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Nokia's Current Offerings for Developers

Thanks for everyone who listened to me talk at PADNUG last night about Nokia's current offerings for developers building Windows Phone apps. The two programs I talked about were DVLUP and their Premium Developer Program (PDP).

DVLUP is FREE to join. In fact you should all join it right now if you already haven't. There's a 80 second video on the homepage that gives a quick overview of what DVLUP does for you. Go ahead and watch it now, I'll wait.

The other program (PDP) will cost you $99 and includes a lot of tools (see below). But save your money, I have free tokens for the Premium Developer Program to raffle out. In order to be entered in the raffle I need you to email me your DVLUP username. You already signed up after you watched the video, right? I mean, it is FREE to join and I did wait for you. Here's what PDP gives you:

  • One year of Windows Phone Developer Center membership ($99)
  • Free license for Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone ($99)
  • Up to 12 months' worth of access to up to 1 million API calls per month with Buddy.com's cloud APIs ($1200)
  • Two Nokia Tech Support Tickets ($198)
  • Marketing In A Box
  • Remote Device Access

Like I said, I have tokens to raffle out, but what I need is you to email me your DVLUP username. So if you haven't already the please go sign up now.  I'll be doing the raffle on Friday, so please get me your information soon.

Also, I want to introduce you to Jan Hannemann. He is out of Vancouver B.C., and is the Nokia Ambassador over our region (Oregon). He's has two promotions going on right now, one is WriteOneGetOne and the other is 620 hours of April. Last night I was explaining the WriteOneGetOne promotion. Here are the rules:

  1. You must not have previously released a Windows Phone app to the Windows Phone Store or Marketplace.
  2. Your app must have been Certified and available in the store AFTER January 1st, 2013.
  3. The app must be a QUALITYapp… What does that mean? It means:
    • Must pass Marketplace Certification
    • No Hello World or Flashlight apps.
    • The app must have a useful function.
  4. All Apps will be assessed by Jan and his decisions regarding validity in this promotion are final.
  5. This is limited to as long as he has the phones to give away, which is right now.

As you can see, this WriteOneGetOne program benefits those of you who have been sitting on the fence wondering when is the right time to get into Windows Phone development.  NOW IS THAT TIME!

Please let me know if any of you need help finishing your apps so you can submit to Jan for these contests. Many of you saw me pairing with Scott Hanselman last night as I was helping him with an app he's working on.  Know that I am more than happy to do the same for any of you.  Just reach out and ask and let me know.

tags: Windows Phone | wpdev | Nokia | Lumia | DVLUP

Mobile Hackathon - Portland (4/6)

This upcoming Saturday (April 6th) there is a hackathon being sponsored by Act-On Software in Beaverton, Oregon (map and directions).  The hackathon is themed around creating a mashup that uses gamification to drive green behavior in the community.  There is a very big emphasis on mobile.

Schedule & Registration

The event starts at 9:30am with Voodoo Doughnuts, and will wrap up around 11:00pm with an awards ceremony.  Yes, awards.  Bring any existing project you have or start from scratch and build a brand new project that uses gamification to drive green behavior in the community.  You have the chance to will $$ for your favorite charity or non-profit, as well as some really cool beer-ware made in Portland, Oregon.

While this event is free, you do need to register in advance in order to help with meal planning and logistics.  Please take the time to register now.

Making you successful with Nokia

I'll be there looking to hack with various folks on Windows Phone.  Don't have a Windows Phone?  No problem, you can borrow one of mine.  I'll be there with an extra Nokia Lumia 920 or two that I'll be loaning out.  I'll also be there talking about Nokia's current offerings for developers, primarily DVLUP and Nokia's Premium Developer Program, but also other not well known features such as Marketing in a Box, Remote Device Access, and Nokia Ad Exchange.

Free Phones for Dedicated Developers

If you're interested in getting a free Windows Phone, or interested in getting a free token to Nokia's Premium Developer Program then make sure you come find me and let's talk.  If you're serious about getting an app built then I can make sure you get hooked up and taken care of, but you've got to be serious (i.e. it's time to be serious about publishing).

Enterprise App Development

I've also been doing some "real" Enterprise App development with Windows Phone.  I'm not talking about faking it like we did in Windows Phone 7.5, I'm talking about real enterprise development and management of apps (e.g. think System Center and Intune).  I'm happy to talk more about this with any of you, I'll be blogging on that in more details in the future.

Windows Store Apps

And yes, I'll be there with my Surface and HP Slate, so if none of you want to do Windows Phone apps but you've got a great idea for Windows Store, then I'll be happy to help you hack out a solution for that.

Making Money

Let's be clear, I'm interested in publishing apps to stores and making money.  That's a big reason why I'm spending so much time in Nokia's programs and offerings.  Microsoft helps with the technical end of getting an app built.  Nokia helps with the business end.

I'm planning on having a lot of fun on Saturday at this hackathon.  Hopefully you are too and I'll see you there.  Please ping me after you register and let's start talking about we're going to build.  Might as well get started now, eh?

tags: Windows 8 | Windows Phone | wpdev | Nokia | hackathon