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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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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Sun Tech Fest at KTH

April 15, 2009

Experienced Technology Evangelist Roman Strobl from Sun Microsystems will visit KTH on 28th of April, 5-7 pm at SAL-D in Kista Campus. He will have presentations on the following topics:suntechday-medium

- Sun and Open Source : introduction to Sun’s open source stategy, products and roadmaps (30 minutes)

-Introduction to Open Solaris – What is OpenSolaris ? What’s cool about it ? Demos of interesting technologies (60 minutes)

then Campus ambassadors will talk about the “benefits of being a member of the OSUM Club” and “student activities at KTH”.

About the speaker:

roman stroblRoman Strobl works at Sun Microsystems as a technology evangelist on the OpenSolaris project. He has approximately 10 years of software development experience in Java and various dynamic languages. Before joining Sun Roman worked as a PHP developer and system administrator for a Czech startup company. Roman is a frequent speaker at software conferences including Sun Tech Days, various Java events, and user group meetings. Roman enjoys working with open source communities and his current passion is evangelizing OpenSolaris. He writes frequent posts on the OpenSolaris user-focused blog which can be found at blogs.sun.com/observatory.

Date : 28 April 2009

Location : Kista Campus (Forum Building) SAL-D

Time : 5 -7 pm

Click here to see the Facebook Event

Click here for the map of the Kista Campus


Free Pizza Party and Recruiting Event

March 15, 2009

Yes, the time has come !

KTH OSUM Club is meeting for a “Free Pizza Party” on 20th March 2009, Friday at Nymble Building (KTH Main Campus) at 4pm.

Please RSVP now on (http://osum.sun.com/events/event/show?id=2181626:Event:611585) to reserve your seat in the party ! Don’t forget that we have a limited number of seats (around 80 people).

brooklyn-style-pizza-712wWe will also meet our candidates for the next “Sun Campus Ambassador to KTH”. Since we are graduating this year, Sun Microsystems is looking for a new ambassador which can be one of you !

Please ask your questions in the KTH Osum Discussion page ! If you are not a member of the KTH Osum Club and would like to join this party, please follow the Free Pizza Party link and see how you can be a member for free.


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.


KTH and Atilim OSUM Clubs are now partners

February 20, 2009

We are happy to announce that KTH OSUM and Atilim OSUM clubs are now partners. We encourage our members to join both OSUM clubs and enjoy making new friends.

As all of you know, the philosophy behind OSUM is to be active inside the “learn-share-make community” triangle. In this perspective, we are happy to partner with different OSUM clubs all around the world and extend our network. This will also help our members in Sweden to learn new things and make new friends.

Please join our partner network for more information.

KTH OSUM: http://osum.sun.com/group/kthOSUM
Atilim OSUM: http://osum.sun.com/group/atilimuniversitycomputerclupaac


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.


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