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We're going to turn over the blog for another guest blog post - this time we asked people to give us their AppHub success stories, and George rose to the challenge. You can read his post below - and don't forget to submit your apps to the marketplace so that you can earn money, too! Over to you...
Hey there! I'm George Miller, and I am a proud Microsoft Student Partner and Windows Phone developer.
A few days ago I received my first pay out from App Hub from my second app on the market, Bro to Go! An app based on the hit American sitcom, How I Met Your Mother on the CBS network. This is the second app I developed for the Windows Phone 7 platform and the first app I charged for on the marketplace. I chose the platform because I felt it was far more open than my alternative, which was the iPhone App Store, I found coding in Objective C really over complicated than coding in C#, and as a beginner to coding mobile applications it really mattered how easily I could pick up coding for the platform. Being a Mac and PC owner, I had access to both XCode and Visual Studio 2010 and exploring both; Visual Studio was the choice for me, especially when I can use Microsoft Expression Blend for designing my GUI for the app which integrates seamlessly with Visual Studio.
This app was the first app I chose to charge for; having an app already on the market with over a thousand downloads at this point, I decided that I could make some money from developing apps, I knew that charging for an app would lower the download rate considerably so I ‘d have to increase the quality to compensate. I charged the base price for an app, £0.79, thinking I probably wouldn’t reach the pay-out sum but I should try and reach for it. I started the development much like I did for my first app, designed it in Expression Blend and moved across to Visual Studio for the coding. The amount of work a developer puts in to his app and the functionality of the app itself should be related to the price and for my first priced app, I think I chose the correct price band.
A few months later, after only monitoring my first app on the marketplace, it reached over 3,500 downloads I got an email from Microsoft saying I am eligible for my first pay out on my second app. I was amazed, I felt amazing! People liked my work enough that even with a trial version they still want to pay for my app for long term use? It confirmed for me, that this is an amazing platform backed by great people. It was beyond anything I could expect from being a mobile app developer, and even though it’s not the billions you hear about on the news from other famous developers, I felt like I was up there alongside everyone else, contributing to Windows Phone 7.
My advice to anyone else tempted to code for the platform? Play around in Expression Blend and Visual Studio 2010 as much as possible, get a feel for the environment and make anything you like. No matter how trivial, just to learn how. The best thing you can do when trying to make an app you want to publish? Think about something you personally want your phone to do, because if you want it, I can guarantee over a hundred other people want the same thing from their own phone. For me, it wasn’t about the money, it was about the downloads. When I log into AppHub and see thousands of people have downloaded my app, it makes me feel proud of my work. The best thing about it, it is free to do, login to DreamSpark and download all the tools you need; sign into AppHub and you can develop as many apps as you want! P.S: My cumulative downloads stand at over 4,000 now. Seriously try it out!
Come along to our information sessions on the UK Imagine Cup where you’ll learn about the Imagine Cup and have a chance to network with other students.
As you’ve probably heard the Imagine Cup 2012 competition is up and running and people are already signing up ready to compete. The Imagine Cup is a chance for students to get together and use Microsoft technology to be awesome and do amazing stuff. So if winning a trip to Sydney, Australia and up to $25,000 in prize money sounds right up your street then come along to one of the events that we’ve set up to tell you more about what the Imagine Cup is as well as giving you the chance to meet like-minded people.
Perhaps you’re interested in entering and finding out what sort of projects you could do or what prizes you could win. Maybe you’ve already registered and want to find some team members to create something awesome. Or maybe you just want to come along and find out what Microsoft offers students.
Right now we have events set up in Edinburgh and London. Simply register for free and come along.
Edinburgh 29th November 2011 - http://ukimaginecup.eventbrite.co.uk/
London 1st December 2011 - http://ukimaginecuplondon.eventbrite.co.uk/
If you have any suggestions for other locations where we can hold such an event let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi All, our Phone Camps are in full swing, and here’s our quick run down on where we’ve already been, where we’ll be going soon, as well as suggested future locations. We’ll keep updating the locations and dates so favourite this page and keep checking back :)
Abertay, Dundee 9/11/11
Newport, Wales 10/11/11
Kings College London 25/01/12
Cardonald College, Glasgow 09/02/12
Reid Kerr 10/02/12
Liverpool Hope 15/02/12
Southport College 01/03/12
Ravensbourne College 05/03/12
Imperial College 07/03/12
Coulsdon College 28/03/12
Upcoming Confirmed Events:
Leicester College 23/05/12
Nescot College 25/05/12
Edge Hill (Early June)
Events in Planning:
Suggested locations for future events:
If you would like to get in touch about the Phone Camps, or want to know more about getting your phone apps published, then email us at UKStu@microsoft.com
Problem or issues registering?
Are you having trouble with App Hub registration to submit Windows Phone Apps? Did you get this error?
We’re sorry, an error has occurred.
Rather than duplicate the fix here you can go to our Faculty blog you can find out how to fix it.
You are awesome, but you knew that. Now we’d like to help you spread the word about how great your skills are and potentially reward you in the process. Yes, to enter you have to have written a Windows Phone app, but once you have then it’s all pretty much plain sailing. As a student developer or designer you have 2 chances of winning.
The rewards are varied - from a DAB Radio to an Xbox 360, from afternoon tea for 2 to a 22” TV. The more apps you enter for the rewards programme then the more chance you have of winning. Full details are on the site here. As a student though you can also enter the student only rewards programme for a DreamSpark hoody, or do you prefer hoodie? You’ll have a pretty good chance of winning one as we are offering up to 10 per fortnight from now until February 5th. Full terms and conditions are below. In the spirit of keeping it simple all you have to do is you mail details of your app, and your publisher ID to email@example.com and we enter you into the random draw. Simple!
We’ll also help publicise your app through our UK student channels – Facebook, twitter and blogs, and possibly via the global site here (there are limited opportunities through the global site hence the caveat).
You can enter the same app for the both programmes so hence you have 2 chances of winning. Any questions? You can email us, connect on Facebook or twitter.
If you like the idea but are not sure where to start, you can learn all you need to know about writing apps by following the 3 simple steps here. Good luck!
Satisfy yourself that entry doesn’t constitute selling your soul by reading the terms and conditions below.
1. ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to UK students who are 16 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible, nor are members of these employees’ families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and life partners).
2. TO ENTER: To enter, you have to publish a new Windows Phone application into Windows MarketPlace during the weeks of the competition which are detailed below. Any previously published apps will not be eligible. Email a screenshot of your Windows Phone application together with its name, your publisher name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. All entries published and submitted during the 2 weeks of each round of the competition and by midnight on the closing date of each round will be entered into a random draw, overseen by three Microsoft employees. We will offer a maximum of 10 hoodies per 2 week period – there may be a limited selection of sizes as the competition progresses. Any number of entries per person is allowed BUT only one entry per application published in MarketPlace will be accepted. Incomplete, damaged, defaced or illegible entries may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Microsoft reserves the right to disqualify anyone in breach of these Terms and Conditions.
3. TIMING: The competition timings are as follows (all timing are GMT)
Round 1 Monday 00:01 am 14th November 2011 until midnight on Sunday November 27th 2011
Round 2 Monday 00:01 am 28th November 2011 until midnight on Sunday December 11th 2011
Round 3 Monday 00:01 am 12th December 2011 until midnight on Sunday December 25th 2011
Round 4 Monday 00:01 am 26th December 2011 until midnight on Sunday January 8th 2012
Round 5 Monday 00:01 am 9th January 2012 until midnight on Sunday January 22nd 2012
Round 6 Monday 00:01 am 23rd January 2012 until midnight on Sunday February 5th 2012
The closing date of the entire competition is midnight BST February 5th 2012. Completed entries will be entered into the specific round of the incentive based on when the app was published and when the email arrives in the Microsoft inbox.
4. USE OF DATA: Personal data which you provide when you enter this competition will not be used for future Microsoft UK marketing activity.
5. SELECTION OF WINNERS: The 10 DreamSpark Hoodies per round of the incentive will be randomly selected form all eligible entries received in the relevant round of the programme. All eligible entries submitted during the 2 weeks of each round of the competition and by midnight on the closing date of each round will be entered into a random draw, overseen by three Microsoft employees. Those who win the hoody will be notified via email during the week after each round closes. The winners agree to have their publisher names and application names published via the Microsoft UK Students Facebook page, Microsoft UK Students blog and Microsoft UK Students Twitter.
6. PRIZE: The winning 10 entrants for each round will receive one DreamSpark Hoody – there may be a limited choice in your requested size. Prize is as stated and non-transferable. No cash or other alternatives available. Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. The prizes will be dispatched within two weeks of the competition’s closing date for each round. Prize may be considered a taxable benefit and the winner will be directly responsible for accounting for any tax liability arising on their prize.
7. WINNERS LIST: The winner consents to their surname being made publicly available. The winner’s name and application name will be available for a period of 3 weeks after the closing date by emailing email@example.com .
8. OTHER: No correspondence will be entered into regarding either this competition or these Terms and Conditions. In the unlikely event of a dispute, Microsoft’s decision shall be final. Microsoft reserves the right to amend, modify, cancel or withdraw this competition at any time without notice.
9. Microsoft cannot guarantee the performance of any third party and shall not be liable for any act or default by a third party. Participants in this promotion agree that Microsoft will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, costs, damage or disappointment of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly from acceptance, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in this promotion. Nothing in this clause shall limit Microsoft’s liability in respect of death or personal injury arising out of its own negligence or arising out of fraud.
Why aren’t we coming to your Uni!!!! Don’t panic, or get angry….we have a lot more in the pipeline and we want to hear from you. Get in touch via this blog, Facebook, Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know if your Uni is on the list. If not we can see if we can work something out. If you can get a few people together, preferably developer types and designers, and your faculty will support it we’ll endeavour to get you on the list. The other thing we found out is no one did the pre-work at Dundee so a bit of time was wasted getting everyone to the same level – students eh….
There’s a huge amount of stuff you can do beforehand or in your spare time so if you are not sure where to go then try our specific Windows Phone tab on our Facebook page or the website. Happy coding .
Did you know that on 31st October 2011, the population of the world officially reached 7 billion? Have you considered what effect the rising human population is having? Let’s take Africa; its population just passed 1 billion and the problems that it faces today look to worsen in the future; hunger, environmental degradation, widespread disease, the high cost of living in towns and cities. In the developed world countries are struggling to support ageing populations and deliver the education and skills needed to increase employment and grow the economy. The Imagine Cup is your opportunity to make a difference; to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Read some of the success stories from Imagine Cup 2011 and see how students are helping to make the world a better place.
Last year’s Imagine Cup winner Team Hermes from Ireland
Imagine Cup 2012
If creating something life-changing, winning some amazing prizes and showcasing your talents to the world sounds right up your street then enter the Imagine Cup. You can enter one of four competitions:
· Software Design
· Game Design: Xbox/Windows
· Game Design: Phone
· IT Challenge
This year we’re running a UK Software Design competition, while the other three competitions are run as global on-line competitions. The winning team from the UK Software Design Competition will travel to the World-Wide finals event in Australia in July 2012, as will the winners in the on-line Game Design and IT Challenge competitions. There are more Challenges coming – register now to keep up to date with the latest news.
Imagine Cup 2012 UK Software Design Competition, Prizes and Benefits
Take part in a local competition…
· In December we’ll be announcing a number of local Software Design competitions at universities around the country.
· There will be prizes for the top teams and someone from Microsoft will visit the university to see what the teams have achieved.
· The winning team (or teams) from the local competition will go through to the UK Software Design finals.
· If your university is not running a local competition you can still enter the UK Software Design Competition on-line.
Get through to the UK Software Design final…
· Your entry will be reviewed and judged by some of the brightest business minds in Britain, and they will provide your team with constructive feedback on your project.
· All entrants who reach the UK final will receive prizes.
Win the UK Software Design final…
· The winning team and their faculty mentor of the UK Software Design Final will win a trip to Sydney, Australia for the Imagine Cup worldwide finals*.
At the Imagine Cup Worldwide finals …
· First Place: $25,000 USD**
· Second Place: $10,000 USD**
· Third Place: $5,000 USD**
· The opportunity to apply for an Imagine Cup Grant of up to $100,000 to develop your idea further.
Game Design and IT Challenge Competitions: Prizes and Benefits
Game Design (Xbox/Windows and Phone)
· First Place: $8,000 USD**
· Second Place: $4,000 USD**
· Third Place: $3,000 USD**
How to enter the Imagine Cup
Now it’s time to enter the Imagine Cup Software Design Competition.
1. Register to get started and to keep up to date with all the latest news about the Imagine Cup.
2. Form a team of up to 4 students and choose a team name. Please note the IT Challenge is an individual competition.
3. Find a faculty mentor for your team.
4. Register your team and all team members and sign up to a competition. It’s a good idea to take a few minutes to read the Rules & Regulations for the Imagine Cup and for your chosen competition: Software Design, Game Design: XBOX/Windows, Game Design: Phone and IT Challenge.
5. Think of a great idea and start your project.
For any questions or more information please email email@example.com
See the entry by Team Note-Taker from USA here.
*Trip includes round trip coach airfare from the major airport closest to winner’s home, standard hotel accommodations, select meals and activities.
** Prize money to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the team. Mentors will not be awarded any portion of the monetary prize winnings.