Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category


TeamT4 in Critic

10 July, 2007

Critic is the Otago University Students Magazine and in the current edition, TeamT4 had its presence in the News ūüôā


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We had been interviewed by Channel9 too and you can watch/download it here


T4 introduces its coffee boy…

29 May, 2007

He he. Today we fool around with T4 whipping boy & Microsoft Student Partner Hamish Hill.


Blog: Hi Hamish. So tell us about yourself.

Hamish: I’m a 5th generation Queenstown born southland boy.¬†I have just completed my BSc in Information Science and Software Engineering. I have a wide range of experience¬† — not just in the IT industry.

Blog: Facinating. Any hobbies?

Hamish: SLEEP…. I hit the gym most days or go for a surf. In the winter¬†I live for the snow so¬†I head¬†up to the hills as often as¬†I can. In the weekends I’m quite partial to partying with my mates.

Blog: Sounds like fun. In your own words what does your project do?

Hamish: HAHAHA….NO. That is Top Secret information,¬†I mean¬†I could tell you but then¬†I would have to kill you.

Blog: Ha, oh yes very funny. Well tell us please what have you enjoyed most about the competition?

Hamish: Learning about WPF, .Net 3.0, and the Expression toolkit.

Blog: If you could start over would you do anything different?

Hamish:¬†I’d definitely start earlier.¬†My advice to anyone thinking of entering in 2008:¬†try and form a team¬†as soon as the theme is announced (should be¬†August 2007)¬†and start working on it ASAP.

Blog: Thank you for your time Hamish & for the excellent coffee.


T4 introduces its lead developer…

28 May, 2007

Today we are getting to know the teams’ most experienced .NET programmer¬† – Chakkaradeep!


Blog: Here we are finally, Hi Chakkaradeep and thanks for putting down your keyboard long enough to answer our burning questions! So, tell us about yourself.

Chakkaradeep: I am Chakkaradeep from India. My friends call me Chaks which they find easier than spelling my full name :). I am currently doing my Masters in Computer Science at University Of Otago. I already hold a Masters in Software Engineering (which was done in India) and work experience of 2 years in the Software Industry.

My previous jobs dealt with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and their Server Products like Microsoft SMS, Microsoft MOM Server. I lead the Windows Server Team back in my previous job. Yes, there were C# coding too in certain projects.

I love Windows Programming. I program in C#.NET and WPF. I can rate myself to 6 out of 10 in Windows Programming. I also program in Linux and the languages I know so far are Python, Qt, PyQt, PyGTK and tools like Glade to build Interfaces in Linux. My current Masters project deals with Linux Server Management. You can find more info here

Blog: Wow, you’ve been busy. So what do you like to do in your spare time? *says blog sarcastically*

Chaks: In my spare time, I like to do what I want :D. Sometimes I go online, read some tutorials/samples/examples in Programming and try them. I watch movies a lot and my latest addition to the movies is Pirates of Carribean – At the World’s End. I love to be with my friends. I chat with them a lot online. I read the latest technology news and always keep an eye with the latest Microsoft and Linux news.

I also work with Yoper Linux and Klikit Linux as a freelancer. I love to develop/maintain/try Linux Distributions. I love Ubuntu for its ease of use . Its the best alternative to Microsoft Windows that you can suggest to your friend. Klikit Linux main aim is to build a Fun, Community based distribution. Yoper is totally from Scratch and lot of development works are going on and the best part is, Yoper is a New Zealand based distribution. I also love Microsoft Windows Operating Systems especially Windows XP Professional. Though Vista fails to be a good User Experience for a naive user, its good if you what is what in Computers and the you would love Vista too like XP.

And yes, I do Blog ūüėÄ

Blog: In your own words what is the team working on?

Chaks: Everything ! (My Team Leader would sack me if I tell what we are working on , lol, :D)¬† (no she wouldn’t – only if you made some profit from selling the info & didn’t share — Jen)

Blog: What problems have you encountered in your role within the team?

Chaks: There are nothing like Problems. Everybody are doing their job and that’s good. As others are having their exams nearing, I pity them that they have to lot of work to get themselves ready for the exams, and thus I took up the coding part in the project. Jen helps me though in Interface Designing and giving some ideas.¬†

Blog: What are you doing in the photo?

Chaks: Of course, laughing ūüôā

Blog: Have you enjoyed Imagine Cup? What would you do different next time?

Yes, it’s Challenging and I wouldn’t think I would be doing next time as its only for Students ūüôā

Chaks designing stuff on Whiteboard


T4 introduces its chief software architect…

25 May, 2007

Today we are speaking with T4’s ideas man David Xie (pictured below with Mum & Dad).

Blog: Hi David, tell us about yourself.

David: Hi, my name is David and I am from China.¬† Currently I am doing third year computer science papers.¬† I haven’t got any previous experience with .NET stuff coz comp sci doesn’t have any course related to Microsoft, but I do spend some of my time on C# when I am free of assignments.

Blog: Great David, what else do you like to do in your spare time?

David: Fix other people’s computers!

Blog: In your own words what is the team working on?

David: A collaboration tool for students and teachers.

Blog: I see your as tight-lipped as your team leader. So how’s it going? Any problems?

David: Yes we have had some problems with not knowing enough .NET stuff and finding time to work on the project.

Blog: What skills do you think you need to succeed in Imagine Cup?

David: I think passion and the willingness to learn is the most important thing.

Blog: Are you enjoying the competition?

David: Yeah, Imagine Cup has been a great experience for me.  It would be great if I can spend more time on the .NET stuff instead of the assignments that I have.

Blog: Best of luck David, thanks for joining us today.

David & Family


T4 introduces its team leader…

24 May, 2007

Jen3D.jpgToday we meet T4’s crazy team leader: Jennifer Conder.

Blog: Hi Jennifer, tell us about yourself. 

Jennifer: Hi everyone. Please just call me Jen. I’m a 4th year Information Science student at Otago University studying Software Engineering and Computer Security. I’m also really excited to be the leader for our Imagine Cup team T4.

Blog: Great. So what do you do when you’re not at uni?

Jen: In my spare time I like to work on .NET projects, listen to music, watch movies & sometimes get some sleep!

Blog: The theme this year is education. So what is you team working on?

Jen: I can’t tell you too much. But I can say we did a lot of research into different problems in various areas of education and have decided to solve a problem that is encountered regularly by students: group collaboration. Obviously there are many existing products that already address this¬†issue from different perspectives but we couldn’t find any that solve our specific use cases very well.

Blog: Ok. So how’s it going? Close to finishing?

Jen: We’ve had a few problems. Technical and team issues. We took a long time to find a good project and then had to assess whether the designs we had in mind were technically feasible in the time we have to compete. Also team wise it’s been difficult to arrange meeting times around already busy schedules. I have to be mindful that our studies are our main priority ahead of any extra curricular activities such as Imagine Cup. So the management has had to be very “agile”. IMHO we are no where near finished but once the key features are up and running it will be just a matter of polishing them and documenting the rest of our intended functionality just as Microsoft has suggested.

Blog: We have a photo of you here. What are you doing?

Jen: If I remember correctly I think I was placing some “buttons” on one of our paper prototypes.

Blog: Paper?

Jen: Yes paper first. While a tool like Expression Blend is fantastic for creating interfaces the program is so big a lot of time can be wasted playing around with layouts, gradients and making pretty buttons. I like to use it with a design already worked out and planned. Design decisions will change of course but the paper prototype saves us time and gives us something to go back to if we disagree.

Blog: Great Jen. Look forward to seeing the finished product, thanks for your time.