Campathon - Coolest event of the summer

Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia in partnership with Startup Armenia Foundation and GlobalAM organize Campathon (Hackathon in Startup tent camp) during Sevan Startup Summit on July 27-28. If you are a team of 2-4 people and have software engineers in your team, and are ready to pack your laptop and join the Sevan Startup Summit, then this is the coolest event for you to attend. Campathon will be a 24-hour coding event for Sevan Startup Summit attendees. Selected teams will develop prototype versions of different software solutions within 24 hours.

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Why ReactJS?

What is React JS? React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces, created and open-sourced by Facebook. The architecture of other JS frameworks is based on the MVC pattern, which largely focuses on separating the application logic from the view. Instead of completely separating the application logic from the view, React couples the logic and view into one file, using something called the component-based architecture, which allows the composition of these components.

Start your data science career with the Microsoft Professional Program

Analysts predict a need for 1.5 million data scientists & analysts by 2018. Do not waste your time and start your career in data science with the Microsoft Professional Program. Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia will give a fantastic opportunity to all the selected students to have FREE access to the Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science, developed by Microsoft and Columbia University.

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Ոսկե ծիրանից «ոսկե» աշխատանքի

«Ավարտել եմ Երևանի պետական համալսարանը, 7 տարի աշխատել եմ «Ոսկե ծիրան» միջազգային կինոփառատոնում ու բացարձակ կապ չունեի ծրագրավորման հետ։ Մի օր ուղղակի Google-ում ման էի գալիս, տեսա ՄԻԿ-ի կայքը և դասընթացները, որոշեցի, որ ինքնուրույն մի քիչ սովորեմ, այնուհետև մասնակցեմ C#-ի առաջին մակարդակին։ Դասընթացների սկզբում շատ դժվար էր, սակայն իմ դասախոս Արտյոմ Տոնոյանը իր դասավանդման միջոցով այնպես արեց, որ ամեն ինչ հեշտ լինի։ 21 օր հետո նունիսկ իրական հնարավորություն կար ինչ-որ աշխատանքի անցնել։ Առաջադրանք էին տվել, որը կարողանում էի անել, ինչը ավելի ոգևորեց։ Մասնակցեցի պրակտիկայի ծրագրին, որտեղ բացի ծրագրավորումից շատ բան սովորեցի։ Սովորելու պրոցեսը ընդհանուր տևեց 8 ամիս, որից հետո աշխատանք գտա։ Աշխատանքի ընդունվելիս նայում են ոչ միայն, թե ինչ գիտես, այլ նաև թե ինչ մարդկային հատկանիշներ ունես, թիմի անդամ կդառնաս, թե չէ, կմերվես թիմի հետ, տրված պրոյեկտն առաջ կտանես։ Լավ ծրագրավորող դառնալու համար միայն գիտելիքները քիչ են։»

Job Vacancy - Coding boot-camp coordinator

Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia is looking for Technical Coordinator for its coding boot-camp programs, which are being carried out with the largest IT companies in Armenia. The incumbent will be involved in the entire life cycle of boot-camp development and implementation process. MIC Armenia’s coding boot-camp is a technical training program, powered with real life projects that teaches trainees parts of programming with the biggest impact and relevance to current market needs. It enables students with very little coding proficiency to focus on the most important aspects of coding and immediately apply their new coding skills to solve real-world problems. The job is a mixture of a trainer and software developer position.

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Learn the logic of programming, not the specific language

I just came back from the army service and started my Master's degree at the Polytechnic University. One day I heard that Microsoft innovation Center starts a new project and will prepare specialists, who will later develop various technological solutions within teams. I decided to take my chance and applied. To tell the truth, I didn't think that I would be selected. I passed the test, then the interview and started attending the intensive courses.

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Goal orientation and right knowledge overcome any obstacles

In September, 2016 when we were launching a new course 'UI/UX design', nobody could imagine that some of the participants will be able to find job right after the course. Susanna Ghazaryan was one of the participants, who has graduated from the Agricultural Academy and has not worked for 8-9 years. «I came to the information session and asked Tigran, the lecturer whether it is ok that we do not know Photoshop or Illustrator.Will I be able to become a UI/UX designer and he answered that if you were goal-oriented and taste, you would have no problems.

Programming is needed also during army service

Մի քանի օրից մեր ուսանող Համլետը կզորակոչվի հայկական բանակ, սակայն ծրագրավորումից շատ հեռու չի լինի։ Մասնակցելով Պաշտպանության նախարարության կողմից հայտարարված մրցույթին Համլետը, օգտագործելով Մայքրոսոֆթ ինովացիոն կենտրոնում ստացած գիտելիքները, գրեց մի ծրագիր որը հաշվարկում էր տվյալները, լուծում հրետանու հետ կապված հաշվարկային խնդիրները, նաև կոդավորում տվյալները: Մրցույթին մասնակցում էին բավականին շատ մասնակիցներ, շատ բարդ ընտրություն էր սպասվում, դիմորդների հետ հարցազրույցներ էին անցնակացրել 3 խմբերից կազմված ժյուրիներ։ Ընտրվեցին լավագույն 10 մասնակիցները, որոնց շարքում 4-րդն էր մեր ուսանող Համլետը, ով բանակային ծառայության ժամանակ կզբաղվի իր սիրելի մասնագիտությամբ, որը սովորեց 1 տարվա ընթացքում։

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From hope for cool work to real good work

Any visitor of our center has met Hayk Harutyunyan, one of our favorite students, who more lives at our center than just studies. If good mood, he even sometimes surprises us with his beat swings. In addition to learning, now he started working as a developer. If we look at his learning path, we can identify a few benchmarks:

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Hour of Code - start of new developments

How and when did Bill Gates and Steve Jobs learn programming, the whole world knows. Nut how Armenian schoolchildren learn programming, is known only to those 300 children who participated in the Hour of Code, initiated by Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia and Ayb School on December 18. During a few hours the participants learnt the programming logic and started enjoying the coding process. It was a picture to see how enthusiastically children of various ages consult with their mentor and after receiving instructions find solutions. It is worth to mention that the best programmers of Armenian leading IT companies were consulting in the role of mentors, sharing their knowledge with great enthusiasm and encouraging the students try again until they reach their final goal. Without our dedicated mentors the event would not be as successful and efficient as it is.

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Prime Minister of Armenia codes at Hour of Code Gyumri

For the first time Gyumri, the second biggest city of Armenia hosted Hour of Code initiative, organized by Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia and Gyumri Technology Center. On December 7 more than 150 schoolchildren of various grades come together to learn coding through SoloLearn application, which has developed a specific lesson plan for Hour of Code. Programming is still new to schoolchildren and the enthusiasm and energy of the Hour of Code inspired not all participants but also the Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan to try learning coding. He wrote his first CSS code and felt the victory of writing a code which went live. He was excited to see that tech education is getting more and more popular in Gyumri and expressed his willingness to support this mood spreading in every corner of Armenia.

The 3rd Hour of Code event to launch in Armenia

Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia (MIC Armenia) and Ayb School are organizing the third Hour of Code event on December 18 at Ayb High School. The event organized already for the 3rd time in Armenia aims to teach a variety of programming languages, develop logic, creativity, and problem solving skills. And all of this can be learned through games in just a few hours.

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UpStart connects Armenian startups to the global tech community

UpStart, the startup pitching competition, organized by INIT and MIC Armenia has brought new drive and culture to the IT startup community in Armenia. The organizers aimed at connecting Armenian startups with investors and partners. Within the past few weeks the buzz of fair competition, innovation and team work was in the air of all Armenian startups. More than 80 teams filled out the application, hoping to receive the pitching invitation email, which could open many investment windows for them. The invitation letter appeared in the inbox of only 16 promising startups, which represent various fields: healthtech, fintech, shared economy, ed-tech, AR/VR, enterprise SaaS, tourism etc. They passed two-day pitching and fundraising booth-camp in MIC Armenia and learnt how to present their produce and attract investments. The battle of ideas took place on October 29 at Marriott Armenia hotel (Tigran Mets hall) during the UpStart on-stage battle. There were 300+ guests, which included 50+ businessmen and investors, representatives from ABRT Russian VC, AXLR French VC, guests from large Armenian IT companies, representatives of finance and banking, medical fields, educational institutions and universities, etc.

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Another step in ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Every startup regardless its development stage is looking for funding, whether it is from investors, venture capitalists or his/her favorite uncle because one understands that if they run out of money, their startup dies. So the startup development is like a stairway to heaven. The stairway is not smooth and is full of ups and downs. Sometimes we need to lose small battles in order to win the war. Small battles are pitching opportunities, and such opportunity for Armenian startups is UpStart startup pitching competition. More than 80 startups started the war, 30 passed the first round of selection, but only 16 startups won the first battle. They have got selected after pre-screening of applications and one-on-one interviews with organizers.

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9 months- From Programming Fundamentals to a Developer

Armen Barkhudaryan started learning programming from zero at our center and passed the following courses: Programming Fundamentals for Beginners, C#/Level 1, C#/OOP and coding bootcamp program. Armen currently works at Intel-Soll company as a developer.

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Upstart – new start for best ideas

More than 75 applications have been submitted for the Upstart competition, open to startups which offer innovative solutions. Upstart is a joint initiative of the Institute of Innovative Technology and Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia to support start-up companies that are at the development stage and need investments of up to $250 thousand.

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Telecommunications Hackathon 2016

On October 1, 2016 Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia together with Beeline Armenia organized the first telecommunications-related Hackathon in Armenia, which attracted a lot of interest and created healthy buzz among developers and non-developers. More than 30 teams have submitted their applications, and the initial screening has identified the eligible 17 teams, which participated in 12-hour Hackathon and developed the prototypes of innovative solutions to various problems of telecommunications.

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Growth is at the heart of every product success story

On September 29, 2016 an online talk was organized with the tech lead of Facebook Messenger’s Growth team Zorayr Khalapyan at Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia. The talk was organized within scopes of HyeTech Talks. The talk gathered more than 80 developers, entrepreneurs, marketers, interested in this topic, who made an online connection to Zorayr, located in Silicon Valley. Zorayr marveled at learning engineering fundamentals and building things, and that path took him through classes at Stanford, Harvard, winning first at a national level Java competition, majoring in CS at UCLA, interning at Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and eventually starting on Messenger as an iOS engineer.

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Embracing Technologies and Social Entrepreneurship_Open Call

Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia (MIC Armenia) launches a new project, entitled ‘Embracing Technologies and Social Entrepreneurship,’ funded by the US Embassy in Armenia. Within the framework of the project MIC Armenia announces an open call for NGOs, which have an interesting solution for social entrepreneurship. If your organization has identified a social problem, which can be solved through technologies, then this project is designed for your NGO. Through this project we will help you to develop the idea into a social entrepreneurship. We don’t have any limitations related to the topic, sphere and problems. You suggest an innovative solution, we help you to understand what social technological entrepreneurship is and how the idea of your organization can be turned into sustainable and income-generating business.

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CRASH Course on SALES from IE Business School

IE Business School and Microsoft Innovation Center invite you to participate in a Turbo sales crash course for entrepreneurs and business leaders. This crash course will teach you the most valuable lesson: that is, how to build a highly effective sales strategy for your future or existing startups and corporate projects. Sales are the backbone of any business, as well as the biggest headache, while presenting and selling your new idea is an art. And the master class is just about this.

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5 Reasons to Participate in a Hackathon

Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia has been organizing Hackathons already for 5 years and based on the experience we have identified our 5 reasons to participate in a Hackathon.

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What to develop for Hackathon

On September 16 Andrey Pyatakhin, General Director of Beeline Armenia and Hayk Karapetyan, the commercial director had a meeting with the youth, interested in the Hackathon and discussed problems, existing the field of telecommunications and shared the expectation on the solutions to be developed within the Hackathon.

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Our students – good employees/Ashot Israelyan

We continue the series of interviews with our students, who have passed various training sessions in programming and are currently employed by IT companies in Armenia. Ashot Israelyan passed training courses ‘Web Programming’ and is currently employed by Peyotto.

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Startup & IT events you should not miss this autumn

Armenia will become a technological ‘volcano’ in October, emitting various local and international events for startups and IT community and bringing together innovators, investors, techno representatives and entrepreneurs from around the world.

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Earlyone will present Armenia at Seedstars World

On June 25 Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia, in collaboration with Enterprise Incubator Foundation and Innovative Solutions and Technologies Center organized the local selection of Seedstars international contest at the American University of Armenia. 12 startups, selected out of 50 applications have presented their products to the jury panel, consisting of international and local experts. The jury members have evaluated the products against a number of criteria: team, current development stage, scalability, value added etc. After the jury deliberation session the winning teams have been announced. Earlyone will present Armenia at the international contest, which will take place in Switzerland in 2017.

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Technovation – was it worth participating?

Last month we started a new series of interesting and engaging meetups of IT community members in an format called ‘Technovation,’ the goal of which is to unite starters and professionals of IT field and create a platform for discussion, cooperation and partnership.

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American dream or Made in Armenia

Armenia IT ecosystem is building role models! With already several acquisitions in its story board, the latest buzzes go around Joomag, Sololearn, Picsart, Teamable, Renderforest, ggTaxi, Shadowmatic, Menu.am, Codefights, WiCastr, Ginosi, Yecup, Flat-Club, and many others, which have developed disrupting solutions for a global audience and are successfully growing in international markets and also putting Armenia on map as an awesome startup hub.

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Our students – good employees/Paruyr Mamikonyan

We continue the series of interviews with our students, who have passed various training sessions in programming and are currently employed by IT companies in Armenia. Paruyr Mamikonyan has passed training courses ‘Programming Fundamentals’ and ‘Web Programming’ and is currently employed by Questrade Armenia.

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Our students – good employees/David Karapetyan

We are starting a new series of interviews with our students, who have passed various training sessions in programming and are currently employed by IT companies in Armenia. Davit Karapetyan has passed training course on ASP.Net and is currently employed by Sourcio CJSC.

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Node.js – well-deserved hype or another myth?

Node.js is the hottest new technology in Silicon Valley and is currently being used by Microsoft, VMWare, Ebay, Yahoo, Paypal, Walmart, Uber, LinkedIn, Google, PicsArt and many more top tech companies. All these companies truly believe in the advantages of this technology. Node.js is widely spread also among the software developers, employed in Armenia. While describing it, they often say “real-time” or “highly scalable” and many other ear-catching terms, but what is Node.js in reality?

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What is front-end web development?

Nowadays everybody wants to learn programming and find a well-paid occupation. Considering the rapid development of IT sector in Armenia, it is wise to find the shortest way to the dream field and master skills through years. It doesn’t matter whether you have technical education or not, if you are motivated and hard-working, you can start your path in this field. Web development is easy to learn, and many people prefer this field. One can participate in a training course for two months and gain fundamental knowledge. However, if one is new to the field, terms such as front-end or back-end mean nothing. We would like to give you short introduction on front-end development and its tools.

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What should children learn – coding or turning on the computer?

A vigorous debate starts every time between educators, technology experts and parents start the conversation about when a child should start learning programming. The biggest opponents insist that computers are bad for children, as they turn them into zombies. We think that the biggest problem in this debate is that there is a huge misunderstanding what should be taught: how to turn on and off the computer, Word or Excel or the real computer science, which is intellectually sustaining and life-enhancing for students.

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7 + 1 reasons ‘NOT’ to learn programming in Armenia

In one of the interviews Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder said, “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” We are presenting 7+1 reasons why not to learn programming in Armenia.