Republic of Gamers Unleashed gaming event in San Francisco

The Bay Area is long overdue for a proper gaming event, so ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) is teaming up with PC Gamer to throw an exclusive, private event for fans in San Francisco on October 9th @ 4pm-12am.

The Windows Insider Team will be also there and you’re invited to join us for exciting game play sessions, hands-on demos, free food and more. Plus:

  • Game on the latest ROG notebooks, desktops, and monitors
  • Enjoy fun activities planned throughout the night with chances to win ROG prizes
  • Join in on meet-and-beat gaming challenges

To RSVP and for more details click here.

Grace Hopper Celebration and GeekGirlCon events

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

October 14-16, Houston

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. We’ll have reps from Windows Engineering speaking at the Microsoft Recruiting booth onsite on Thursday, October 15 from 10:45-11:15am and Friday from 1:45-2:15pm, Windows Insider swag (check your official GHC swag bag!), and a photo booth at the Friday evening party with a few props inspired by our Windows Insider community.

GeekGirlCon

October 10-11, Seattle 

GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events. Look for Windows Insider gifts in your registration packet plus other Insider extras.

If you are planning on attending, please take a moment to complete our brief survey. We’ll use your responses to tailor even more activities for each event – and email you updates prior to event day. 

Bring ‘The Martian’ to Earth with Hacking Mars design challenge

Microsoft is excited to partner with ‘20th Century Fox on an epic partnership for film, ‘The Martin’.  For the design challenge anyone (18+ worldwide) is asked from cross-discipline teams and design innovative solutions to hack Mars to help a stranded astronaut.  The winning team will receive $25k and a trip to Microsoft to experience Mars via HoloLens in addition to a workshop to help shape their idea, and tools to help them make it a reality- Microsoft Surface, Xbox One, and Microsoft Band.

The Hacking Mars Design Challenge invites teams to research and submit a three-to-five minute video about a product, service, app or game that would help the stranded astronaut: stay alive (grow food, filter air, produce water), pass time (keeping hope alive, dealing with extreme isolation and constant stress) and get home (focusing on communication issues). They can tackle one topic or take on all three. The deadline for entries is Oct. 13.

You can learn more about the challenge here.