codefundo++ FAQs

What is Microsoft Academia Accelerator?

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

What are the various engagement formats provided by Microsoft Academia Accelerator?

What is code.fun.do++?

How is code.fun.do++ different from code.fun.do?

How is this program related to other Microsoft student programs such as Imagine Cup?

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

Why is this program restricted only to a few top campuses?

How do you define a top campus?

How do you choose a campus to work with?

How many campuses does your program cover?

Are you planning to expand further?

Are participating students eligible for jobs / internship in Microsoft?

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

What support will I get from Microsoft if I participate in code.fun.do++?

What is the code.fun.do++ challenge for this year?

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?

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

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

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

Who are the mentors?

Who will judge code.fun.do++?

What is AXLE?

codefundo++ 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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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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What are the various engagement formats provided by Microsoft Academia Accelerator?

Through code.fun.do++, Microsoft mentors teach students how to solve real world problems using technology. Our engineers also work closely with faculty on curriculum development and deliver.

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What is code.fun.do++?

Codefundo++ is a one of its kind learning opportunity for students of select engineering colleges of India. An immersive online challenge spread over 4 weeks, students work under the guidance of Microsoft mentors (many of whom are alums from these colleges) as they solve a major contemporary societal issue, which will test their innovative thinking and problem solving capabilities. The 4-weeks will pack in critical phases, each of which will challenge the students, inspiring them to put their best efforts as they learn how to use technology in innovative ways and solve real problems. At the end of the 4 weeks, Microsoft aims to visit some of these colleges so that all teams which successfully complete code.fun.do++ can showcase their work and win attractive goodies. Top 3 teams from a college will get attractive cash prizes while the winning team members will get invited to the grand finale, the National Level code.fun.do++, scheduled to be held early 2019. They will be invited to visit Microsoft for AXLE 2019, our annual showcase of student innovation, where they present their solutions to senior Microsoft leaders and the media, along with mentors. The top 3 teams of National Level code.fun.do++ will also win very attractive cash prizes.

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How is code.fun.do++ different from code.fun.do?

Code.fun.do, which was conducted earlier, was a weekend hackathon at a partner campus where students built upon their own ideas under the guidance of Microsoft mentors. Code.fun.do++ is a much stronger, in-depth immersive learning program. By increasing the program duration to four weeks, we give students more opportunity to engage and learn from Microsoft mentors. Code.fun.do++ also levels the playing field for students across all campuses by ensuring the contest runs simultaneously for all campuses and by giving a single challenge, which is a major contemporary societal issue, for all teams to solve. Prizes and prize money have also been significantly enhanced in code.fun.do++ to reward students for the hard work they will put in code.fun.do++.

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How is this program related to other Microsoft student programs such as Imagine Cup?

Participants of Microsoft Academia Accelerator program are kept updated and 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 code.fun.do++ 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 startups.

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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 campuses are among India’s best for engineering and business.

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How do you choose a campus to work with?

We look at the top-ranked CS and B Schools in the country, 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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How many campuses does your program cover?

21 engineering colleges, 4 B Schools and IISC.

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Are you planning to expand further?

We will consider on a case to case basis every year.

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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, subject to the placement rules of their campus. 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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Do I have to only use Microsoft tools and technology to participate in code.fun.do++?

Use of Github, Azure and Microsoft AI tools are mandatory. Any team which uses Microsoft tools and technologies over and above these will be preferred. Please refer to the code.fun.do++ T&C here.

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What support will I get from Microsoft if I participate in code.fun.do++?

Microsoft mentors will guide you, we will also point you to adequate training material and conduct few webinars to help in your learning.

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What is the code.fun.do++ challenge this year?

You can look up the challenge here.

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How would Microsoft select top 3 teams?

Please refer to the code.fun.do++ T&C here.

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What are the prizes to be won?

Please refer to the code.fun.do++ T&C here.

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What is the size of a team?

Minimum 1, maximum 3 members from the same college. Please refer to the code.fun.do++ T&C here.

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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. Please refer to the code.fun.do++ T&C here.

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

Please refer to the code.fun.do++ T&C here.

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

We do not provide testing devices.

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

Please refer to the code.fun.do++ T&C here.

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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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Who will judge code.fun.do++?

Please refer to the code.fun.do++ T&C here.

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What is AXLE?

AXLE is a Microsoft and academia collaboration showcase that happens every year, before the close of the academic season. You can know more about AXLE 2018 here.

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