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Get Live twitter updates on Microsoft Worldwide partner Conference ‘09

Posted by hilbertv on July 9, 2009

         Microsoft Worldwide partner Conference is a prestigious event organized by Microsoft, year after year towards its business partners. This year WPC’09 – Worldwide Partner Conference [MICROSOFT. PARTNERING POWER] is being held in New Orleans from July 13 – 16 (pacific time) at Earnest Morial Convention Center.

The primary reasons behind this event are,

                        * To learn about Microsoft Strategy from top executives.

                        * To forge new relationships.

                        * Map business plans for the upcoming year.

                        * Hear firsthand how the Partner Program is evolving  to better serve the Partners

The event is very formally organized with following interesting happenings:

                          * Keynotes from a lot of MS key executives including Steve B and industry leader Jack Welch..!

                          * Technical sessions on latest technologies are daily.

                          * Great Contests..!

                          * Amusing Fun filled activities, JAZZ FEST and a lot more..!

     In order to keep you guys updated with all proceedings, we have decided to provide live twitter updates..!

    You can follow me @HilbertV for those updates..! (My twitter page here)


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nukeationMachine – Addin for VS2008

Posted by hilbertv on February 20, 2009

Developers typically spend a large amount of time creating the User Interface (UI) for software applications. Almost 60% of that time is used to create the same type of elements across different forms. nukeationMachine helps automate 40 to 60% of the entire UI design time by providing UI Bits – common elements used in any software application, for example, the OK/Cancel buttons – that can be created with a single click.

nukeationMachine works across C#®, Visual Basic .NET®, J#®, and Managed C++ on Visual Studio® 2008, as well as across Windows Presentation Foundation™ (WPF), Windows Forms®, ASP.net®, and DHTML. The UI Bits library for nukeationMachine contains over 1600 Bits of common elements that can be used to create any form of software application. See the Catalog section for a list of currently available UI Bits.

Aside from the vast library of pre-built UI Bits, nukeationMachine offers the ability to create your own UI Bits in any supported language or technology. Using the NxC Technology that powers the nukeationMachine engine, a UI Bit created in one language can be used in a project of any other language.

Scenario: UI Bits containing several buttons, a listbox, and a few labels is created in Visual Basic. The same UI Bits can be used in a C#, J#, or Managed C++ project without any code conversion. nukeationMachine takes care of the conversion for the user…!y1pZQ2kMVHPIFxIVKMCAmbc3RP6pXB7E6kaG9krDqOwYP4DTk64RWZQEwlD4RvWi6IsESRhiGt2aug

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AutoCollage: Summarize Your Adventures with a Click.

Posted by hilbertv on February 4, 2009

AutoCollage, an easy, novel framework for the automatic creation of representative collages from collections of photos, became available to the general public on Sept. 4 from Microsoft Research. Utilizing a collection of sophisticated technological techniques, AutoCollage is simple to use, produces attractive imagery, and, perhaps most important, is a whole lot of fun.

It works like this: AutoCollage—which works with either Windows Vista or Windows XP Service Pack 2 and above—cuts out interesting parts of photos and combines them together, following natural features as boundaries between images. The selected pieces are sized similarly and assembled into a pleasing whole.y1pxZlAJuxo_GDbs45jY3n3Yp8Q3YpmLNUobS_KSarfqzJfVLd382mogikMObqtUimtbx9bVBdVesQ

Photo: V.Hilbert, Microsoft Student Partner presenting the Technical Sessions.

“The most significant feature that differentiates AutoCollage is that it offers exceptionally sophisticated blending technology for photographs, powered by state-of-the-art computer-vision techniques.” – Alisson Sol, Dev.Manager, Incubation and Tech Transfer Team.

The AutoCollage application, driven by the Microsoft Research Cambridge Incubation team, is a result of worldwide collaboration. Although much of the work was performed at Microsoft Research Cambridge—with the Computer Vision, Incubation and Tech Transfer, Computer-Mediated Living, and Constraint Reasoning groups at that lab all making contributions—Microsoft Research associates in Redmond and Beijing also played key roles.

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Imagine Cup Egypt ‘09 has Dawn..!

Posted by hilbertv on January 26, 2009

IC '09

Imagine Cup Egypt’ 09 has Dawn!

 The World’s most Premier Student Technology Competition has begun. The Theme for this year is to help the world by providing technical solutions for the Eight Millennium Goals as identified by the United Nations. The various competitions available are,

  1. Software Design
  2. Embedded Development
  3. Game Development
  4. Robotics & Algorithms
  5. IT Challenge
  6. Mashup
  7. Photo story
  8. Short Film

Wish You all the Best…! thumbs_up

Go to Imagine Cup…

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RoboChamps is Back..!

Posted by hilbertv on January 16, 2009


RoboChamps Season has begun! Let’s Start Automating…

RoboChamps is a new robotics programming league that removes those barriers to entry and makes robotics available to a broad audience. RoboChamps is based in simulation, which removes the barriers to entry of availability, cost, and deep hardware knowledge. RoboChamps is more specifically built on top of the simulation functionality provided in Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008, which means that you can program your robots using the .NET languages that you are already familiar with.

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LEADER ARTICLE: Education For The Future ( 3 Apr 2008, 0018 hrs IST,Bill Gates )

Posted by hilbertv on January 4, 2009

Historically, if we wanted to understand what someone’s income level was, all we had to do was ask what country they were from.

In the future, this will no longer be true. Instead, we’ll ask what level of education they have achieved. This is because information and communications technology is opening up enormous opportunities for many more people to participate in the global economy, no matter where they may live. Soon, the prospects of a highly educated young person in India or almost any other emerging economy will match those of a young person in Europe or the United States, and opportunity will depend not on where you live, but what you know.

This change means education is the most important investment that governments make. To thrive in this new world, developed and developing countries alike need to focus on building the creative and productive capacities of their workforce. In an increasingly globalised economy, knowledge and skills are the key differentiators of nations as well as individuals. India is a great example of the power of this approach. An emphasis on education has been the catalyst for the rise of an information technology industry that has created new opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people and established India as an important global centre for innovation.

Today, powerful new tools are making it easier than ever to disseminate knowledge and expand educational opportunities. I applied to study at Harvard University nearly 35 years ago. I was attracted partly by the chance to hear great lectures from Harvard’s brilliant faculty. Now, universities offer online lectures, discussion groups, examinations, and degrees to students all over the world. Technology is making higher education – and economic opportunity – available to more people, regard-less of their location.

Likewise in primary and secondary schools, educators are integrating technology tools into the curriculum so they can access classroom materials that will enable them to improve educational quality and teach the relevant skills that are the foundation for success in today’s world.

I have seen how software can help millions of people be more productive and creative. I believe that software can also play a critical role in helping societies address their most difficult challenges. Software and technology innovation can help strengthen healthcare, protect the environment, improve education, and extend social and economic opportunities. Because information technology and education are so critical to creating economic opportunities, Microsoft is deeply committed to improving technology access and fostering innovative teaching and learning methods. In developing countries and in less prosperous communities where we do business, we believe in equipping students with the practical skills they need to thrive in today’s knowledge economy.

To achieve these goals, in 2003 we launched a five-year, $250 million initiative called Microsoft Partners in Learning. Since then, we’ve worked closely with educators, government policymakers and community leaders in more than 100 countries. To date, Partners in Learning programmes have reached more than 3.6 million teachers and school leaders, and more than 76 million students.

In India, Partners in Learning has supported Project Shiksha, a programme designed to increase computer literacy by providing training for students and teachers, supporting the development of IT curriculum, and offering scholarships to top teachers and students.

Working with government officials and educators across India, we have helped provide training for more than 200,000 teachers and over 10 million students since Project Shiksha was launched in 2003.

Currently, an information technology curri-culum developed by us is being introduced in teacher training colleges across the state of Maharashtra with a goal of providing technology skills training to more than 100,000 student teachers. In the next three years or so they’ll have the skills and knowledge to incorporate technology into their classrooms in meaningful ways after they graduate.

We are deeply committed to supporting programmes like Project Shiksha that can help deliver the benefits and opportunities that technology and quality education can provide to ever-greater numbers of young people. As a result, in late January, we have renewed Partners in Learning by making a second five-year investment that will bring total spending in the programme to nearly $500 million globally. Our plan is to intensify our focus on the needs, interests and dreams of young people, who hold the keys to the economic and social future of every nation. Our goal is to expand programmes to help transform education in order to reach more than 250 million students and teachers across the world during the next five years.

Computers and the internet have changed our world, but their ultimate impact will be far greater than anything we have seen so far. In the future, as technology continues to advance, it will play even more important roles in education, business, government, the economy and society. By working with educators to help improve student learning, we seek to make sure that more of the world’s people have opportunities to enjoy the full benefits of technology, regardless of where they were born.

(This article is by the Chairman, Microsoft Corporation.)

( Courtesy : The Times of India, dated 3 Apr 2008)

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