Swedish Game Awards Final Ceremony

June 14, 2009

DSC00244We, as Sun Campus Ambassadors, represented Sun Microsystems at Swedish Game Awards 2009 final ceremony on 13th of June at KTH main campus. Game awards is one of the biggest game development contest and Sun Microsystems is one of the biggest sponsors of this event.  This year around  200 people visited the stands and talked with us about Java and Java FX. We encouraged students and professional game developers to use Java FX and distributed Java books and mugs.

The competition started in 2002 as a sub-project to Excitera, the student-driven entrepreneurship association at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and was then called KTH Game Awards. Excitera Mobile Awards, a mobile application development competition, was started a year later and is now a part of Swedish Game Awards. The Categories for Swedish Game Awards 2008 have been changed to reflect changes in both technologies and the industry. They have now put the focus on the game, instead of on the platform. When contestants design a game, it doesnt matter what target platform they have intended for it, as long as the prototype runs on either Windows XP, OSX (as a Universal binary) or Linux (latest stable build of Ubuntu). The competition also support emulators and so called “mods”, modifications of existing games, such as Half-Life 2 or Unreal Tournament.

After a very tough final round Robert Larsson, from Chalmers University, won the Java FX and best execution awards by his game Imperii. We would like to congratulate Robert and hope to see more Java FX projects in the market.

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KTH Pizza Party

May 13, 2009

It has been some time since we have had our “Pizza Party” at KTH. Here are some of the pictures from the event and thanks a lot to all of our members who have been there with us!


Sun University RoadTour at KTH

May 1, 2009

We had a very successful event last Wednesday at KTH. Experienced technology evangelist Roman Strobl came to Stockholm to have a presentation together with Sun campus ambassadors. Students were very enthusiastic and asking lots of question regarding open source, Sun, Oracle :), java, OpenSolaris and other project.

Since some of the students wanted us to post presentation slides and notes, we are sharing our presentation slides with you.

Presentation 1

Presentation 2

We would like to thank all of the participants and hope that you learned lots of new things about Sun, open source and why it is important. For next events, please fallow our blog.

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How To Write an Iteration Report ?

March 14, 2009

So you have chosen to carry out your project in an iterative way and completed the first iteration. How should you write an iteration report ? What should this report contain ? Why is it important?

Check out my post about “how to write an iteration report” ?


Open Source Networking Project

March 12, 2009

A team of international student and Sun Campus ambassador Alper Celik, developed an open source networking solution at KTH – Stockholm, which converts a regular PC into a router !!!

OpenCASE is an Open Source project. This project’s outcome is a whole network solution completely based on open source software. Using OpenCASE solution, regular PCs can be turned into routers. But not only that, they can also run networking services like Network Administration, Traffic Monitoring, DNS, Web Server and so on.

Open source networking solution, which is 70% cheaper than proprietary alternatives in the market, developed to help capacity building in African Research and Education Networks. Open Case’s software, which is completely free, customizable and open for further improvements, has been developed to be used in regular PCs. The software provides complete network systems that include not only the routing but also the management and security means. Comparison tests against well known network companies’ products gave great results and proved what our technology can truly deliver on the promises of internet today.

If you are interested please have a look at to project web site. You can find our final report from here: http://www.tslab.ssvl.kth.se/csd/projects/0821116/sites/default/files/FinalReport.pdf


WaterWell Educational Videos

March 11, 2009

I have had a lot of comments about our “WaterWell” project which has aimed to produce a feasible and practical wireless sensor network for monitoring water quality. You can read more about the WaterWell project.

In this post, I would like to share some videos with you where we introduce the hardware we have used and how we have built the system. So that you can visualize our findings:

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Introduction of the hardwares that we have used in our project.

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How to connect the SunSPOT to Sensors with the Serial converter?

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How do we send commands to the sensors and read their values ?

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This video shows how the system works with an example.

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We measure the values of the water and read them on the computer.

WaterWell Team:

Athanasios Floros:

  • SunSPOT Programmer
  • Webmaster
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Gökhan Dogan

  • Project Manager
  • Business Developer
  • Graphics Design

Tao Sun

  • Routing Protocol Expert
  • SunSPOT Programmer
Zhichao Cao

  • Routing Protocol Expert
  • SunSPOT Programmer
Chen Huang

  • Routing Protocol Expert
  • SunSPOT Programmer
  • Great Noodle Cooker
Manzoor Bahader

  • Hardware Expert

Finding Thesis Work in Sweden

March 4, 2009

If you are an international master student in Sweden, it is really hard to find a thesis work nowadays. Even if you don’t want to be paid, it is still difficult to find a thesis work both in the industry and the academic world. So what should you do ?

Networking

Being a stranger in a country is difficult, if you don’t know anyone, you better meet them ! Attend events, conferences, meetings and network with the other people. If there is one thing I have learned through my master studies is that, networking is extremely important for the success. So go out and meet people, you can’t know when they will need you or you’ll need them. You can check my networking tips in Stockholm.

Muscular Fingers

It took me more than 70 NO’s before I got that YES ! I have applied to nearly 70 companies, (remember there is still economic crisis) had an interview with 4-5 of them and started my thesis work at 1 of them. Some of them required fluent Swedish, some of them wanted to start earlier and so on. So you better apply a lot of places to increase your chance.

Quick Fact : I have started looking for master thesis in the end of August 2008 and found it January 2009 :) This is the same for my peers who have found thesis works in the industry. Unfortunately it is not easy !

No Job is Small

Don’t hesitate to break your limits, you never know what will happen. For example, I even had an interview with a company in Malmö and had to travel there. One company was going to send me to China but their time schedule didn’t fit mine. So if you don’t try, you can’t meet new opportunities.

Proposals

I have a folder named “Thesis Application” and I have more than 20 proposals there that I have prepared for different companies. The companies expect you to prepare individual thesis proposals for every single of them. On the other hand as a student, you may not be sure about what you want to work with but you better spend some time on that. Be ready to prepare proposals that you will never use :)

Documents

Upgrade your CV, transcript and anything that you may need during your applications. Send them to everybody. Maybe someone who knows someone may help you.


Java™SE 7 Workshop Completed

January 24, 2009

java7_workshop2We had a great workshop by the co-operation of Senior Java Architect, Thorbiörn Fritzon from Sun Microsystems. There were about 40-45 participants and they were all very interested in the new features of Java. In the workshop we tried to find answers to the following questions:
- What is new in Java™SE 7?

- What is happening in the Java World ?

- What is next on the map of Java SE Releases ?

java7_workshop3As comparing the other workshops and presentations, the level of interest and knowledge was the top in this session. Many students asked lots of interesting questions and they were eager to learn new things. Another interesting output was that; students were much communicative and open to make new contacts. This was a great opportunity for Java programmers to meet each other and make new connections. Since community is very important, we also encourage KTH students to contribute on open souce projects and share their experiences.

java7_workshop1We will continue our Java workshops at KTH by the third one. If you want a specific topic, please send us an e-mial and we will mind it when we decide the presentation scope. Please stay tuned, we will back by another workshop of Java seminar series.


Future of Java Workshop Videos

December 15, 2008

We had the last event of 2008 on 9th of December at Kista campus. Our next event will be in KTH main campus. Please vote through our poll on the right side menu bar to decide the topic of the next presentation. You can find the presentation videos below.

As Sun Campus Ambassadors, we wish you “Merry Christmas” and hope to see you again at our upcoming events in 2009.

Future of Java Workshop Introduction by Gökhan :

Future of Java Workshop Part 1

Future of Java Workshop Part 2


JavaFX

December 5, 2008

Today is the official launch day of JavaFX 1.0 and we, as Sun Campus ambassadors to KTH, had a short presentation about JavaFX last night at opening ceremony of “Mobile Cup” in Stockholm. Mobile Cup is the world’s largest mobile competition with lots of competitors and big sponsors.  People were talking about Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight technologies to compare with JavaFX.  It was really nice to got lots of positive feedbacks from competitors and other guests after the event.

The strange thing was that it was nearly midnight (11.pm)and it was actually a night club and people were offered free beers while we were talking about the great features of JavaFX, but still lots of people were really interested in the topic. That was really nice. You can find our presentation slides below:


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