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Nokia Promotion: ActiveNick’s February Giveaway for Windows Phone Developers


Greetings Windows Phone developers!

One of the fun things of being a Nokia Developer Ambassador is running contests. I love the Windows Phone developer community and I love giving away free stuff. So here I am, kicking off February with a bang for the developers in my region. This includes the states of NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV & KY. If you do not live in those states, be sure to check the promotions by your own Ambassador. The full list can be found here.

How to Participate in the Contest

Simple: Build a new Windows Phone app! Here are the criteria:

  • You must live (and your DevCenter account must be registered) in one of the following US States: NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV & KY. No exceptions. I will ask for verification evidence if you win something.
  • You must must build a brand new app for Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 7.8, NOT an update to an existing app (though we always encourage you to update existing apps too).
  • The app must first be published between February 1st and February 28th 2014.
  • This contest is available for new and existing Windows Phone developers.
  • You must build a real app, no crapware please. It doesn’t have to be a complicated app but it must have real value. I will be the final judge. No arguments.
  • Your app must have at least 5 reviews by March 8 2014, with an average of 4+ stars.

Once your app is live and meets the downloads & ratings criteria above, send me your entry via my Contact Me form here. Please include the following in your entry:

  • Subject: ActiveNick’s February Nokia Giveaway
  • Your name
  • Your city & state
  • Your preferred email
  • Your DVLUP username (sign-up here if you do not have one)
  • Link to your app

What You Can Win

At the end of February (only 28 days, act fast) I will compile the names of all the participants and draw names randomly

  • 5x Nokia Lumia 800 smartphones (Black, GSM US bands, carrier unlocked, upgradeable to Windows Phone 7.8)
  • 5x DVLUP-branded Wenger Swiss Gear backpacks
  • 1x JBL MD-51 PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker for Nokia – Black
  • 10x NFC “Testing Kits” (1x programmable NFC card and 5 DVLUP-branded NFC stickers)
  • 5x Reward Cards worth 250 points to spend on DVLUP rewards

I will do the drawing on March 8 2014 to allow enough time for late entries to reach the 5 required reviews. I will notify the winners via email.

Sounds good? Now go build some apps. Remember that your app must be published and in the Windows Phone Store by February 28 2014.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’ve never built a Windows Phone app before, visit my Getting Started page for a whole set of resources to get you started.


  • If you already received/won/earned a free Lumia 800 from me (or my predecessor) as part of the “Build your First App” promotion in 2013, you are not eligible to win another Lumia in this contest. However you are still eligible for the other prizes.
  • Apps entered in this contest cannot be combined with other promotions I might run in the region.
  • Don’t try to fake your location to participate in this contest. I will find out.
  • By entering this contest you agree to my terms of service.


Is this a Microsoft or a Nokia promotion?

This is a Nokia promotion available for all Windows Phone developers in the following US states only: NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV & KY.

Can I choose my prize?

No. I will assign the prizes at random when I do the drawing on March 8 2014.

Can I build an app with Microsoft App Studio?

Yes you can, but try to apply yourself to make it a nice one. Build something real around a common theme, don’t just throw a bunch of random links together and call it a day, otherwise I’ll throw your app in the “crapware” category. And remember that you’ll need to reach the 100 downloads and 5 ratings milestones to qualify.

Can I build an app with PhoneGap?

Yes, as long as the app is also published in the Windows Phone Store. If you want to target many App Stores, PhoneGap can be a good alternative.

Will I get more than one entry in the contest if I build more than one app?

Totally, yes! The more apps you publish, the more chances you have to win. You can even win more prizes! But you can only win ONE prize of each category (i.e. one phone, one backpack, etc.)

Can I enter the contest by updating an older app?

No. Though we always encourage you to update existing apps, this contest is only for new apps.

Will I still get DVLUP xp for my new app?

Of course! All Windows Phone apps are eligible for DVLUP challenges as long as you’re in a supported country.

Can I build a Windows 8 app instead?

You can, but it won’t be eligible for this contest. This Nokia promotion is only for new Windows Phone apps.

ActiveNick Assimilated by the Microsoft Collective


Yes, it’s true. Yesterday, I have officially joined Microsoft as a Senior Technical Evangelist in the DPE East Region Audience Team, specifically covering the New York Metro and New Jersey area.

This move has been a long time in the making. I started my professional career back in 1992 as a programmer-analyst working with Microsoft QBX (QuickBASIC Extended) and Visual Basic 1.0. I became a Microsoft Certified Professional in 1995 and MCSD in 1997. I started speaking about Microsoft technologies at developer events in 1996 and have to date presented more than 200 talks in several countries. Five of my seven employers before Microsoft have been Microsoft Certified Partners. I was named Microsoft Regional Director in Montreal back in 1997. I started specializing in Microsoft mobility products back in 2002 and became an MVP in 2005 – an award that I have received 10 years in a row.

I could go on and on…

The bottom line is that I owe my entire 22-year career to Microsoft. This is where I feel at home and an opportunity was presented to me to join the evangelism team here in NY/NJ and I happily took it. I’m super excited to join Microsoft and continue my community work, this time in an official capacity.

My New Role

As a member of the Technical Evangelism team, we work with students, developers and IT pros to help them learn, adopt and use the Microsoft developer platform to design and build the next generation of apps for Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows Azure. I will organize and speak at events, user groups, meetups, code camps, conferences and such. I’ll keep on blogging and writing. I’ll produce training material, samples, starter kits and videos. I will of course be talking about other technologies as well, some from Microsoft, some from partners, and some from competitors. Microsoft plays well with others and I love to demonstrate it.

I invite you to also follow me on Twitter at @ActiveNick and also follow my colleagues from the NY Metro Team:

I know that many of you will think that I will lose my objectivity, that my word can’t be trusted anymore because I’ll be biased. The truth is I was always biased in favor of Microsoft technologies because it’s what I always specialized in. But I also made sure to not just blindly agree with Microsoft on all things. Those that know me or have seen my talks know full well I call it as it is. Microsoft makes mistakes, just like Nokia, Apple, Google or Amazon also do. And Microsoft makes awesome technologies, and so do Nokia, Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung and others. I always tried to be honest and set developers on the right path, not necessarily the Microsoft path. Nothing changes in my book.

Always remember that I don’t like the products because I joined Microsoft. I joined Microsoft because I like the products.

Please, as you read my blog over the coming months and years, know that everything I say here is my own opinion. My viewpoints are my own, and not those of Microsoft or my colleagues. Feel free to quote me, but when you do, you are quoting Nick Landry, NOT Microsoft.

Introduce Yourselves

If you’re a developer in the NY / NJ area, please introduce yourself in the comments below. Hopefully I will get to meet all of you in the coming months and years. If you’re a regular follower of mine on Twitter, in prior blogs or at conferences, you’re welcome to introduce yourself too, no matter where you’re from. You can also say hi on Twitter at @ActiveNick.

Working and engaging with all of you is the best part of my job. Thank you for being such an awesome community.


Q: Will you still be a Microsoft MVP on Windows Phone Development?

A: No. MVPs are always external to Microsoft. I had a great 10-year run as MVP with Windows Phone Development (and Windows Mobile Dev before that) and it’s time for me to continue my community work from the inside.

Q: Can I have your MVP spot?

A: You can try, but it’s not up to me. Good luck!

Q: Who will be the new Nokia Developer Ambassador for NY, NJ, PA and Mid-Atlantic states?

A: Me! I am continuing my role with Nokia since it is perfectly in sync with my role at Microsoft. With Microsoft acquiring the Nokia Devices Division this year, I suspect things will merge over time and it’ll just be business as usual for me. As Nokia Developer Ambassador, I have a wider territory covering the states of NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV & KY. If you’re a Windows Phone or Windows 8 developer in these states, please introduce yourself below.

Q: Will you still cover non-Microsoft technologies in your blog and conference presentations?

A: Yes. Maybe not as much as I used to, but I strongly believe in the cross-platform nature of the mobile space. My favorite platform has always been Windows Phone, but I also cover Windows 8 of course. I’m also proficient with iOS, Android, Xamarin, PhoneGap, jQuery Mobile and other technologies. I plan on covering a wide range of mobile technologies on my blog and at events. Ultimately, my goal is not to pull you away from other platforms. A true mobile developer should know iOS, Android and Windows.

Q: Does the implant hurt?

A: Not really. I tried to avoid it but I was told that resistance is futile.

Q: I run a User Group / Meetup in the NY / NJ area. Will you come and speak to our members?

A: Sure. Introduce yourself in the comments below or contact me on Twitter at @ActiveNick

Q: Where will you be speaking next?

A: Check out my Events Page for up-to-date info about scheduled events & appearances, and links to past events, sessions materials and demos.


Got other questions for me? Ask away in the comments below.