One of the great perks of working at Microsoft Canada is the ability to take paid days off to volunteer in the community. For the past four years I have been actively involved with the Weekend to End Breast Cancer (http://www.endcancer.ca) events all across Canada. This year, due to family circumstances, I was not able to commit to the entire weekend, but instead spend Friday and Saturday photographing various aspects of the event.
This year's event had over 5,500 walkers and raised $17.3 million (CAD) in support of breast cancer research. For those of you not familiar with this fund raising event, they are held across Canada and consist of a two day, 60 kilometer walk including camping overnight.
Microsoft has participated in this event in the past, both with a team walking the event in 2006 as well as donating copies of Streets & Trips to aid in the route planning.
The full photo set is posted on my flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barnaby_jeans/sets/72157601927998560
If you are a charity or non-profit organization and are looking for Microsoft Software Donations, take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/canada/ican/howtoapply.mspx
[Originally posted at: http://on10.net/Blogs/bjeans/walking-for-a-cure/]
[Originally posted to http://on10.net/Blogs/bjeans/day-1-at-the-toronto-grand-prix/]
Every year I spend a few days down by the lake to enjoy the Champ Car and support series races. Every year they seem to tweak the name in some way – so this year it is the "Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto". For the last couple of years I have had media credentials which means I have access to the media centre and a wifi connection so I can post this stuff real-time. Unfortunately shooting video in the pits isn't an option unless you are one of the broadcast outlets (fair enough) so I'll resort to telling the story with photos, and besides, it's a great first outing for the Nikon gear that I'm trying out – I'll post on that later.
Given that I can't shoot video, one of the things I have been on the lookout for is the interesting use of technology and specifically what the teams are running on their laptops in the pits. The good news is I have yet to see a machine that isn't running Windows. While every machine I saw in the pits was running Windows XP, almost every PC I saw in the photo lounge was running Windows Vista – very cool.
At the end of the first day – here is the provisional top 3
If you are in Toronto and at the race send me an email if you want to connect, or if you have a questions you would like to see if I can get answered, let me know.
All of my photos are online at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barnaby_jeans/sets/72157600689404182/
Rodney has posted a quick summary of EnergizeIT over on the Canadian IT Pro blog. There are some really cool stats including the $3,300+ that was raised for charity.
If you didn't have a chance to get out to EnergizeIT, you can still access the slide decks from http://moss.energizeit.ca, additionally, we will be posting the recordings from the keynote and some of the sessions in the next few weeks at http://www.microsoft.com/canada/technet/energizeit/resources/.
I got a request last week for a couple of my Arnold Schwarzenegger photos to be used on the community news site NowPublic (http://www.nowpublic.com).
The photos are from the following flickr set (http://flickr.com/photos/barnaby_jeans/sets/72157600287368149/) and are featured as part of the following story: http://www.nowpublic.com/green_governer_schwarzenegger_drives_around_vancouver_in_suburbans_motorcade
If you are a geek of any sort and you are going to be in Toronto on Saturday June 16th then you should plan to check out EnergizeIT 2007.
This is the second year that my team at Microsoft has put on this event and it looks like it is going to be a great event again this year.
The focus of the event is innovation, technology, community, and learning. We have keynote speakers from Microsoft Corp including Andre Mintz and Bryon Surace, as well as the President of Microsoft Canada handing out some community awards.
Regardless of whether you are an IT Pro, Developer, Student, Hobbyist, Technology Enthusiast, or just plain Geek, there is likely to be something at EnergizeIT to keep you interested. The full agenda is available online at: http://www.energizeit.ca
Other discussion online:
Canadian IT Pro Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/canitpro/archive/tags/EnergizeIT/default.aspx
Canadian Developers Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs/archive/tags/EnergizeIT/default.aspx
Mark Relph's Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/mark_relph/archive/2007/05/04/awesome-event-watch-energizeit-2007.aspx
David Crow's Blog: http://davidcrow.ca/article/1554/energizeit-june-16-2007
Facebook.com: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2300289760 and http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=2352141587
I'm down here at MaRS in downtown Toronto with Mark Relph and couple of other Microsoft folks for the MESH Conference. However, that isn't the focus of this post.
As you may know, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in town meeting with Dalton McGuinty and they made a quick stop at MaRS for some presentations. I managed to stake out a great spot to grab some photos as they left the building.
The rest of the photos I took are at: http://flickr.com/photos/barnaby_jeans/sets/72157600287368149/
When: Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 6:00 PM
The Groundhog Pub
401 BLOOR STREET EAST
Toronto , ON M4W 1H7
Description: SIGN UP HERE What is fact and what is fiction?
It appears that insufficient Canadian students are choosing academic paths that will lead to IT careers:
Is this true, and if so, why is this happening?
What factors are influencing the decisions that students and their parents are making?
How can the trend of declining enrolments in IT courses be reversed? Should it be reversed?
What are the implications and impacts academically and employers? How are they responding?
Who is doing what to address the related issues? Who else should be helping to ensure appropriate IT talent is available in Canada?
Come join us at the Groundhog and find out!