Four-city Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) Boot Camp kicks off in NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh
New Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) inaugurated at GL Bajaj Institute of Technology & Management
Over 300 select enthusiastic technology students gathered at the 2013 Microsoft Student Partners (MSP) Boot Camp held at the GL Bajaj Institute of Technology & Management in Noida today, to get the inside-track on tech trends that will fuel the MSP program over the next year. The event marks the start of a first-of-its-kind multi-city MSP Boot Camp tour which will equip over 1,200 MSP's from over 600 colleges across the country with the knowledge to help share their passions for the latest technologies among their peers.
Taking in four locations including Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Lonavala, Maharashtra and Tadepalligudem, Andhra Pradesh, the Boot Camps represent an immersive briefing session whereby MSP's can hear first-hand from Microsoft officials about the programs and technologies that will be the company's focus in the coming fiscal year to further their own understanding as well as to spread the word among their peers. MSP's attending the Boot Camp received invitations to the keynote event as a result of their continued dedication to evangelizing new technology within their respective institutions.
As part of a worldwide network of student technologists, MSP's get access to Microsoft tools, technologies, and training, and gain valuable experience to help them develop real-world skills and resources to help them prepare for successful careers. The program represents a unique way for students to connect, collaborate, share the passion of technology among the community and helps in shaping students as technology leaders of their campus.
India has the biggest MSP program in the world with almost 1,200 MSPs from across 600 institutions. Commenting on the role of MSPs to empower the Indian eco system, Joseph Landes, General Manager, DPE, Microsoft India. said "India has a large, vibrant developer community and in order for that to materialize into real economic growth it is crucial to help future innovators discover their true potential by providing access to technology. The MSP Program empowers young minds to turn ideas in to realty and encourages them to unleash their creativity towards helping to solve real world issues through social innovation and entrepreneurship.
The event also saw the inauguration of a new Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) at the GL Bajaj Institute of Technology & Management bringing the total number of MIC's in India up to 26. The new MIC will operate as an innovation hub providing incubation and expert hands-on support on Microsoft technology innovation, research, and software solutions, aiming to create a pool of student technology experts in the state.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Pankaj Agarwal, Chairman, GL Bajaj Institute of Technology & Management said, "We are happy to associate with Microsoft and focus on nurturing innovation. We look forward to drive applied technology solutions, startup incubation and contribute to the socio-economic change in the community and the economy through Microsoft programs"
Divyansh Singh, an MSP based in Bhopal since 2009, summing up the excitement of the participants, said, "The Boot Camp has been an awesome experience for us and sets us up nicely for an upcoming year full of innovation and exciting product launches! The advantages of being an MSP keep on getting better each year be it the early access to MS technology, hot-of-the-shelf trends shared by senior 'geeks', the opportunity to further our career options and of course the bragging rights around campus.
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