Seattle Geek Girl Dinner at EMP!

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Seattle Geek Girl Dinner at EMP! What do Madonna, Chrissie Hynde, Lady Gaga, and Tina Turner (among many, many others) all have in common? They rock. What do you and your female counterparts in the Seattle tech community solving tough challenges, delivering innovative solutions, and changing the world we live in for the better all have in common? You rock too. It’s time to get all these rockin’ women under…

Microsoft to Attend KDD 2013!

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Microsoft is looking forward to attending KDD 2013 in Chicago and would like to meet you, please stop by our booth and say hello! Microsoft luminaries in attendance will include: JC Mao Jan Pedersen Zijian Zheng Brian Frasca Ronny Kohavi Rakesh Agrawal Raghu Ramakrishnan In addition, Microsoft is hosting two events and would love to see you there! Microsoft’s Exclusive Event: Microsoft is hosting an exclusive and uniquely Chicago experience at Sky Lounge on Waveland.…

Challenges of Testing Data – Is it Really 73°F in Seattle right now? – by Cyril Bouanna

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Cyril Bounanna is a Senior Development Lead for the Bing Data Quality and Measurement Team.  Today he presents to us a real-life scenario that software engineers and testers encounter when they are building Bing. *** Software engineers have developed a lot of expertise and solutions to assess code quality. From static analysis to E2E automation, performance benchmarks, or search relevance, we know how to verify if our code does the right…

Why Should You Talk to a Recruiter, You Ask? I’ll Tell You – by Andrea LaCoy

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I think that everyone would agree with the statement that we live in a world that is ever changing and always evolving. The standard way of doing things in the past are being replaced with the better, faster, more efficient versions and this can been seen in almost everything we do. Making a career change is no exception. Gone are the days of reading the ‘Want Ads’ in the newspaper,…

Scouting For Talent – by Brian Christensen

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Working as a Staffing Consultant within Online Services Division here at Microsoft, I am constantly reminded that my job has a lot of similar aspects to sports and trying to put together a team that is set up to win. While watching the NBA Eastern Conference Finals this past weekend, I noticed the intricacies of what it took to put a winning team on the court. Even before teams come together, there…

Management Excellence – by Eugenia Sawa

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As we head into the NBA Finals, my mind turns to Erik Spoelstra and the unique situation he is in.  With the finals starting tonight, I think about how Erik Spoelstra’s role as head coach of the Miami Heat, a team of very strong individual players each with their own strengths translates to the world of high technology and people management. Understand your players – Understand your team – how…

Sit with Me: Bing sits in the red chair to support women in technology

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Last week the Online Services Division at Microsoft participated in the Sit with Me Campaign. Sit with Me was created by members of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit coalition that works to increase diversity in computing and IT. Sit with Me encourages others to learn and acknowledge the important role women play in creating future technology by taking a small but symbolic action: sit in…

How Microsoft is empowering women to change the face of technology

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Women in technology is a hot topic in the news today. As a Staffing professional for Microsoft, and leader of the Seattle Girl Geek Community, I am always eager to read about what educators and companies are doing to encourage and promote women in science related jobs. While major strides have been made in advocating women in science, unfortunately we still face a decline in women pursuing STEM (science, technology,…

Meet Dr. Ying Li, Partner Engineering Manager

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  Dr. Ying Li is the Partner Engineering Manager responsible Online Services Division Privacy and Ads Technology Security and Compliance. Prior to her current role, Dr. Li was responsible for building Audience Intelligence and ad targeting for Microsoft’s Online Service Division, had established the data mining services to MSN businesses worldwide, and was a key founding member of Microsoft’s adCenter business. Dr. Li had built adCenter Labs in close partnership…