Windows Phone

30 to Launch: A Windows Phone App and Your Moment in the Spotlight!

From Nov 14-Dec 14 2011, we are throwing down a challenge and an opportunity to HackerDojo members. Join us over these 4 weeks to build a Windows Phone app! Your app might get an opportunity for a moment in the spotlight! Plus, you could win a Windows Phone- yours to keep after you submit your app to the Windows Phone Marketplace!

November 14, 7pm–9:30pm

Session 1: Windows Phone 7.5: Overview for Developers. Building Applications with Visual Studio® and Silverlight®
Speakers
: Matt Harrington, Kevin Ashley
Event info: 30 to Launch - Windows Phone - Coding Camp - Week 1

To get started, do the following pre-requisites:
a) Complete the Windows Phone Training & Set up your machines
b) Download Windows Phone Tools SDK
c) Register at Windows Phone Marketplace*
On site, we will have sessions (and pizza!), and support:
Loaner Windows Phones are available on site at the Hardware Lab for you to play with.
We’ll also give the first 50 participants who are onsite and register on the Marketplace a token for the $99 fee *

November 22, 7pm–9:30pm

Session 2: Windows Phone Live Tiles and Push Notifications. Building Applications in the Cloud with Windows Azure™
Speaker: Kevin Ashley
Event info: 30 to Launch - Windows Phone - Coding Camp - Week 2

We will make available Windows Phones loaners for specific “augmented reality” projects.

November 29, 7pm-9:30pm

Session 3: Monetizing a Windows Phone 7.5 Application. Fun and Games Development
Speaker: Kenny Spade
Event info: 30 to Launch - Windows Phone - Coding Camp - Week 3

Labs: Keep Working on App Development. In-lab session this week. We will make available Windows Phones loaners onsite.

December 6, 7pm-9:30pm

Go Live! Publish App to Windows Phone Marketplace! We will have a session during the week to help!
Speaker:
Kevin Ashley

Event info: 30 to Launch - Windows Phone - Coding Camp - Week 4

We will be cheering you on!
PLUS:

  • Up to 50 participants with apps in development **will get a Windows Phone device**! Plus we will give you a Marketplace token if you didn’t apply for it in Week 1 – subject to remaining supplies*).
  • Showcase Opportunity! Subject to meeting the 30 to Launch showcase app criteria, your app becomes eligible for a Showcase! Details and Terms and Conditions coming soon!

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Lastly, some details:
* $99 registration fee applies. We will provide up to a maximum of 50 tokens good for a free registration to the Windows Phone marketplace, to the first 50 onsite that register on the marketplace. Windows Phone Marketplace terms and conditions apply to your use of the Marketplace.
**Not available to Government or Public Sector Employees. Microsoft employees are also not eligible for this offer. Limited to one phone device per person. Participants remain responsible for acquiring a calling plan and for all related charges and taxes in connection with the Windows Phone.
***We will be giving away one Windows Phone Device each to a maximum of 50 winners based on a random drawing on the last session on Dec 6, 2011. Detailed terms and conditions are listed here

Campaign Participation Eligibility:
- Participants must be US residents 18+ or older - Microsoft employees are not eligible for the marketplace rebate or device
- Not available for Government or Public Sector Employees

What's new in Windows Phone 7.5


Improved Live Tiles
. The Live Tiles on Start dish up more (and quicker) updates on your apps, and they're also a whole lot of fun—the Pictures Tile animates with a slideshow of your favorite snapshots and Group Tiles flash your friends' latest updates.
Live Tiles on the Start screen

Threads. Start with a text, and finish in Facebook or Messenger chat (or vice versa). The whole conversation stays in one thread, and all it takes to switch back and forth is a tap. See how

Messaging thread


App Connect. Get the app you need—sometimes before you even know you need it. Search the web, and alongside the usual results you'll see apps you can use—like a movie app when you're looking up showtimes. You'll also see photo apps in the Pictures Hub and music apps in Music + Videos.

Visual voicemail
. See your voicemails in a list, then listen to them on your phone.

And many, many, many more… find out here.