When we announced the availability of Mango for our registered developers a few weeks ago, we put out a call to student developers: show us a great prototype of your Windows Phone app idea and get a developer phone.
So far, we’ve had a tremendous response! We’ve been inspired & impressed by some of the crazy ideas: an alarm clock that would wake the dead by forcing the user to solve puzzles before the alarm would turn off. There were also ideas for apps to help students find great deals on textbooks or to help people identify & learn about animals just by pointing the phone’s camera:
My personal favorite is an app called Colorful which helps people with color blindness know what colors they are seeing around them:
The first 20 winners all had great app ideas and now they’ll be getting a special Mango developer phone to help them unleash their creations. Please check out their prototypes and give them feedback (you’ll see the option to do this in the bottom left of each one). Drumroll please….!
There are 30 more Mango developer phones up for grabs for great student prototypes. Here’s what to do if you want one (and be honest, you want one):
- Make sure you’re registered for DreamSpark
- Download and install Expression Studio Ultimate and the new Mango Windows Phone Developer Tools (available free as a member of DreamSpark)
- Get the free Sketchflow Template for Windows Phone and create a Sketchflow mock-up of your app
- Post the Sketchflow mock-up somewhere online and tweet out the link using the hash tag #WPAppItUp
- We will review all prototypes and will contact the developers who submit the best ones and send them a special Mango developer device
We are about a month away from two key milestones for all student developers: 1) the acceptance of Mango apps in the Marketplace and 2) back to school. We are stoked about Mango apps coming to Marketplace and realize some of you may not be excited about returning to school. Heading back will be much more fun if you can show-off your great app on your new Mango phone!
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