It’s a great day for all developers! Yesterday we saw some great devices coming from Nokia, HTC and Samsung! And I know all of you have been waiting for the Windows Phone 8 SDK and the wait is almost over.. soon we’ll have it!
To get a headstart on your app development with Windows Phone 8, you should join as at the WOWZAPP-codenight. We’ll have great trainers for Windows Phone 8 and representatives from the Windows Phone Design team from Redmond. It’s a great chance to learn Windows Phone development from the best and get your application known. As you know AppCampus is also joining us and awarding the best idea with 20 000€
Isn’t the event just about Windows 8?
Nope. The event is called “WOWZAPP: Worldwide hackathon for Windows”, so both Windows 8 and Windows Phone are a part of this. We will have trainers that are experts in both platforms and they will be able to help you create your own app.
I wanted to highlight a few trainers for you, check the full list at http://www.microsoft.com/finland/wowzapp/
CEO of Tuliotus
Project Manager – Student Projects in Nokia Student Innovation Lab
Kimo Boissonnier started to work with mobile games as a student in Nokia in 1998 and has since then actively practiced game design and programming. A real geek with a passion of gadgets, working with embedded systems and most importantly teaching all aspect of game development to the younger generation.
Now on his new quest to release his first commercial title, Haunted: Dungeons of Herwood.
Technical Consultant at Symbio
Karl Ots believes that smart mobile devices and great user experiences will make the world a better place. He applies that passion to his work as a technical consultant on latest Microsoft technologies at Symbio. With over 5 years’ experience on software and mobile industry, Karl is a Microsoft Student Partner Lead, has published several international papers and holds a patent. His Twitter handle is @fincooper. Karl is also a Windows Phone 8 trainer.
Arturo Toledo is an Architect. He runs a boutique design studio attending clients in the United States, Europe and Asia. His work explores the convergence of human arts and science to give shape to an ever evolving design practice. With a particular commitment towards design education, Arturo is permanently engaged with the international design and development communities and often travels the world to exchange ideas about design with other designers and developers. Prior to his current venture, Arturo worked for Microsoft in Redmond for 7 years driving design evangelism.
UX Designer, Windows Phone
Jeremy is a user experience designer on the Windows Phone. Jeremy joined the Windows Phone design studio after recognizing their unique, authentically-digital approach to design and user experience. Before joining Microsoft, he was a graphic designer for the Seattle Art Museum, creating in-gallery graphics, print materials, websites, and mobile apps. Jeremy studied Music and Graphic Design at Brigham Young University, and believes in creating meaningful, delightful experiences – whether it’s a phone, an app, a book, a brand, an exhibit, or music.
So what are you waiting for? Register now at www.microsoft.fi/wowzapp
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!
NOTE: This is for Finnish students only!
It’s a good time to be a student in Finland! Jukka Wallasvaara, the Academic Developer Evangelist of Finland just announced a contest in Windows Phone Aalto Community for the students.
The first person to create 10 Windows Phone Apps that follow the Metro guidelines and use at least one Mango feature will get a free Mango device! That’s awesome!
Once your apps are in the marketplace send Jukka Wallasvaara an email with the names of the apps and the features you used in them.
You can get the tools free from DreamSpark, read more here
Also remember that you can get a device from the “Kooditon Kesä”-contest at Tietokone-fi
Here is the contest from Tietokone in English, still for people in Finland
How to participate:
1. Start Expression Blend, you can download it from App Hub
2. Create a new Windows Phone Application
3. Press F5 to start the application in the emulator
4. Take time how long it took you to get it running in your emulator. Email KooditonKesa@live.com put the title as your time.
5. You start timing when you press “OK” in the “New Project”-dialog
After this you have a new project, press F5 quickly to start the emulator. The timing stops when you see your application in the emulator.
6. We’ll raffle a new Windows Phone 7-phone between the 5 fastest entries. We’ll also request a video of the fastest entry.
The Windows Phone Marketplace didn’t quite meet my expectations at first. I find it a bit hard to use and somehow the whole process was a bit..let’s say challenging. Searching for applications was way too hard, because you can’t filter your search easily and the whole user interface is inconsistent with the system, so you really need to learn how to use it. Of course in my case the biggest problem was that it wasn’t available in Finland. Luckily all of these things will change with the new marketplace!