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Win a Nokia Lumia 900

Come by the Microsoft booth at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing for your chance to win a Nokia Lumia 900!

You can enter to win by creating your very first Windows Phone app. We have four tutorials for you to walk through to create your first app. You can do the tutorials at the Microsoft booth where we have machines set up with the tools or you can do them on your own machine and show us. Every tutorial you complete gets you an entry into the raffle. Since there are four tutorials, you can enter up to four times! (You can only win once though :))

If you want to do the tutorial on your own machine, awesome! The first step is to download the free tools here. Get the tutorials to work through from here. There are a couple of ways to show us you’ve done the tutorials:

  • Bring your machine to the Microsoft booth and show us your app! (If you do all four tutorials, you’ll end up having one app for tutorials 1-3 and one app for tutorial 4)   OR
  • Put your .xap files on a USB stick (like the USB bracelet from the Microsoft booth). A .xap file is the exeutable file for your app. You can find the .xap file by going to your project folder -> project name -> Bin -> Debug -> your .xap file. Here’s a screenshot of where I find .xap files:

If you do the tutorials on your own, come in to the booth and we’ll deploy your app on a Windows Phone so you can see what it looks like “in the wild.”

Main point: Build a phone app (from the tutorials) and enter to win a Windows Phone! Yay!!

Fast Track App Winners & Notable Finalists!

About the Challenge

Core77 and Microsoft’s Windows Phone teams challenged the international design community to design apps for Windows Phone 7.5 that would help users do their work—where ever it takes place. Five winning app designs were selected and the designers connected to established Windows Phone app developers to advise or partner with to help develop their ideas into functioning apps.

The remaining Finalists were also provided resources and interested Windows Phone developer contacts, and the first to develop and launch their apps by the end of February became the Notable Finalists. Find out more at the original Fast Track App submission site.

I love Project Mosaic, 1tap2send and MetroDiff! Which ones are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

Check out this list of apps that are available in the Windows Phone Marketplace today!


carpal car-pal+
car-pal+ is the ultimate app for any vehicle, anywhere. Helps vehicle owners track fuel efficiency, find the nearest gas station, and log maintenance reminders.
Get the app!
socialmints Social Mints
Social Mints is a FREE powerful app that allows you to easily monitor the Web and Social Media for interesting and trending content in real-time. You can track & measure what people are saying about a topic that interests you, get the latest on a celebrity or event and keep tabs on your favorite sports teams.
Get the app!
cashhound Cash Hound
Cash Hound helps you quickly make informed spending decisions while you’re on the go. Equally useful for both personal and business finance, Cash Hound shows you, at a glance, how much money you can spend today and still have enough left over to pay your upcoming expenses. (formerly Rhythmatic)
Get the app!

Notable Finalists

traveltrove Travel Trove
When you tap the plus sign at the bottom of the screen you will add a scheduled notification about a place to visit.
Get the app!
projectmosaic Project Mosaic
Ever wanted to make a mosaic using thousands of photos? Project Mosaic will use your pictures that you have on your phone, plus all the album art of any music you have, plus the profile pictures of all your contacts (from Facebook etc.) and will place them in their correct place to make up a larger image.
Get the app!
1tap2send 1tap2send
1tap2send lets you define template messages and when you’ll need them, just use them instantly. You can create new messages or customize the templates. Set the title, the message and choose a contact. You can select from a list of icons and colors for a quicker overview.
Get the app!
youtubedownload YouTube Download
YouTube Download allows you to download all YouTube videos you desire on your smartphone. You can watch them again each time you want and each time you are offline.
Get the app!
meetingplanner Meeting Planner
Meeting Planner helps to find the next available time slots to create a meeting. Meeting Planner will search between all your calendars on your Windows Phone.
Get the app!
getreimbursed Get Reimbursed
Now, you can track your expense reports, your mileage records and all your receipts right from your phone using this app. Just take a picture of your receipts, attach them to a transaction quickly or plug in your mileage records and you are ready to submit your expense report.
Get the app!
metrodiff MetroDiff
MetroDiff is a differencing and merging tool for Windows Phone. MetroDiff can compare files and raw text. It can also be used as a simple text and webpage sourcecode viewer.
Get the app!
mhealth mHealth
mHeath is a Windows Phone 7 game which engages users to adopt a virtual pet within the application; it will mimic many real-life health issues within the game.
Get the app!
smsscheduler SMS Scheduler
Using SMS Scheduler you can schedule a text message to be sent to any number of recipient at any time.
Get the app!
taskmaster TASKMASTER
TASKMASTER is an app to plan and organize your everyday tasks and long time plans.
Get the app!
slickflow SlickFlow
SlickFlow is a workflow software designed for the Windows Phone platform. With SlickFlow, users will be able to identify, at any time, at which stage a process is, who is the owner of the current stage and when the project was last updated.
Get the app!
daysuntil Days Until
Days Until takes the complexity out of knowing how many days a left for a particular event. It lists the events in a simple interface, so you can check out the days left for an event at a glance.
Get the app!
drawandtell Draw & Tell
Draw & Tell will make it easy for everyone to draw and share storyboards, even for people who cannot draw for nuts. This app will increase work productivity especially in the creativity aspects.
Get the app!

Global Game Jam: It’s on, we’re there!

This weekend is Global Game Jam! If you follow Andrew Parsons’ blog then you’ll know that this year Global Game Jam especially exciting. If not, you can head over to his post or you can read this telling excerpt:

And this year it’s even more exciting for me because Microsoft has sponsored a number of the GGJ sites in the East Coast of the US, and a bunch of us are going to be there. For example, I’m going to be heading over to the Jams at NJIT in Newark, NJ and NYU in downtown Manhattan. And because we love Windows Phone (and secretly I want to encourage as many students to find out how easy it is to develop for the Windows Phone and maybe enter Imagine Cup too), for those specific sites we’re at, we’re going to be coming with actual phones to give away to any teams that want to try their hand at building Windows Phone games on the weekend itself. Cool!

The East Region Audience Team is going to deployed all over the East Coast in the name of game jams and Windows Phones! If you’re going to a site on the list below, give some serious thought to a Windows Phone game. Just in case it didn’t sink in the first time, here’s why:   : )

If you create a Windows Phone game your team will receive a Windows Phone!

I’m going to be at the Rockville and Baltimore jams. I’ll see you there!


Big App On Campus!

We see new, amazing experiences created every day by student developers and we wanted to come up with a way to return the favor: we are partnering with the band The Gracious Few (featuring members of the bands LIVE and Candlebox) to create an amazing experience for ten (10) US college students (and their guest) in Austin, TX at SXSW: attend a private concert, receive backstage passes, go to a private dinner with the band, and be interviewed on national radio about their apps.

We’re topping all this off with two $15,000 cash awards (one for the top free app and another for the top paid app) for the two apps that will be named “Big App on Campus.”

Big App on Campus (BAOC) is open to US College and University students who build apps for Windows Phone. Each app created from August 1st, 2011 until February 14th, 2012 can be entered and students can submit multiple entries.

Overview of Prizes

  • clip_image003Top free app + top paid app get $15,000 each!!
  • 10 students (and their guests) will join us in Austin, TX for SXSW Music festival in March 2012
  • Transportation, hotel, $500 spending money
  • Private concert with The Gracious Few
  • Backstage passes and private dinner with the band


Timeline & Judging Criteria

There are a few dates of note:

  • February 14, 2012 -> deadline for all entries to be submitted
  • February 15, 2012 -> Round 1: Judging
  • February 23, 2012 -> Round 2: Public voting
  • March 1, 2012 -> Round 3: Public voting to select Big App on Campus
  • March 13-18, 2012 -> SXSW Music festival in Austin, TX

Every app submitted will be judged on three criteria:

  • Innovation (40%): How innovative is the app? Does it do something new or does it accomplish something in a new way?
  • Experience (40%): Does it feel seamless and like a native experience on Windows Phone? Does the app have a polished feel?
  • Potential (20%): Does the app have potential in the market (lots of users, making money, both) or not?

Public voting will include a combo of number of downloads of the app + “Likes” on Facebook. Semi-finalists will definitely want to think about how they can get their friends, family, fellow-students, and even complete strangers to download and “Like” their apps.

How to Enter

Obviously entering requires building & publishing an app. Each student must also complete the Official entry form (takes 49.7 seconds on average). Here’s what to do:

  1. Register for DreamSpark at http://www.dreamspark.com and for an App Hub membership (both are free of charge for students) at https://users.create.msdn.com/Register/. Also check out our great Getting Started Guide for more info and resources. https://www.dreamspark.com/Products/Product.aspx?ProductId=28
  2. Create & publish a Windows Phone application to the Windows Phone Marketplace. Make the apps free, charge money, put ads in them…it’s up to you.
  3. Visit http://wpdev.ms/BAOCApplication and complete an Official entry form. Do this after you’ve published your apps because you’ll need the App ID.

The full details are in the Official Rules so make sure you check them out.

Eligibility & Rules

Windows Phone Colors in RGB & Hex Values

UPDATE: Get the latest colors for Windows Phone 8 (HEX & RGB) here! Get Windows 8 theme colors (HEX) here!

I find myself looking up the values of these colors a lot, so I thought other people might as well. If you want copy/paste-able color codes, see the table below.


Magenta #FF0094 RGB(255, 0, 148)
Purple #A500FF RGB(165, 0, 255)
Teal #00AAAD RGB(0, 170, 173)
Lime #8CBE29 RGB(140, 190, 41)
Brown #9C5100 RGB(156, 81, 0)
Pink #E671B5 RGB(230, 113, 181)
Mango #EF9608 RGB(239, 150, 8 )
Blue #19A2DE RGB(25, 162, 222)
Red #E61400 RGB(230, 20, 0)
Green #319A31 RGB(49, 154, 49)

Useful Links for Windows Phone Development

The other day, I was at the Windows Phone Camp at Howard University. We had developers & students and beginners & experts in attendance. I got the pleasure of presenting the sessions on Silverlight and XNA. Similar to other Windows Phone Camps, we also had a hackathon that gave developers a chance to win great prizes like Marketplace subscriptions and even a Windows Phone!

During my presentation I showed a few links to some useful resources for Windows Phone Development. After the presentation I received a lot of requests to post those links so people can refer to them. I’ve compiled the links here! Have some resources that have helped you? Let me know in the comments!

Looking for training kits?

Help moving from other platforms?

Learn about the Metro UI

Get more functionality in your apps

Slides and Demos

Easy-Bake Oven Apps: ScriptTD

Want to create a Windows Phone 7 app? Want to create a game? Don’t feel like coding the ENTIRE thing yourself?

Let me help you. Or rather, let Andrew Parsons (@MrAndyPuppy) help you. Andrew wrote a comprehensive post that will walk you through the Windows Phone Marketplace experience using ScriptTD. ScriptTD is a tower defense game engine that allows you to easily create custom tower defense games by changing the graphics and audio. You can download it from scripttd.codeplex.com. After you’ve done that, head on over to Andrew’s post, Create and publish your own Tower Defense game.

If you publish your game, send me the deeplink!

Happy creating! :)

Agenda Update: Windows Phone Camps

I want to let everyone know about some updates to the Windows Phone Camps that are happening on the East Coast. There is an updated agenda for the following camps:

11/2/2011 NCSU, Raleigh, NC Registration
11/8/2011 UCF, Orlando, FL Registration
11/10/2011 Univ of Miami, Coral Gables, FL Registration
11/15/2011 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA Registration
11/17/2011 Howard, Washington, DC Registration
11/29/2011 Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA Registration
12/1/2011 Hofstra, Long Island, NY Registration

For the locations above, there is a new agenda. The new start time is 2:00 PM!! Please update that in your calendars! Here’s the new agenda:

2:00 PM Welcome Campers
2:15 PM How to make money with your Windows Phone app
3:00 PM Frameworks for fun and profit > Silverlight and XNA
4:00 PM Cool stuff your app can do
5:00 PM Dinner and Hackathon
8:15 PM XAP-Off (show off your app)

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!

I hope to see you there!

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.

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. If your location is not listed in this post, you can find the agenda in the original post here.

Tennessee Women in Computing (TNWiC)

This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend (and speak at) the very first Tennessee Women in Computing Regional Grace Hopper Celebration. I know that a super long name which is why everyone calls is TNWiC. Here are some stats-at-a-glance from TNWiC:

  • 180 attendees (TNWiC sold out and there was a waiting list!)
  • 19 sessions
  • 5 Lightning Talks
  • 2 talks with “awesome” in the title (mine was one!)

Day 1 started with the keynote from Dr. Lynne Parker about what robotics can learn from nature. From flight patterns to hunting principles, robotics has a long way to go and a lot to learn from wolves, birds, and bees. One of my favorite things about robotics that Dr. Parker talked about is the diversity that’s needed in the field. Not just women, I mean backgrounds; everything from math to philosophy is relevant to robotics.

Following the keynote were two rounds of sessions, one featuring a talk by Ruthe Farmer (@ruthef) of NCWIT, The Power of Encouragement, and the other featuring the panel I was a part of, Thriving in a Man’s World. Ruthe actually mentioned me in her talk! She made a quick reference about how I became a CS major (my professor wrote on my test, “Do you have a major?”). She also talked about the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. If you know any high school girls who have an interest in technology, encourage them to apply! The panel I was on discussed advice for surviving the workplace. We answered questions about being mommy-tracked (well, I didn’t answer that one) and how to dress in the workplace and everything in between.

The second day was packed full of great sessions too! There were two sessions for the Distinguished Speakers, Dr. Valentina Salapura (IBM) and Dr. Vidya Setlur (Nokia). In additions there were lightning talks (I gave one!), technical presentations and an invited speakers session. During my session, Mobile: Be Awesome. And Hot., I got to talk about some of the cool features of Windows Phone 7 and show-off two ways of creating mobile apps that require little to no coding experience. If you’re interested in creating apps and games for the phone check out AppMakr, an RSS aggregator, and ScriptTD, a customizable tower defense game engine.

Demo of ScriptTD

I always love the regional Grace Hopper conferences and TNWiC was no exception. The opportunity for meaningful local connections is so important and I’ ‘m grateful when I get to be a part of that process. I’m so proud of the organizers of TNWiC, it was a very successful first conference and I know it’s only going to get better.

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!

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”.

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

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.

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