gladstone on accordionThe Great Canadian Appathon, the 48-hour cross-Canada mobile game coding marathon, takes place this weekend! In fact, as I write this, it’s been under way for about half an hour. There’s still time for you to register – if you’re keen to write apps this weekend and win prizes and recognition, it’s not too late for you to register and start coding! There’ll be coding events taking place on university campuses across the country, and if you’re not near one of them, you can also work in the comfort of your own home, favourite wifi-enabled coffee shop, wherever!

great canadian appathonThe Great Canadian Appathon is organized by the National Post and Toronto-based mobile game development shop XMG, and we’re the official platform sponsors. The National Post’s business news wing, the Financial Post, had their podcasters Matt Hartley and Jameson Berkow chat with Gladstone Grant, my boss’ boss’ (or, as we say in Microsoft parlance, my “skip-level manager”). It’s been captured in a podcast, in which Gladstone talks about the Windows Phone 7 platform, developer uptake, the Nokia deal and more.

Also in the podcast: a panel discussion with XMG founder Ray Sharma, Dan Page of Telus (one of the sponsors) and Winnie Leung of KPMG (another Appathon sponsor).

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.