The Microsoft Student Partners program is a global program that includes over a thousand technology enthusiastic students from all around the world. We are just a fraction of the Worldwide MSP Program, but we’re here to tell our story and show you how we roll!
Currently rocking on with around 20 student partners, we organize events around Finland. Most of us are IT students, but we also have some reinforcements representing the marketing and business peeps as well. You can check out the whole gang here. We’re also always looking for more folks to join the team, so drop us an email if you’re interested!
This blog is aimed to show you what it is that we actually do and how you can participate in these kickass events! We’ll post recordings from our events, how-to’s, articles, contests and much more, so make sure you follow us on Twitter (@ArcticMSP) as well!
The group consists of highly motivated students who are passionate about learning the newest technology and sharing the information forward to fellow students. Our goal is to show students what kind of new technology Microsoft and others have to offer and make sure our fellow students are familiar with services like MSDN AA. We organize seminars, workshops, courses, codecamps and much more all around Finland!
Yah..what does it really mean?
Whoah! That’s some serious rock’n’roll salespitch from our student head-honcho Drazen. Let me give you a very personal version of what all that means to me… in people-words:
Me: I joined the Microsoft Student Partners today.
Friend: Oh, sounds cool. What does that mean?
Me: Well, it’s this group of technology students focusing on Microsoft Technologies and promoting them in various ways.
Friend: So… you work for Microsoft?
Me: No, it’s not that. We do all kinds of cool stuff together and every now and then organize events and… well obviously promote Microsoft and .NET.
Friend: Err…Sounds like a job to me…
Me: Let me ask you a question; If you were asked to do stuff you love and were given a chance to get access to some great free professional-level education and networking opportunities you just cannot get as a regular run-of-the-mill-student, would you call that working? What you would be doing, is investing your time and yourself, to be a part of a really great community right from the get-go of your professional career? Then, in turn, spreading the love further into the student community.
At it’s best the program is a great opportunity, like everything in life. It’s taking the most out of being a technology student and the biggest reward in it is getting to know some really talented and great guys from all around Finland and abroad. Word to the wise: find out where the MSP’s roam and you’ll know where the action is. Indeed this blog is about all the stuff we get our sticky little geek fingers into ranging from the state of the IT-business to the latest in event’s, startups, gadgets, software and technology. Tune in and get excited!
Jesse (@JesseSanttila) is an IT student at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. He loves technology, gadgets, design, punk rock and videogames. He has been lately very excited about the upcoming Finnish startup-scene and brilliant ideas people come up with.