Sun Campus Ambassadors and GEC's University Day

Sun's Campus Ambassador program provides sponsorship for students during their studies, in exchange students get to learn about Sun's open-source technologies and product lines, and organize tech-talks on their campuses.

I'm a great fan of student sponsorship programs like this. Many years ago I was sponsored through university myself, by Inmos, who made what was then the radically new massively parallel 32-bit Transputer microprocessor.  It's a great way of learning about the industry and getting industrial experience during your studies, not to mentioning helping to pay your way through your studies!

Sun's Campus Ambassador program includes 500+ students on campuses across 30 countries. Each ambassador has a mentor, and many of the mentors for the French ambassadors are based here in our Grenoble Engineering Center.

Last week, we had a University Day at GEC, inviting Sun's campus ambassadors from across France, their professors, and their university system admins along to learn about Sun products and technologies.

university day

The day was set up rather like a mini conference, with presentation sessions in the morning, and in the afternoon the auditorium gave way to the demo floor, where there were 8 booths show-casing different Sun technologies and products, each booth being staffed by Sun engineers who were there to present the technology, provide demos and answer visitor's questions.

The various stands covered:

  • Identity Manager, Directory Server and OpenDS
  • GlassFish and NetBeans
  • OpenSolaris and Open Hight Availability Cluster
  • xVM Products - xVM Virtual Box, xVM Server and xVM Ops Center
  • JavaFX, Java VisualVM and Java Real-Time
  • MySQL
  • Sun Global Desktop and SunRays
  • Sun Academic Initiative

The xVM product line stand was of course represented by our development team, who did a fantastic job, and were able to demo not just xVM Virtual Box but also xVM Ops Center controlling a couple of xVM Servers with guest OSs that were able to live migrate from one server to the other.

The university day had great feedback, and was apparently so successful that our Paris office would like to hold a follow-up event with invitations going out to more universities around Paris...

Great job everyone concerned!




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