Since the prizes are really awesome for this event (May 17th), I’m going to start off with them. We will be rewarding the best student, best individual, and best company in each of the categories below:
Top Windows 8.1 app
Trip to the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX.
9 runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes
Top Windows Phone app
$10,000 to build your own “Dev Cave”
9 Runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes
Top Cross Platform app
MakerBot 3D printer
9 Runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes
Breakthrough in App Innovation and Design
MakerBot 3D printer
9 Runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes
But wait, there’s more! I will be giving away these prizes at the end of the day…
Dell Venue Pro 8
Nokia Lumia 1520
Surface Pro and Surface Bluetooth Wedge Mouse (only windows phone entries are eligible)
2 Nokia Lumia “Hero” Devices, winner’s choice of a Lumia 1020, 928, 925 or 920 (only windows phone entries are eligible)
So you are probably now asking yourself, “How do you win these prizes?”, funny that you ask because I was just going to tell you how you can…
Microsoft is holding an awesome world-wide Hackathon-style event titled //publish/. The main purpose of the event is for you to publish your app to the Windows Phone or Windows Store. The app can be:
An app that you start working on now
An old app that you haven’t been able to finish
Some thing you build from scratch at the event
At the event – If you attend in person on May 17th and submit your app to DevCenter by 7 PM, you will be able to demo it to the audience. The winners of the local prizes (second group) will be randomly chosen from those who successfully submitted (you will need to show me that the app is in submission or has been published to qualify).
After the event – The grand prizes (first group) will be awarded after the apps are published in the store. The winners will be chosen from three groups; student, indie and small business. For more details about the grand prize contest, go here.
How do you sign up?
Go here to registerfor //publish/ Boston( tweet ‘@lancewmccarthy I just registered for #pubWin Boston! #wpdev’ for a RT )
If you are not close to Boston and want to see if there is a //Publish/ event near you, go here and filter the list from the drop down. Note that the local event’s prizes will be different, but the grand prizes are the same.
I hope to see you all there, this is going to be tons of fun. I will come back here and update this post with a final agenda and more details when they become available.
Legal Stuff: As with all my giveaways and contests, by participating and receiving a prize, you agree to this disclaimer.
UPDATE Registration is closed, the hard deadline for stragglers was 12:00 PM 11-16-2013. Thank you for making this one of the highest registered events I’ve ever held at 90% of max building capacity!
IMPORTANT: Make sure you are present at the welcome presentation at 10 AM on the 4th floor. You will learn the answer to a secret question that proves you attended.
Learn to make amazing Windows Phone apps at Boston Nokia DVLUP Day and win big prizes just for participating. Nokia Ambassadors, Lance McCarthy and Nick Landry, will provide hands-on Windows Phone development training. Whether you’re a seasoned dev or don’t know a line of code, you will walk away with the ability to write an app.
With full example source code and step by step instructions, you will learn how to make an app from scratch. There are three individual tracks for you depending on what you want to build and your programming skill level, there is something for everyone; games or apps.
As an attendee you get the following:
A Windows Phone 8. Every attendee who updates or publishes an app within 2 weeks of the event will get a new Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 device
A heavy-duty swag backpack. The swag bag is chock full of goodies, even the backpack itself is worth $89 (it’s a Wenger, Swiss Gear TSA friendly laptop bag).
A Nokia Developer Offers token. This contains the following:
Microsoft Windows Phone DevCenter account (this is your portal to publish apps to the Windows Phone Store and also unlocks physical devices for building apps)
BugSense Performance Monitoring solution for Windows Phone (3 months)
$50 AdDuplex credit (approx. 20k ad impressions). When your app is live, you’ll be entered to win:
1st place- 1,000,000 ad impressions
2nd place- 500,000 ad impressions
3rd place- 250,000 ad impressions
PreApps.com app placement credit. PreApps.com is giving every attendee credit towards app placement on the PreApps website!
Mac Clinic-If you are a developer who uses a mac and doesn’t have access to a Windows 8 machine, be sure to read the end of this post. you’ll need to reach out to me to reserve a mac dev kit.
There will be 2 random drawings for all attendees to win a Nokia Lumia “Hero” device of their choice (Lumia 1020, 928, 925, 920). The first drawing will be held at 5 PM after the day of training for all attendees. The second drawing will be held at the end of the mini-hackathon for the attendees who stayed to code and get hands-on help.
There will also be random giveaways throughout the day for swag, Telerik licenses, gadgets and more.
Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner will be provided.
8 AM MacBook clinic
9 AM Registration, breakfast and networking
10 AM Introductions then sessions start (tracks 1, 2 and 3)
12 PM Lunch
12:30 Sessions resume
2:00 PM Track 1, 2 and 3 end
2:15 Combined track begins
4:30 Combined track ends, giveaways
5:00 PM Sessions end, dinner is served, mini-hackathon begins
8:30 PM Mini-Hackathon ends, final prizes awarded
9:00 PM End of event, 2 week hackathon begins!
Track One: Native development (10AM – 2PM): Learn how to write Windows Phone apps with XAML/C# and explore the amazing APIs available to you. From the built-in task classes to advanced Bluetooth/NFC/Camera approaches, Lance McCarthy, Nokia Ambassador for the Northeast US, will show you how easy it is to write great apps with ease. This track comes with full source code and slides.
Track Two: App Studio development (10AM-2PM): Learn how to generate a store-ready Windows Phone app in under an hour using Microsoft’s App Studio. Nick Landry, Nokia Ambassador for the Mid-Atlantic US, will show you how to get started with App Studio and also take you through how to download the source code for the finished app to customize it even further.
Track Three: Game Development (10 AM-2PM): Learn how to make fun games for Windows Phone and Windows 8 using Unity3D and Construct2. Michael Cummings, Microsoft DPE, will show you how to code casual 2D games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone using a variety of technologies such as Unity, GameMaker, Construct 2, HTML5 and/or MonoGame. (If you had originally signed up on Microsoft’s event page, that event listing has been cancelled. Simply go to the Eventbrite link at the top of this page and register there instead)
Combined track(2:15-5PM): A combination of app demos from the event hosts that highlight their favorite approaches to Windows Phone development (for example, Lance will demonstrate some Windows Phone Bluetooth and Netduino fun). Each presenter will spend 30 minutes to show you the app and dissect it for you to see how to do it yourself. This session is to spark your imagination.
Developer Environment (MacBook WPDev Kit)
To write native Windows Phone 8 apps, you will need to be using Windows 8 Pro. If you do not have windows 8 Pro, you can do track 2 and make a Windows Phone App Studio app.
Developers with a Macbook: If you are a developer with a MAC, you can show up early (8:00 AM) for the MAC Clinic and you’ll be provided with a MAC DEV KIT. This contains a copy of Parallels and a copy of Windows 8 Pro. They will help you setup your mac so that you can develop Windows Phone apps. Email Lance McCarthy as soon as possible to set up your MAC DEV KIT, otherwise it will be first-come, first serve (email: BostonDvlupDay@outlook.com ).
3. The Windows Phone SDK is available here, I will also have it available on a USB drive that you can install there.
This is going to be an awesome day, I look forward to seeing you all there. Just for showing up and learning, you get hooked up. Just for updating or publishing an app, you get hooked up. Mark off that Saturday and come join us.
Cambridge Center is accessible via the MBTA Red Line at the Kendall Square/MIT stop (between the Charles Street and Central Square stops). The Red Line links up with other lines providing access to virtually the entire Greater Boston region, including Logan Airport. Please follow the Microsoft signs to our main entrance in the front of our building.
I will be writing a more in-depth blog post (with videos and event pictures) on the Telerik website when all the media is done being edited. For now, I wanted to quickly get a post up to show the winners of The Boston Hackathon. There were over 40 apps created, submitted and presented! Every developer who went through my grueling training schedule on day one, built their app, got it in by 3:30PM on day two and had the courage to present to the audience, earned a Nokia Premium Developer Program token ($1,500 value)! They will all be able to publish their apps to the Windows Phone Store.
First place went to VTX (Voice Assisted Training & Exercise by Maneesh Moota and Roman Jaquez). It was a spectacular application that leveraged the power of the Telerik Design Templates and RadControls for Windows Phone. It also integrated speech, maps, accelerometer data, backend for user profiles, RadQrCode to share workout routines and much more. Here are some screenshots:
Second place went to LockMapper, by Jeffrey Harmon (developer of the successful app, Memorylage). This app updates your lock screen with your current location on a map, and also the live tile, with your current location and the route to your destination plotted! Jeff demonstrates his out-of-the-box thinking with this unique featuring of WP8 APIs and Telerik controls and nailed another home run.. Here are some screenshots:
Third place was RadLibs, by Team Hyland (Jeremiah Bryant, Anthony Russell, Kevin DiTraglia and Bryan Stump) who drove all the way from Cleveland, Ohio to participate! The app is a digital MadLib, that spits out some really funny stories from the user’s pre-chosen, random words. They used the Telerik controls throughout the app and even used the speech APIs which made the app even funnier.
UPDATE: Now available in the Windows Phone Store, get it here.
Here are some screenshots:
Every single developer that participated poured their heart and soul into this. I didn’t have a chance to even take a break longer than 5 minutes, that’s how engaging these developers were. They were all full of questions. Look out world, we have a new crop of relentlessly dedicated Windows Phone developers coming your way! I couldn’t be more proud of what was accomplished this weekend, kudos to everyone involved. Note: These are screenshots of the app as it was presented to the judges. There will most likely be improvements/changes made before being available in the Windows Phone Store.
I am throwing a huge bash of a hackathon during the weekend of the marathon (april 13th – 14th). Awesome prizes awarded for your guts, and recognition for your glory. Just showing up proves your level of awesomeness, so you’ll get $1,500 worth of goodies just for building an app
Here’s a snapshot of the prizes:
1st Place: Surface RT and a Nokia Lumia 920
2nd Place: $250 cash and a Nokia Lumia 822
3rd Place: $100 cash and a Nokia Lumia 620
Everyone who publishes an app to the store will get:
$100 per app (up to $2000)
A Nokia Lumia 800
Everyone who submits an app for the hackathon will get:
Nokia Premium Developer Token ($1,500.00 value)
What is a Nokia Premium Developer Token? The token pays for your
Windows Phone DevCenter account ($99.00 Lets you publish apps to the Store and unlock phones)
Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone license ($99.00)
1 Million Buddy API calls a month for 12 months ($1,200.00)
Two Nokia support tickets ($198.00)
So go grab your seat before they’re all gone. I look forward to seeing you all there!
UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations Imran Shaquif, of Dangling Neuron, who has won the March Lumia 620 giveaway.
March Lumia 620 Giveaway
I am giving away a Lumia 620 to a lucky WPDev.
The rules are simple:
You have published a new Windows Phone app (starting Feb 1st 2013)
You live in the US and are not in California, Texas or New York
You’re a member of Nokia’s http://Dvlup.com (Go to Dvlup.com and register, you don’t need a code anymore)
If you meet these conditions, send the following information to ext-lance.mccarthy (at) Nokia.com:
The URL to your app and the date it was published
Your Windows Phone publisher name
Your Dvlup username
Your location (City, State)
Once I verify your info, I will add you to the list and randomly draw a winner on Sunday, March 31st. If you do not win here, then don’t worry, I have a whole bunch of tricks up my sleeve for the next couple months. Get your app in the store and get the url to me!
If you do not have a DevCenter account, send me the finished app and I will give you a DevCenter account.
Ready, Set, CODE!
Fine Print: This contest is held by me and I reserve the right to change the rules if it is found to be unfair. You are not eligible if you are represented by another Nokia Developer Ambassador, this is because they each have the same resources as me and I will be cross-referencing with them to make sure you are not “double-dipping”. This device is not available for retail sale in the US and is not covered by US warranty.
I just returned from the 2013 AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, and boy can I say it was a good one! Approximately 50% of mobile apps submitted to the hackathon were Windows Phone apps and the #1 winner of it all was a… you guessed it, a Windows Phone app! The winner, Ruggero Scorcioni, took home a $30,000 prize for creating an app that uses brainwave readings to determine whether or not it is a good time to make or accept a phone call. We also had other winners who created awesome Windows Phone apps. I’ll write a future post on a list of the winners, for now, lets see some pictures.
Welcome to Vegas developers!
Here I (in the blue Nokia shirt) explain how to better implement Telerik’s RadChart in Partha Choudbury’s app (he went on to win a Microsoft Surface, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Premium Developer Program token and more!). Also in the picture, Paras Wadehra (Ambassador- Silicon Valley) and Randy Arnold (Ambassador Northern Texas).
Here, Chevon Christie (Nokia Ambassador – New York), lends a hand to a Windows Phone dev attendee
Chevon and George Salcedo (Nokia Ambassador – SanDiego) discuss important stuff 🙂
From left to right Greg Stoll (Ambassador – Southern Texas), Randy Arnold and Jan (pronounced ‘Yahn’) Hannemann (Ambassador – Vancouver) banging away at our Nokia Developer table.
I have another giveaway and challenge for my developers today. In addition to being a Nokia Developer Ambassador, I work full time as a XAML Support Specialist at Telerik, yep the awesome RadControls people. So, I’d like to ask you, “How Rad is your app?”
I don’t want this post to sound like an ad, but rather a testimonial. That’s why I make it a point to say that I used the RadControls long before I became an employee, their components are a powerful, indispensable part of my development toolbox. The RadControls make your app look like you had a whole team of designers. I just released an app powered by the RadControls, “Conferenced In”. Get it here so you can follow along with this post as I make a simple comparison.
In the app I use the DataBoundListBox instead of the default listbox, this easy change dramatically increased the polish and functionality of my app. With features like “PullToRefresh” and built-in animations, I got a great UX with minimal effort. Another great feature of the DataBoundListBox is the “OnDemand” feature. You have the ability to fetch new list items when the user gets to the bottom of the contents via an Automatic or Manual OnDemand method built into the control. To see this in action:
Open Conferenced In and sign in to Twitter (if you don’t have a Twitter account, the app has a guest mode)
Choose an upcoming conference (this combo box and popup display is the RadListPicker)
Select “Load Speakers”. Notice how the speakers fill the viewport? Awesome sauce, right! That’s the RadDataBoundListBox built-in animation with a little customization.
If you signed into twitter, slide over to your timeline or mentions and scroll all the way to the bottom. You’ll see a button to load older tweets, that is the OnDemandManual mode.
Now go back to the speakers list and select a speaker, this will bring you to their profile page.
With the speaker’s tweets in front of you, pull the tweets down. You’ll see the PullToRefresh icon and animation do it’s magic. This is a built-in property that you only need to toggle and populate the event handler. Easy button.
Now scroll to the bottom of the speaker’s tweets as fast as possible, when you reach the end of the list notice the “loading” busy indicator. This is the control in OnDemandAutomatic mode! You will see the older tweets animate in from the right.
Now imagine if I used a default listbox? How much coolness would I lose? Exactly…
So, I’ve added a new feature to this blog. If you look over to the right sidebar, you’ll now see a new widget titled, “Examples”. This is a live Box.net widget where I have placed example applications that you can download right now. Go ahead and get the Telerik Examples compressed folder from the widget. Inside there you will find the source code of several applications (in parenthesis is the link to the example if it is the Marketplace):
Telerik Examples (live link only: You get this as part of your trial download. Find it at C:Program Files (x86)TelerikRadControls for Windows Phone 7 Q3 2012Demos)
The next step is go get yourself a trial of the RadControls for Windows Phone, go to this link and click the “Download Trial” button. Install the RadControls and then go explore the source code of the example apps. Take a look at how flexible and powerful they really are. I only gave you one small case, imagine what this can do for your apps! See how the Telerik Windows team leverages the different features in these examples. You can fully develop your app and also get unlimited support ticket during your trial!
Get free license to the RadControls for Windows Phone I will award one license to the first developer who sends me their app that uses at least 3 RadControls in their app and tells me how the RadControls made their app better. Apps published before Nov 7th are not eligible for this challenge, but if you are updating an existing app with the RadControls that was first published after Nov 7th, it is eligible. Contact me at Nokia-Dev(at)outlook(dot)com for more rules and details.
We’re back at the original question, “How Rad is your app?”
Huh? Unless you were one of the developers I just gave codes to join the new Nokia program DVLUP, the title of this post makes no sense. So, what am I talking about?
If you build and publish 3 Windows Phone apps for me, I will give you a Nokia Lumia 800.
If you build and publish 5 windows Phone apps for me, I will give you a Nokia Lumia 900.
There is your dilemma, “To 3 or not to 3”. So get coding and help me to help you. If you are a developer in the US or Canada, I will provide you with an invitation code for DVLUP. You will find app ideas from the challenges (why not fulfill two challenge requirements in the same app!).
There are some conditions, as this list explains:
“While Supplies Last & First Come First Serve” – There are 5 Lumia 800’s and 3 Lumia 900’s available for this challenge. The devs who fulfill the challenge first get the devices first.
I am making this challenge available internationally with two conditions. The app needs to be published to and be available in the U.S. Windows Phone Store. If you fulfill the requirements and want the phone(s), you are responsible for the international shipping/import duties. If you’re in the US, I will ship it to you free.
This challenge is being solely run by me. You agree that by submitting your app to me for consideration in the challenge you agree not to hold me or Nokia liable for any damages your app may cause in the future. I am helping developers get published, not trying to be involved in litigation. These conditions are also separable if one rule is found to be invalid.
Apps published before November 7. 2012 are not eligible for this challenge.
If you choose to redeem 3 apps for the Lumia 800, your “App Counter” is reset (you can’t get a Lumia 800 for three then publish 2 more for the Lumia 900). You will need to publish 5 more to get the Lumia 900.
Only one of each prize is awarded to a single developer. You can get a Lumia 800 and a Lumia 900, but not two 800’s or two 900’s.
All judging decisions are final in regards to this competition.
The apps will be assessed by me for quality. What does quality mean?
Must be published (it passed certification)
No “Hello World” or simple Flashlight/Fart apps (Flashlight 7 is an example of a feature rich flashlight app)
No more than one can be an RSS reader/Aggregator
No duplicate apps (a localized app for each country counts as one, and a separate real estate app for every city counts as one)
The app needs to be useful for something (e.g. an entertainment app makes you laugh. Even though it doesn’t do you banking it is still useful)
If you still have questions or are an Android/iOS developer who wants to participate, send me an email.To submit your app to me send an email to Nokia-Dev@outlook.com, be sure to include the app’s url (or XAP if you are just introducing it to me) and a description. Good luck and happy coding!
Yep, you heard right. I really, really want to give away two Nokia Lumias (First place get a 900 and second place gets an 800). I need you to do something for me in return, build a winning app! So how do you win? There are two ways, one device for each of the following categories:
Create an awesome app for Windows Phone from scratch
Port your existing Android/iOS app to Windows Phone
Even if you don’t win a top prize this contest, you will be ready for my next giveaway. Bring the apps and I’ll bring the swag!
Let me provide a little guidance on the categories:
#1 Windows Phone app from scratch
Your app should take advantage of the great APIs Windows Phone exposes. I will provide you with the tools and resources to get the job done. See further down where I explain a bit deeper about what the app should provide.
#2 Porting your app from another OS
It doesn’t matter how you get the app to Windows Phone as long as you publish it. You can use a third party system like PhoneGap or build it from the ground up. This all depends on how you built the original app. I have spoken to countless developers who have ported their apps to and they all say the same thing, it took at least 20% less time to build their app for Windows Phone.
Okay, so what should your app do? The best and award winning apps take advantage of sensors and data.
Camera (image manipulation, video recording, etc)
Sensors (accelerometer, location, etc)
Fun and unique data manipulation (from sources like twitter, rss/atom feeds, etc)
Bluetooth data tranfser
Social Networking integration (give your users something to shout about)
Those are just some sample ideas, there is much to leverage with Windows Phone. I could sit here all day and tell you how great it is, but showing you is better. Get your hands dirty with the sample applications from the Windows Phone team.
Download the samples that interest you the most or will show you how to implement your idea. For example, if you have an idea for a camera app, be sure to see how its done in the example first.
To submit your application for consideration for judging, you must email me a description of what the app does, who it is intended for and the XAP file for me to run/test it. If I find that it works as expected and meets quality standards (“Hello World” apps need not apply), you can move on to the publishing phase.
This is the time for you to publish the app to the Windows Phone Store, it has to be published by Dec 14th to be eligible for this run of the contest. If you do not yet have a developer account, I will be able to provide you with a token for a year of membership for free. Once again, quality standards apply, but most likely the app would not have made it this far anyways. We will be looking for form and function. Does it feel like a Windows Phone app (some exceptions, like games)? Does it cleverly leverage sensor data?
I will pick two top apps from each category. The four finalists will then go into a public poll for the public to weigh-in their vote (American Idol Style)! The winner of the public poll for each category will get a Nokia Lumia! Of the two winners, the one with the most votes will get a Lumia 900. Second place will get a Lumia 800. To top it off, the winners will also get a license for Telerik’s RadControls for Windows Phone!
Good luck! Contact me if have any questions.
Email: Nokia-Dev (at) outlook (dot) com
More contest details: This is a contest I am running personally as a Developer Ambassador, if you choose to participate you are agreeing that I or Nokia has the right to promote your app as the winner. You also agree not to hold Nokia or I liable for any costs you may incur while developing your app. We provide you with free tools and resources and anything additional you choose to add is your responsibility. If you are not located in the US, you are responsible for taxes/duties and international shipping costs for the device. If you are in the US, I will ship you the device free of charge. The source code you write and show me is kept completely confidential and will not be shared. If you win in this event you can participate in future event but not with the same app. Even if you don’t win one of the two phones here, you will have plenty of opportunities for success in other events. Participating here does not disqualify you in other events I hold, in fact it will give you a head start… so do not give up! I reserve the right to change contest rules if a rule is found to be unfair or needs tweaking to make sure everyone has a fair chance to win.