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Update (9/9/2011): Arjmand Samuel (Microsoft Research) posted about these apps on the Research Connections Blog.
Summer is winding down and Mango is right around the corner. We can’t wait to get Mango out broadly and for developers to unleash their new apps. There have been lots of activities going on to help out student developers who want to create apps for Windows Phone (don’t forget that we announce the final batch of winners for #WPAppItUp this Friday).
A recent event we held for students was called the Hawaii Intern XAPfest. The idea came a few months back when Jitu Padhye from Microsoft Research got in touch to explore how we could see what students would dream-up using Mango and MSR’s Hawaii Services. Along with Arjmand Samuel, the three of us chose to create a contest for Microsoft’s summer interns. The challenge: build an awesome app that uses Mango + Hawaii. To make it even tougher, the participants had to do their project on the side while working full-time at Microsoft for the summer.
We expected most everyone to be new to WP dev and so we lined up some top-notch experts to do weekly presentations so that folks could learn the platform. These talks were all recorded and posted (thank you, MSR!) and I highly recommend them to anyone getting started or if you want to go deeper in a particular area:
We selected the top eight apps for the finals. Laura Foy from Channel 9 hosted the event and each finalist got their chance to show off their app on stage in front of the judges.
The top eight were:
Headshot took home top honors and won a trip to Hawaii (Julia can thank MSR for not choosing Delaware as their code name).
You can see a 90 second highlight video as well as the full event over on Channel 9.
Since this was the first time we had done this contest, we weren’t sure what to expect. We were not disappointed! I was inspired by the creativity of these apps. There was real innovation and the apps were all incredibly well-done. We can’t wait to see them in the marketplace!
So you might be reading this and thinking, “I wish my phone could do X.” As long as “X” isn’t “teleport myself through space and time,” then there’s an excellent chance you can bring your idea to life on Windows Phone (but who knows what MSR will think up next ).
What are you waiting for? Students should go sign-up for Dreamspark. Create your free account on App Hub (non-students pay $99/year). Get the Mango tools and get cracking. Also, '>'>email me if you have not yet connected with your local Mobile Champ.
I’ve been having a blast getting to know student developers and seeing what they create on Windows Phone. Keep your eyes open for more student events & activities in the coming months.
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We need to see these apps in the Marketplace! I want to give headshot a spin.
+1 to headshot... Publish Publish Publish!
Wow, that is awesome! The kids of today are truly fantastic and can swim circles around me. The world is in good hands. Want to see the Apps.
Can MSFT not provide some part-time help/developers to the kids to help them test, refine and publish this? Need to see more aggressive push from the firm in this space.
Headshot and Ringify need to show up the the marketplace.