<![CDATA[My Site - Blog]]>Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:38:17 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Microsoft NYC Grand Opening VIP Reception´╗┐]]>Sat, 12 Dec 2015 18:40:33 GMThttp://www.caeleylooney.com/blog/microsoft-nyc-grand-opening-vip-reception​               There are a few things that have changed my life and helped me develop my passion for technology, and We Connect the Dots is one of them.  Two summers ago, I joined their organization as student who had just graduated high school and was about to leave for college.  I attended their CreatingSTEAM program at the Microsoft Office in New York City.  It was a week long program that deep dived into hands on experiences with technology.  I got to learn about mobile application development, Visual Studio, Unity 3D and more.  After this program, I was quickly brought onto the We Connect the Dots team as a Senior Student Ambassador.  Now, rather than participating in their programs, I got the opportunity to design and develop programs for the next generation.  During my time thus far as an Ambassador, I have designed this past summer’s CreatingSTEAM Conference, which highlighted mobile and web application development, 3D Modelling & printing, and humanoid robotics.  In addition to this program, I got to help design their CreatingIDEAS week long summer program which served as an immersion program in game development and PC building with Unity 3D.
               Due to my commitment to their Student Ambassador Program, not only do I get new knowledge and connections in the STEM industry, but I have been given a number of opportunities to travel and attend networking receptions.  This past October, Microsoft opened their new flagship store in New York City.  As a part of their grand opening, they award $100,000 technology grants to a few nonprofit organizations around the area.  We Connect the Dots was fortunate enough to be granted one of them, and as a result, our organization was granted special access to their opening event and the events leading up to that.  As a Student Ambassador, I was invited to the store’s VIP Networking Reception with Microsoft developers and the other nonprofits awarded with this technology grant.  The event gave me a unique insight into the future of Microsoft, as I got to experience their upcoming technology before anyone else.  I was able to talk to developers on how their new products, like the Surface Book, works.  I also got to experience Skype’s new translate tool, that can translate what someone says in another language into your preferred language via audio.  The experience was once in a lifetime.  I met directors from nonprofits all across the New York Metro Area, and I got a brand new experience and connections within Microsoft.  I can’t wait to see what’s coming up next there.  And, I’m excited to be working on this summer’s CreatingSTEAM Conference, which is set to be held at the Microsoft NYC Office again this July!