App Madness Student Challenge

Looking for a way to get started building awesome Windows 8 apps? Participate in the Windows 8 App Madness Challenge and qualify to win $100 for each published Windows 8 app! Additionally there are four app sprints you can take part in. Publish the highest number of apps in store during any one of the sprints and win an awesome trip for two. The location will be determined by a Facebook poll among participants. You decide! For further details check out the official terms and conditions at http://aka.ms/AppMadnessOfferTerms

       

DEADLINE

ACTION

LEARN MORE

March 12, 2013

App Sprint II

https://www.facebook.com/Windows8AppChallenge

March 27, 2013

App Sprint III

https://www.facebook.com/Windows8AppChallenge

April 11, 2013

App Sprint IV

https://www.facebook.com/Windows8AppChallenge

 

ZERO260: Virtual Student App Labs

Join us for a virtual training session, that will get you up to speed fast with Windows 8 game creation!  Participants will learn everything needed to create, upload and distribute a new game to Windows 8 using Scirra’s Construct 2.  No need to come with a game idea, a number design options will available for your use.  For full schedule, visit www.zero260.info.

 

DATE

TOPIC

LINK

February 28, 2013

Side Scroller

1465077122

March 5, 2013

Catch a Clown

1465077123

March 7, 2013

Platformer

1465077124

March 12, 2013

Slant Scroller

1465077125

March 14, 2013

Little Pond

1465077126

March 19, 2013

Scrolling Shooter

1465077127

March 21, 2013

Racecar

1465077128

March 26, 2013

Top Down Shooter

1465077129

March 28, 2013

Treasure Map

1465077130

To register online, visit: www.msevents.microsoft.com . To register by phone, call: 1.877.MSEVENT (1.877.673.8368).

 

The Ultimate Experience

Publish your app to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between December 20, 2012 through February 28, 2013 to qualify for the following rewards:

·          A Store registration reimbursement* AND a copy of Halo 4 for Xbox 360!

·          A chance to win one of 12 Xbox 360 consoles with Kinect. The more apps you enter, the more chances you'll have to win.

·          The Grand Prize: Three devs with the best apps will win an ultimate backstage pass to Microsoft Studios and spend the day with the Windows 8 Games Studios team—makers of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and XBOX-enabled games!

For more information, visit: http://aka.ms/mswestultimate!

 

IT Camps

Please join us at a Microsoft IT Camp as we dive into how to get your datacenter ready for the cloud and beyond! Join us at a FREE Microsoft IT Camp for hands-on labs, demos, and interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts.  Here's your chance to learn more about getting your datacenter ready for the cloud, whether you want to upgrade your on-premise datacenter or get connected to the cloud.  This IT Camp will showcase the next generation of datacenter technologies featuring Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1, and Windows Azure IaaS.

 

DATE

LOCATION

TIME

REGISTRATION

March 3, 2013

Lehi, UT

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

1032541667

March 13, 2013

Mountain View, CA

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

1032541670

March 14, 2013

San Francisco, CA

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

1032541671

March 19, 2013

Bellevue, WA

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

1032541672

March 20, 2013

Tempe, AZ

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

1032541673

March 21, 2013

Portland, OR

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

1032541674

March 26, 2013

Los Angeles, CA

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

1032541675

March 27, 2013

Irvine, CA

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

1032541676

March 29, 2013

San Diego, CA

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

1032541677

April 2, 2013

Boise, ID

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

1032541678

April 4, 2013

Denver, CO

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

1032541679

To register online, visit: www.msevents.microsoft.com . To register by phone, call: 1.877.MSEVENT (1.877.673.8368).

 

Windows 8 Unleashed Coding Competition

The Windows 8 Unleashed Coding Competition is designed to encourage developers to innovate with Microsoft Windows 8 and increase the number of high-quality apps available in the Windows Store. ComponentArt is sponsoring this competition and will award $10,000 USD to the author(s) of the best application as decided by the Panel of Judges.

       

DEADLINE

ACTION

LINK

February 28, 2013

App publication deadline

http://aka.ms/unleashedcomp

March 15, 2013

Winner announced

http://aka.ms/unleashedcomp

 

Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest

Want to help people find the closest organic produce? Interested in making it easier for people to conserve more energy? Can you make online donations easier? Windows 8 Apps for Social Good invites both new and seasoned developers to create an app for “social good” – and you could win one of three cash prizes to help fuel your dream and keep it going

 

DEADLINE

ACTION

LINK

February 28, 2013

Submission Deadline

http://aka.ms/socialgood

March 15, 2013

Public Voting Ends

http://aka.ms/socialgood

March 25, 2013

Winners Announced

http://aka.ms/socialgood

 

Windows 8 App Developer | 12-week course

We want you to show off your Windows Phone development skills at this event. Get those cerebral juices flowing, compete with your peers and take away some awesome prizes.

 

DATE

LOCATION

TOPIC

LINK

March 18, 2013

Mission Viejo, CA

7 – Live Tiles and Orientation Handling

www.aka.ms/WinRT7

March 25, 2013

Mission Viejo, CA

8 – Near Field Communication

www.aka.ms/WinRT8

April 8, 2013

Mission Viejo, CA

9 – Intro to ModelViewViewModel (MVVM)

www.aka.ms/WinRT9

April 22, 2013

Mission Viejo, CA

10 – InterKnowlogy’s WinRT MVVM Framework

www.aka.ms/WinRT10

May 6, 2013

Mission Viejo, CA

11 – IK’s WinRT MVVM Framework II/II

www.aka.ms/WinRT11

May 22, 2013

Mission Viejo, CA

12 – Hackathon Results & Prize Giveaways

www.aka.ms/WinRT12

 

Windows 8 Unleashed Coding Competition

The Windows 8 Unleashed Coding Competition is designed to encourage developers to innovate with Microsoft Windows 8 and increase the number of high-quality apps available in the Windows Store. ComponentArt is sponsoring this competition and will award $10,000 USD to the author(s) of the best application as decided by the Panel of Judges.

       

DEADLINE

ACTION

LINK

February 28, 2013

App publication deadline

http://aka.ms/w8unleash

March 15, 2013

Winner announced

http://aka.ms/w8unleash

 

ONLINE EVENTS

 

GenApp

You can develop a Windows 8 app in 30 days – and we’re here to help. Begin your journey, sign up to get started and receive: Insider tips and tricks, personal on-the-phone access to a Windows 8 architect, an exclusive design consultation, and an opportunity to get expert help from a Microsoft Services Engineer at an App Excellence Lab.

 

LINK

http://aka.ms/genappwest

 

DevRadio

We're kicking off a new series covering all things Windows 8. Tune in as we cover the basics from what's new in this latest installment as well as what you need to know to build, publish and profit from developing your first application. Be the first in line people....Windows 8 is coming and we need your apps!

Subscribe to the Channel here:

iTunes - http://aka.ms/devchannel-itunes

Zune - http://aka.ms/devchannel-Zune

 

EPISODE

EVANGELIST

LINK

Dyyno’s Journey: Developing an App for Windows 8

Jeremy Foster

http://aka.ms/dyynosjourney

Developing for Windows 8 in 1/2 the Time

Michael Palermo

http://aka.ms/DevforWin8

Using OData in Your Windows 8 Application

Jerry Nixon

http://aka.ms/UsingOData

Why Wait? Develop for Windows 8 Now!

Jerry Nixon

http://aka.ms/whywait

How to Convert Your Windows Phone App into a Windows 8 Application

Jerry Nixon & Nisha Baxi

http://aka.ms/ConvertWinPhoneApp

Building and Publishing Great Apps in Windows 8

Jerry Nixon & Nisha Baxi

http://aka.ms/buildinggreatapps

 

Tech Affiliate Program

The Tech Affiliate Program is your destination to earn and redeem points for support of your community activities!  This will allow you to choose the support services that you need for your community’s specific interests, size, and activity level.

 

LINK

www.mstechaffiliate.com

 

 

Getting Started with Coded UI Testing: Building your First Automated Test by Imaginet

This training seminar will demonstrate how to record tests run against various types of application user interfaces using Microsoft Visual Studio's Coded UI Tests and how to replay them at any time.  Additionally, we will explore how to embed validations, either simple or elaborate, to ensure your application is producing the correct results.  Learn how to improve the quality of your applications by having a repeatable set of Microsoft Coded UI Tests available to ensure defects don’t go unnoticed!

 

DATE

TIME

LINK

February 28, 2013

11:00 AM – 12:30 AM

163799

To register, visit: https://clicktoattend.microsoft.com/ and enter the Event ID.

 

DevOps Series #5: Releasing to Production: Modern Tools and Strategies by InCycle

Your team has not figured out a repeatable process yet to go to production when crossing multiple environments to reduce the time to release. Join us to learn more about release strategies and how to define your deployment pipeline when working with complex releases.

 

DATE

TIME

LINK

February 27, 2013

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

163693

To register, visit: https://clicktoattend.microsoft.com/ and enter the Event ID.

 

Coffee Talk: Embracing Modern App Development with Visual Studio 2012 by Northwest Cadence

Whether it’s Test-Driven Development, Test-First Development, or just plain figuring out whether your code does what you want it to do, unit testing is the standard for modern application development and a must-have for agile teams—but getting started can be a real challenge.  What should you test?  How granular should your tests be?  How do you isolate code?  How much code coverage is reasonable?  If you’ve hit a wall, you’re not alone. Get straightforward, practical guidance you can use today to jump-start your team’s unit testing efforts and finally see for yourself what the big deal is.

 

DATE

TIME

LINK

March 5, 2013

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

163936

March 19, 2013

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

163937

Visit http://nwcadence.com/events for a full list of upcoming events.

 

Elevating Windows Azure Deployments by Neudesic

One of the core tenants for working with cloud services is automation.  When it comes to deploying our new cloud solutions, we want to automate the process as much as possible too.  Both Visual Studio and the Windows Azure online management portal make deployments pretty easy - but it's manual.  By leveraging tools like PowerShell and Visual Studio,  we can automate much of the mundane deployment tasks, allowing us to have confidence in the final solution.  We can further enhance our build and deploy solution by leveraging TFS - giving us continuous cloud deployments!  Besides covering deployment options with PowerShell and TFS, in this session we'll also discuss techniques for handling the inevitable updates of our cloud services.  Coming away from this session you'll have a solid understanding, backed by practical real-world examples, of handling service deployments and updates.

 

DATE

TIME

LINK

March 6, 2013

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

167067

March 20, 2013

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

167068

To register, visit: https://clicktoattend.microsoft.com/ and enter the Event ID.

 

Lean, Kanban, and TFS by Imaginet

Kanban was originally created as a scheduling system to help manufacturing organizations determine what to produce, when to produce it, and how much to produce.  Although this may not sound like software development, these lean principles can be successfully applied to development teams to improve the delivery of value through better visibility and limits on work in process.
This webinar will provide an overview of the Kanban method, including the history and motivation, the core principles and practices, and how these apply to efficiency and process improvement in software development.  We'll also describe how Team Foundation Server can be used as a foundation for your work visualization and work flow management.  Come join us for this free Webinar!

 

DATE

TIME

LINK

March 7, 2013

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

163802

March 21, 2013

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

163822

To register, visit: https://clicktoattend.microsoft.com/ and enter the Event ID.

 

Using Lean & Kanban to Revolutionize Your Organization by Imaginet

With the introduction of Lean and Kanban into the software developments, teams are now starting to discover how to leverage these principles to revolutionize how they do business.  Come find out how you can use Lean and Kanban together with Microsoft TFS to make dramatic improvements in your organization!

 

DATE

TIME

LINK

March 11, 2013

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

163805

To register, visit: https://clicktoattend.microsoft.com/ and enter the Event ID.

 

Coffee Talk: Deliver Early, Often, and Exceptionally with Visual Studio Premium by Northwest Cadence

Developers using Visual Studio Professional know how the right tools help teams collaborate to deliver great code.  With Visual Studio Premium, extend that collaboration to the broader team—stakeholders, testers, and leadership—with all the power of Test Professional and additional Premium-only features to speed the delivery of high-quality, on-target applications.  Expect to see: new features for first-class testing, robust code review workflows, agile management support, and end-to-end insights the entire team can rely on.

 

DATE

TIME

LINK

March 13, 2013

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

163938

March 18, 2013

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

163939

March 27, 2013

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

167455

Visit http://nwcadence.com/events for a full list of upcoming events.

 

The Newest of the New with VS and TFS 2012 by Imaginet

By itself, Visual Studio 2012 included many compelling new features not available in prior releases.  But Microsoft hasn't stopped.  Since the production release in August 2012, Microsoft has continued to release more new capabilities. In this session we'll walk through some of the latest and greatest enhancements that you can use in your Visual Studio and TFS 2012 environment.

 

DATE

TIME

LINK

March 14, 2013

11:00 AM –12:30 PM

163821

March 28, 2013

11:00 AM –12:30 PM

163825

To register, visit: https://clicktoattend.microsoft.com/ and enter the Event ID.

 

Coffee Talk: Mission Critical, Enterprise Scale with Visual Studio Ultimate by Northwest Cadence

Highly complex, rapidly evolving applications in production leave no margin for error.  Visual Studio Ultimate delivers the features enterprises need to deliver and maintain critical business functionality at a global pace and scale.  Ensure high availability and performance, radically reduce defect repair times, and manage large, complex codebases while rapidly delivering new feature sets.  Don’t fear the next challenge—embrace it with Visual Studio Ultimate.

 

DATE

TIME

LINK

March 25, 2013

9:00 AM –10:00 AM

163941

Visit http://nwcadence.com/events for a full list of upcoming events.

 

DevOps Series #6: Modern Monitoring and Analysis of Your Production Application by InCycle

Developers and Operations engineers are increasingly working closer together to maintain always-on services. See how Visual Studio 2012 and complimentary tools give developers and operations the ability to reduce the mean time to repair defects in production applications. Attendees will understand how to integrate development and operations to provide actionable diagnostics in operations-managed environments with the demonstration of the following tools:  
• PreEmptive Analitycs for Team Foundation Server (TFS)
• Intellitrace in Production
• System Center integration with TFS
• Avicode

 

DATE

TIME

LINK

March 12, 2013

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

163694

March 26, 2013

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

163695

To register, visit: https://clicktoattend.microsoft.com/ and enter the Event ID.

 

Training: Available Upon Request by Northwest Cadence

 

TOPIC

CONTACT

Building Applications with Visual Studio 2012

Rick.Flath@nwcadence.com

Scrum/Agile Workshop

Rick.Flath@nwcadence.com

Agile Project Management

Rick.Flath@nwcadence.com

Kanban for the Enterprise

Rick.Flath@nwcadence.com

Enterprise Agility is not an Oxymoron

Rick.Flath@nwcadence.com

Professional Scrum Master

Rick.Flath@nwcadence.com

Professional Scrum Developer

Rick.Flath@nwcadence.com

 

PARTNER & COMMUNITY

 

Windows 8 Boot Camps

60 million licenses sold and counting, and it is only a few months since the release of Windows 8. Join Steve Seow as he walks through everything you need to know as a startup about Windows 8 and the opportunities it present to startups. How do you get an app into the Store? What programs and resources are available to startups? What technologies do I need to know to start development? How do I monetize from my published app? You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience to attend this. Just bring yourself and your questions!

       

DATE

TIME

CITY

LINK

March 18, 2013

7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Las Vegas, NV

http://win8bootcamplv.eventbrite.com/

March 19, 2013

7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Ogden, UT

TBD

 

Node.js Bootcamps

Node Bootcamp is a free event for developers and designers who want to learn Node.JS from the ground up with hands-on instruction from Node experts at Microsoft. No prior Node experience is necessary to attend. At Node Bootcamp you’ll learn how to build your first Node application from scratch, how to work with popular Node.JS development tools and editors, how to work with popular 3rd party Node frameworks, and how to deploy your applications to production hosting environments.

       

DATE

TIME

CITY

LINK

March 30, 2013

9:00 AM-5:30 PM

Seattle, WA

http://nodeseattle.eventbrite.com/

 

Launch Conference | Hackathon

AngelHack unites developers around the world for a hackathon competition, where they can learn, network, innovate, and win prizes and funding for their ideas. In 2013 AngelHack will bring together over 9,000 developers around the world for one of the largest developer competitions ever. Top teams in every city will have 3 months to finish their projects before being flown into Silicon Valley for the chance to win over $1,000,000 in prizes.

       

DATE

TIME

CITY

LINK

March 2-4. 2013

9:00 AM-5:30 PM

San Francisco, CA

Festival.launch.co

 

 

SXSW | Meat-Up for Startups!

Grub on Salt Lick BBQ at our 5th annual SxSW. Chat with

Microsoft evangelists as well as folks from Startup America,

Startup Weekend, and Startup Grind while enjoying a cold

beverage on us.

 

DATE

TIME

CITY

LINK

March 11. 2013

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Austin, TX

http://bizsparkmeatup.eventbrite.com/