Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) India Program

Program Overview:
The Microsoft Student Partner Program recognizes top young minds from around the world that are passionate about technology. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop real-world skills to help you succeed in your future career, to help others learn about the technology of today and tomorrow, and to connect with other like-minded students, all whilst having a ton of fun along the way. The tenure is for 1 academic year and can be renewed by the MSP India Team if the MSP has acceptable performance and continues to meet the eligibility criteria.
What is a Microsoft Student Partner?The ‘ideal candidate’ would be a passionate and enthusiast individual who wants to learn about new tools and technologies. You would need to have a whole range of skills including excellent time management, organization and communication skills to ensure that you could host successful campus events. An MSP should be comfortable and confident presenting in front of large audiences of both students and faculty members. General marketing skills come in very handy in order to allow you to articulate your ideas effectively when presenting. MSPs are social, friendly and approachable individuals who like to meet new people. You will require the ability work as a team as well as use your own initiative. In summary, MSPs are innovative and creative students who are extremely passionate about technology and who like to help others.
MSP India Program
2011-2012 Academic Year Selection Process
How to apply? 

The deadline for registering for the 2011-2012 Academic Year has elapsed
. Results will be announced by 14th November 2011.

  • Part 1: You will need to create a video of yourself speaking about a Microsoft technology and upload it to YouTube. This is to judge your public-speaking skills and confidence. MSPs conduct a lot of technical sessions and other activities in which they interact with their peers and colleagues. Thus, an MSP has to be fluent in English and be able to put his/her point across. In this round, emphasis will be on Clarity of communication and Quality of content.
    • Specifications:
      * The duration of the video has to be between 3 to 4 minutes (minimum 3 minutes and maximum 4 minutes)
      * You have to be clearly visible in the video- we want to see and hear you speaking. No PowerPoint presentations, screencasts, webcasts etc. will be allowed.
      * All content has to be genuine. It should not contain any copyrighted material without express consent of the owner.
      * Make sure the video is of your own creation.
      * The video has to be interesting and engaging. Through the video you have to show us why you should be selected for the MSP Program. There will be hundreds of videos submitted, so be original in the video.
      * The deadline for submitting the URL of your video has elapsed.

    • Topics for the video:
      You have to choose from any one of the following topics ONLY:
      * Cloud Computing (Azure or Office 365)
      * Web (ASP.NET or WebMatrix or WebPI or Silverlight)
      * Mobile (Application development for Windows Phone 7)
      * Client (Application development for Windows 7, WPF)
      * Windows Embedded
      * Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio
      * Application development using XNA Game Studio
      * Expression Studio
      * Windows Server 2008 R2
      * SQL Server 2008 R2

    • Tips to make the video interesting:* You have to be clearly visible. We want to see and hear you speak.
      * Make sure you are audible. Audio quality is more important than video quality.
      * Be creative. Think of ways to make your video presentation memorable for the audience.
      * Don’t read from a paper or a computer screen. Make your presentation dynamic, so that people can enjoy watching it.
      * Don’t just copy an existing video from YouTube, Channel 9 or a Microsoft video. We want to gain an insight into your understanding and interest in the technology you choose to speak on.

  • Part 2: Get your Windows Phone 7 App certified on AppHub.
    • * Using your DreamSpark account, setup a free “Student” AppHub account at
    • * Create your app using the free development tool and emulator available at
    • * If you do not have access to a machine that supports these dev tools, you can use a third-party web-based utility like to create an app (e.g. for your personal blog or for an RSS feed relevant to your college or your city). Here's a demo video:
    • * Go through the steps listed at
    • * Ensure that the Support/Contact Email Address that you provide on AppHub is the same as the one that you provided during registration for the MSP selection process. This is very important- so do this properly.
    • * Work towards getting your apps certified by 18th October 2011. Submit your apps on AppHub early so that you get at least a week before the deadline to go through the certification process.
    • * The goal of this exercise is to assess your understanding of the AppHub certification process. So there is no need to complicate your app development. There will be other opportunities later this year for students to showcase complex and innovative apps.
    • * The deadline for this Part has elapsed.

The main one-hour Quiz can then be taken online at at any of the following times: 
Start time in Indian Standard Time (IST)
05:30 on 20th October in India
08:30 on 20th October in India
11:30 on 20th October in India
14:30 on 20th October in India
17:30 on 20th October in India
20:30 on 20th October in India
23:30 on 20th October in India
02:30 on 21st October in India

Imagine Cup website support:
    •  * The deadline for this Part has elapsed.

Disclaimer: This is a voluntary program for students and does not involve any fees. It is neither a course nor an internship.

Eligibility: To consider applying for the MSP Program, you must be:
  • * Over 17 years of age. 
  • * Currently studying a full-time Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or Design (STEMD) course at an officially recognized University/College in India.
  • * Bachelor's/Master's Degree student who will complete the course during or after May 2012.
Competencies: A good MSP is one who has the following basic qualities:
  • * Technical competencies
  • * Passionate about software
  • * Quick learner
  • * Respected by peers
Community-building competencies:
  • * Enthusiastic about technology
  • * High level of social activity, both online & offline
  • * Can organize college and city-level events
Fundamental competencies:
  • * Passionate about Microsoft technologies
  • * Confident & outgoing
  • * Good rapport with faculty
  • * Willing to share knowledge & eager to uplift self and peers
Responsibilities: If you get selected as an MSP, here's an indication of some of your short term goals:
  • * Learn & implement emerging technologies like Windows Phone 7 apps using the free tools & emulator.
  • * Conduct at least 1 technical session per month in a Student Tech Club.
  • * Participate and drive entries for Imagine Cup.
If you get selected as an MSP, here's an indication of some of your long term goals:
  • * Promote and build your city-level Microsoft Student User Group
  • * Organize city-level events like DreamSpark Yatra by collaborating with other MSPs
  • * Mentor other MSPs
Benefits: As an MSP, a host of benefits are available:
  • * Welcome letter
  • * Special MSP events conducted by Microsoft
  • * MSDN subscription after successful completion of probation period
  • * Rewards & Recognition for top performers
  • * Networking opportunities
  • * Technical training & resources
  • * Specific Microsoft events
  • * Interactions with MVPs & Microsoft Employees
  • * Internship & Recruitment announcements for top-performers

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