Program

What is Microsoft Academia Accelerator?

What is code.fun.do?

Some of these colleges also have entrepreneurship cells. Do you do any engagements with them? Is this program related to Microsoft Ventures or Microsoft Azure Accelerator?

How is the Microsoft Academia Accelerator program different from other academia programs and student engagement efforts Microsoft already has under way?

How is this program related to other Microsoft student programs such as Imagine Cup, YouthSpark or DreamSpark?

Does participating in this program give students expedited entry or access into other Microsoft programs?

Why is this program restricted only to top campuses?

How do you define a top campus?

How do you choose a campus to work with?

Why just 17 colleges?

Are you planning to expand further?

Are participating students eligible for jobs / internship in Microsoft?

Event

What is the code.fun.do?

Who can take part in code.fun.do?

When is code.fun.do at my campus?

Do I have to only use Microsoft tools and technology to participate in code.fun.do?

Are teams allowed to use open source code libraries, or videogame engines, or middleware in their apps/ ideas?

What are the themes for code.fun.do?

What support will I get from Microsoft if I participate in code.fun.do at my campus?

How would Microsoft select top 3 teams?

What are the prizes to be won?

What is the size of a team?

Can a student who has graduated out of college be part of code.fun.do?

Can a student be on more than one team?

Can a team ask its mentors for ideas?

Is a team expected to share IP/ code with mentors?

Would students who participate in code.fun.do be offered jobs at Microsoft?

How is code.fun.do related to other Microsoft programs for students—eg Imagine Cup, Youthspark, Dreamspark, etc?

Does participating in code.fun.do give automatic entry/ access to other Microsoft programs for students or the Microsoft Ventures/ Microsoft Accelerator?

How does a team test the app/ idea? Would you provide devices?

Will Microsoft provide students with tools and other developer resources free of cost to build their app?

Can a student / team blog / write about this program on their own social networks?

Mentor

Who are the mentors?

How many mentors are assigned to a team?

Who will judge the milestones?

Program FAQs

What is Microsoft Academia Accelerator?

Microsoft Academia Accelerator is a program aimed at building a deep long-term association between Microsoft and the academia. Through this program, we collaborate with the faculty and students of leading engineering colleges and business schools in India to foster the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among students and help faculty in curriculum development and delivery. The objective of our program is to add a layer of cutting-edge industry knowhow on top of the existing Computer Science curriculum being taught in top schools of India. This helps expose students to critically important technology trends and practices earlier, during their formative years, thereby preparing them with vital skills and experiences that will enrich their careers and fuel innovation and impact from India.

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What is code.fun.do?

code.fun.do is the name of the hackathon we conduct every year at each partner technology college, exclusively for the students of that campus. Open to all passionate coders of the college (both CS and non CS, across years and degrees), it gives them an opportunity to learn how to build modern, real-world applications that leverage the latest technology platforms including Mobile, Cloud, IOT and Cognitive Services. Hackathons are preceded by fast-paced, hands-on talks and demos that orient students to key concepts needed to build apps for modern platforms such as smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and the Cloud. Students then work in teams that are tasked with conceiving and implementing original apps for these platforms within 24 hours, with the full support and guidance of Microsoft mentors present at these events. This program stresses the concepts of teamwork and collaboration as well as multi-disciplinary focus that takes students beyond pure technology or code into other equally important determinants of success, such as user experience, design, customer value propositions, etc.

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Some of these colleges also have entrepreneurship cells. Do you do any engagements with them? Is this program related to Microsoft Ventures or Microsoft Azure Accelerator?

We have been approached by entrepreneurship cells at a few campuses and have collaborated with them, delivered workshops on entrepreneurship, sponsored events, participated as judges for their product design competitions and more. Additionally, we also create awareness around existing Microsoft support for startups and entrepreneurs through programs such as BizSpark, Microsoft Ventures or Microsoft Accelerator.

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How is the Microsoft Academia Accelerator program different from other academia programs and student engagement efforts Microsoft already has under way?

Although Microsoft offers several strong college-focused programs and we are delighted to see hundreds of colleges taking advantage of the same, the Microsoft Academia Accelerator is unique in a few ways. It targets only a small subset of top-flight engineering colleges and B Schools through a set of events and activities that are tailored to those specific institutions and their needs. Additionally, the program content and mentorship is delivered by a volunteer group of some of Microsoft’s most talented R&D engineers, several of whom are alumni of these very same institutions.

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How is this program related to other Microsoft student programs such as Imagine Cup, YouthSpark or DreamSpark?

This program goes hand-in-hand with all those other programs. Indeed, participants of the Microsoft Academia Accelerator are encouraged to take advantage of other student-centric programs available from Microsoft around the world.

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Does participating in this program give students expedited entry or access into other Microsoft programs?

No. However, we do keep our program participants updated about all other Microsoft student activities and resources. For instance, we may encourage top student teams from Academia Accelerator to register for the India Imagine Cup if we determine that they have the potential to be a winning candidate. Similarly, if a student team demonstrates the passion and ability to spin off their ideas into a promising new startup, we would connect them to Microsoft’s programs for entrepreneurs.

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Why is this program restricted only to top campuses?

One of the value propositions of this program is the quality of the Microsoft mentors who drive the content or mentorship efforts behind it. All of these are top-notch R&D employees from Microsoft who tend to be extremely busy individuals, so we are currently forced to limit this program to only a few colleges.

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How do you define a top campus?

We go by industry benchmarks to determine which colleges are among India’s best for engineering and business.

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How do you choose a campus to work with?

In determining which campuses to work with, we look at the top-ranked CS and B School programs in the country, look at recommendations from our employees (many of whom are alumni of these colleges) and also consider requests originating from the campuses themselves.

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Why just 17 colleges?

We started with 5 colleges in pilot year 2012-13 and used our learning to refine the program as we doubled by adding another 5 colleges to 2013-14, our first full program year and to another five this year. We are able to accommodate 17 colleges right now given our current capability and bandwidth, especially given how busy our technology mentors tend to be.

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Are you planning to expand further?

While we do not have any set plans right now, we are open minded about adding a very small number of new colleges to this program each year. It really boils down to how our own capabilities grow in the future and also what new requests we may see.

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Are participating students eligible for jobs / internship in Microsoft?

The top performers of our program, including code.fun.do are considered for internship/FTE interviews at Microsoft, even if they are from non CS branches. However, we just provide an entry point, the student has to go through the regular recruitment cycle like everyone else to get placed.

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code.fun.do FAQs

What is the code.fun.do?

code.fun.do is the name of the hackathon we conduct every year at each partner technology college, exclusively for the students of that campus. Open to all passionate coders of the college (both CS and non CS, across years and degrees), it gives them an opportunity to learn how to build modern, real-world applications that leverage the latest technology platforms including Mobile, Cloud, IOT and Cognitive Services. Hackathons are preceded by fast-paced, hands-on talks and demos that orient students to key concepts needed to build apps for modern platforms such as smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and the Cloud. Students then work in teams that are tasked with conceiving and implementing original apps for these platforms within 24 hours, with the full support and guidance of Microsoft mentors present at these events. This program stresses the concepts of teamwork and collaboration as well as multi-disciplinary focus that takes students beyond pure technology or code into other equally important determinants of success, such as user experience, design, customer value propositions, etc.

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Who can take part in code.fun.do?

Any current student of a campus, across disciplines, can participate in his/her campus code.fun.do. First and second year students have to attend the tech boot camp at their campus, and then participate in the One Week Online Hackathon. Top 3 teams from the Online Hackathon make it to the campus code.fun.do which is held over a weekend. There they will compete against seniors—that is third year and above students. We will select top 3 teams from a campus code.fun.do who make it to the next level of the competition where they compete against their peers from other colleges.

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When is code.fun.do at my campus?

We will conduct code.fun.do at top 15 campuses this year. You can look up the calendar here Events

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Do I have to only use Microsoft tools and technology to participate in code.fun.do?

You can use any technology you wish, as long as you use Microsoft Cloud Services eg Azure at the backend.

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Are teams allowed to use open source code libraries, or videogame engines, or middleware in their apps/ ideas?

Yes. Use of any copyrighted material (including open-source projects released under licenses such as Creative Commons) is allowed as long as the user obeys the law and any license agreements. So if there's a code library released under a Creative Commons license, anyone is welcome to use it – they just need to read the license and ensure they follow what it says. If a team is making a game and wants to use an engine like Unity or Unreal, we are fine with that. If a team is doing an Azure touchscreen web app and wants to use Atari's MIT-licensed touchscreen HTML5+CSS+JavaScript libraries, sure thing! However, if a team is building a gaming app, we would not accept ideas/apps from game makers such as Scirra Construct 2, Gamestar Mechanic, Gamemaker, and Scratch.

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What are the themes for code.fun.do?

Teams can work on any idea as they deem fit, however we encourage teams to think on ideas based on one these themes - Digital India, Tech for Good, e-Governance and Citizenship, Mobility, IoT, Conversation as a Platform (CaaP) and Gaming.

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What support will I get from Microsoft if I participate in code.fun.do at my campus?

If you are a first/second year student, you need to attend the tech boot camp at your campus which precedes Online Hackathon—that will help onboard you on tools and technology you need to know before you join the Hackathon. We will also share code samples etc. If you are a third year or above student, we expect you to be aware of required technologies—hence we just share some online tutorial links that you could study to refresh your coding skills. During the One Week Online Challenge participants can reach out to our mentors who will help answer their queries. During code.fun.do on campus Microsoft mentors will be present to support you. We will also provide Azure passes and other specific testing devices during the 24 hour code.fun.do on campus.

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How would Microsoft select top 3 teams?

A panel of judges consisting of mentors and program team would choose Top 3 winning teams from Online hackathon basis of three factors – Idea, Implementation and Potential of the project. These three teams would get direct entry to the campus CFD where they compete with other senior teams and compete on similar parameters judged by mentors and program team.

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What are the prizes to be won?

Lots of goodies and cash prizes are to be won, you need to look up the poster which will be shared with you campus. But it’s more than just prizes---you get to work with leading Microsoft mentors which gives you a huge opportunity to learn from the best. And if you are a winner there is a lot of other opportunities that will come your way. Stay tuned!

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What is the size of a team?

Minimum 1, maximum 3.

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Can a student who has graduated out of college be part of code.fun.do?

No, this is exclusively for the current students of a campus.

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Can a student be on more than one team?

No.

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Can a team ask its mentors for ideas?

Yes, in fact we strongly encourage teams to discuss their ideas with mentors during the campus code.fun.do before they start implementing it.

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Is a team expected to share IP/ code with mentors?

No. Microsoft respects students' IP ownership. Our goal is to let students collaborate and innovate, so any inventions/IP would belong to the students. We do not encourage students/ teams to share their IP/ secret sauce with anyone, not even their mentors.

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Would students who participate in code.fun.do be offered jobs at Microsoft?

Winning team members may get an opportunity to interview for jobs/ internships at Microsoft, at the company’s discretion and in line with their college placement rules.

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How is code.fun.do related to other Microsoft programs for students—eg Imagine Cup, Youthspark, Dreamspark, etc?

All students who participate in this forum will be kept informed about all other Microsoft India activities for the student community.

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Does participating in code.fun.do give automatic entry/ access to other Microsoft programs for students or the Microsoft Ventures/ Microsoft Accelerator?

No. But we continuously update the participants about all other Microsoft student/ academia engagement programs and resources. Our mentors continuously monitor each team and suggest other engagements for them. For example, if we feel a team that has the potential to be an Imagine Cup winner, we would encourage them to register. Similarly, if a team showcases an idea which has the potential to become the next lighthouse startup from India, we would encourage them to apply for the Microsoft Ventures/ Accelerator.

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How does a team test the app/ idea? Would you provide devices?

We will provide testing devices only to the teams who participate in the 24 hour code.fun.do at their campus.

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Will Microsoft provide students with tools and other developer resources free of cost to build their app?

Teams will be provided software download links and training video links. Microsoft can provide Azure trial passes, but apart from that students are expected to take care of their own resource needs.

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Can a student / team blog / write about this program on their own social networks?

By participating in our program, students/ teams give Microsoft the right to use their photos, testimonials, and stories for marketing purposes. Every student is encouraged to check with the code.fun.do program team before they post anything on their social networks. However, the program team highly encourages sharing/re tweeting of social content posted about the event.

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Mentor FAQs

Who are the mentors?

The mentors are top technical people from Microsoft and our training partners who are passionate about helping students learn.

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How many mentors are assigned to a team?

During code.fun.do at campus, there will be at least six mentors to support the teams.

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Who will judge the milestones?

Mentors and the program team will judge the performance of each team at each milestone.

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