TrainingIn March, we are visiting four cities across Canada to give a full day workshop to help you get started building Windows Phone apps.  In this workshop, you can expect to learn how to build apps for Windows Phone and have expert support for you to build your very own Windows Phone app or game.  It’s a full day of learning, doing and fun – get brained up on Windows Phone!

 

If you live in or close to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto or Vancouver and you want to learn how to build Windows Phone apps, this is an event you’ll want to attend.  For $25, you will receive a full day of training and support in building your Windows Phone apps.  Microsoft, in partnership with Wavefront, is offering this workshop to help you kickstart your app creation on Windows Phone, with the intent that at the end of the day, you will have the knowledge you need to not only start an app, but get far enough along that you’ll be close to publishing the app (depending on its complexity).

The registration links are here:

  • Montreal (March 26, 2012)
  • Ottawa (March 27, 2012)
  • Toronto (March 28, 2012)
  • Vancouver (date to be announced; link will be made available once the date is available)

The agenda and details are as follows:

Wavefront and Microsoft are pleased to present a hands-on WaveGuide code camp for developers that will help you build your app and get you prepared to submit it to the Windows Phone Marketplace. With an application ecosystem that is continuing to not only grow, but accelerate in growth, now is the time to port your existing apps to Windows Phone and build new apps for the platform as well. In January, the Windows Phone Marketplace hit the 50,000 app/game milestone in just over a year, the fastest mobile platform to reach that mark.

The workshop will start off with a presentation that goes over the basic principles of building an app and how you submit it to the Marketplace. The intent of this presentation is to provide an overview of what you as a mobile developer can expect throughout the experience of building a Windows Phone 7.5 application. After the presentation, you will be able to begin building your own Windows Phone apps with support from Windows Phone experts and proctors who will answer questions that you may have. We will also have mini-lessons in regular intervals throughout the day to help you learn some of the deeper concepts of Windows Phone development. Attendees can choose to listen to these lessons or continue building the apps they started.

In order to participate in the workshop, you will need your own PC running either Windows 7 or Windows Vista. You must download the free developer tools ahead of time so you can hit the ground running rather than spend time during the workshop installing the tools.

Register by March 2 and your name will be entered in the early bird prize draw to win 1 of 2 Windows phones! At the event, you will be able to get hands-on with Windows Phone demo devices and enter for a chance to win your own!

Who should attend?

  • Developers with an iOS or Android app ready to port to Windows Phone
  • Experienced developers wanting to learn more about the opportunity and looking to build Windows Phone applications

Reasons to develop apps for Windows Phone:

  • Showcase your apps that may be buried or lost in other saturated Marketplaces
  • Increase your reach to a new audience of early adopters looking for great apps
  • Windows Phone developers are well supported and rewarded, check out http://www.developermovement.com/ for details

Agenda:

Time Session
08:30AM – 09:00AM Registration and Breakfast
09:00AM – 09:30AM Presentation:  The Windows Phone Opportunity
09:30AM – 09:45AM Case Study (Real Life Experiences from a Local Developer)
09:45AM – 10:30AM Presentation:  Building Windows Phone Applications
10:30AM – 10:45AM Coffee Break
10:45AM – 11:15AM Optional Mini-Lesson: Porting Existing Apps to Windows Phone
12:00PM – 01:00PM Lunch
01:00PM – 01:30PM Optional Mini-Lesson: Push Notifications & Live Tiles
02:30PM – 03:00PM Optional Mini-Lesson: Multi-tasking and Tombstoning
03:00PM – 03:15PM Coffee Break
04:00PM – 04:30PM Optional Mini-Lesson: Succeeding on the Marketplace
04:45PM – 05:00PM Wrap Up & Prize Draws

Hopefully we’ll see you there!