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Announcing CourseBoss: Easy Assignment Management for Professors

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Hey Guys, remember me? It's been a little while since I've written here. I've been working away at for almost three months now and it's going great. My co-worker Allan (who actually helped with the new site redesign) and I also have a nifty side project we just put online. It's called CourseBoss. CourseBoss makes it easy for professors to post and collect assignments online, all through a tried-and-tested technology: email. We're pretty proud of it.

Best of all, we've got a little referral program in place. That means that if you recommend your professor to the system, we will give you $10. Yep. $10. That's about 32 PBRs. When your professor is signing up for the system, make sure they type in your email address into the referrer field. We'll get you squared away right away. Thanks so much for your support.

Moving On

Goodbye! Photo by long-time HackCollege supporter, Bryan Thatcher. It’s been amazing ride. There are many platitudes out there, but I think the best one for this moment is “All good things must come to an end.” And after 3 years, 9 months, 10 semesters, 54 episodes and 539 posts, my time as a writing contributor ...

Summer Project: Start a Blog

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Whew. It's finals week. And I just finished my last paper ever. Well, until I consider grad school that is. And now it's time to start thinking of the summer. Sure, you've got that internship. Or maybe you're in the boat of those graduating. Either way, you'll probably have some downtime this summer. The summer project I'll be writing about today is starting a blog.

Why start a blog? Why not? You've got nothing to lose except a few bucks paying for hosting and a domain name. We've been advocating that every student needs a blog, and it's great to see a bunch of students jumping on board.

Let's get you some recognition, after the jump.

A Weekly Wrap-up

So it’s been a pretty ridiculous week on all fronts. I saw James Cameron at the Imagine Cup, met one of the founders of Her Campus and made the front page of with Chris. It’s been busy to say the least. I’m graduating in a week and now is probably a good time to ...

Imagine Cup: Top 4 Teams in Software Design

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Full disclosure: Microsoft flew me out to Washington, D.C. for the weekend and put me up in a hotel.

D.C. would be all-for-nought if we didn't report on the actual winners of the competition. Throughout the course of the weekend, my faith in the student population of the world has been once again reinvigorated. It is refreshing to see so many brains are solving real and complicated problems. While it may be no surprise to you, dear reader, that the writers of HackCollege are currently the smartest students walking the face of the planet, it pains me to say that I have discovered stiff competition. I witnessed such competition at the hands of the Imagine Cup U.S. Finals.

The Imagine Cup has been around since 2003, but has only been a worldwide competition recently. This year, the competition is drawing more than 300,000 students from 150 countries. (They have the HackCollege audience beat by seven countries. Drat!) Over this weekend I got to see the best the United States has to offer (at least those using the Microsoft stacks for their projects).

I got the chance to catch up with the top 4 teams and chat with them a little bit throughout the weekend. They come from all over and all have great projects. Although not all of them will be going to Poland in July for the worldwide competition, they all have great projects. Check them out!

Check out the awesome that fellow students are creating after the jump!

Imagine Cup: Interview with Anthony Salcito, Microsoft Vice President of Worldwide Education

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Full disclosure: Microsoft flew me out to Washington, D.C. for the weekend and put me up in a hotel.

I'm out in Washington, D.C., this weekend, hanging out at the U.S. Finals for the Imagine Cup. The Imagine Cup is an annual student software competition that pits students from around the world against each other. Microsoft backs the entire thing and they have quite the agenda set up for the students participating. (More on that in a later post.)

I had the opportunity to sit down with Anthony Salcito for an interview. He is the vice president of worldwide education at Microsoft. (Note: that's a big deal.) I dare say he was the perfect candidate for a non-student HackCollege interview. We nerded out about the power of students, how education is drastically different and still changing, and what students should keep an eye out for.

Full interview after the jump!

How Instapaper Will Make You a Better Student

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Yikes. I really missed the boat on this one. There's this awesomely (and awesomely simple) Web app out there named Instapaper. You've probably known about it for the last few years. It must be my old age or something, but I just got on the Instapaper bandwagon. Maybe it has something to do with my recent acquisition of an iPad (I caved!).

Instapaper is a central bookmarking repository for things you would like to read. Don't have time to read that awesome article a friend just posted on Twitter? Instapaper it. You can read any bookmarked page at a later date on your iPhone, Kindle, iPad or just on Instapaper's site. It also will translate articles into essentially plain text, so you don't have to be encumbered by sites ill-formatted for mobile devices.

Let me go through how I'm using Instapaper for myself and how it could change your life.

Learn how after the jump!

Kelly at 140conf

Earlier today, I was on a panel at 140conf in New York City. There were plenty of amazing people talking at the conference including MC Hammer, Ivanka Trump, Michael Ian Black and more. My panel was titled “Growing Up with the Real-Time Internet” and was received well by the crowd. I mention HackCollege a few ...

Make Your Mobile Business Card Cool with HCOMNBC

Last Friday I was sitting through an uneventful symposium at LMU and decided to create a Web app out of my online business card. I had set up a Web page so that a user could click on links and those links would dial up the correct application. After showing it to a few people, ...

Top 5 Resume Boosters to Make Your Resume Stand Out

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Today's guest post comes from Jay Willingham, a current senior at UT Austin (Hook 'em). He also runs the up and coming site, CampusByte. Head on over and check it out! If you'd like to write a guest post for HackCollege, please read the Guest Posting at HackCollege guidelines and then send us an email!

First off, this is not an article about "how" to write a resume. Hopefully you've got that already figured out by following a sample or a resume guide. This is about the 5 most important aspects you must incorporate into your resume that will cause your potential employer to stop, take a second look and leave a lasting impression.

5. It All Starts in High School

It is imperative that you don't go into listing every single activity or club you belonged to in high school. You'll have plenty of opportunity to show just how "well rounded" you are when you get to your college activities. But what you should point out and include are achievements of major significance, such as Valedictorian or Salutatorian.

The remaining 4 tips after the jump!

Unpaid Internships: Soon to Be a Thing of the Past?

I was pleasantly awoken yesterday to a New York Times article titled “Growth of Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal, Officials Say.” I say, “No shit,” although I am not an official. Unpaid internships are one of the gravest injustices against students today. Some of the best candidates are unable to work for free, so companies ...