West Region Team
Between April 16 and June 1, developers can enter by joining App Builder Rewards and completing the "Every Dev Has a Story" quest with 50-200 words about an application published in the Windows or Windows Phone Store, or an Azure application or developer story that includes:
Developers can submit up to five unique stories that will be judged on: technical genius and innovation (50%), promotional tactics (20%), monetization (15%) and human interest (15%).
· All participants receive 250,000 Ad Duplex impressions ($400 value) for submitting a story. (Max of 1 $400 Ad Duplex package per dev)
Grand prize winners (15) receive a Dell Venue 8 Pro ($329 value) and an additional 1 Million Ad Duplex advertising impressions ($1,000 value).
For more information, check out https://build.windowsstore.com/rewards
Congratulations to the winners announced at the Reno Hackathon!
Many of the participants used GameMaker by YoYo Games to create an app. A testimony to GameMaker Studio is that most who were using it were doing so for the first time – and of that group, some had no development background whatsoever! This was highlighted in the news coverage by KRNV Channel 4 as seen here:
Although the participants took the Hackathon seriously, the event was full of energy, prizes, and great networking. There was a variety among the attendees – students, entrepreneurs, moonlighters, and newbies. For a glimpse of what the journey was like, check out the news coverage by KTVN Channel 2:
The Reno Gazette-Journal also noted the activity corresponding with the Hackathon involving tech for NASA.
The Microsoft licensing team in Reno demonstrated their logistical prowess which resulted in everything running smoothly. Special thanks to Bruno Terkaly and tech-celebrity Sarah Austin (with PlexiNLP) for contributing their technical mentorship to all!
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Check out “Sheep in Space” for Windows Phone!
Michael Palermo welcomes Henry Sterchi and Mike Lescault as they discuss Project Spark. Tune in and check out one of the coolest “game maker” video game platforms available today and learn how you can get involved making, creating and playing your own Project Spark inspired games or movies on Windows 8.1 and Xbox One.
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Recently I asked community leader Scott Cate if he could set up a registration system for an upcoming event. While we were talking on the phone, he had the entire registration up and running. That is impressive, but even better was my experience when I registered myself as an attendee. It wasn’t so much the actual registration process of entering my information, it was what happened after I registered online.
A few moments after I registered, I received an email confirmation for the event as most systems do. I also received a test message notification as follows:
I clicked on the link provided, and this is what was shown:
Since the red arrow was so obvious, I selected pin to start from the option menu. It put the QR code right on my phone:
What is so cool about this? When anyone shows for the event to check in, all he or she must do is turn the phone on and present the QR code to be scanned. Check in complete, no printing, no searching all over for that email… Nice!
Hats off to the innovative team at EventDay!
I am speaking and networking with the attendees at the Microsoft Summit 2013 in Bucharest, Romania. The two day conference begins on November 6th and takes place at the WIllbrook Platinum Business & Convention Center.
I am excited to deliver a keynote session on “The New Era of Devices and Applications” on day one!
I especially look forward to meeting the developers at this event. If you are attending, please say hello and let me know what you are working on!