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Liam McLennan

IMAG0049 I have mentioned before that I own an Android phone. But I can drive a car and still be interested in motor bikes – and so it was that I spend my weekend at the Brisbane Windows Phone 7 Startup Camp.

The event schizophrenically mixed the startup camp idea (create a new business in a weekend) with the new Windows Phone 7 technology. Over the weekend 7 teams built 7 apps, forming the basis of 7 new businesses. It doesn’t get much more biblical than that.

IMAG0050 Things began on Friday, with an optional training day delivered by Nick Randolph. Since I’m a web guy with no phone or silverlight experience I made sure to attend the training and try to learn something. Nick did his best to try and teach us web guys, who don’t know our StackPanel from our xaml.

Saturday was focused on choosing an idea and building something. My team, Paul Mckee, Tod Thomson and me, built a TV Guide application for the Windows Phone 7. We laughed, we cried, we coded long into the afternoon. Then we went to the pub.

Sunday morning the teams started with renewed enthusiasm and redoubled efforts. We finished our applications and then turned our attention to crafting sophisticated presentations to pitch our products to the judging panel. After the pitches the judges chose a worthy winner – then we went to the pub.


Posted on Monday, November 15, 2010 9:30 AM | Back to top

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