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Why I Do This

I love my job. I’m passionate about technology and I want everyone else to love it just as much as I do. Day-to-day I’m pretty successful at piquing people’s interest in technology, but sometimes a story comes along and reminds me that this industry is capable of making a profound imprint on people. That’s what happened at the 2-day Boston Windows Phone Camp & Hackathon.

To find out more about the Boston event, check out a write up here and here. We’re doing more Phone Camps in the East, find one close to you!

On the Hackathon day, I spent some time at the back table chatting with the people sitting there. They were hard at work, so we chatted briefly about Colorado and snowboarding. Later that afternoon when everyone was presenting their apps, one of the men from the table, Brian, presented his game, Spooky Game. Spooky Game is a Halloween game using XNA and royalty free graphic. It turns out, Brian had been laid off early this year and he’d never written a line of code before. That morning, his 8-year son had told him to write a Halloween game with a pumpkin canon. With the phone training from the first day and the availability of XNA experts on the second day, he was able to code a working game!

When it came to vote for the best app of the Hackathon, Spooky Game won! Brian got his choice of prizes and he picked the Xbox 360 with Kinect. I have no doubt his 8-year old was super excited that his pumpkin canon idea won App of the Day!

This is one of those great stories about helping someone become a creator of technology! And he got an Xbox out of it! I’m feeling lots of warm fuzzies…like I swallowed a kitten!

App winners in Boston

Windows Phone Camps – East Region 2011

What’s a Windows Phone Camp?

For those who went to our “Windows Phone Garage” series last year, it’s one of those. For those new to the scene, it’s a free, full day event chocked full of everything you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just getting started with phone app development this full-day event is for you.

Interested in profit? We’ll also lead discussions on how to monetize your applications and generate profits with your apps.

Don’t miss the new Windows Phone 7.5 (codename “Mango”) features as well – with detailed sessions in the afternoon around Fast Application Switching, Multitasking, Live Tiles, Push Notifications, and more.

The day will be capped with an open lab hands-on session and prizes for apps completed. This is the perfect opportunity to begin work on your dream application, or finish that app you’ve already started, with Windows Phone experts there to guide you every step of the way. Bring your own laptop to join in the fun and show off your killer app!

Agenda
9:00 AM Welcome Campers
9:15 AM How to make money with your Windows Phone App
10:00 AM Frameworks for fun and profit > Silverlight and XNA
noon-ish Canteen > Install Fest
1:00 PM Hands-on lab
3:00 PM Cool stuff your app can do
4:00 PM To the Cloud
4:45 PM Be What’s Next > Peoples Choice Awards

Not only is the content great, but we’ve got a ton of locations coming up. Note that we are not only hitting the traditional Microsoft facilities, we are hitting a ton of campus locations as well. Students can attend Microsoft facilitiy events, and professionals / entrepreneurs are more than welcome to drop in on the on-campus locations as well. Mix, mingle, network.

Don’t see your geography in the list? Located in the East Coast USA? Reach out to us and let’s see if we can line up a Windows PhoneCamp “community edition”.

Schedule
9/20/2011 Charlotte, NC Registration
9/22/2011 Atlanta, GA Registration
9/27/2011 Malvern, PA Registration
9/29/2011 Reston, VA Registration
10/12/2011 Cambridge, MA Registration: Day 1

Registration: Day 2

10/18/2011 Chevy Chase, MD Registration
10/19/2011 New York City, NY Registration
10/25/2011 Tampa, FL Registration
10/27/2011 Champlain College, Burlington, VT Registration
11/2/2011 NCSU, Raleigh, NC Registration
11/4/2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL Registration
11/8/2011 UCF, Orlando, FL Registration
11/10/2011 Univ of Miami, Coral Gables, FL Registration
11/10/2011 SUNY (New Paltz), New York Registration
11/15/2011 Virginia Tech Registration
11/17/2011 Howard University, Washington, DC Registration
11/29/2011 Pittsburg, PA Registration
12/1/2011 Hofstra, Long Island, NY Registration
11/29/2011 Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA Registration

Prerequisites:
Bring a notebook computer and identification. Also check out the APP HUB where you can get developer tools, learn about application features, understand common task for Apps and register and load your APP.

Notes:
This event is brought to you by Microsoft and is free of charge. However, you are responsible for booking and paying for your own travel and accommodations