Get Prototyping

[UPDATE]

This offer ends midnight, Sunday, October 20th, 2013. If you have been stalling, now is the time to get it finished up.

Here’s my current offer for all you devs who are sitting on the fence about creating a Windows Phone app:

I will give you a Nokia Premium Developer Program token ($1500 value) if you email me your working prototype for Windows Phone.

I’ll then help you finish the app by providing guidance, resources or whatever you need to get it ready for the store. You can use any number of resources to build this prototype:

There hasn’t been a better time to get started and become a bona fide Windows Phone developer. When you’re ready, send me an email with the info below and attach the prototype. I’ll reply and bring you on board.

  • Name (first/last)
  • Location (city/state)
  • DevCenter publisher name and GUID (if you have one)
  • Dvlup.com username (if you don’t have one, go to http://Dvlup.com and sign up. its free and take 30 seconds)

Happy coding!

NOTE: This is only available for developers living in the US or Canada. If you don’t live in MA, NH, VT, CT, RI, ME, IL, MI, IN or VA, don’t worry! I will forward your email to your local Ambassador, who will honor the same deal. Now get those fingers whirring away at the keys of wpdev awesomeness 🙂

Updated: If you are located in Europe, go check out Domagoj’s blog post to receive the same offer http://domagoj.eu/european-devs-publish-your-windows-phone-app-for-free/

Update 2: If you live in South Africa, I was able to help get Matt Cavanaugh (Nokia Champion) some tokens to give you this same offer. Go here to see his offer http://blog.roguecode.co.za/publish-your-windows-phone-app-free-and-R15000-worth-of-goodies/

Hackathon Winners

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.

Go here and see the comments on this photo. The comments are from the developers who participated and give you a great insight into the event.

Without further ado, here are the winners.

First Place

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:

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Second Place

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:

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Third Place

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:

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Conclusion

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.

Rewarding Quality

Offer ends Feb 11th, 2013 5:00 PM PST

So you’ve published an app and you’ve worked hard to keep its rating at 4+ stars. You’ve had at least 50 ratings, proving that it’s not a fluke. Now what? Let me bring you into the fold of the elite.

You and your app will get:

  • Windows Phone Store Placement
  • App Highlights Placement (Nokia’s app that is preinstalled on all new Nokia Lumias)
  • NAX Credits for you to advertise your app in other apps

So if you meet the conditions (has minimum 50 ratings, is currently 4 stars or higher, and you’re DVLUP member or eligible to be) send me an email ext-lance.mccarthy@nokia.com

Comatose Cursor

You’re sitting in front of your PC, steaming cup of <insert favorite beverage here> next to you and your fingers are posed over the keyboard ready to strike. Visual Studio is full screen and Expression Blend is waiting to assist in the background, but your cursor is blinking steadily in the same place it was 15 minutes ago. You’re blank, the ideas aren’t flowing, the classes of objects haven’t materialized yet.

Let me help you break out of developer limbo, out from the prison of digital purgatory, by laying out some app ideas for you. Some of these ideas are almost done, with complete source code, and are vying to be published. UPDATE: Music Lab has been taken.

Let’s start with Music Lab, an app that is an awesome companion app for the Windows Phone user to run while they are listening to music. This is an app that was given to me by Travis Lowdermilk, with the hopes of bringing it to market. I was however at the end of a dev cycle and starting a new job that was taking up a lot my time. Other than exploring the code and making some initial changes to get it ready for the world, I never brought it to Marketplace readiness. So here is my offer, the first developer in my region who needs an app idea and is willing to take it to market, I will give you the source code (I already ran this idea by Travis and he is on board, we both want to see it a reality).

If I give you the app, it will then become your torch to bear. It will be your first priority. I don’t want it to fall the wayside like it did for me. Also, I’ll only be giving it to one dev, so I’ll want to make sure you’re making progress. If you can’t devote your time to it, let me give it another dev. If you’re interested, send me an email and I’ll give you the awesomeness that it is.

Now on to the next app idea, NewsBlur for Windows Phone. There is no source code for this app. Rather it is an app in high demand and people are waiting for it. I tried getting started on it but this is another case of, “I just don’t have the time” or “My wife will string me up if I spend all my free time on it”! I have links to the API and have been talking to the creator of NewsBlur. You’ll have direct access to his wisdom and knowledge. This isn’t your ordinary big corporation stonewall, “We don’t like 3rd party app developers funking up our baby”, no help type of project. This app is a “If you build it, they will come”, “Lance, where the hell is my NewsBlur” type of app. I can tell you that if you publish this, you will get immediate traction and free promotion. Email me for more details on how to get started with a NewsBlur app.

Now add the benefits of the two ideas I threw at you, plus the backing of me and Nokia when you publish it (DVLUP rewards and my free phone challenges) You will no longer be looking at a comatose cursor but rather you’ll become a savior of two great apps. Email me at nokia-dev(at)outlook(dot)com and I’ll get you what you need.