OK – the 7 who have replied are coming but I guess I should give the others some breathing space as they could be on holiday…
As part of your Windows Phone Incentive (now closed, finished, ended) we offered a trip to our Technology Centre here in Reading to meet some of our experts and to get some advice, guidance and tips on Windows Phone and Windows 8 development (all the details are below) and I have just emailed the lucky (?) winners.
It was great to see all the Apps and get them judged by our Microsoft Student Partners – I hope a lot of them will go on to develop Windows 8 apps – whether versions of their existing Windows Phone Apps or completely new ones. In order to get started we did publish a long list of resources for budding Windows 8 developers here but one of the challenges, or at least I think it is a challenge, is the idea!
Where do you get ideas from? What do you do to stimulate creativity? Are we able to help in some way? Let us know if there is something we can do to help you come up with ground breaking ideas. I’d love the first Windows 8 App millionaire to be a UK Student…..
Maybe it will be one of the 10 coming to the MTC….
The fine print od the competition for TOP Apps
THE TOP APPLICATIONS SELECTION & PRIZES:All Valid Entries published in Marketplace during the Competition Period will be entered into the Top Applications Selection process. The selection process consists of two stages:
Stage One: All Valid Entries from all three Periods of the competition will be screened by a panel of Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs) or Microsoft Student Interns (MSIs). Each Application will be screened by at least two MSPs or MSIs who will rate the Application based on the following four criteria:
Using these criteria each Application will be scored on a scale from one (1) to ten (10) on each criterion with a maximum score of forty (40). Competitors will be ranked based on their highest-scoring Application. The top twenty (20) competitors, and ties for 20th place, will go through to the second stage.
Stage Two: The Competitors’ Applications will be reviewed by four members of the Microsoft UK Academic team and one independent Windows Phone expert from a Microsoft Partner company who will judge them based on the same criteria and select up to ten (10) Top Applications Prize Winners.
There will be up to ten (10) Top Applications Prize Winners at the sole discretion of the judges. Top Applications Prize Winners will be announced no later than Tuesday 26th June 2012. Each will win the Top Applications Prizes as described below:
The Top Applications Prizes:
Over the past few weeks we have been travelling across the country to run Windows 8 events. For students in particular, we have run events at Stafford, Salford, Abertay, York and Hull unis., as well as at our offices in London. Whether you have been to one of these events or not, we would like you to take advantage of the below resources.
So how do you get started?
1. First step is to Apply to join our UK Windows 8 for Application Developer LinkedIn Group.
2. We will reply asking you for some details of what it is you are building and then admit you into the group.
3. You build the makings of a great app following the guidance that we have online and which meets the Store certification requirements.
4. We will use the LinkedIn Group to liaise with you about attending an Application Excellence Lab at Microsoft in Reading where you’ll work with an engineer to ensure certification requirements are being met and that the app is providing a great experience to the user.
5. You leave the lab with a registration code that lets you begin the app submission process at the Windows Store!
Building an App
Here are some recommended links to help with planning & designing Metro style apps…
· Watch 8 traits of great Metro style apps session from Build, to understand the key platform features and Metro design principles.
· Read Planning Metro style apps, which walks you through the planning process to ensure your app has clear goals and a compelling “great app” statement.
· If you have an existing site/app, read these design case studies to explore how to reimagine your web site or iPad app using Metro design principles
· Point your designers at the UX guidelines, checklists, PhotoShop templates etc on http://design.windows.com.
Key topics to help you design your first app are:
Grid system and app silhouette
Text and typography
Additionally there is lots of content, tools, samples and downloads on http://dev.windows.com. You can download the app samples and use the forums to ask questions.
Don’t forget, if you get stuck in any of the above, you can email us using firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to help!
Here are set of great Bookmarks in alphabetical order
I spent the whole day (7am to 8.15pm) at the European BizSpark Summit with 200 entrepreneurs, VCs and some simply amazing people. I get a real buzz for the ideas, creativity and sheer enthusiasm of events like this.
Some of the content can be seen here http://new.livestream.com/microsoft/BizSparkSummit
Here’s one example, Bob Dorf, that got a lot of comment on the day.
More and more students are thinking of starting their own business and if its tech based then our offering is BizSpark. In a nutshell its
If this is of interest then let us know!