Truly a dream

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DSY 2011 Students and professionals came together at the recent Microsoft Dream Spark Yatra to brainstorm on the latest technological changes. PRAVEEN IYER

Microsoft’s Dream Spark Yatra is a one-day event that aims to bring students and professionals together and give the student community updates on latest technologies and broaden their technical horizons.

In Chennai, the Dream Spark Yatra was held on March 4 at SRM University with about 3200 students sparticipating.

The Chennai.Net User Group (CNUG) Student Chapter, a community for the Microsoft Student Partners, coordinated and organised the event in a professional manner.  

Floris van Heijst, GM Business and Marketing Organisation, Microsoft Corporation, India, was the first to hit the dais with the keynote address. He focused on “Microsoft for Students” and the students had a good time interacting with him, throwing and fielding questions. He also spoke of Microsoft’s Project Shiksha, which aims to accelerate computer literacy .

Next on stage from Microsoft was Sandeep Alur whose session was “Unleash a more beautiful web with IE 9”. He extolled the features and advantages of the Internet Explorer 9; yet again an absorbing session since Microsoft got to show off some of its best work to an audience that is increasingly indifferent and hard to please!

Arvind Ganesan now took over emphasising the need to make software development easy. He spoke of The LightSwitch, which could be a great help for the not-so-great programmers out there! Even those not technologically inclined thawed as they saw what the LightSwitch could do!

The Microsoft Xbox Kinect session with Shweta Satish was a real entertainer and the most interesting. A crowd of about 2000 students were waiting to get their hands on the Xbox.

When you have no controller with Kinect and when Kinect responds to how you move, it is bound to be a hit! It was an awesome Kinect experience to select people from audience. 

The quiz session also attracted a huge participation. Hemant Kumar Goyal from MNM Jain Engineering College grabbed the first place winning 1 TB External Seagate Hard Disk Drive while Kushal Bandari from Rajalakshmi Institute of Technology came second and went home with a Sennheiser eh150 headphone.

Praveen is a final year student of Information Technology at Rajalakshmi Engineering College.