Is something stopping you from finishing your Windows Phone app?
Welcome to WPdev Saturday!
I would like to invite you to join me and other Windows Phone community experts for WPdev Saturday on February 22, 2014 in New Jersey for a fun day of mobile app building. WPdev Saturday is an event brought to you by Nokia DVLUP and sponsored by Microsoft.
The goal is to help you overcome any obstacles that might be preventing you from publishing an app. Whether you’re working on your first app or putting the polish on your 20th, all are welcome. If you do not have any apps in the works, then come and build a Microsoft App Studio app with our help.
When & Where?
Microsoft New Jersey Office – Iselin
101 Wood Ave South, 9th floor
Iselin, NJ 08830
Register on Eventbrite here to reserve your ticket.
Important: This is a very limited seating event and is intended for developers in the NY Metro, NJ, PA and mid-Atlantic states, please do not register if you are 2,000 miles away or do not intend on showing up, you’ll only be taking a seat away from another dev who needs it.
This event is primarily for developers who have never published apps for Windows Phone. Professionals and students are welcome. We assume that you already got started with Windows Phone development and need some help to cross the finish line. If you need help getting started, see the Preparation section at the bottom of this post. If you’re already a published developer and you’re working on a new app, you can join us too.
While the day is mostly focused on Windows Phone app development, game developers are welcome to join the fun.
We also have some “Sensei slots” for experienced Windows Phone developers who want to join in as Subject Matter Experts (aka Sensei). Sensei must be published developers who want to attend the event primarily to help other developers with their apps.
Important: Do not register as a sensei unless you are qualified and willing to help other attendees. Otherwise, use a regular attendee slot.
DO NOT REGISTER AS A SENSEI AND A DEVELOPER, PICK ONE OR THE OTHER. OTHERWISE YOU ARE TAKING A SPOT ANOTHER DEVELOPER COULD USE. YOU ONLY NEED ONE TICKET PER PERSON.
Here is the preliminary schedule (subject to tweaking):
- 08:00 AM – Registration opens: Caffeine intake session. BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast)
- 09:30 AM – Welcome & DVLUP Walkthrough (30 minutes)
- 10:00 AM – Build an app in 30 minutes with App Studio (30 minutes): See how to build an app from an idea to publishable in 30 minutes, literally. No joke.
- 10:30 AM – Hands-on time
- 12:30 PM – Lunch: Food and snacks will be served
- 02:00 PM – DevCenter Submission Walkthrough (30 minutes): See just how easy it is to submit and publish an app worldwide
- 02:30 PM – More hands-on time
- 07:00 PM – Event closes
The experts /sensei’s will be available to help during the hands-on time. They will be walking around helping and/or attending to requests for help. By the end of the day I fully expect everyone’s apps will be ready and submitted to DevCenter and on its way to the Windows Phone Store.
What you need to bring
- Willpower! This is not a day to just listen to talks and hang out. This is a day to act, build and publish an app.
- Laptop: If you need help on an app you already started, bring your laptop dev environment with your app on it.
- If you want to build an app without any code, bring a laptop that has a modern browser (IE10-11, Chrome). You’ll only need your browser to build and submit the app to the store. If you do not have a Windows Phone, the experts will be able to help you test the app on their phone. You will still need a DevCenter account to publish (see Preparation below).
What we will provide
- Workspace with Internet access & power
- Morning coffee & lunch
- Windows Phone development experts / sensei
- Test devices: We’ll have a few test phones available on loan for those that need a physical device for testing
- Prizes / giveaways
Everyone who attends and publishes their app will be entered to win a “hero” Nokia Lumia (1020, 928, 925, or 920) of their choice, and we have more prizes for attendees, see below. Note that sensei are also eligible for prizes even if they do not publish an app as a “thank you” for their help.
Prize Pool: Anyone that publishes an app on event day is eligible to win
- 1x Nokia Lumia “Hero” device (i.e. winner’s choice between a 920, 925, 928 or 1020)
- 2x Nokia Lumia 820 Phone Dev Kits (courtesy of Microsoft)
- 1x Nokia Qi Wireless Charging Plate
- Other Nokia DVLUP swag (TBD)
Giveaways: Anyone who attends will get all of these
- Nokia DVLUP t-shirt
- Nokia DVLUP USB car adapters
- Bonus 250 points to spend on DVLUP rewards
I’ll probably have other goodies on-site too like NFC stickers, 8-bit sunglasses for kids, and such. Microsoft will also be bringing some prizes of their own!
Note: If you accept a prize from me, you agree to these terms.
Preparation for the Event
You’ll have a bit of homework to do to get ready for the event:
- Install the Windows Phone developer tools: See my Getting Started page here.
- DevCenter Registration: It takes a few days to be accepted as a registered Windows Phone developer. Take care of this now so you’re ready to publish on Feb 22. It only costs $19. Check the offers below if that’s too much for you.
- Nokia Developer Offers: This package gets you a free DevCenter registration and additional tools from Telerik, Infragistics and others. Get started here.
- BizSpark: Start your own business as an app developer and apply for BizSpark. You’ll get a free MSDN subscription, free DevCenter registration, free Azure credits and more. Sign-up here.
- DreamSpark: If you’re a student, sign-up for DreamSpark instead and get many of the same free benefits.
- Start working on your app: This is highly recommended if you already have an idea. Unless your app idea is very simple, going from start to finish in one day is hard. The more you code ahead of time, the better. If you get stuck, bring your code and your problems and our experts will help you out.
If you have more questions about the event or how to prepare, post them in the comments below.
See you soon!