Microsoft at Gulf Educational Supplies and Solutions Expo


Gulf cordially invites you to attend the
Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS 2014)
Microsoft Gulf
will showcase a wide range of its educational solutions and programs including Windows
, Office365 and the recent announcement of Student Advantage.
In terms of programs we will present our flagship network and learning program-
Partners in Learning, Shape the future initiative and IT
. Most importantly, we will showcase our latest devices from various
OEM vendors particularly in our strength of hybrid devices and our growing apps
dedicated to education needs. Microsoft empowers students, giving them an
experience with the tools they’ll use throughout their education and into the

To register for this exciting event, simply click here. If you’d like more
information about GESS 2014 please visit I
am looking forward to seeing you at GESS 2014.
show, the only
show in the Middle East’s that is designed for all educational professionals
and provides the complete platform to various educational needs, from early
years to Higher Education across the full range of educational categories. GESS
2014 will run from March 4- 6, 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Center, UAE.

Last year, GESS 2013 had increased attendance of over 20% with 300 exhibitors from
35 countries and over 7,000 education professionals from across Middle East
& Africa that will visit along with ministerial delegations from UAE,
Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The GESS show is a
special event that provides the perfect platform to network and do business as
it brings together the entire education sector.


Dubai World Trade Center
Hall 7, Stand K20

hereMarch 4-6th, 2014

Click to register for the

Startup Weekend Kuwait 2014

Last year’s Startup Weekend Kuwait was a huge success with 10 MVPs completed in 54 hours. This year, we are ready to kick off the 3-day event that aims to help in the emergence and growth of empowered entrepreneurs in the region. Entrepreneurs, coders, designers, and startup enthusiast will get first-hand experience from exchanging knowledge and expertise with like-minded entrepreneurs to building an active startup.

Who should attend?
Startup Weekend attendees can have technical or non-technical backgrounds. You will be able to form teams on the event’s first day, right after pitches are made.

What kind of background do I need?
While it is your objective to build a web/mobile app over the weekend, you do NOT need a technical background to attend. You can form a team with someone who does. Similarly, you do NOT need to have an idea to attend. You can form a team with someone who does.

The event is free of charge and open to everyone. It will be held on February 6-8, 2014 at the College of Engineering Building in Kuwait University – Khaldiya Campus.

You can find more information, including how to register, on the SW Kuwait website:

Microsoft SkyDrive is now OneDrive

In case you missed the news today – SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro will soon become OneDrive and OneDrive for Business!

Current users of SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro are all set. The service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business as the new name rolls out.

Be sure to join us at SharePoint Conference, March 3 – 6 in Las Vegas to learn more about what is coming with OneDrive for Business.

Join the IT Academy “College & Career Readiness” Virtual Event


On February 13 and 18, Microsoft IT Academy will host a special 2-hour virtual event to help global technology educators learn about the value of certification (MOS, MTA and MCP) and how to effectively guide college and career-minded students toward a successful future in higher education or in the IT and developer technology fields.

Sessions include:
- The Global Skills Gap, Job Market Landscape and Opportunities
- Today’s Technology Curriculum in the Classroom and Online
- Technology for Everyone: Validating Student Success in Microsoft Office
- Entry-level Technology for College and Career-minded Students
- Technology Certifications that Get Recognized
- Resume Building and Interview Techniques

Choose the event time that fits your schedule: 

Thursday, February 13 | 8:00 – 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time | Add this event to your calendar
February 18th from 12:00-14:00 Asia/Singapore/ 15:00-17:00 PM Sydney | Add this event to your calendar

Join us and sign up for free at:

How 12 Year Old Kids Develop Apps

Where do you go to learn about designing games? Programming? Creating apps? Thomas Suarez, a self-taught teenaged developer, has used trial and error to help him create his apps like “Bustin Jeiber” (a whack-a-mole game) and “Earth Fortune.” Now he wants to help other kids learn how to do that by starting an App Club in his school. Below is a presentation that the 12-year old Thomas had given at TEDx and I think we can all learn something from him.

At Microsoft we have various programs for students that they can use to help develop their personal and technical skills. For more information check out:

Let us know, using the comment field below, if you have a .NET club at your school and what Windows 8 or Windows Phone apps you are building!

Students, submit your proposals for Imagine Cup 2013!


Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is the world’s most prestigious student technology competition, bringing together student innovators from all over the world. If you have a great idea for a new app, bring it to life through Imagine Cup. With Microsoft resources and support, you can make a great app and bring your dreams to life!

You’re ready to go big? So are we. Across the Gulf this year, we’re giving away fantastic prizes such as internships, holiday packages and more. We are looking to make you a star! At the worldwide finals, Microsoft is giving away more than $300,000 (U.S.) in prizes and we’ll fly every finalist team to St. Petersburg, Russia, in July 2013 for the thrilling showdown at the Worldwide Finals.

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“For many years, my experience in mentoring Imagine Cup teams has been very rewarding. Since we started integrating Imagine Cup into CS Capstone classes, we broke the boundaries of the traditional classroom environment. The new approach generated a motivating and inspiring environment that unleashed the creative abilities of students.”

Amir Zeid

  • Amir Zeid, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Computer Science
    Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
    American University of Kuwait

Want to compete?

  1. Simply sign up at:
  2. Submit project brief before February 1, 2013!
  3. Get your resources:

Startup Weekend Kuwait 2013

logo-swkuwaitStartup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

We are happy to announcer that we have opened registration for Startup Weekend Kuwait. Check the registration button above and choose the ticket of your skills accordingly. Registration is free of charge for all. Looking forward to seeing you all on 31st of January!

Be sure to join us, register at: