Windows 8 “Elev8” App Challenge

We’re coming up on the annual Carolina Code Camp here in Charlotte and this year we thought it would fun to hold a hackathon leading up to the code camp, rather than simply run an all-day event at the code camp.  Here’s your chance to develop a great app for Windows 8, elev8 your skillset, and potentially win some cool stuff  Here are the details: The short version: develop a Windows 8 app, optionally attend some of our workshops, and submit it to the challenge.  At some point you need to be in person -- either at one of the workshops, or at the code camp -- as we need to prepare the demos and verify you are human.  Winners will be determined at the Carolina Code Camp.  The details: This app challenge is open to all Developers Guild members and members from the local community.  Download the free Visual Studio 2012 Express tools and other related SDKs here to begin developing your app.  Apps entered will be voted upon at the Carolina Code Camp on Saturday, May 4, 2013 by the attendees and organizers. While it is strongly encouraged you attend the Carolina Code Camp to demo your application, you do not need to be present to win (you will need to arrange to pick up your prize, if you win).  However, you must attend one of the Charlotte Windows App Developers workshops to demo and showcase your app prior to the code camp so we can have it loaded and ready for review. All apps must be original and new (published after 3/26) and must be submitted to the Windows store.  In the event it’s not approved yet and publically available, send some screenshots to show the app’s current progress.  The package files can be copied over to a demo machine, or you can bring your own machine the code camp to demo the application. Want some help developing your app?  Attend one of the Charlotte Windows App Developers meetups. Prizes: 1st Place:  Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 and Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone.  2nd Place:  $250 Visa Gift Card, Wedge Mobile Keyboard and Wedge Touch Mouse. 3rd Place:  $250 Visa Gift Card As an additional incentive, the first 10 entries will receive a 4,000 XBOX Live Points card valued at $50! Also, don’t forget about the Keep The Cash offer from Microsoft.  Earn $100 for every qualified app you enter.  See site for more details.

Charlotte Windows 8 DevCamp 9/8/12

This coming Saturday, 9/8/12, we’re putting together a 1 day Windows 8 DevCamp!  Check out the details here: What we decided to do is put the best content from ou Technorati Tags: windows 8,development,charlotte,microsoft r other Win8 DevCamps (typically 2 day), and create an essential, what-you-need-to-know day of content to help you get an app up and running quickly.  In addition, we decided to build the entire content around the Contoso Cookbook sample app, allowing us to focus on a single solution implementing the best practices. Here’s an overview of the event: We want your app in the store in time for the October 26 Windows 8 launch. Join us Saturday, September 8, at 9:00 AM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus to understand how simple it can be to construct a world class Windows 8 application. Don't think you can be ready to join the Windows 8 launch? Come anyway. You might be surprised. Either way you can learn what it takes to create or tune an app for Windows 8 and publish it in the Windows App Store. (Registration opens at 8:30 AM.) Windows 8 Overview and the Windows Store Haven't seen Windows 8 or know what it takes to get an app in the Windows Store? We'll cover that here. Drink your coffee because this first session will dive quickly into Windows 8, the platform, the changes, and the Windows Store, allowing you to monetize applications in a number of ways from in app purchases to subscriptions to trials. Cookbook I: Design Templates and Style In this session, we'll talk about the design principles for Windows Store applications – controls, color, typography, and general guidelines to follow to deliver the best user experiences. We'll also dive into the development choices and tooling support available. We'll begin with the built in templates and show how we can quickly scaffold a data-driven application called the Contoso Cookbook. Cookbook II: Data, Contacts, and Settings You've seen the Cookbook. But, how do we leverage data? How do we expose our data to allow users to search and share from the app? We'll explore these options in this session, from storing data, retrieving data via a web service using an in app purchase, to implementing search and sharing contracts, we'll look at the code that makes this possible. We'll also show how to store data locally, as well as roam preferences that can follow a user automatically as they log in to different devices. Cookbook III: Application Bar, Tiles and Notifications We've got the Cookbook well under way; now it's time to add some polish. We'll look at using the app bar for common tasks, and spend time talking about leveraging "live tiles" to create an up-to-date, engaging tile for your application. We'll also look at using Notifications, and how applications can run either background agents for various tasks, or be notified from a remote service using the Windows Notification Service. Hands On: [Your App Here] Now it's your time. We'll work in breakouts and 1:1 as necessary to get the tools and environment set up and provide guidance for building out your app. Have an app already underway? We can test, review and provide feedback against store certification requirements. As time permits, we'll cover additional features, and talk further about the certification process. And if your app isn't quite ready yet, that's fine! We're here to give you the kickstart to building your app, and we'll be here to make sure it's done by October 26th

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