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Microsoft Technology Centre Sydney Tour!

Microsoft Technology Centre Sydney : An Exclusive Tour!

Microsoft opened a brand new Technology Centre in downtown Sydney last month, and we were one of the few that were given an exclusive tour.

Join us for the Microsoft Technology Centre Sydney tour, and find out what it offers, and how it looks inside!

 

Microsoft Technology Centre Sydney

Located at 1 Martin Place, the new Microsoft Technology Centre Sydney represents a significant investment by Microsoft in New South Wales.

Taking over the entire floor of what was once the LinkedIn office in Sydney, it is home to a dedicated Microsoft team of seven experts and specialists, including a director, five technical architects with extensive experience in various sectors, and a technology manager.

Steven Worrall, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia, said; “This is a significant and important investment by Microsoft in the Australian market.

The Microsoft Technology Centre will help our customers accelerate their digital journeys by bringing together the right resources – people and technology – in one location to demonstrate what can be achieved in their organisation and then to work with them to bring that to life.

The Microsoft Technology Centre Sydney is the latest in a string of large investments by Microsoft int the Australian market, which included the establishment of two Azure data centre regions in Canberra, and a Microsoft Reactor in the Sydney Startup Hub.

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What Does Microsoft Technology Centre Sydney Offer?

The new Microsoft Technology Centre Sydney gives Australian enterprises the opportunity to explore how to digitally transform themselves. It offers an envisioning theatre, an exploration showcase, an innovation factory, a social hub, a cybersecurity room, as well as workshop and boardrooms.

At the Microsoft Technology Centre Sydney, enterprises will have direct access to Microsoft experts, as well as strategy briefings, architecture design sessions, workshops, proof-of-concepts as well as hackathons.

 

NSW Government MOU

At its official launch, the NSW government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Microsoft Australia.

Under this MOU, NSW department leads would be invited to the new Microsoft Technology Centre Sydney, to explore how NSW government services can be digitally transformed.

Greg Wells, NSW Government Chief Information and Digital Officer, said, “This Memorandum of Understanding will allow us to bring Department Heads to the MTC where they can see what more can be achieved with digital services, improved efficiencies and good value solutions.

We expect there will be significant positive impact for citizens and businesses as well as operational efficiencies for Government.”

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Partnership With DXC Technology

Microsoft Australia also announced a five-year strategic partnership with IT services giant DXC Technology, to transition both their Australian clients to the Microsoft Azure cloud services.

This is the first partnership of its kind worldwide, and will enable current and future DXC clients to better transition their workloads to Microsoft Azure in Australia.

Seelan Nayagam, managing director, DXC Technology said, “Microsoft Azure is a trusted, secure and high-performance cloud with an already comprehensive and growing array of services.

Together we can provide solutions that our government and commercial clients can confidently deploy today while being prepared for changing market conditions or expectations.

The combination of our deep understanding and experience and Microsoft’s cloud and technical expertise is going to be a game changer for existing and new clients to realize and expand their digital transformation ambitions.”

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SUFECS – Imagine Cup Asia 2019 People’s Choice Winner!

Team Caeli from India may have won the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia, but another team stood out from the crowd of truly excellent teamsTeam SUFECS from Malaysia. In fact, they impressed Microsoft Ignite Sydney participants so much, they gave the team an award!

Find out what the SUFECS project is all about, and why the team won the Microsoft Ignite People’s Choice Award!

Updated @ 2019-02-25 : Added a new video of Team SUFECS’s pitch at the Imagine Cup Asia 2019, with additional details on the SUFECS system.

Originally posted @ 2019-02-20

 

Team SUFECS From UTHM, Malaysia

The SUFECS team was formed by four students from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM).

  • Seah Choon Sen : Team Leader & Data Scientist
  • Tan Wei Yang : Technology Developer
  • Mek Zi Cong : Operations
  • Muhammad Adam bin Mazlan : Web Developer

 

What Is SUFECS All About?

Short for Smart Urban Farming with Automated Environmental Controlled System, SUFECS was developed to make urban farming easier and more accessible to both entrepreneurs and the common people.

Built to automate hydroponic vertical farming, it will continuously monitor and automatically adjust critical environmental parameters to ensure optimal growth. To do that, this enterprising team leveraged IoT devices, cloud computing and machine learning.

  • Multiple electronic sensors monitor conditions within the hydroponic system
  • A control module sends the environmental parameters to Microsoft Azure for processing and logging
  • Deviations from optimal conditions are automatically detected and corrected

The team has demonstrated that SUFECS does not only make it easy for anyone to grow their own crops in an urban, indoor environment, they are able to significantly speed up growth, reducing the time between planting and harvest.

They also showed that SUFECS has successfully increased the size of the plant, and the yield of the crops. This means their system will not only make it easier to setup and maintain an urban hydroponic farm of any size, it will create bigger and better crops.

 

What Can SUFECS Monitor & Control?

SUFECS is currently able to monitor and control six environmental parameters :

  • ambient temperature,
  • water temperature,
  • humidity level,
  • water level,
  • pH value, and
  • ambient light.

It will also monitor plant height, and alert you when it is ready for harvest.

The team is working to add the ability to monitor and control two additional environmental parameters 

  • electrical conductivity
  • dissolved oxygen level

The team has, so far, developed datasets for five different plant types using machine learning.

 

SUFECS Wins People’s Choice Award @ Microsoft Ignite Sydney

Microsoft held the Microsoft Ignite Sydney a day after Imagine Cup Asia, where they showcased the projects of the top 12 Asian teams.

At the end of Ignite, Team SUFECS received the most vote, and won the People’s Choice Award! Congratulations!

 

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Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney – A Quick Tour!

Microsoft Ignite 2019 is here in Sydney! It was sold out, of course, but we managed to get a ticket.

So here is our quick tour for everyone else who could not make it, but wanted to see what it’s all about!

 

Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney

The Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney is a Microsoft tech conference for developers and tech professionals. For two days, it offers skill-building workshops, networking opportunities and access to top Microsoft engineers. No wonder tickets were quickly sold out!

For developers and tech professionals who want to learn how to better leverage Microsoft’s cloud services, the 2019 Microsoft Ignite is a rare opportunity to learn directly from those who build Power BI, Microsoft 365, and Azure.

  • Building your Applications for the Cloud – Learn how to architect and build your applications to take advantage of the scale that the cloud offers.
  • Deploying your Desktop & Infrastructure – Discover how to begin your journey to the cloud and what steps you need to both move your infrastructure and deploy your desktop.
  • ‘Getting the most of your Data – Learn how to use AI and Machine Learning to gain new understanding using existing data within your organisation.
  • Migrating Applications to the Cloud – Learn what it takes to modernise your applications and prepare them for successful migration to the cloud.
  • Optimise Teamwork in your Organisation – Reveal the collaborative workforce within your business and learn how to build effective teams.
  • Securing your Organisation – Build a secure organisation without compromising the productivity of your business.

 

Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney : A Quick Tour!

Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney was held in the International Convention Center Sydney (ICC Sydney) over two days – 13th and 14th February 2019. Yes, even on Valentine’s Day. These are truly dedicated professionals!

The Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney covered two halls, as well as several lecture halls. In our quick tour, we take a look at the Hub, where participants get to interact directly with Microsoft professionals and their partners.

Note : We intentionally recorded our tour while most participants were inside the lecture halls for the workshops. Otherwise, the halls would be swarmed with people, making it difficult for us to record our tour.

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Showcase

As the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia concluded a day earlier, Microsoft also took the opportunity to showcase the projects of the 12 top Asian teams.

We highly recommend you check out what these young entrepreneurs came up with this year. Be inspired by their creativity!

 

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These 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Winners Will Change The World

Asia has chosen their representatives to the 2019 Imagine Cup World Championships – Team Caeli from India! They also honoured Team RailinNova from China and Team AidUSC from the Philippines. Congratulations!

 

What Is The Imagine Cup?

Held and sponsored by Microsoft since 2003, the Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition.

Teams of students from across the globe work together with mentors and industry leaders to bring their biggest and boldest ideas to life.

The five Imagine Cup judges evaluated the merits of these 12 top teams in a three-step process :

  • a 3-minute product presentation
  • 5 minutes of hands-on time
  • a Q&A session

To avoid bias and group-think, the judges evaluated the teams independently, and even used an application to anonymously tabulate the results.

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Winners

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Champion : Team Caeli from India

Team Caeli won over the hearts of the judges with their automated Anti-Pollution and Drug delivery mask specifically designed for patients that are suffering from asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions.

Their face mask had breakthrough features that will significantly improve the quality of life for patients with respiratory issues living in polluted areas.

Team Caeli will receive USD15,000 and head to the 2019 Imagine Cup World Championship, which will be held in Seattle in May.

If they win the World Championship, they will win USD100,000 in cash, a USD50,000 Azure grant, and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella!

1st Runner-Up : Team RailinNova from China

Team RailinNova developed the Rail Component Inspection Robot, which determines and identifies rail defects through multi-sensor monitoring. The solution strives to help railway companies to solve any issues more efficiently, and more economically.

For their excellence, Team RailinNova will receive a USD5,000 cash prize.

2nd Runner-Up : Team AidUSC from the Philippines

Team AidUSC came up with Aqua Check, a water contamination mobile application that enables detection of contamination by taking a photo of a water sample through a microscope. It won them third place, and a USD1,000 cash prize.

 

Special Mention : The Other 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Teams

Having watched all 12 teams in action, we must point out that all 12 Asian teams were truly exceptional. They impressed us, not only with the depth of knowledge, but also their poise and ability to think out-of-the-box in the conception and execution of their projects.

We also admire how their projects were created with social impact in mind. This gives us great hope in the new generation of entrepreneurs, who are seeking to improve society as a whole. We are all winners with young entrepreneurs of their caliber.

 

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The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Teams Introduce Themselves!

On the eve of the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia competition in Sydney, we met with the top 12 Asian teams that will compete for a coveted spot in the 2019 Imagine Cup 2019 World Championship!

Let’s take a look at the twelve awesome Asian teams, and see the innovative ideas they will be pitching in the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals!

 

What Is The Imagine Cup?

Held and sponsored by Microsoft since 2003, the Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. Teams of students from across the globe work together with mentors and industry leaders to bring their biggest and boldest ideas to life.

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals

This year, Microsoft organised the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals in Sydney, Australia. Hundreds of teams from 17 Asian countries submitted their projects, but just twelve great teams won a shot to participate in the Asia Regional Finals.

These twelve teams will compete for US$20,000 in prizes on 12 February, but only one team will win the ultimate prize – an all-expenses paid trip to the World Finals in Seattle!

There, the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Champion will participate along the best and brightest teams from across the globe to claim the title of World Champion, US$100,000 cash prize, and the chance to take home the Imagine Cup!

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finalists


RailinNova

Country : China

Project : Rail Component Inspection Robot

Their Rail Component Inspection Robot (which combines AI and IoT) operates through automatic positioning, and identifies various defects through multi-sensor fusion in order to realise the replacement of workers in a rail inspection project.


Alpha-India

Country : India

Project : Spot – AR Based Product Filtering

Spot allows you to recognise packaged foods and check if it contains a certain ingredient or exhibits a certain character.

If a tourist visits India, he is unaware of what he can eat because packets have information written in a foreign language.


Caeli

Country : India

Project : Caeli – Breathe Freely

Caeli is a smart automated Anti-Pollution and Drug delivery mask specifically designed for Asthmatic and Chronic Respiratory Patients.

Caeli implements breakthrough features to improve the quality of life for respiratory patients living in polluted areas.


RVSAFE

Country : India

Project : RVSAFE

Disasters often strike, when we are least prepared to face them. They leave behind a trail of destruction, adversely affecting human life, and property.

The loss caused by disasters can be significantly reduced with better communication and proper management. Keeping this in mind, we designed RVSAFE, a one-stop solution for effectively handling any kind of disasters (natural or man-made).


CodeSell

Country : Indonesia

Project : Selection – Social Media

Sellution is a software as a service (SaaS) to help SMEs to perform social media marketing, not just in an easy way, but is also effective and efficient.

Sellution’s main features are optimizing marketing content, help finding the right audience, and recommendations.


Fhisherman

Country : Korea

Project : Fishing Phishing

Fishing Phishing by the Fhisherman team from Korea is a smartphone application that uses Machine Learning to analyse call voices in real-time.

It is designed to detect scam calls and warn the users!


SUFECS

Country : Malaysia

Project : Smart Urban Farming with Automated Environmental Controlled Systems (SUFECS)

SUFECS was developed to transform the farming experiences of urban farmer.

With SUFECS, farmers can monitor and control the artificial environment to achieve the most suitable environment for crops.


LookUP

Country : New Zealand

Project : LookUP

It is estimated one in five people in the world are dyslexic. However, most QnA platforms are completely text-based.

LookUP is a medium in which the dyslexic and non-dyslexic communities can effectively collaborate and learn from one another.


AidUSC

Country : The Philippines

Project : Aqua Check – Water Contamination Mobile Application

Aqua Check utilises Microsoft Azure’s Custom Vision to empower anyone to analyse for contamination by taking a photo of a water sample through a microscope.

Using Azure Web and Azure Maps, we are able to map the contamination locations.


InclusiveAR

Country : Singapore

Project : Mobile Augmented Reality Navigation Application for Wheelchair Users

This project aims to develop a mobile application, InclusiveAR, to assist wheelchair users in travelling.

InclusiveAR will map out wheelchair-accessible routes and provide visual guidance to direct wheelchair users to their destinations using AR.


The Straw Hats

Country : Sri Lanka

Project : Mind Probe

Our project aims to help people with disabilities like ALS, DMD, etc. which impair their ability to communicate.

We tap into their brain waves and use that to predict the number they are thinking and use that information to interface with a smartphone.


Maker Playground

Country : Thailand

Project : Maker Playground

Maker Playground is a next-generation IDE for IoT project development from developing device firmware, generating circuit diagram, programming your device, and designing an IoT dashboard all in one software.

 

See You @ The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia!

Congratulations to the 12 awesome teams!

Later today,, they will present their projects at the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals… and by 5 PM, we will find out who the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Champion will be!

 

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The Five 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Judges Revealed!

The top 12 student developer teams from Asia are now in Sydney preparing to present a live demo of their projects. If they impress these five 2019 Imagine Cup Asia judges, they stand to win US$20,000 in prizes, and the coveted spot in the World Championship!

So who are the five 2019 Imagine Cup Asia judges? Let’s find out!

 

What Is The Imagine Cup?

Held and sponsored by Microsoft since 2003, the Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. Teams of students from across the globe work together with mentors and industry leaders to bring their biggest and boldest ideas to life.

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals

This year, Microsoft organised the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals in Sydney, Australia. Hundreds of teams from 17 Asian countries submitted their projects, but just twelve great teams won a shot to participate in the Asia Regional Finals!

These twelve teams will compete for US$20,000 in prizes on 12 February, but only one team will win the ultimate prize – an all-expenses paid trip to the World Finals in Seattle!

There, the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Champion will participate along the best and brightest teams from across the globe to claim the title of World Champion, US$100,000 cash prize, and the chance to take home the Imagine Cup!

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Judges

The four 2019 Imagine Cup Asia judges will review each team’s project pitch and ultimately decide who will move forward to the 2019 World Championship this May for a chance to win USD100,000 plus a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Rachel Bondi

Marketing & Operations Director Microsoft Australia

As the Marketing and Operations Director, Rachel Bondi is responsible for the development and execution of marketing strategies across the full range of Microsoft’s products and services in Australia.

She also leads the business operations for the local subsidiary including long-term planning initiatives.

Kate Carruthers

Chief Data Officer at UNSW, Author and founder of IoT MAus

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is co-founder of several startups, including IoTM, and currently advises a number of startups.

Justin Garrett

Director in Academic Ecosystems at Microsoft

Justin Garrett is Director in Academic Ecosystems at Microsoft. Justin and his team work closely with university faculty, product engineers, and Cloud Advocates to create engaging learning experiences for student developers.

In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his son’s soccer team, volunteering at an animal shelter with his daughter, and is an avid Pacific Northwest skier-mountaineer.

Mike Pesce

Author, Inventor & Futurist

Mark Pesce is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur, and innovator. He has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years and is a sought-after keynote speaker for major conferences and leadership gatherings.

Emily Rich

Managing Director for Aus/NZ Microsoft for Startups

Emily co-founded Jemsoft, an AI company, which was then acquired in 2017. Emily went on to co-found M8 Ventures, a venture capital fund, whose concentration is working alongside founders to build out robust commercialisation and sustained growth strategies.

Emily joined Microsoft as Managing Director of Startups for ANZ where she is committed to building out startup initiatives for this region for both startups and scaleups.

 

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