Do you have a Windows 8 or Windows Phone app idea?  Maybe you’re already working on an app and would like some guidance for getting it across the finish line?  Then come to one of the upcoming Metro Accelerator Labs

These are three-day opportunities to develop your app with experts on hand to help you with any questions:

MetroAcceleratorLabs

Please join us for a special event that you simply don't want to miss – the Metro Accelerator Lab. This is your chance to dig deeper into Windows 8 and Windows Phone and gain all the knowledge you need to immediately start (or finish) building beautiful, fluid and immersive Metro style Windows and Windows Phone applications.

In this FREE, three-day developer event, you’ll get expert help building, testing and deploying your Metro style apps. Experience step-by-step advice from Microsoft and community experts and one-on-one technical assistance. Come for an hour, or all three days. Bring that app you've been tinkering with, or a new idea that you're eager to build and we’ll help you get well on your way to releasing that killer app to the world.

We'll also help you understand the steps needed to get your Windows 8 Metro style app into the Windows Store.

We’ll have Windows Slate and Windows Phone devices available on site so you can see exactly how your app will run. And of course, there’s always a chance we’ll have a few to give away during the course of the event.

Agenda (subject to change)

Day 1

  • 8:30 – Arrival & Breakfast
  • 9:00 – Kickoff & Logistics
  • 9:15 – Session: “Designing Metro style: principles and personality”
  • 10:00 – Hackathon, expert one-on-one guidance, lightning talks on demand, and plenty of sustenance, snacks & caffeine
  • 5:00 – Wrap Up

Day 2

  • 8:30 – Arrival & Breakfast
  • 9:00 – Kickoff & Logistics
  • 9:15 – Session: “Effective Metro Style Applications: User Experience (UX)” – To help you focus on making your Metro style apps great, we’ll review the essential features, design, and behavior of effective Metro style apps
  • 10:00 – Hackathon, expert one-on-one guidance, lightning talks on demand, and plenty of sustenance, snacks & caffeine
  • 5:00 – Wrap Up

Day 3

  • 8:30 – Arrival & Breakfast
  • 9:00 – Kickoff & Logistics
  • 9:15 – Session: “Effective Metro Style Applications: UX (continued), Store, Performance” – Part two of our dive into the essential features, design, and behavior of effective Metro style apps
  • 10:00 – Hackathon, expert one-on-one guidance, lightning talks on demand, and plenty of sustenance, snacks & caffeine
  • 3:00 – “appX” – Your chance to show off your app and win prizes!
  • 4:30 – Wrap Up & Giveaways

Seating is limited and registration is not guaranteed. Secure your spot today!

Prerequisites

You must bring a laptop/notebook computer.  To develop Windows 8 Metro style apps, please install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8.  To develop for Windows Phone, install the Windows Phone SDK.

The focus is on your app, and while this isn’t a day of training (like our Windows Developer Camps), we will have a brief session every morning to give you ideas that you can turn into reality as you code.

Here in the eastern US, there are four Metro Accelerator Labs on the way:

Date Location  
May 30 – June 1 Tampa, FL Register
June 5-7 Alpharetta, GA Register
June 6-8 Waltham, MA Register
June 11 & 12 Orlando, FL
(at TechEd)
Open to all TechEd Attendees – just drop in!

So register today, bring your PCs and apps/ideas, and get ready to accelerate!

-Chris