DVLUPday NYC Highlights

12 hours, 250 developers, 150 feet of Subway, 68 pizzas… one awesome day, priceless.

At the beginning of the day, I performed the developer equivalent of crowd surfing… the Vine surf

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Photos

There lots of pictures taken and shared, you can see all of them here at #DVLUPday photos

Here are some of my favorites:

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Until next time, Happy Coding!

Lance

Photo Credits:

@NaveenPrasath
@windowstherapy
@robwirving
@merlin3212
@TonyThorton_
@shahedC
@LenChaney
@b_annis
@_christopher_g

(if you see a photo of yours and your name is not mentioned, let me know)

Get It In The Store

UPDATE:
This event is sold-out! If you were not able to register in time and need help getting your app published, send me an email and I’ll help you directly.

WPDev Day

Me and several other experts will be spending 6 hours with you on Saturday February 1st, 2014 to help you over come any obstacles that is preventing you from publishing an app. If you do not have any apps in the works, then come and build an App Studio app with our help. Click the Eventbrite button above to get your ticket.

Important: This is a very limited seating event and is intended for the Northeast United States, please do not register if you are 6000 miles away or do not intend on showing up, you’ll only be taking a seat away from another dev who needs it.

Here is the preliminary schedule (subject to tweaking):

  • 12 PM DevCenter Submission Walkthrough (30 minutes): See just how easy it is to submit and publish an app worldwide
  • 12:30 PM Build an app in 30 minutes with App Studio (30 minutes): See how to build an app from an idea to publishable in 30 minutes, literally.
  • 1 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch: I’ll be providing food and snacks. This is when you think about what you need help with or when you should think of your app idea for App Studio.
  • 1:30-6 PM Hands-on time: The experts will be available to help during this time. They will be walking around helping and/or attending to requests for help.

By the end of the day I fully expect everyone’s apps will be ready and submitted to DevCenter and on it’s way to the global app marketplace.

What will you need to bring?

  • If you need help on an existing app, bring your laptop dev environment with your app on it.
  • If you want to build an app without any code, bring a laptop that has a modern browser (IE10-11, Chrome). You’ll only need your browser to build and submit the app to the store. If you do not have a Windows Phone, the experts will be able to help you test the app on their phone

Giveaways

Everyone who attends and publishes their app will be entered to win a “hero” Nokia Lumia (1020, 928, 925, 920, etc) of their choice. I’ll be saving some swag/prize surprises for the day of the event. Also, Microsoft will be bringing some prizes of their own! I will update this post with more details as we get closer to Feb 1st.

Note: If you accept a prize from me, you agree to these terms.

Everything Must Go!

UPDATE

The winners have been picked, congratulations to all (I emailed you directly if you were a winner)! If you did not win, keep your app up to date (update at least once every 60 days) and you’ll always be eligible for my giveaways.

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I’m raffling off all my remaining gadgets and swag in two weeks (deadline is Dec 31st)! The only 2 conditions to enter are that you are in my region (see below) and that you published or updated an app in the last 6 months (since June 31st).

If you need to update or publish an app, you have just enough time to get it in. If you don’t have an app yet, I recommend going to Microsoft’s App Studio and building one… you can build a store-ready app in an hour. If you don’t have a Windows Phone DevCenter account I will get you one, this will also give you a Windows 8 developer account.

The Prizes:

To Enter:

Simply email me (ext-lance.mccarthy@nokia.com) the following info by Dec 31st:

  • Name (first/last)
  • Location (city/state only)
  • Dvlup Username (if you don’t have one, go to www.dvlup.com and register. It’s free and takes 30 seconds)
  • The app’s link to the store (the one you’ve published or updated).

That’s it! I’ll draw the winner on Jan 2nd and notify the winners via email.

Conditions

You must live in my region and have published or updated an app since June 31st

My region consists of the following states:

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Illinois

By entering this contest, you agree to the terms of service.

Giveaway Time!

[UPDATE] Winners announced!

Congratulations to the following developers:

  • Jerrell Blankenship: JBL Powerup
  • Marcus Vaal: Wenger Computer Backpack
  • Anthony Russell: Wenger Computer Backpack
  • Gary Ritter Jr.: Nokia Wireless Charging Plate
  • Austin Andrews: Nokia Purity In-Ear Headphones

I will reach out via email to get your shipping info and color preference (if applicable).

Giveaway Details

Yep, it’s time again and it’s a good one! The picture shows what I am giving away on July 31st, 2013, here is the exact list:

JBL Giveaway

Here are the conditions. If you meet them, keep calm and continue on

  • You MUST be an existing Windows Phone Developer WITH at least one published app currently in the marketplace.
  • You MUST live in Ohio, Ilinios, Virginia, Indiana or any one of the New England states (MA, VT, NH, RI, CT). If you don’t, send me an email with your location and I’ll introduce you to your Nokia Ambassador to enter thier giveaway.

Note: If you already entered in a giveaway I offered privately to my devs, I have automatically added you to this one. (Still on the fence? I do private giveaways with my devs all the time. Phones, gear and more)

Send me an email with the following information by July 31st

Make sure you put “Giveaway Time” as you subject line. That will guarantee I’ll get your email, I expect a lot of email traffic from this giveaway. I don’t want to miss anyone, so I’ve created an inbound email rule to put your entry in it’s own folder. The deadline for this contest is July 31st at 11:59 PM

  1. First and Last Name
  2. Your location (City, State)
  3. Your email address (this is the one I can reach you at, one you actually check daily)
  4. A URL to one of your apps in the Windows Phone Store (here is an example of one of mine )
  5. Your DVLUP.com username (If you haven’t registered yet, do it now. its free and really quick)

Thats it. Send me an email with that info, I’ll reply to let you know you’re entered. Good Luck!

Lance

Nokia Developer Ambassador

Boston

As with all my contests, giveaways and awards. You agree to these terms once you enter into the giveaway.

Redeeming a Nokia Premium Developer Program token

There have been many questions recently about how to properly redeem your shiny new Nokia Premium Developer Program. What better way than to record a video for you? Without further ado, here is how to redeem the token, as well as how to get at the Telerik goodness in the center.

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After doing this, you’ll know how to get the Microsoft DevCenter token as well as the Buddy.com token because it is the same process to retrieve the individual tokens.

Enjoy!

Make an Awesome Video for Your App

Nokia has gone to great lengths to make it easy for developers to create promotional materials for their Windows Phone apps. This quick video shows you how to do it.

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Steps to make your own

  1. Got to the Marketing Toolkit main page (you’ll need to be signed in)
  2. Select the checkbox under “Promotional Video”
  3. Paste in the Store URL to your app
  4. Select the platform of your choice (I chose Lumia 920)
  5. Select a language
  6. Click “Continue”

On the next page:

  1. Select a category
  2. Make sure the app name is correct
  3. Click “Continue”

On the next page, you can choose the words that get displayed during the video, choose the adjectives that best describe your app’s user experience.

  1. Select all three words for your app
  2. Select the screenshot you want to be in the video
  3. Choose the music you want in the video
  4. Click “Preview Video”

You’ll be brought to the preview page. If you want to change something, you can go back and alter your choices.

  1. If you like the video, click “Continue”
  2. Click “Create Video”

You’re almost done, the next steps take involve signing into your youtube account and the video’s full rendering.

Congratulations, you now have a great looking video to promote your app.

Nokia Lumia 822 and Lumia 800 giveaway [winner!]

[UPDATE] We have a winner!

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to get their first app in the Windows Phone Store! Keep it up, as I have many more contests coming up. Update your app entry with a new feature, or optimize it’s layout, to get the app ready for my next contest 😉

Now, without further ado, the winner of the June giveaway… drum roll… Richard Huang of Boston, MA. Here is a link to his Windows Phone app entry for the drawing. To everyone else who didn’t enter, if you’re a developer who fits the qualifications below, email me to get a head start on my next giveaway.

Original post

I am giving away a Lumia 822 to a lucky Windows Phone Developer and a Lumia 800 to every developer where their entry is a first app.

The rules are simple:

  • You have published a new Windows Phone app (since January 1st 2013), quality requirements apply*
  • You have not won a Windows Phone 8 device from me yet
  • You’re a member of Nokia’s http://Dvlup.com (Go to http://Dvlup.com and register if you don’t have one yet)
  • You live in Massachusetts, Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Indiana
  • To qualify for the Lumia 800, it has to be your first published app in the past 12 months.

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, June 23rd.

If you do not have a DevCenter account, send me the finished app and I will give you a DevCenter account.

Ready, Set, CODE!

Lance

Fine Print: This contest is held by me and I reserve the right to change the rules if it is found to be unfair. Decision is final unless the winner explicitly passes on the prize or is found to be ineligible.

*Quality requirement: The app cannot be a flashlight app or a one page RSS reader (unless it implements a special feature like speech) and must follow the Windows Phone UI design. You need to also leverage the three different live tile sizes.

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.

26.2 Smiles

The Boston Marathon gives you 26.2 miles, but the The Boston Hackathon can give you 26.2 smiles!

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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!

Here’s the schedule:

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