Yesterday AppCampus announced that they would award the best app idea at WOWZAPP with a 20 000€ grant, for the idea to be taken to the Windows Phone platform. So in addition to all the expert developer support, designer support, great fun and a ton of sleepdeprived geeks, you may be able to boost your idea with 20 000€!
It’s time to register for the greatest hackathon ever! WOWZAPP will be a chance for you to meet a bunch of fellow developers from around the world, experience the newest devices and amaze the world with your crazy app development skills!
The event is free of charge, we’ll provide you with the training, mentors, food & beverages and a lot of fun activity through the code-night! You don’t need any previous experience with Windows 8 app development, we’ll teach you! All you need is your amazing self and your laptop with Windows 8!
Check it out now at www.microsoft.fi/wowzapp
The Imagine Cup Grants program supports a number of winning teams solutions to go to market and realize their potential to solve a critical global problem. I just sat through a Imagine Cup Grants session during our learning session at the worldwide finals in Sydney. The session was really interesting and I thought I’d share my notes.
It’s summer time, baby! It marks the beginning of chillaxing at the beach, sunburns and colorful drinks with umbrellas! It also marked the release of Windows 8 Release Preview, this means that we’re pretty close to the final version.. it’s time to get ready – and have I got a treat for you!
It’s been really great to see so many students get excited about Imagine Cup this year! Especially the Windows Phone Challenge has been intersting for interesting for many students around Finland. We’ve had tons of seminars, hackathons, codecamps and courses around the subject during the last couple of months. I want to thank all the MSPs, faculty members and partners who have been involved in providing our students with the best possible training. Who knew 24H events would be so much fun
But now.. something that everyone has been waiting for, the top 3 teams for Software Design who will proceed to the second round and attend the Finnish finals in Taitaja 2012. From there one team will be chosen to represent Finland in the Imagine Cup worldwide finals in Sydney, Australia!
It’s time to start polishing your SketchFlow-prototypes and writing up that “Imma change the world“-document! Yes, you guessed it.. It’s time for Imagine Cup! Actually Round 1 ends in just a few days and I wanted to give you some tips and tricks, before the D-Day!
So you got your team, you got your idea and are ready to take over the world? To participate in Imagine Cup you’ll need to register to www.imaginecup.com and submit your files by the 13th of March.
You’ll need to rock the judges socks with…
This is extremely important! Please keep in mind that SketchFlow is the actual tool that you’ll need to use to mockup your application. As a student you can get SketchFlow for free through www.dreamspark.com And drop me an email if you have difficulties with DreamSpark veritification (for example, your school is not listed).
If you are completely new to SketchFlow then I’d suggest checking out this 90-second video from Channel 9
You can find more great resources for SketchFlow from:
and of course the always popular MSDN Library http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee341458(v=Expression.40).aspx
Well, not much to say about this…fill out the document and you’re ready to go! Make sure you read the rules carefully and keep in mind the judging criteria, when writing filling up your document.
You should also listen through the call with Jukka Wallasvaara, the Imagine Cup Windows Phone Challenge-captain! Listen to it here. In that call you’ll get some insight on how the competition will proceed and especially how Round 1 works
Q: I already have a Windows Phone application ready, do I need to create a SketchFlow-prototype?
A: Yes, for the first round you’ll need to submit a SketchFlow-prototype and the document describing your idea.
Q: Can I just sketch my application on paper?
A: Nope, you’ll need to create a SketchFlow-prototype
Q: Can I convert my Windows Phone application to a SketchFlow-prototype?
A: No. You can convert your SketchFlow-prototype to a Windows Phone application, but not the other way around. You can apply the “sketchy-styles” to your controls, but won’t make it a SketchFlow-application.
Q: SketchFlow is not a part of Windows Phone tools, do I have to pay for it?!
A: No. SketchFlow is included in Expression Studio Ultimate that you can get for free as a student. You can download it from www.dreamspark.com
Now go, run, get ready to see some amazing koalas and kangaroos!
The plan is to take the whole country by storm and show you what makes Windows Phone the amazing platform that it is. We’ll be going through 12 different universities across Finland and help local students, faculty members and companies with their Windows Phone-journey. The whole trip will be done in a pimped out RV, this is a must see!
We all share one same dirty little secret, we want to be superheroes. We want to save the world, cruise around in a batmobile and feel like we’re making the world a better place.
What does it take to be a superhero? It takes determination, passion, talent and courage. Of course having a kickass persona and a cool costume doesn’t hurt your case either. Imagine Cup is a student technology competition that aims to help students chase their dreams and change the world. Read the rest of this entry »
You and me both know that you’re filled with innovation and awesome ideas. Why not share your idea, get some street-cred and possibly win some cash along the way? It’s time to take out SketchFlow and spread the joy!