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Windows 8 App Factor - Portland (6/7)

In two weeks from this Friday on June 7th there is a FREE Windows 8 App Factor Learn event being put on at the Microsoft PacWest Office located in the Pearl District.  The attendence is capped, so be sure to register now.  I've got a great idea I'm working on for both Windows Phone and Windows 8, so I'm already registered.

You may be asking, what is a Windows 8 App Factor Learn event?  Don't tell anyone, but you can think of it as free consulting to help you start/work on/finish your apps and games for the Windows Store.  I've recently finished an Windows 8 app for children learning to read and will be there sharing and helping folks with In-App-Purchases and Mobile Azure Services.

This will be a fun day of “training and auditions” where you will learn what you need to know, form a team where you can use your skills and compete to win. If you've just had an idea, already been developing for Windows 8, or have been wondering how easy it is to get in on the new Windows app economy then this is for you. Another way to think about this is a type of "founder dating" for Windows 8 entrepreneurs. your dreams.  You can even get free consulting from the local evangelist team (in person or online).

The event runs from 10am-6pm (welcome starts at 9:30am).  Food will be provided.  Hopefully I'll see you there.

 

tags: Windows 8 | win8appfactor

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

Windows 8 Holiday App Challenge!

Create and publish your Windows 8 application by January 20th, 2013.  Win a $100 gift card. Get started with your New Year app revolution.  It’s easy to do and free!

  1. GET STARTED
    Download all the software and resources you need completely FREE!
    aka.ms/w8holidayapp

  2. BUILD YOUR APP
    We’ll point you to instructive videos, sample code, and more.
    aka.ms/mswestgenapp

  3. PUBLISH YOUR APP
    Your app will be available to millions at the Windows Store.  Submit the details of your published app to claim your $100 gift card prize.
    bit.ly/XAoYqp

Official terms and conditions: http://sdrv.ms/YE5PoQ

tags: Windows 8

Windows 8 Unleashed - Portland (12/14)

Windows 8 Unleashed

 

 

Full Day of Hands On Programming, B.Y.O. Laptop!

Windows 8 is is the single biggest opportunity for developers EVER! Come to a “Windows 8 Unleashed” event to kick-start your Windows 8 Metro Style development. “Windows 8 Unleashed” is a series of FREE events run by your local community friends and leaders, and are great whether you are an experienced .NET developer, or even if you are just getting started. We’ll spend the morning of each Unleashed event in lecture and hands on labs. Half way through, you’ll get a chance to take what you learned in the morning and compete in a hackathon with a chance to win some great prizes!

 

Required Software and Downloads:

Please make sure to get the required software and downloads BEFORE coming to an event. You can find everything you need on the “Windows 8 Unleashed Installs” page.

 

Agenda:

Session I – Overview:

  • Metro Style Apps Overview
  • Developing Metro Style Apps
  • Working with Controls
  • Implementing Navigation

Session II – Location and Data:

  • Working with Location
  • Data Binding
  • Roaming
  • App Bar

Session I – Metro Principals:

  • Live Tiles & Toast
  • Contracts
  • Full, Fill, Snap and Portrait Views
  • Advertising

 

Build an App and Win Money and Prizes!

Our sponsors have stepped up with some awesome prizes. Not only do you get a ton of information for FREE, but you have an opportunity to win some awesome stuff! You can’t afford to miss this! (Full Agenda at the bottom of this page)

“Day of” prizes will be awarded at each Unleashed event (sponsored by PDSA):

  • 1st Place: $500 Gift Card
  • 2nd Place: $200 Gift Card
  • 3rd Place: $100 Gift Card

“Best Overall App” Prizes will be awarded to the best app from ALL unleashed events:

  • $10,000 from ComponentArt
  • Windows 8 Tablet from PDSA, Inc.

In addition all attendees will receive a FREE eBook from O’Reilly

tags: Windows 8 | win8

Helium - 27" Multi-Touch Monitor / Coupon Code

First things first, this is not an all-in-one, it's a 27" multi-touch monitor designed expressly for Windows 8. It's like a big Samsung Slate, only better. Developers will absolutely love this. I got the chance to use it for a couple weeks while building Windows 8 apps and I love it. After using the Helium I absolutely regret the HP TouchSmart monitors that I've purchased in the past 6 months. Be sure to check out the video at the bottom.

I took the Helium up to a Windows 8 Unleashed event in Seattle on September 28th and there was lots of excitement from developers about this device. One thing I noticed was if I brought up My Computer settings I could see that Windows 8 was recognizing the display and saying it was capable of 64 touch points. Whoa. So then I opened some drawing apps to see if that was true. One app I tried tried was stuttering with 2 touch points, but another was running like a champ with 30 touch points (3 sets of hands). Once I found someone to add another set of hands (40 touch points) then I started seeing some stuttering. Apparently my Samsung Slate from last year's BUILD conference is not as strong as I thought it was. :)

BTW, this works absolutely great for Windows Phone development. I'll be sure to write up another review and screenshots of that experience after I get back from BUILD.

I could honestly see having one of these in the kitchen where my kids are already using a PC for their homework. It's just so much more efficient to use, because sometimes you just really don't want to sit and use the keyboard and mouse.

Photos

Planar Helium - 27" Multi-Touch Monitor

Planar Helium - 15° Incline

Planar Helium - 70° Incline

Planar Helium - lying flat

Planar Helium - Windows 8

Planar Helium - 64 Touch Points

$200 off coupon code

These things have been selling like crazy and are on back-order until December 6th.  My friends at Planar are trying to help developers out by providing a special coupon for devs.  If you order it now and use the code WHITE - you'll get $200 off.

 

tags: Windows 8 | wpdev | Helium | win8dev

Surface is here!

Pre-Order Availability

Even if you're not a MS fanboy, you have to admit there's been lots of excitement around the Microsoft Surface ever since it was first announced in June. As of this morning it is now available for pre-order with delivery by October 26th. Woot!

There's been plenty of speculation about the price point for the Surface and the new cover that doubles as a keyboard. If you ask me, $499 is the sweet spot and the pricing seems about right. Am I offended at paying extra for the cover/keyboard? Not really. Apple has laid the groundwork for getting consumers used to paying more for accessories. Would I love to see it cheaper? Absolutely. Is this a price point that will stop me from purchasing it? Not a chance. Will I opt for the larger hard drive? Why would I when I can throw in a Micro SD card?

FYI, I've already pre-ordered mine (32GB w/ cyan cover).

 

Screenshot with Pricing Details

Pre-Order Surface with Windows RT

 

What about the Surface Pro?

There's a few questions people have about whether they should get the Surface RT or wait for the Surface Pro (expected Q1 of 2013). I don't have the time to wade through and help you make that decision right now. Luckily there are spec sheets and summaries that can help you make that decision. Most people will be be fine with an RT. Since I won't be using the Surface to replace a laptop or desktop, I don't see the need for a Pro version for myself (at least, not right now).

 

Marketing

There's going to be lots of advertising around the Surface, and I expect we'll see a Super Bowl commercial or two in February. This first commercial looks pretty sweet. It definitely has an Apple-esque feel to it.  I really like where this is heading. Lots of people will continue to be critical and claim Microsoft is doing something wrong and missing an opportunity here. Personally I can't wait to see all the sales records that will be broken. My money is on the Surface being a faster selling device than the Kinect (Bing results on Kinect success). This my friends, is a gamechanger.

 

tags: Windows 8 | Surface

Code with the Experts

These are two upcoming events that I'll be attending as a panelist (details below).  IMHO, if you're on the fence (or even just getting started) with Windows then you should make an effort to attend one of these events.  If you're one of the few (many?) who is a little pessimistic about Windows 8, feel free to wait until after BUILD and the release of the Surface tablets.  The event in Portland will be held two weeks after BUILD, which is plenty of time to see if this whole thing is gaining any traction, yet still early enough to jump on the band-wagon without missing it.  There's food, swag, and incentives for early publishers of apps.  Be sure to register, and feel free to let me know if you'll be there.

UPDATE (10/16/2012): Surface tablets are now availble for pre-order, and will be delivered on Oct. 26th.  I've already ordered mine (32GB w/cyan cover) and will have it with me at the Redmond event.

 

Are you excited to try your hand at building a Windows 8 App?

Join us on October 27th in Redmond or November 10th in Portland for Code with the Experts and make your dream a reality! Visit with Windows 8 experts and enjoy great food, awesome conversation, and wonderful prizes!

We want to invite you, your friends, co-workers, and any other developers to this special event. It is the perfect time to get started on your Windows 8 App. Don't worry if you don't yet have an idea for an App - we can brainstorm with you or match you with an idea for a Windows 8 App. Additionally, if you would like to work with someone on a project we will be ready to pair you with other developers.  Bring your storyboard, your ideas and your thinking cap!

We'll be providing the food, door and raffle prizes, and most exciting is a special surprise for all developers who are working towards publishing a Windows 8 App. All this AND we'll have the experts to help guide you through some of your challenges and roadblocks.

Bring your laptop loaded with Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express ready to code or use one of our preloaded "Windows 8 To Go" USB sticks. (Limited number available)

All attendees will receive a raffle ticket to win some cool prizes.

For every guest you bring to this Code with the Expert event, you will receive an extra entry to the raffle!

Looking forward to seeing you!

tags: Windows 8 | win8

Windows 8 Unleashed - Portland (8/24)

Windows 8 Unleashed

 

 

Full Day of Hands On Programming, B.Y.O. Laptop!

Windows 8 is is the single biggest opportunity for developers EVER! Come to a “Windows 8 Unleashed” event to kick-start your Windows 8 Metro Style development. “Windows 8 Unleashed” is a series of FREE events run by your local community friends and leaders, and are great whether you are an experienced .NET developer, or even if you are just getting started. We’ll spend the morning of each Unleashed event in lecture and hands on labs. Half way through, you’ll get a chance to take what you learned in the morning and compete in a hackathon with a chance to win some great prizes!

 

Build an App and Win Money and Prizes!

Our sponsors have stepped up with some awesome prizes. Not only do you get a ton of information for FREE, but you have an opportunity to win some awesome stuff! You can’t afford to miss this! (Full Agenda at the bottom of this page)

“Day of” prizes will be awarded at each Unleashed event (sponsored by PDSA):

  • 1st Place: $500 Gift Card
  • 2nd Place: $200 Gift Card
  • 3rd Place: $100 Gift Card

“Best Overall App” Prizes will be awarded to the best app from ALL unleashed events:

  • $10,000 from ComponentArt
  • Windows 8 Tablet from PDSA, Inc.

In addition all attendees will receive a FREE eBook from O’Reilly

 

Required Software and Downloads:

Please make sure to get the required software and downloads BEFORE coming to an event. You can find everything you need on the “Windows 8 Unleashed Installs” page.

 

Agenda:

Session I – Overview:

  • Metro Style Apps Overview
  • Developing Metro Style Apps
  • Working with Controls
  • Implementing Navigation

Session II – Location and Data:

  • Working with Location
  • Data Binding
  • Roaming
  • App Bar

Session I – Metro Principals:

  • Live Tiles & Toast
  • Contracts
  • Full, Fill, Snap and Portrait Views
  • Advertising

tags: Windows 8 | win8

Barcamp Portland 2012

Barcamp Portland 6 is happening March 30th and 31st at the Eliot Center in downtown Portland. This is an annual event that brings together people from throughout Portland's tech community (and beyond!) to learn and share about the wide range of things we're interested in.

We'll start off on the evening of Friday March 30th with an opening reception, then resume on Saturday with a full day of unconference sessions. The unconference format is like a conference, but all sessions are scheduled on site the day of the event, allowing anyone who wants to start a discussion, ask a question, or show off something neat, join in by adding their topic to the session board.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP on Eventbrite http://barcampportland6.eventbrite.com/ to let organizers plan accordingly for space and food. The event is free, thanks to generous sponsors and individual contributions. If you'd like to know more about sponsoring, see http://barcampportland.org/about/#sponsorship

Barcamp Portland is completely volunteer-run. If you can help out during the weekend of the event, or want to get involved in the planning process, check out http://barcampportland.org/volunteer/ or stop by a planning meeting Monday nights at Collective Agency between 6:30 and 8pm.

See the Barcamp Portland website for more details: http://barcampportland.org

My intention is to find other folks interesting in talking about Windows Phone, Windows 8, and mobile development in general. Hopefully I'll see you there.

tags: Windows 8 | Windows Phone | Barcamp | Portland