I was told Student Day is not happening here in New Zealand this year. Instead Microsoft New Zealand is working on building student communities on campus around New Zealand, hoping to help these communities get better connected with the IT industry.
There's also a plan to encourage more IT Professionals to come on campus and talk to students and also talk about job prospects - the goal is to create a bridge between our IT students and the IT industry.
What about Dreamspark? Dreamspark is a programme that provides qualifying university students access to Microsoft's developer, designed and platform tools. These tools include Visual Studio, Windows Server, Expression Studio, SQL Server and more. Earlier this year we published an interview with Paul Lo explaining all about Dreamspark.
This is already in place for New Zealand students who can login to the Dreamspark website using a Live ID, verify they are eligible and start downloading the software for their use.
How is the verification? Currently students have to be registered and hold an ISIC id card. The card number is the way to verify your eligibility.
Microsoft New Zealand is also working with other institutions and the Ministry of Education to get their support in setting up Dreamspark. They are already working with Auckland University and the Canterbury University to put this in place, in the hope of having a number of institutes working with Dreamspark by the end of the academic year.
Another initiative is the Imagine Cup. The Imagine Cup 2009 competition has already begun - and this time the big finals will be in Egypt.
What to do? Visit the Microsoft Tech Ed Australia 2008 website, select "Tech Ed 2008 only" registration and enter "NZT899" in the code customer field.
This will give you a reduce registration rate - down to AU$1,600 from AU$1,999.
The track will cover Windows Mobile deployment and management, with the following sessions:
|Windows Mobile Overview and Roadmap|
Exchange Server, Office Communication Server and Windows Mobile: The Ultimate Ingredients for Mobile UC
System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 Overview
Windows Mobile Development 101: Cut the fruit and get the cream
I am very interested in this track, being a Windows Mobile MVP myself.
|Extending OS Deployment with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit||Michael Niehaus|
|MDOP: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, formerly from Kidaro||Eric Borst|
|MDOP: Application Virtualization Features||Sean Donahue|
|Technical Introduction to Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager||Jason Buffington|
|Cross-Platform Monitoring with Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager 2007||Ran Mayron|
|Application Virtualization Management: the Enterprise of the Future Using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and Microsoft SoftGrid||Sean Donahue|
|System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 Overview||Garry Gross|
|Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager: Next Version Overview (Part 1 of 2)||Deannah Templeton; Stu Fox|
|Windows Vista - what does it enable? Service Pack 1 Update and Improvements!||Adam Hall; Darryl Munro|
|Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager: Next Version Advanced Features (Part 2 of 2)||Deannah Templeton; Stu Fox|
You will have an opportunity to meet the speakers during an "Ask the Experts" event at the "Marketplace". This will be a chance to ask the local and international experts coming to speak during the conference and will be happening 1st September 2008 from 6:30pm through 8pm.
Take note: The TechFest 2008 happens 2nd September 2008, from 6:30pm through 1pm at the Princes Wharf, Quay Street. This is the main social event - a big party with Opshop (pictured) and dDub. Finger food and drinks will be served throughout the party.
All attendees automatically receive tickets, and additional tickets can be purchased for $145 + GST.
The last social event in the agenda is the Farewell Drinks, just after the last sessions, an oppotunity to relax and prepare to go back to your battle stations. The Farewell Drinks is happening 3rd September 2008, from 5pm through 6:30pm in the Marketplace.