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Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 011 with Imagine Cup finalists

In episode 11, Jeremy Thake chats to the two Imagine Cup finalist teams for the Office 365 App Model challenge, which were Team Code Blue, from India and Team iGeek, from China. Team Code Blue built the Molecule maker app and Team iGeek built the Education Toolkit.

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Education Toolkit for Office by Team iGeek China

Education Toolkit for Office by Team iGeek, China

This toolkit for Computer Science presentations turns Microsoft PowerPoint into a first-class experience for reviewing code before a team or audience. It adds dynamic features familiar from development environments to PowerPoint including: Syntax Highlighting to automatically color-code function names, variables, etc., based on which language the code belongs to; Code Block Expand/Collapse to display or hide function bodies, classes, and comments during a presentation; Click-Jump to Function and Global Variable Definition so the presenter can click a function name or global variable and jump to its definition; and Canvas Mode so the presenter can use a pen and eraser during a presentation to sketch and make notes on the code snippet being presented. With these features, anyone making a presentation on programming can greatly improve their talk and use these interactive features to review and discuss the code on screen.

Molecule Maker by Team CodeBlue India

Molecule Maker by Team CodeBlue, India

Representing molecules visually is critical for scientific and academic writing. Molecule Maker provides a library of molecule visualizations in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These visualizations are available in both 2D and 3D models and can be extensively customized for the needs of the topic before the final result is embedded as an image. You can display the chemical formula, the molecular weight, and much more. For 3D representations you can rotate and zoom the model to focus on just what you need to get the perfect image. Molecules defined in the standard .xyz filetype (Molecular Storage file format) can be imported and rendered. This app will greatly improve documents and presentations for students and lecturers around the world.

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Team Code Blue

Jehi Jha
Jehi Jha

Neha Valecha
Neha Valecha

Ankur Bhalla

Team iGeek

Jinta Zheng
Jinta Zheng

Yiwei Zhang
Yiwei Zhang

Zhi Tian

Rongjia Liu

About the host

An image of Jeremy Thake, a newly appointed tTechnical pProduct mManager at Microsoft responsible for the Visual Studio Developer story for Office 365 developmentJeremy is a newly appointed technical product manager at Microsoft responsible for the Visual Studio Developer story for Office 365 development. Previously he worked at AvePoint Inc., a large ISV, as the chief architect shipping two apps to the Office Store. He has been heavily involved in the SharePoint community since 2006 and was awarded the SharePoint MVP award four years in a row before retiring the title to move to Microsoft.

You can find Jeremy blogging at and tweeting at @jthake.

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