Attend Publish Boston & Win Big

Since the prizes are really awesome for this event (May 17th), I’m going to start off with them. We will be rewarding the best student, best individual, and best company in each of the categories below:

  • Top Windows 8.1 app
    • Trip to the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX.
    • 9 runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes
  • Top Windows Phone app
    • $10,000 to build your own “Dev Cave”
    • 9 Runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes
  • Top Cross Platform app
    • MakerBot 3D printer
    • 9 Runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes
  • Breakthrough in App Innovation and Design
    • MakerBot 3D printer
    • 9 Runner-up Nokia Lumia 1520 prizes

But wait, there’s more! I will be giving away these prizes at the end of the day…

  • Dell Venue Pro 8
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
  • Surface Pro and Surface Bluetooth Wedge Mouse (only windows phone entries are eligible)
  • 2 Nokia Lumia “Hero” Devices, winner’s choice of a Lumia 1020, 928, 925 or 920 (only windows phone entries are eligible)

So you are probably now asking yourself, “How do you win these prizes?”, funny that you ask because I was just going to tell you how you can…

Participate

Microsoft is holding an awesome world-wide Hackathon-style event titled //publish/.  The main purpose of the event is for you to publish your app to the Windows Phone or Windows Store. The app can be:

  • An app that you start working on now
  • An old app that you haven’t been able to finish
  • Some thing you build from scratch at the event

At the event –  If you attend in person on May 17th and submit your app to DevCenter by 7 PM, you will be able to demo it to the audience. The winners of the local prizes (second group) will be randomly chosen from those who successfully submitted (you will need to show me that the app is in submission or has been published to qualify).

After the event – The grand prizes (first group) will be awarded after the apps are published in the store. The winners will be chosen from three groups; student, indie and small business. For more details about the grand prize contest, go here.

How do you sign up?

Go here to register for //publish/ Boston  ( tweet ‘@lancewmccarthy I just registered for #pubWin Boston! #wpdev’ for a RT )

If you are not close to Boston and want to see if there is a //Publish/ event near you, go here and filter the list from the drop down. Note that the local event’s prizes will be different, but the grand prizes are the same.

I hope to see you all there, this is going to be tons of fun. I will come back here and update this post with a final agenda and more details when they become available.

Happy coding!

Lance

Legal Stuff: As with all my giveaways and contests, by participating and receiving a prize, you agree to this disclaimer.

Nokia DVLUP Day

Registration has ended!

UPDATE Registration is closed, the hard deadline for stragglers was 12:00 PM 11-16-2013.  Thank you for making this one of the highest registered events I’ve ever held at 90% of max building capacity!

IMPORTANT: Make sure you are present at the welcome presentation at 10 AM on the 4th floor. You will learn the answer to a secret question that proves you attended.

Event Description

Learn to make amazing Windows Phone apps at Boston Nokia DVLUP Day and win big prizes just for participating. Nokia Ambassadors, Lance McCarthy and Nick Landry, will provide hands-on Windows Phone development training. Whether you’re a seasoned dev or don’t know a line of code, you will walk away with the ability to write an app.

With full example source code and step by step instructions, you will learn how to make an app from scratch. There are three individual tracks for you depending on what you want to build and your programming skill level, there is something for everyone; games or apps.

As an attendee you get the following:

  • A Windows Phone 8. Every attendee who updates or publishes an app within 2 weeks of the event will get a new Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 device
  • A heavy-duty swag backpack. The swag bag is chock full of goodies, even the backpack itself is worth $89 (it’s a Wenger, Swiss Gear TSA friendly laptop bag).
  • A Nokia Developer Offers token. This contains the following:
    • Microsoft Windows Phone DevCenter account (this is your portal to publish apps to the Windows Phone Store and also unlocks physical devices for building apps)
    • Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone license
    • Infragistics NetAdvantage for Windows Phone
    • BugSense Performance Monitoring solution for Windows Phone (3 months)
  • $50 AdDuplex credit (approx. 20k ad impressions). When your app is live, you’ll be entered to win:
    • 1st place- 1,000,000 ad impressions
    • 2nd place- 500,000 ad impressions
    • 3rd place- 250,000 ad impressions
  • PreApps.com app placement credit. PreApps.com is giving every attendee credit towards app placement on the PreApps website!
  • Mac Clinic- If you are a developer who uses a mac and doesn’t have access to a Windows 8 machine, be sure to read the end of this post. you’ll need to reach out to me to reserve a mac dev kit.

There will be 2 random drawings for all attendees to win a Nokia Lumia “Hero” device of their choice (Lumia 1020, 928, 925, 920). The first drawing will be held at 5 PM after the day of training for all attendees. The second drawing will be held at the end of the mini-hackathon for the attendees who stayed to code and get hands-on help.

There will also be random giveaways throughout the day for swag, Telerik licenses, gadgets and more.

Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Schedule:

  • 8 AM MacBook clinic
  • 9 AM Registration, breakfast and networking
  • 10 AM Introductions then sessions start (tracks 1, 2 and 3)
  • 12 PM Lunch
  • 12:30 Sessions resume
  • 2:00 PM Track 1, 2 and 3 end
  • 2:15 Combined track begins
  • 4:30 Combined track ends, giveaways
  • 5:00 PM Sessions end, dinner is served, mini-hackathon begins
  • 8:30 PM Mini-Hackathon ends, final prizes awarded
  • 9:00 PM End of event, 2 week hackathon begins!

Track One: Native development (10AM – 2PM): Learn how to write Windows Phone apps with XAML/C# and explore the amazing APIs available to you. From the built-in task classes to advanced Bluetooth/NFC/Camera approaches, Lance McCarthy, Nokia Ambassador for the Northeast US, will show you how easy it is to write great apps with ease. This track comes with full source code and slides.

Track Two: App Studio development (10AM-2PM): Learn how to generate a store-ready Windows Phone app in under an hour using Microsoft’s App Studio. Nick Landry, Nokia Ambassador for the Mid-Atlantic US, will show you how to get started with App Studio and also take you through how to download the source code for the finished app to customize it even further.

Track Three: Game Development (10 AM-2PM): Learn how to make fun games for Windows Phone and Windows 8 using Unity3D and Construct2. Michael Cummings, Microsoft DPE, will show you how to code casual 2D games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone using a variety of technologies such as Unity, GameMaker, Construct 2, HTML5 and/or MonoGame. (If you had originally signed up on Microsoft’s event page, that event listing has been cancelled. Simply go to the Eventbrite link at the top of this page and register there instead)

Combined track (2:15-5PM): A combination of app demos from the event hosts that highlight their favorite approaches to Windows Phone development (for example, Lance will demonstrate some Windows Phone Bluetooth and Netduino fun). Each presenter will spend 30 minutes to show you the app and dissect it for you to see how to do it yourself. This session is to spark your imagination.

Developer Environment (MacBook WPDev Kit)

To write native Windows Phone 8 apps, you will need to be using Windows 8 Pro. If you do not have windows 8 Pro, you can do track 2 and make a Windows Phone App Studio app.

Developers with a Macbook: If you are a developer with a MAC, you can show up early (8:00 AM) for the MAC Clinic and you’ll be provided with a MAC DEV KIT. This contains a copy of Parallels and a copy of Windows 8 Pro. They will help you setup your mac so that you can develop Windows Phone apps. Email Lance McCarthy as soon as possible to set up your MAC DEV KIT, otherwise it will be first-come, first serve (email: BostonDvlupDay@outlook.com ).

If you have questions about your environment, please email BostonDvlupDay@outlook.com

General Windows Phone 8 developer environment minimum (if you’re doing track 1 or 3)

1.  Mac users only: Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, VirtualBox or VMWare Fusion

2.  Windows 8 (or 8.1) Professional (a 90-day evaluation version available here)

3.  The Windows Phone SDK is available here, I will also have it available on a USB drive that you can install there.

Summary

This is going to be an awesome day, I look forward to seeing you all there. Just for showing up and learning, you get hooked up. Just for updating or publishing an app, you get hooked up. Mark off that Saturday and come join us.

Directions to the Venue

Microsoft 1CC, Cambridge, MA
Microsoft 1CC,
Cambridge, MA

Directions to #1 CAMBRIDGE CENTER  Directions from Bing

(Note: there is some construction being performed on the Longfellow bridge and it is currently closed to Cambridge-bound traffic )

ARRIVING BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

MBTA (“The T”)

Cambridge Center is accessible via the MBTA Red Line at the Kendall Square/MIT stop (between the Charles Street and Central Square stops). The Red Line links up with other lines providing access to virtually the entire Greater Boston region, including Logan Airport.  Please follow the Microsoft signs to our main entrance in the front of our building.

Hackathon Winners

I will be writing a more in-depth blog post (with videos and event pictures) on the Telerik website when all the media is done being edited. For now, I wanted to quickly get a post up to show the winners of The Boston Hackathon. There were over 40 apps created, submitted and presented! Every developer who went through my grueling training schedule on day one, built their app, got it in by 3:30PM on day two and had the courage to present to the audience, earned a Nokia Premium Developer Program token ($1,500 value)! They will all be able to publish their apps to the Windows Phone Store.

Go here and see the comments on this photo. The comments are from the developers who participated and give you a great insight into the event.

Without further ado, here are the winners.

First Place

First place went to VTX (Voice Assisted Training & Exercise by Maneesh Moota and Roman Jaquez). It was a spectacular application that leveraged the power of the Telerik Design Templates and RadControls for Windows Phone. It also integrated speech, maps, accelerometer data, backend for user profiles,  RadQrCode to share workout routines and much more. Here are some screenshots:

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Second Place

Second place went to LockMapper, by Jeffrey Harmon (developer of the successful app, Memorylage). This app updates your lock screen with your current location on a map, and also the live tile, with your current location and the route to your destination plotted! Jeff demonstrates his out-of-the-box thinking with this unique featuring of WP8 APIs and Telerik controls and nailed another home run..  Here are some screenshots:

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Third Place

Third place was RadLibs, by Team Hyland (Jeremiah Bryant, Anthony Russell, Kevin DiTraglia and Bryan Stump) who drove all the way from Cleveland, Ohio to participate! The app is a digital MadLib, that spits out some really funny stories from the user’s pre-chosen, random words. They used the Telerik controls throughout the app and even used the speech APIs which made the app even funnier.

UPDATE: Now available in the Windows Phone Store, get it here.

Here are some screenshots:

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Conclusion

Every single developer that participated poured their heart and soul into this.  I didn’t have a chance to even take a break longer than 5 minutes, that’s how engaging these developers were. They were all full of questions. Look out world, we have a new crop of relentlessly dedicated Windows Phone developers coming your way! I couldn’t be more proud of what was accomplished this weekend, kudos to everyone involved.     Note: These are screenshots of the app as it was presented to the judges. There will most likely be improvements/changes made before being available in the Windows Phone Store.

26.2 Smiles

The Boston Marathon gives you 26.2 miles, but the The Boston Hackathon can give you 26.2 smiles!

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I am throwing a huge bash of a hackathon during the weekend of the marathon (april 13th – 14th). Awesome prizes awarded for your guts, and recognition for your glory. Just showing up proves your level of awesomeness, so you’ll get $1,500 worth of goodies just for building an app

Here’s a snapshot of the prizes:

  • 1st Place: Surface RT and a Nokia Lumia 920
  • 2nd Place: $250 cash and a Nokia Lumia 822
  • 3rd Place:  $100 cash and a Nokia Lumia 620

Everyone who publishes an app to the store will get:

  • $100 per app (up to $2000)
  • A Nokia Lumia 800

Everyone who submits an app for the hackathon will get:

  • Nokia Premium Developer Token ($1,500.00 value)

What is a Nokia Premium Developer Token? The token pays for your

  • Windows Phone DevCenter account ($99.00 Lets you publish apps to the Store and unlock phones)
  • Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone license ($99.00)
  • 1 Million Buddy API calls a month for 12 months ($1,200.00)
  • Two Nokia support tickets ($198.00)

So go grab your seat before they’re all gone. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Here’s the schedule:

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Lumia 620 Giveaway

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations Imran Shaquif, of Dangling Neuron, who has won the March Lumia 620 giveaway.

March Lumia 620 Giveaway

I am giving away a Lumia 620 to a lucky WPDev.

The rules are simple:

  • You have published a new Windows Phone app (starting Feb 1st 2013)
  • You live in the US and are not in California, Texas or New York
  • You’re a member of Nokia’s http://Dvlup.com (Go to Dvlup.com and register, you don’t need a code anymore)

If you meet these conditions, send the following information to ext-lance.mccarthy (at) Nokia.com:

  • The URL to your app and the date it was published
  • Your Windows Phone publisher name
  • Your Dvlup username
  • Your location (City, State)

Once I verify your info, I will add you to the list and randomly draw a winner on Sunday, March 31st. If you do not win here, then don’t worry, I have a whole bunch of tricks up my sleeve for the next couple months. Get your app in the store and get the url to me!

If you do not have a DevCenter account, send me the finished app and I will give you a DevCenter account.

Ready, Set, CODE!

Lance

Fine Print: This contest is held by me and I reserve the right to change the rules if it is found to be unfair. You are not eligible if you are represented by another Nokia Developer Ambassador, this is because they each have the same resources as me and I will be cross-referencing with them to make sure you are not “double-dipping”. This device is not available for retail sale in the US and is not covered by US warranty.

Developer Summit Awesomeness

I just returned from the 2013 AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, and boy can I say it was a good one! Approximately 50% of mobile apps submitted to the hackathon were Windows Phone apps and the #1 winner of it all was a… you guessed it, a Windows Phone app! The winner, Ruggero Scorcioni, took home a $30,000 prize for creating an app that uses brainwave readings to determine whether or not it is a good time to make or accept a phone call. We also had other winners who created awesome Windows Phone apps. I’ll write a future post on a list of the winners, for now, lets see some pictures.

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Welcome to Vegas developers!

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Here I (in the blue Nokia shirt) explain how to better implement Telerik’s RadChart in Partha Choudbury’s app (he went on to win a Microsoft Surface, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Premium Developer Program token and more!). Also in the picture, Paras Wadehra (Ambassador- Silicon Valley) and Randy Arnold (Ambassador Northern Texas).

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Here, Chevon Christie (Nokia Ambassador – New York), lends a hand to a Windows Phone dev attendee

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Chevon and George Salcedo (Nokia Ambassador – SanDiego) discuss important stuff 🙂

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From left to right Greg Stoll (Ambassador – Southern Texas), Randy Arnold and Jan (pronounced ‘Yahn’) Hannemann (Ambassador – Vancouver) banging away at our Nokia Developer table.

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George Salcedo and the hackathon’s #1 winner Ruggero at the Nokia 8-Bit afterparty.

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Paras is such a ham… he always knows where the cameraman is. Want more proof, here ya go…

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yep, I’d say that’s proof enough (Paras is a really funny guy).

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George helping out an attendee

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That’s me on the big screen during the developer summit keynote speeches 🙂

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Jan at the Nokia booth in the main demonstration room

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I am off-screen to the left, Rich Dunbar, Paras, George, Randy, Greg, Chevon and Jan

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Nokia DVLUP 8-Bit after party at the top of the Palms

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Coolest DJ table ever

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The club ceiling had and amazing projection. Here’s a short video of it:

More to come!

(photo credit AT&T Developer facebook and video taken by me)

How Rad is your app?

I have another giveaway and challenge for my developers today. In addition to being a Nokia Developer Ambassador, I work full time as a XAML Support Specialist at Telerik, yep the awesome RadControls people. So, I’d like to ask you, “How Rad is your app?”

I don’t want this post to sound like an ad, but rather a testimonial. That’s why I make it a point to say that I used the RadControls long before I became an employee, their components are a powerful, indispensable part of my development toolbox. The RadControls make your app look like you had a whole team of designers.  I just released an app powered by the RadControls, “Conferenced In”.  Get it here so you can follow along with this post as I make a simple comparison.

In the app I use the DataBoundListBox instead of the default listbox, this easy change dramatically increased the polish and functionality of my app. With features like “PullToRefresh” and built-in animations, I got a great UX with minimal effort. Another great feature of the DataBoundListBox is the “OnDemand” feature. You have the ability to fetch new list items when the user gets to the bottom of the contents via an Automatic or Manual OnDemand method built into the control. To see this in action:

  1. Open Conferenced In and sign in to Twitter (if you don’t have a Twitter account, the app has a guest mode)
  2. Choose an upcoming conference (this combo box and popup display is the RadListPicker)
  3. Select “Load Speakers”. Notice how the speakers fill the viewport? Awesome sauce, right! That’s the RadDataBoundListBox built-in animation with a little customization.
  4. If you signed into twitter, slide over to your timeline or mentions and scroll all the way to the bottom. You’ll see a button to load older tweets, that is the OnDemandManual mode.
  5. Now go back to the speakers list and select a speaker, this will bring you to their profile page.
  6. With the speaker’s tweets in front of you, pull the tweets down. You’ll see the PullToRefresh icon and animation do it’s magic.  This is a built-in property that you only need to toggle and populate the event handler. Easy button.
  7. Now scroll to the bottom of the speaker’s tweets as fast as possible, when you reach the end of the list notice the “loading” busy indicator. This is the control in OnDemandAutomatic mode! You will see the older tweets animate in from the right.

Now imagine if I used a default listbox? How much coolness would I lose? Exactly…

So, I’ve added a new feature to this blog. If you look over to the right sidebar, you’ll now see a new widget titled, “Examples”. This is a live Box.net widget where I have placed example applications that you can download right now. Go ahead and get the Telerik Examples compressed folder from the widget. Inside there you will find the source code of several applications (in parenthesis is the link to the example if it is the Marketplace):

  1. Telerik Examples (live link only: You get this as part of your trial download. Find it at C:Program Files (x86)TelerikRadControls for Windows Phone 7 Q3 2012Demos)
  2. Picture Gallery (live link)
  3. Telerik Design Templates (live link)
  4. Telerik ToDo
  5. Telerik Exchange Client
  6. Telerik Agenda Viewer

The next step is go get yourself a trial of the RadControls for Windows Phone, go to this link and click the “Download Trial” button. Install the RadControls and then go explore the source code of the example apps. Take a look at how flexible and powerful they really are. I only gave you one small case, imagine what this can do for your apps! See how the Telerik Windows team leverages the different features in these examples. You can fully develop your app and also get unlimited support ticket during your trial!

Get free license to the RadControls for Windows Phone I will award one license to the first developer who sends me their app that uses at least 3 RadControls in their app and tells me how the RadControls made their app better. Apps published before Nov 7th are not eligible for this challenge, but if you are updating an existing app with the RadControls that was first published after Nov 7th, it is eligible. Contact me at Nokia-Dev(at)outlook(dot)com for more rules and details.

We’re back at the original question, “How Rad is your app?”