Think you can’t create a brilliant app with free software? Think again!
A month ago, we interviewed James Mundy, a student developer from the start-up app company Menzapp. James was mid-way through his computer science degree at Sheffield University, when he came across an idea. He wanted to build an app.
Together with his friend Alfie, now studying part-time at Kent University, they created Menzapp and they have just launched their first major app on Windows Phone, called Foundbite. Foundbite is an application that combines photos and sound to capture the real atmosphere of an event or experience in a new and unique way. You can download Foundbite from the Windows Store.
James created Foundbite using tools provided through his subscription to DreamSpark – a Microsoft program, which gives student developers free development software to create their apps and websites. Before James started developing Foundbite, he had several smaller Windows Phone apps and was encouraged to begin to develop Foundbite full-time. James was later accepted onto the Microsoft and Nokia funded AppCampus program, which provides funding for developers bringing apps to Windows Phone.
If you’re a student developer, you too can access DreamSpark. You just need to be a student registered at a UK education establishment and you can download the software for free.
All you need to do for register for Dreamspark is the following:
1. Got to DreamSpark.com and create an ‘individual account’ – we recommend registering using a Windows Live ID if you are planning to build Windows or Windows Phone apps or games and want to sell them on the app store, as you need a Windows Live ID to login to the development areas.
2. Once registered, you will need to verify your student status. This software is only available for free to students registered at a UK education institution on the date of download. You can verify your student status in one of 3 ways:
a. With your school, college or university email address (domain)
b. With a verification code you may have received from your university
c. With an ISIC card with a valid ISIC number
3. Once your account has been verified, you will be able to login at DreamSpark.com and download the DreamSpark products.
4. Some UK institutions have separate licences for DreamSpark, where students are able to access further products. You can check if your school, college or university is registered through the DreamSpark homepage, or with your school administrator. If they are not already registered, why not ask them to consider DreamSpark for your lab?
If like James, you want to develop an app with professional quality tools at no cost to you, and you’re a student in a UK school, college or University, you can register for DreamSpark today.