Hopefully by now if you are a student at any College or University, You have heard about the Big Apps on Campus contest and the upcoming Hackathons being held on various campuses across the US.

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Big App on Campus

Big App on Campus (BAOC) is open to US College and University students who build apps for Windows Phone. Each app created from August 1st, 2011 until February 14th, 2012 can be entered and students can submit multiple entries.

Win big cash (15k) or a trip to South by Southwest.  More Details: http://on.fb.me/wT7vSm

So, How do you start?

- First register and verify as a student with DreamSpark: https://www.dreamspark.com/Account/CreateAccount.aspx

- Second, get Visual Studio Professional from DreamSpark and Windows Phone SDK for free: VS Pro - https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=4 Windows Phone 7.1 SDK: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27570

- Register for a FREE App Hub Student account in the Windows Phone Marketplace at  http://create.msdn.com  Need Help registering? http://create.msdn.com/en-US/home/about/developer_registration_walkthrough

All Set to Code? How about Some Help.

Take some tips from the BAOC rollout at Georgia Tech and University of Florida, and grab these cool coding samples to get started:

On Georgia Tech’s campus, Thomas Fennel, MS Program Manager for Windows Phone Development Tools demoed his Windows Phone TankBot application which controls the movement of his automated TankBot by playing sounds and tilting his Windows Phone.

Cool Huh! ..And Thomas is even willing to share; Get the full code for his TankBot Windows Phone app here: http://bit.ly/w9jox2

At University of Florida, I showed students how to build quick a Windows Phone Twitter client going against the Twitter API, Get the code files for this quick app here: http://bit.ly/w9jox2

Find more samples are at the links above or on my previous blog posts to assist you with building your BIG App on Campus and go for the Big prizes. 

Good LUCK on your Big App Journey!!