Andrew C. Gilliland

Founder of iSpyPens LLC

"A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well." Jeff Bezos

Mission Statement

1) Showcase the incredible technology that Microsoft offers students at The University of Tampa

2) Cultivate a community of individuals who are passionate about technology

3) Encourage innovation and personal branding

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Workshop #14 – January 29, 2018, 11:30AM –Business IT, Jaeb computer center

1) Link to Presentation

2) Link to DreamSpark

3) Link to Microsoft Virtual Academy

4) Link to 99 cent domain name

Workshop #2 – April 22, 2016, 4:00PM – 5:00PM, UT Technology Club, JS 283

In this workshop we focused on Microsoft DreamSpark, Microsoft Virtual Academy, and Personal Branding. DreamSpark gives students professional level developer and designer tools at no cost. All students need to do is sign up for an account and verify their status as a student. There are also plans available for educators and academic institutions. With DreamSpark you will gain access to Microsoft Azure, SQL Server, OneNote, GitHub Developer Pack, Visual Studio, Xamarin, Microsoft Virtual Academy, Certification programs, and more. Microsoft Virtual Academy provides online courses and training from industry professionals covering topics including Game development, Cloud development, Visual Studio, Xamarin, C#, IoT, Web development, Database development, and much more. These courses are very useful, even for student with absolutely no experience. There is an entire section dedicated to beginner courses. Lastly, we discussed personal branding in the online world. Every student should take advantage of the special domain offers (links below) available to them. As the internet becomes more and more relevant in society it is important that you can control your “brand” online. After ordering a domain you can set up a basic website through WordPress, GoDaddy, or better yet you can build a site using tutorials from Microsoft’s ChooseToCode course. There is nothing to lose by publishing a personal website with links to a resume, blog, about page, contact form, or other page that makes it easier for people searching for you to find and learn more about you.

Important Links

1) DreamSpark Sign-up for Students

2) DreamSpark Sign-up Tutorial

3) Choose To Code Course

4) Microsoft Virtual Academy

5) Get your .COM domain for 99 cents here

6) Get your .ME domain for FREE here (Students ONLY)

Workshop #1 – March 27, 2016, 4:00PM – 5:00PM, 7th Floor Vaughn Center

This was the first Workshop I hosted at The University of Tampa as a Microsoft Student Partner. We ran into some issues deploying with Project Nami and Azure, but we were able to navigate around the problems and ultimately each person got set up with a WordPress site. We discussed DreamSpark, WordPress, Project Nami, and Personal Branding through a PowerPoint presentation and each student applied this knowledge by launching their own website. I encouraged a few students to purchase their domain and many of them did. Students left with a better understand of internet identity control through the use of FREE Microsoft tools that they can take advantage of as college students at The University of Tampa. The next workshop is on April 22 and you can learn more about it here.

Important Links

1) Click here to learn how to Sign-up for Dreamspark

2) PDF Presentation for 3/27 Workshop 

3) Click here to learn how to deploy your website

4) Get your domain for 99 cents here