Battle of the Apps is underway, and some fellow UBC students and I had a chance to meet with Dana Epp from Scorpion Software, a Microsoft’s MVP (Most Valuable Professional). More than 80 students learned about XNA, Silverlight, and using Visual Studio to create our own Windows Phone 7 Apps. With Round 2 of the competition already underway and Round 3 in June, we managed to learn from one of the best and we’re ready to bring our own Apps to the world.

 

Along with highlighting App development, the talk highlighted some of the functionalities of the Windows Phone 7 (presented using the speaker’s Samsung Focus) and compared it with other smartphones in the wireless market. Mr. Epp also showed us how to access our free developer accounts, as students are entitled to DreamSpark developer accounts. We’ve already had one semi-finalist for Battle of the Apps hail from British Columbia, and a room full of engineers and computer scientist is eager to draw level. Round 2 submissions can be entered form March 15 – April 15. See you guys in Australia!

 

 

For DreamSpark information: http://www.dreamspark.com

For Windows Phone 7 information: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/

For Battle of the Apps information: http://www.battleoftheapps.ca