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.

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.