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Experiencing through the experience of Dr. Nabin Khanal: Katha Ra Byatha

With an aim of sharing experience and knowledge of innovator to the startup and students Katha Ra Byatha was conducted.
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“Katha Ra Byatha” on 22nd August 2017 at Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal premises organized by MIC Unlimited Ventures. The journey of an innovator from the Gaushala Bazar to Microsoft changing the world was shared by Dr. Nabin Khanal, Director of Program Management, Cloud Management.
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The session started with introduction followed by Dr. Nabin Khanal. During the session, he shared experience and story of his life which was so inspiring and motivating. The theme of Nabin Khanal was "Never give up on your dream just because it takes time to achieve, time will pass anyway!!”
At the end, Dr Nabin was enthusiastically appreciated for his positive take in life and making people realize the importance of appreciating what we have and what we don’t. The participants were keen to ask question and to get constructive suggestion to implement in their life. The session finally ended with sharing token of appreciation to Dr. Nabin khanal by Mr.  Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, Microsoft Regional Director.

Posted: 10-10-2017 7:03 PM by Suvasini with no comments

Enhancing the Digital Skills of Educators of Syangja District

The eight weeks long training was successfully completed from 2017/04/02 to 2017/08/13 at Syangja district where 195 educators from 12 schools actively participated.
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Figure 1: Suitcase full of laptop is being taken to a school for the training by a potter in Syanga

Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal (MIC Nepal) hosted by Unlimited Technology Pvt Ltd has successfully conducted digital literacy training for the all the educators from 12 different community schools from Syanga district in partnership with Rotary Club of the Himalayan Gurkhas. The training was 6 days long and organized for 8 weeks. MIC Nepal has an infrastructure of forty tablet laptops, Microsoft Surface devices in a suitcase which is dragged from village to village in rural Nepal to provide digital literacy training to educators of community schools and community workers preferred female groups. This digital literacy training has been organizing in different rural areas by MIC Nepal since past 10 years. The device is allowed to be carried home by the participants to practice at night and early mornings before they use it in class for the entire day. MIC Nepal charges zero cost for the training.
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Figure 2: Inauguration of the training at Shrawan Secondary School by Mr Andy Morrison from Rotary Club International Sector-1040 UK

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The trainings were kicked off by the present President Mr. Krishna Adhakari of ROTARY CLUB OF "THE HIMALAYAN GURKHAS". At the end, the training was concluded with distribution of certificate of attendance to the educators.
The main objective of organizing these trainings is to ensure that educators gets basic skills and knowledge of computer education which later turns to be the turning point for them to use ICT tools in the classroom. After getting the basic knwledge, they have a thirst to learn more about digital world which helps them to develop new skills and find out more social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, their communities and more to their teaching and learning practices. It is found out that after getting the basic training that covers understaning the computer, Office Productivity tools, email and internet, computer security in these 6 days boot camps, they have always come back to us asking for more trainings on the use of ICT tools in education.  
Schools participated in the training from Syanga

  1. Shree Shrawan High School, Bangsing
  2. Shree Maidan High School, Bange Fadke
  3. Shree Jana Priya High School, Bangsing
  4. Shree Rastriya High School
  5. Shree Saraswati High School, Naudanda
  6. Shree Pradhumna Paneru, High School, Seti Dovan
  7. Shree Bhagawati High School, Faparthum
  8. Shree Sharada Mandir High School, Faparthum
  9. Shree Andha Andhi High School,
  10. Shree Sepat Siran Chaur High school, Bangsing
  11. Shree Gurukul, Chilaune Baas
  12. Shree Jana Pradip High school, Chilaune Baas

Posted: 10-10-2017 6:59 PM by Suvasini with no comments

Microsoft Professional Program Successfully Concluded

Start Date: April 1, 2017
End Date: July 31, 2017
Country: Nepal

Data Scientist is consider as sexiest job of 21st century and the demand of Data Scientist is growing day by day. Data Scientist is one of the most demanding professions with more job offering than candidates. Considering this fact, Microsoft Professional Program was conducted in Nepal for 33 Participants from April to July in Data Science.
On March, MIC Nepal opened free registration for all the participants who has strong will and interest in the field of Data Science. More than 300 applicants had applied, out of which 113 applicants were called for an interview. After going thru an interview, 30 participants were selected on the basis of enthusiasm, team work, aptitude and attitude. All the 30 participants were from the different background and MIC Nepal brought all of them together to achieve common goal of being a Data Scientist.

About Courses:

The program required 9 courses to complete and a final project. The course is hosted on www.Edx.org . For each courses, a time duration was proposed so that all the participants would complete it. On April 2, 2017, all the participants were brought together for the orientation where MPP Lead Aakesh Kunwar gave presentation on how the Microsoft Professional Program will be carrying out. The account of all the participants were created in MPP site (https://academy.microsoft.com) and linked with Edx site (www.Edx.org) and how to use the provided coupon was also discussed with a demonstration. A group discussion was planned once in a week on the feasible time to discuss the solution of the problem that the participants were going thru. Every week all the participants come together and discuss the solution of the problem. The motto of peer-to-peer discussion was not only discussing on the course content but also on other knowledges and approaches of Data Science.
There was options for the participants to choose in the courses like either Analyze and Visualize data with Excel or Analyze and Visualize data with Power BI, either Introduction to Python or Introduction to R etc. Before starting the courses that has options for participants to choose, a discussion and research on both course content was conducted so that participants would know basic content of the course and choose according to their interest.
There were choice for participants in following courses and they have chosen the following:


For the course 9, all the participants chose Implementing Predictive Analytics with Spark in Azure HDInsight.
Each course costs between $48 to $99 for the verified certificate. With the completion of all the 10 courses, each participants got 10 coupons which as a sum worth more than $800 per participants.

About Discussion Session:

The Discussion session was conducted once in a week to discuss the solution of the problem of the participation. The session was led by Aakesh Kunwar. Every week the participants face certain difficulties in each course. They marked their problem and discuss and find a solution together in this session.

The discussion session was conducted in following dates and the following number of participants were present in the session.

Final Project:

In the final project a data “Student Repayment Loan” was provided and participants were asked to analyze it and make a report. All the participants successfully analyzed the provided data and submitted a Report. The Report was analyzed by other Data Science participants from another country and graded and all of our participants were successfully passed in this test.

 

Conclusion:

After 3 month of continuous hard work, out of 30 participants and 3 developers, all 30 participants and 2 developer has successfully completed Microsoft Professional Program in Nepal and entitled with the Microsoft Professional Program Certificate.

 

Feedback:

Microsoft Professional Program is the stepping stone in the participant’s life to achieve their dream. The program is not about what you can give but what you can get. The skills that you get during this 3 month program is more than what one can learn in a year. This is a lifetime achievement. On the behalf of all the participants, I would like to thanks for this golden opportunity and I hope that we will get more programs like this in future to conduct.
Some of the Screenshot of post in Social Networking site:


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Video Link of MPP Program in Nepal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVqtQqpgCVc

Posted: 08-10-2017 5:27 PM by Suvasini with no comments

Team Nepal was able to reach to semi-finals in Imagine Cup World Finals

imageMicrosoft Innovation Center Nepal conducted Imagine Cup National Finals for the fourth time in Nepal. Imagine Cup Nepal for this year started with registration of team and submission of application at www.imaginecup.com from January. On 23rd March, all applications which were submitted in Imagine Cup Nepal site were reviewed by three personalities Alok Kumar Pandey, CTO, Braindigit, Microsoft Valuable Professional, Rabi Rayamajhi, Private Sector Development Advisor, Department for International Development and Viplava Joshy Founder/Director Solutions Consultant. As judges reviewed the entries submitted for this year’s competition, they selected top 5 teams from Nepal to qualify for National finals of Imagine Cup. Following top 5 teams were selected to qualify to national finals:

• Dynamic Developer

• Echo Innovators

• SochWare

• Team Victorious

• Neon Studios

After this, MIC Nepal conducted Imagine Cup National Finals on April 11, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal where top 5 teams were there to pitch their valuable ideas for the competition. The competition was judged by three personalities Ineke Stoneham, Spokesperson (Embassy of the US), Renaud Meyer, Country Director (UNDP Nepal) and Chang Agrawal, Director (Himalaya TV). Among top 5 teams, Team Echo Innovators was announced as the winner in the competition and was selected to participate in Regional Finals which had taken place at Manila, Philippines on April 24, 2017.

Southeast Asia Regional Finals Competition Day was held at Solaire Theater, one of the best theater in Manila hosting 1400 audience, bringing the best of the best in the region a once in a life time experience!

There were teams from 10 different countries at Imagine Cup Southeast Asia 2017:

Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal, Thailand and Laos.

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On April 25,2017 Microsoft announced that Team Echo Innovators from Nepal won the Regional Semi-Finals and will proceed to the finals in the US for Imagine Cup Finals in Seattle, US as a Worldwide Finalist.

After grabbing coveted position for Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle, US as worldwide finalist at Imagine Cup Regional Finals, Echo innovators arrived to Seattle, Washington on July 23,2017 to compete for Imagine Cup World Finals. Over the course of two days, the 54 finalist teams competed head to head until the field was narrowed to the final four that would compete to be the next Imagine Cup champion. Team Nepal advanced to the quarterfinals from team of 54 finalists team. After quarterfinals, top 8 teams advance to semifinals. There was a last chance for 2 team members to advance to semifinals through wild card round. All teams have 2 minutes to convince the other competitors that they deserve one of two wildcard spots in the semi-finals. Team Nepal was able to grab wildcard spots in the semi-finals.

The team Echo Innovators consists of 3 members Melisha Ghimire, Bhupendra Ojha and Pradip Subedi with the mentor Sandesh Karki.

Three members of Echo Innovators team belong to different regions in Nepal. They met each other through different events organized by Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal. All the member in their team share same passion and have same vision. Due to these similarities, they came across each other and formed a team.

Melisha Ghimire Bhupendra Ojha Pradip Subedi

IOT Developer Lead Developer Web Developer

Melisha Ghimire, CEO of Echo Innovators is an IOT Developer and currently studying Computer Engineering at Kantipur Engineering College.

Bhupendra Ojha, Lead Developer and CTO of Echo Innovators is also currently studying Computer Engineering at Kantipur Engineering College.

Pradip Subedi who is a Web Developer and CMO of Echo Innovators is a student of BSC-CSIT at Swastik College.

All the three dynamic team members of Echo Innovators are an MSP (Microsoft Student Partners).

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Team Echo Innovators was at Imagine Cup World Finals with their solution 'FarmLi'. FarmLi is an attempt to bring livestock farming, machine learning, cloud computing and IoT together to solve livestock problems. It is a smart neck band which is connected to a mobile application which monitors temperature, activity and behaviour of each individual animal. Their actionable recommendations help significantly improve income on dairy farms.

Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology program and competition. It provides an opportunity for student technologists, developers and aspiring entrepreneurs from all academic backgrounds to collaborate, develop a technology application, create a business plan and gain a keen understanding of what is needed to bring a concept to market. In Imagine Cup, the brightest young minds join together to exemplify the power of student innovation.

“Innovative solutions are being built to solve Nepal’s biggest problems using the power of the youth and to ensure that we have sustainable development using these technological innovations,” Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, the regional director for Microsoft in these parts, said.

Posted: 08-09-2017 10:44 PM by Suvasini with no comments

5 Delegates from Nepal at MOS World Championship 2017

Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal has been conducting MOS Nepal championship since 2013.This championship is not only spreading the knowledge about Microsoft Certification on Microsoft Office but also able to send National Champions each year on MOS World Championship. In the year 2013, Himal Shrestha, 17 years old A level student was able to get the highest score from Nepal and was able to go to the US to represent Nepal in Global MOS Championship and was able to grab 1st position in Microsoft Excel 2010 proving that Nepalese are not any bit lesser in knowledge and skills than the rest of the youths of the world.

Similarly, for this year, nearly 3000 students participated in MOS Nepal Championship ensuring that they sit thru the exams. These students were from various academic institutions throughout the country. In terms of gender spread, the females were about 33%.

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5 delegates from Nepal at MOS World Championship 2017

Scoring highest score in PowerPoint 2013, Excel 2013 and Word 2013, Aashutosh Acharya 15 yrs. old (11th Standard) of Budhalinkantha School, Dipak Kandel 17 yrs. old (12th Standard) of Kathmandu Model College and Jenisha Thapa 19 yrs. old of Indreni college were recognized as a National Champions from Nepal and were able to go to the US to represent Nepal in the MOS World championship which was held in Anaheim California from July 31 to August 2.In this year, we were able to send two chaperones, Mrs Rija Shrestha who is currently working as Regional Coordinator at Chitwan branch of Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal and Mukti Ram Aryal who is working as chief academic coordinator and full time lecturer at Kathmandu Model College to support our National Champions from Nepal.

Details of MOS World Championship can be found on http://moschampionship.com/

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Microsoft Excel 2010 World champion at Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship 2013

Posted: 08-05-2017 9:28 PM by Suvasini with no comments

Skill Enhancement Training

On 27th March, Skill Enhancement Training happened at Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal’s office. A group of 77 teachers from more than 15 districts and 35 schools attended the event. The main agenda of the event were: Introduction to Windows Multipoint server, Fundamentals of Networking, Administering Windows Multipoint server, About Windows Multipoint server 2016, Troubleshooting Multipoint server, Maintaining UPS and Batteries/ Emergency Power Backup Plan/ Emergency Server Backup Plan, contents in School in a box, ICT in education, Maintenance fund, EdunetNepal structure and goal and many more. The training was organized to update the educators about the new content and MultiPoint server 2016.

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Posted: 04-03-2017 9:55 PM by Suvasini with no comments

Inauguration of 100th School

On 12th March, EdunetNepal team, Mike, Allen, Sapna, Alisha, Lily, Gavin, Jacinda, Amy, Ravindra, Prashant, and two filmmaking crew from the Himalaya Television left for the 1ooth school’s celebration in Solukhumbu. After driving the whole day, the team reached Salleri Bazar at early evening.

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The next day, the team walked to the school for the inauguration. Mr. Dik Bahadur Rai, C.D.O, was the chief guest of the event and all the representatives from EduNetNepal were a special guest. The program was very formal and included dances from the students and motivational speeches. The plaque reading and computer lab inauguration were done by Sapna Ma’am and Sheryl Chisholm. The school committee handed an appreciation letter to Mike Chisholm, founder of EdunetNepal, and Nava Bahadur Bhujel, District coordinator of the Himalayan Trust. The program was finally concluded at 3 p.m.

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Posted: 04-03-2017 9:53 PM by Suvasini with no comments

Lab Donation Program in Dhading

On 16th March 2017, a team, Allen Tuladhar, Mike Chisholm and Ravindra Sah, from EdunetNepal and Khitiz Raj Prasai from United Mission to Nepal left Kathmandu at 9 a.m. At 12 p.m., the team reached Janajagriti School which is on the way to Dhading Besi.

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The team spent a couple of hours inaugurating the computer lab, giving motivational speeches and interacting with the school committee.

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The next day, late morning, the team reached Nilkantha Higher Secondary School. A huge celebration was prepared at the school and delegates like Chief District Officer (C.D.O), Superintendent of Police (S.P) and people from different political parties were present there. The computer lab was inaugurated by the CDO and Mike Chisholm. A small discussion was arranged after the inauguration and approaches to make a better computer lab were discussed. Then, the team left Dhading Besi and went to Malekhu as the next day two schools were closer to Malekhu.

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On 18th March, in the early morning, the team left Malekhu for the next schools’ inauguration. After an hour drive, the team reached Gajuri Pinda Higher Secondary School and participated in a small formal inauguration program. The computer lab was inaugurated by Mike Chisholm. The students used the computer and a group picture was taken. Then, the team left for Dol Bhanjyang Higher Secondary School. There was an informal welcome program organized by the school. After the inauguration, Mike Chisholm, Allen Tuladhar, and School Management Committee’s Chairperson gave an inspiring speech.

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Posted: 04-03-2017 9:50 PM by Suvasini with no comments

Microsoft Professional Program – Data Science

Recognizing a shortage of qualified individuals to fill the growing need for specific job roles, Microsoft Professional Program is a new way to learn the skills and get the hands-on experience these roles require. After passing all courses in the curriculum and completing a final project, individuals earn a digitally sharable, résumé-worthy credential that confirms mastery of these functional and technical skills. MIC Nepal will be supporting students for this course under Microsoft Professional Program.

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The program initially focuses on data science and is currently open for enrollment, with courses available at edX. Curriculum and courses for additional tracks are in-development. Data science is currently one of the hottest areas in technology and the need for data scientists is only expected to grow. To succeed in one of these new jobs, you’ll need real-world knowledge as well as hands-on experience. The curriculum for the data science track of the Microsoft Professional Program is delivered by experts in the theory and practice of data science from Microsoft and beyond and is designed to deliver the skills employers are looking for.

Posted: 04-03-2017 9:47 PM by Suvasini with no comments

MIC Nepal Support to Miss-Tech 2016 Competition

As a Nepal Community initiative support extended to technical communities in Nepal, MIC Nepal supported Miss-Tech 2016 competition last month with venue refreshments and kind prizes. The event was organized by Robotics Association of Nepal. Miss-Tech 2016 “Sparkle with Water” event held on December 9 was organized to try to make girls to be able to develop a program (software) (an interactive game) using real-life problems of what women are deprived of presenting it in a simple way to motivate themselves and the society, challenging them to think deeply and enabling them to work collaboratively.

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The whole event was divided into two categories:

1. Splash

2. Aquathon

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Splash:

Scratch is a free visual programming language developed to help simplify the process of creating and programming animations, games, music, interactive stories and more. It is easy to learn and we can build programs for a computer immediately. Girls who were under 18 developed the pc games on Scratch.

More than 80 participants were given series of workshop divided into 3 series workshop as the opportunity to work with others, rather than on their own, can help an individual develop their interpersonal skills such as speaking and listening as well as team working skills such as leadership.

Aquathon:

On the day of Dec 5 and 6, 2016, a hackathon was conducted at Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal, were there were 16 participants, where they were also asked their group names and after the team formation of 4 they then entered to the app development process on MIT app inventor and developed hardware using arduino based on water management theme. There were 4 mentors and the whole Miss-Tech team to guide them to build the prototype. On the final day, they were able to create the prototype. Several interesting projects were developed which were presented at the day of final event.

Winner for the Aquathon are as follows:

Team EIYSIAN:

1) Bhawana Subedi

2) Susmita Ojha

3) Asmita Gaire

4) Bishika Subedi

Team SAASE:

1) Shreeya Karmacharya

2) Anshu Kiran Sharma

3) Sandhaya Guragain

 

Winner for the Splash are as follows:

Team Trinity:

1) Iru Niraula

2) Anjali Neupane

Team M & S:

1) Shreeya Shrestha

2) Riya Shahi

Posted: 01-15-2017 9:53 PM by Suvasini with no comments

EMFound Day

Everyone gathered together for the EMFound Day on December 29, 2016 to keep the memories of the beautiful Ellaine alive. It’s been 10 years since the darkest day, when Ellaine left us and left us totally sober. To keep this memory eternal, the EMFound Day happened with the hope of creating bigger impacts with our small acts.

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The program was inaugurated by the respected Allen sir, with his good words for his late daughter Ellaine. He began with the poem written by Ellaine during her last hours in the hospital. He said that as he had put the fire on her pyre he had promised that he would devote the rest of my life to the empowerment of the youths of the country” which eventually gave birth to the EMFound. Elliane Memorial Foundation is a sister organization of Unlimited Technology Pvt. Ltd which is registered as ‘Not-for-Profit’ company under the Company Act 2006, Section 5 – Sub-Section (1) and a registered member of Social Welfare Council of Nepal. He then gave some briefing about the EMFound scholarship program for the needy girls as he was very well known to the fact that the ratio of the girls pursuing their higher studies after passing SLC was very low. In addition, to the scholarship program, EMFound has been organizing different appathons and hackathons for the benefits of students.

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Ms. Sonika Manandhar talked about the history of EMFound in organizing different appathons & ideathons where 300+ youths participated and their bootcamps (pre-events) in which, more than 500 students were participated.

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After that dance was performed by some of the Microsoft Student Partners 2017 Dipesh, Suja, Shikha, Rujeena and Aditi whose theme was depression.

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After Dance Performance, Mr. Pradeep Kandel gave a brief session about the golden 1000 days, CodeCamp and other solutions developed by the innovative minds of today’s youth with a motto to bring change in society. Golden 1000 days was an initiative brought by EMFound in association with the UNICEF to use technology in improving the women and child health, where the students brought their ideas into a product during the code camp.

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Ms. Nayana Shakya talked about entrepreneurship in motivating the youths to develop their own solutions and ventures, with her pre-accelerator program supported by Microsoft ventures, invention cycle and the lean startup machine where the students are encouraged, not just to stay within their limits but to go out of the building to validate their ideas and analyze the real scenario.

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Then Ms. Suchitra Maharjan talked about the TechCamp Nepal, supported by the US Embassy Nepal which is an initiative to empower girls in the field of technology. Here, the girls are getting training with different bootcamps where they are learning skills which they’d be using during the real event, happening on March 2-4,2017.This event is exclusively for girls; ‘TechGirls’ with the motto: “Equal, if not better!”.

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Ms. Junu Thapa talked about Edunetnepal, an another initiative of MIC Nepal and EM Found, which has been working to provide digital education by distributing computers to schools and providing digital literacy training to the teachers. She gave an example of a school situated in a remote area, Burtibang of Baglung district where the school administration worked hard and got a sophisticated computer lab ready within just three days even during the shortage of resources.

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And After that there was one more performance by the band “The MIC” on the song “aadha raatma”. The band members started their journey from the MSP 2016 during their summit, which was the reason behind their name and they’ve also been awarded the best band of the month in Capital FM 92.

A short discussion for the “Standardization of Nepal Bhasa” took place for a while and Allen sir officially ended the session with a motivational video.clip_image017

Posted: 01-15-2017 6:58 PM by Suvasini with no comments

Youths Contributes to deliver C4D Tech Solutions at CodeCamp

Ellaine Memorial Foundation (hereinafter referred as- EMFound) together with UNICEF in Nepal, Nutrition and Food Security Nepal, National Planning Commission, European Union and Ministry of Health (NHEICC), Government of Nepal organized Golden 1000 Days CodeCamp 2016 where 120 young software designers, developers, strategists, IT Professionals and project managers gathered and worked in an unnerving, challenging and fast paced event to develop many innovation solutions in the theme based on how to engage youths in prenatal and postnatal process.

The residential, 4 days and 3 nights long event was held on Nov 15-18, 2016 at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort, Dhulikhel.

Golden 1000 days is a campaign introduced by UNICEF in order to create the change in livelihoods of a pregnant mother and to reduce mortality rate. The Golden 1000 Days initiative seeks to increase awareness about the importance of the first 1000 days in a child's life, ultimately reducing the maternal and child mortality through improved health and nutritional status of adolescents, pregnant and lactating women as well as young children. In order to apply, applicants were challenged to post their technology solution idea at http://nepalideas.com. Out of total of 219 applications received, 75 candidates where selected based on the viability of the ideas submitted and the skillsets they possesed to implement them and represent at CodeCamp to be able to draft various solutions to develop tech solutions for Golden 1000 Days campaign that would eventually be placed at NHEICC located at Teku in Kathmandu under Ministry of Heath, Government of Nepal.

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Figure: The banner shows all the partnering organizations- UNICEF Nepal, EMFound, Nutrition and Food Security Nepal, European Union & National Planning Commission, NHEICC, MoH, Government of Nepal.

DAY I at CodeCamp

A survey showed that participants at CodeCamp covered diverse geographic locations by their hometowns. More than 25 participants alone came in from Kathmandu valley while there were few others coming in from districts like- Saptari, Dhankuta and Syangja.

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Figure 2: Some statistics of all the selected participants at CodeCamp.

Diversity in terms of academic level and academic programs was seen at CodeCamp.

The welcoming session started at about 10.45 by Mr. Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, Executive Chairperson of EMFound. Mr. Allen who is also the Country Director at Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal welcomed everyone thanking co-organizers for all the coordination and co-operations in the past to be able to successfully reach this level.

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Figure: Participants receiving tika as they walk inside the program hall for the welcome and keynote sessions.

clip_image005clip_image007In his speech, Mr. Allen focused on why we convened for the CodeCamp. "Victory is in our veins" was the mantra where he mentioned that over 400 thousand mothers will be benefiting from the solutions that will be developed during and after the CodeCamp. He said, “What we develop for next 90 hours is directly going to benefit our next generation. The solution would be housed at a datacenter at NHEICC, Ministry of Health. “CodeCamp is not going to be like previous Appathon, there will be no winner rather, victory is in our veins, where each team will be victory. The actual solution lands on different forms like Web, App, SMS and IVR.“ said Mr. Tuladhar. He further added- “The solution made by youths, will be owned by Nepal Government.”

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Figure: Key speakers and guests from partnering organizations on stage in the keynote session of Golden 1000 Days CodeCamp in Dhulikhel Lodge Resort, Dhulikhel.

clip_image009clip_image011Next, Mr. Badri Bahadur Khadka, Director of NHEICC, Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal was invited to present his thoughts. He said that, code for him was nothing more than some numbers but today attending this program he knew that code is an important factor which will certainly change people’s life. He wished for the best outcomes coming out from the event. He truly wanted to bring a change in mother and children’s life in Nepal. He said that, Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal is really proud to be associated with CodeCamp and are excited to see the kinds of solution the participants will build within these 90 hours. He ended up thanking each and every person in the organizing team of the event.

clip_image013clip_image014Then, Mr. Rudrajit Das, Chief, Communication for Development from UNICEF Nepal, delivered a speech, thanking NHEICC, EMFound for a great initiative and partnership for CodeCamp. He was overwhelmed to be the part of this great event, and also mentioned that he is looking forward to co-ordinate in the upcoming days. UNICEF Nepal believes in Innovation. There are innovation funds, innovation centers that work with youths, including NGOs to bring an effective change to benefit women and children across the world. He believes that innovation should not be self-oriented, it should be for the betterment of humanity. When we are initiating something that brings up a good effect, facing trouble is good that helps us to challenge for bringing up something new.

“TO BRING SOMETHING NEW, WE SHOULD STOP DOING OLD THINGS!” - Mr. Rudrajit Das, Chief, C4D, UNICEF Nepal.

“We have to do something different that takes a lot of guts, a lot of efforts. Entrepreneurs do what they fear. Transformation only happens when we do something that we fear.” said, Mr. Das. The whole speech from Mr. Das was very inspirational for the youths. He motivated and inspired all the participants of the event and they seemed to be very motivated after hearing him.

Mr. Kunj Prashad Joshi, Health Administrative Officer from NHEICC presented an opening slide about the main objective behind running Golden 1000 days campaign. Mr. Kunj gave presentation on the Health and Nutrition Status of Nepal. He briefly described about the four phases of child development from the conception to pregnancy period to the first thousand days of the child.

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Figure: Mr. Kunj Prasad Joshi, Health Administrative Officer, NHEICC, Department of Health, Government of Nepal presenting on Golden 1000 Days Campaign and current health and nutrition status of the mothers and children in Nepal.

The next speaker was Ms. Bonita Sharma, Winner of HML3 Youth Innovation Challenge who gave presentation on her journey in the challenge and the major problems faced in the country in child's and mother's health. In the competition, the solution her team came up to educate mothers, was a unique, multicolored bracelet called Nutribeads made up of 22 beads, each bead representing necessary nutrients for child growth.

clip_image017clip_image019Next, Mr. Binoy Dil Lama, Communication for development from UNICEF Nepal gave brief framework on the first 1000 days of a child. He suggested to build solutions considering the health ecosystem of the country. He also shared that digitalization in health sector around the world is already in progress. Mr. Binoy mentioned that the main motivation of the campaign was to communicate important messages and issues around mothers who don't have access to good health services. About 91% of the total population have access to mobile phones thus phones reach out to large number of population. He suggested that the participants should create solutions that can work on mobile phones and thus reach out many mothers. Mr. Lama briefly discussed about the four period of a child i.e from the pregnancy to the first 1000 days.

clip_image020clip_image022Later on, as one of the distinguished guests- Mr. Mike Chisholm of Technology Alleviating Poverty (TAP) from New Zealand spoke about his experiences on working and volunteering in different campaigns in Nepal. Mr. Mike shared that there is no border for development these days due to technology and internet. Overall, the speech and the presentations given during the session was of great help to the participants and further boosted youths’ knowledge on the 1000 golden days of a child. The session was informative and inspirational. Mike & the team plans to donate 1000+ computer labs in partnership with MIC Nepal in the days ahead.

All the participants were divided into various team to work on their modules. List of 17 teams with their solutions can be found here:

http://technetnepal.net/blogs/codecampnepal/archive/2016/11/17/codecampnepal-team-member-list.aspx.

Total of 10 teams were finally shortlisted to stay for the day IV at CodeCamp.

Later, the teams were divided into 3 different groups- ASP.NET group, WordPress group and Mobile App group. The solutions that were developed during these four days was planned to be refined further by developers’ team at MIC and would be integrated into the final product.

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Figure: Mid-night coding in progress. Many teams were seen still coding for their solutions until 2:30am in the morning in the main program hall.

Link to CodeCamp Blog roll by volunteers: http://technetnepal.net/blogs/codecampnepal

The organizing team would like to thank all of the individuals, partnering organizations and governments of Nepal who supported the planning, organization and delivery of the event directly or indirectly to make the event successful and also to be able to achieve expected outcome from the event. Thank you!

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Posted: 12-07-2016 10:30 PM by Suvasini with no comments

Interview Skills Training

Date: 2nd October 2016

Venue: Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal

Time: 3 pm to 5 pm

Instructor: Bharat Sunam

In today’s employment world, it is more important than ever to have strong interviewing skills. The most common reason for this is that college graduation rates are increasing and you will be leaving school with more competition. If you fail at your interview or fail to make a good impression it could cost you an opportunity. It’s never too early to develop your interviewing skills.MIC Nepal believes in preparing the youth with not just with technical know-hows’ but also with the soft skills required in the real world. Thus with this motive, MIC Nepal organized the very first workshop on Interview Skills Training for Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) 2017 batch with the help of Bharat Sunam. Bharat Sunam has 6 years + experience in HR and in academics .He has corporate experience with renowned companies like Shapoorji Pallonji (TATA Group) Mumbai, Mirah Group Mumbai ,Richmond Group in Singapore and academic experience with Islington college (British Degree) Nepal .In addition to this, he is professional trainer providing trainings on interview skills, Soft skills, career planning ,team building ,corporate etiquettes ,communication skills ,presentation skills ,selling skills ,soft skills and stress management .He holds a Bachelor’s degree in management from Mumbai university and Post graduate degree in general management from Singapore .Currently he is associated with ISMT college as Academic Manager and management lecturer.

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Here are the basic steps or the things that Mr Bharat Sunam instructed to follow and the way by which People can be successful interviewee while finding a job:

1. How to hunt a job?

· Newspaper

· Social media

· Contact/friends

· College

· Attend event

2. Making great resume

While making a great resume, people should include these things:

· People should firstly include your proper basic information

· Academic credentials

· Past achievement

· Area of interest (like hobbies that may suit to your job requirements)

· Professional course

· Working experience

· Professional photos

· Professional expertise

3. Resume should avoid following things:

· Too lengthy resume

· Grades if not so great

· Irrelevant working experience

· Too much of personal stuff

· Blatant lies

· Inconsistent format

· A casual Email ID

· Short term employment

4. Preparation of interview:

· Firstly, research on company’s profile

· Research on job profile

· Link your strength to company’s goal

· Prepare responses

· Update yourself with current affairs

· Your strength and weakness

· Recent news on company

· Prepare a checklist of documents to be carried out at the interview

· Conduct mock interview sessions.

5. Power dressing:

· Neat and conservative hair cut

· Solid color conservative suit

· Long sleeved shirt

· Neatly trimmed nails

For women:

· Formal skirt/suit (preferably dark color)

· Suitable makeup

· Avoid strong perfumes

· Small to medium sized purse

· Post earrings (not large sized)

6. Body language:

· Make great entrance

· Pleasant smile

· Make eye contact

· Show your good side

· Firm shake hand

· A walk towards the interview cabin

· Monitor posture and gesture

· The art of departing

Things not to do:

· Don’t slouch

· Don’t touch your face

· Don’t be impatience

· Crossed arms

· Excessive nodding

· Fidgeting

· Mismatched expressions

7. Interview attributes:

· Confidence

· Attitude

· Skill set

· Experience

· Communication skill

· Team skills

· Costumer service

· Adaptability

· Initiatives

8. Anxiety management:

First. Forget whether you find job or not and think about how do you fit to the job

Anxiety symptoms:

· Perspire

· Leg shaking

· Butterflies in stomach

· Goosebumps

How to overcome:

· Conservation not a performance

· Deep breath

· Be in present moment

· Pause yourself

9. At the interview:

· Reach before time

· Greet the receptionist and ask for the contact person

· Have good listening

· Start with your introductory part

· Don’t make derogatory remarks about current company/bosses/collegues

· Politely asked if any information required

· Provide examples if required

· Focus on your strength and link how it will benefit the company

10. Negotiation skills:

· Self analysis

· Practicality at the industry

· Market rate with same skill and qualification

· Let potential employer propose you first

· Provide salary range

· Avoid desperate situation

· Don’t accept job too quickly

· Prepare yourself with your minimum salary expectations

· Don’t sound greedy

· Use positive language

· Listen carefully

· Clarify issues

· Come to a common term which is agreed mutually

11. Follow up and discussion:

· Analyze the interview

· What did you learn?

· What is the impression of the company?

· Sum up the key points

· Put across a thank you email addressing the HR/or the concern person

· Ask for the next step

12. Job offer:

· Read the offer letter carefully

· Understand the company policies

· Clarify if any doubt

· Understand the salary structure and deductions from the same

· Make note of reporting manager, office hours and key responsibilities

· Write a formal thank you and your acceptance email with your date of joining.

MIC Nepal is really thankful to Bharat Sunam for giving his time to make sure that our Microsoft Student Partners get a skill set while facing interview.

Posted: 10-06-2016 5:55 PM by Suvasini with no comments

MIC Nepal holds Educators’ Meeting

Last month in September 9, 2016, Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) Nepal organized Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal Innovation Cell (MICNIC) Administrators’ meeting at its own venue in Khichapokhari, Kathmandu.

The purpose of the meeting was to update and inform college administration of the MICNIC FY17 Network about MIC Nepal’s currently rolled academic programs and initiatives. During the meeting, MIC Nepal also shared its high level annual plans on a quarterly basis. Educators from 21 academic institutions joined the meeting. Mr. Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, Country Director at MIC Nepal welcomed all the participating educators where he highlighted about MIC Nepal’s mission to achieve academic excellence tech intervention.

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Some of the topics that were discussed in the meeting were:

· Office 365 for Edu

· MOS Championship

· Hololens Preview Events & DevCamp Events

· Sikxya.com

· EMFound scholarship

· IT/ Dev Internship

· Golden 1000 Days: Appathon

· SeedStars for Startups

· Nepal Community for IT Professionals & Developers

· Educators Summit for MICNICs

· Mentor Nepal Program

During the meeting, Geek Dating session was run where all the educators were divided into small groups who were required to move from Desk to desk listening and understanding and querying to program leads about various MIC initiatives on the display at each desk.

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Before closing the meeting, MICNIC plaques were handed over to academic institutions for as a recognition to academic partnership for excellence.

Link to the pictures from the meeting can be found here: http://bit.ly/2e55ARk.

Posted: 10-06-2016 5:19 PM by Suvasini with no comments

The MIC band and Song

The MIC is a pop acoustic band formed by the Microsoft Student Patners 2016 from Nepal. This band was formed in the mid 2016 when the students came together to bring out music for the Talent show at Microsoft Student Summit 2016.

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The band originally consisted of Swopnil Shakya as vocalist and guitarist, Saurav Shrestha as vocalist and guitarist, Rishitosh Ghatani as drummer, and Anjal Amatya as bassist. The band brought song medleys and composed the MSP song. The band was initially named M16. After this venture, the bond between the band members grew strong and the band continued its journey. On May 2016, the band was presented with an opportunity to showcase their talent in the TV show Nepali ideas by Nepal Nirman which was hosted by Himalaya Television and supported by MIC Nepal as a content partner. By this time, the band had named itself 14068263_168777286888631_8113993589048488723_nThe MIC in the honor of Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal that provided this band with opportunities. The band also added a new member Abhishek Poudel as Flutist. During this period, the band came up with 6 different self-composed songs that aired on the episodes of the TV show at Himalaya TV. The performances on the TV show was much appreciated and the band went on to bring out a music single. The song was titled "Prakash" which is published on Youtube https://youtu.be/rg9m323oo6s. The video team for this project included MSP friends namely, Akshaya Manandhar, Milan Khanal, Arohi Sharma and Ojash Shrestha. Other friends also helped the band during this project. This music video was supported tremendously by the audience due to its heart-touching and soothing nature. The premier screening of this music video was done at MIC Nepal.

Posted: 10-05-2016 10:27 PM by Suvasini with no comments

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