the Axel Schulz’s presentation about Cloud computing, where he presented us the options that we have when using the Cloud system – Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS), Platform as a Service (PAAS) and Software as a Service (SAAS)
Microsoft Student Partners organized this weekend a very cool event, meant to make easier for the students to enroll to Imagine Cup 2011 and have also good results at it. The agenda was pretty condensed, having 3 tracks in 2 days. The tracks were wisely organized, allowing each one of us to focus on its own area of interest.
But don’t imagine that all was about technology. It really was more than this – we got coaching also for improving presentation skills and creating a business plan – Microsoft offers not only BizSpark project for startups, but also coaching so this startups would turn into a success!
So in a beautiful yet snowy winter morning me and two or my MSP colleagues left Bonn in Frankfurt direction. After two hours and some stops for unfreezing our car’s windshield (the owner forgot to put in some anti-freezing liquid such that the sprinklers didn’t work because of the frozen water along the tubes) we arrived in the beautiful Castle Hoechst.
There the organization of event was perfect: we were surrounded by breakfast. Coffee, tea, cakes, fruits – everything one needs to start a good day. (more…)
After presenting my latest WP7 workshop, I have quite a few nice impressions: all students were eager to learn, to discover, lots of questions were asked. We created a nice Twitter application based on the default Panorama template, learning about XAML and its advantages, how to use Blend to enhance the user visual experience, how to help our designer colleagues by creating mocked data such that while we develop they design on real data, how to use MVVM – in one word, a real startup in Windows Phone 7 developer career.
And, as usual, we didn’t finish at 16 as proposed because the enthusiasm of the participants. Eager to know, eager to learn- how can we possible fix a deadline?
The thing that spiced up our workshop was the nice contest that me as representative of Microsoft Student Partners and our Microsoft leaders setup for our colleagues: the chance of winning a Microsoft Certification Voucher!
Underneath are some pictures from the event:
I love teaching, but more than this I enjoy motivating people to do their best. This is why the yesterday's workshop will have a very nice continuation, more practical and challenging than the workshop itself:
We’ll have a CONTEST!
It will allow all participants in the workshop to develop the Windows Phone 7 application of their dreams and compete for a Microsoft Certification voucher, which fully covers the exam fees. The prize will allow to the lucky winner to get certified in a Microsoft technology. helping him or her to have a better start in its career after finishing studies. You can read here about the importance of having certifications.
If you want to go further, you can register for free on the Marketplace and start selling your application – following this simple 5 steps.
*Note* : this contest is available only to the people enrolled in my Workshop.
Contest stages and rules:
- Learning: In the workshop you’ve learnt about Windows Phone 7 (WP7 from now on) and related technologies (on Friday 26th) (more…)