Software Development Training & Programs for Young Women

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During the MSDN Roadshow today, after my presentation on ASP.NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010, I spoke about the declining trend of female technologists (more on that later). I counted 67 people in the room, 6 of which were female. This includes myself and Caroline.

Afterwards, I was approached by a gentleman who has a 19 year old daughter who is looking for resources and programs from Microsoft for young ladies interested in software development. 

Here are some programs for young ladies who are interested in software technology.

If you are….. ….you would like… …because it will….
a student DreamSpark

give you access to  free software development tools and training offers

university student Microsoft IT Academy Student Pass

special no-cost online learning opportunity for university students in technical studies.

a college student about to enter the professional world Students to Business give you information about internships and jobs for students
an innovator and inventor student ImagineCup help you make a difference in the world
a female technologist – beginner or experienced WomenBuild connect you with people looking to grow female leadership within the software industry
underemployed or unemployed looking for retooling Thrive enhance your technical skills, advance your career. These strategies and skills will not only help you succeed now, but place you in a position to excel during the brighter times ahead
faculty or student on a campus MSDN Academic Alliance

easiest and most inexpensive way for students and faculty in the technology and design fields to get the latest Microsoft software you need right on campus

an entrepreneur BizSpark

give you access to  free software development tools for start-up companies


Thanks to Jana Butler for this list of technical TechNet resources for those looking to get into software development.

Technical Resources


How Do I Videos

These short 10- to 15-minute videos focus on specific tasks and show you how to accomplish them step-by-step using Microsoft products and technologies.

TechNet Webcasts

TechNet Webcasts are 60-to-90–minute live broadcasts featuring interactive technical presentations, product demonstrations, and question-and-answer sessions presented by an expert on Microsoft technology, the industry, or both

TechNet Podcasts

Listen to Microsoft webcast and media content whenever and wherever you want. You can stream or download these audio podcasts on your favorite podcast software or mobile device

Virtual Labs

Quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest server products through a series of guided, hands-on labs you can complete in 90 minutes or less

eLearning Snacks

Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations about popular topics created by Microsoft Learning experts.

TechNet Forums

Answers from the community on a variety of topics

TechNet Radio

TechNet Radio is an Internet radio show with content for IT professionals. It features the latest information from Microsoft insiders and industry luminaries, as well as profiles of leading companies

TechNet Product Downloads

TechNet offers you a robust evaluation experience through downloadable beta and trial software.

TechNet Edge

TechNet Edge is a place where IT professionals go to get the inside scoop on the latest and greatest technologies


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