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Want to see the next Mark Zuckerberg in the making? UPT Digital leverages the accessibility of modern software development tools to engage early teens in creating commercial software applications. Teams learn by doing, from concept and design through content creation and software development, targeting Windows and WP7 via tools such as C#, XNA and Silverlight. Mentored by Microsoft Research in Redmond through a cascaded mentor system which allows key players to rapidly adopt new technologies and then diffuse that IP through the group, enabling stability despite the flux of students enrolling into and graduating from the program. Agile methods help coordinate the diverse pool of talent and interest necessary for creating multimedia apps and games. Watch as the team present a number of ongoing product development projects to demonstrate these ideas in action.
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