About Nokia Developer Ambassadors
Nokia Developer Ambassadors are community leaders in the US and Canada whose mandate is to support Windows Phone developers to maximize their success.
I’m located in Princeton, New Jersey, and I have the privilege of being the Nokia Developer Ambassador for this region. I specifically cover the states of NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV & KY as illustrated in the map below.
What do Nokia Developer Ambassadors do?
- Promote & evangelize Windows Phone to mobile app developers
- Educate developers about Nokia’s rewards program: DVLUP
- Educate developers about Nokia’s exclusive SDKs and APIs, such as Here Maps or the Nokia Imaging SDK
- Organize community events, conferences, hackathons
- Organize developer promotions and contests
- Sponsor & attend other third-party events
- Speak at events, perform technical demos, etc.
- Act as Subject Matter Experts / “Senseis” at hackathons
Who is My Nokia Developer Ambassador?
If you’re in the US or Canada, check out the list below to locate your respective Nokia Developer Ambassadors:
- Rich Dunbar: Team Lead for US & Canada
- Nick Landry (me): Princeton, NJ – Ambassador for NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, KY
- Lance McCarthy: Boston, MA – Ambassador for MA, CT, VT, MN, NH, RI, OH, IN, IL, MI
- Bill Reiss: Tampa, FL – Ambassador for FL, GA, NC, SC, AL
- Greg Stoll: Austin, TX – Ambassador for TX, OK, KS, NE, ND, TN, MS, LA, AR, MS, IA, CO, WY
- George Salcedo: San Diego, CA – Ambassador for Southern CA, UT, AZ, NM, HI
- Paras Wadehra: Silicon Valley, CA – Ambassador for Northern CA, NV, OR, ID
- Jan Hannemann: Vancouver Island, BC – Ambassador for (US) WA, MT, AK and (Canada) BC, AB, SK, NT, YT
- Atley Hunter: Toronto, ON – Ambassador for (US) WI, MN, ND and (Canada) ON, MB, QC, NL, NB, NS, PE, NU
You can also find the whole list on Twitter here, as well as a few other Nokia folks.
If you’re not in the US or Canada, the Nokia Developer Ambassador program has unfortunately not been expanded to other countries. I would invite you to engage with your local Nokia Developer Champions to engage with the Nokia community in your area.
Tell Me About You & Your Apps
Help me help you. If you’re a Windows Phone developer – published or not – I need to know about you. Use my Contact Me page and send me the following required info:
- Your name
- Preferred email
- DVLUP username (if you don’t have one, sign-up for free here)
- Location: I just need your city & state
Optionally, also include the following if you have it:
- Windows Phone Publisher Name
- Windows Phone Publisher GUID (it’s on your Dev Center Dashboard)
- Link to one of your apps
Why do I need this info? Because I’ll be sending out mailers about various promotions, including promotions that can lead to free phones. You don’t want to miss out. I’m also cataloguing the Windows Phone apps built by developers in my region and I’ll promote some of them on occasion. Tell me about your favorite apps. Tell me what makes them unique and why should people download them.
I’m also available as a beta tester for your apps. I can’t promise to test all of them, but I’ll do my best to help out as much as possible.
Here is a compilation of resources from Nokia for Windows Phone developers. Also be sure to visit my Getting Started page for more developer resources.
- Nokia DVLUP Rewards program for Windows Phone developers
- Nokia Developer Portal
- Get free design, development and troubleshooting Windows Phone tools with Nokia Developer Offers
- Nokia Imaging SDK
- Nokia HERE APIs and HERE App Launchers for Mapping Apps
- Nokia MixRadio API for Music Apps
Wait… you work for Microsoft AND Nokia?
Yes. All Nokia Developer Ambassador have full-time job of their own (e.g. Lance McCarthy works for Telerik; see their respective blogs for more info). My role as Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft is my full-time career. Think of my Nokia role as a side gig that is perfectly in sync with what I do at Microsoft since Windows Phone evangelism is a priority in both roles.
If you’re my Nokia Developer Ambassador, can you give me a free Lumia phone?
It’s not THAT easy. There are many ways through which you can earn a free Nokia Lumia phone. Nokia DVLUP is a great rewards program that lets you earn experience points for the Windows Phone apps you build. These points can in turn be spent to purchase Lumia devices for free. You can get started with Windows Phone development by downloading the free tools which include a full-blown emulator.
We also run various promotions, contests and events where you can win and/or earn a free Lumia phone. Stay tuned for such promotions as I will post them on my blog here.
If you really need a DevKit Lumia device, DVLUP has a loaner program and we can send you one for a few weeks, but that will require your credit card info just in case you decide you like it too much to return it to us.
Are there any Nokia events coming to your area?
Keep an eye on my Events page for up-to-date information about upcoming events I am involved with. Some are in my region, others can be across the US or in other countries.
Can Nokia sponsor my event or user group?
Possibly. Contact me directly on Twitter at @ActiveNick for now, tell me more about your group, event and dates and I’ll see what can be done.