Jakub Poznanski, Jake to most people, is studying computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. He was born in Białystok, Poland, but has lived most of his life in the United States. Jake was an intern at Microsoft last summer, working on Windows Phone 7.Lately Jake has been creating games for the Windows Phone 7 devices. Along the way he has racked up an impressive set of milestones. From Jake:
- We've recently published our sixth WP7 game! (Word Search, Solitaire, Free Cell, Hearts, Ice Ball, Word Chief)
- Our Solitaire game is now in the top 10 free games on the US marketplace, and our other apps are also reaching high rankings.
- We see close to 4k downloads per day and 200k ad impressions a day, making us a top developer on Microsoft PubCenter.
- We are going to be part of a case study done by the Microsoft PubCenter team showing how successful the platform can be for developers
- Our apps are recommended consistently by high profile sources such as the official Windows Phone Blog (http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2011/01/14/pinworthy-uncovering-the-best-of-marketplace.aspx#comments)
- Ice Ball is reviewed at http://wp7lab.com/reviews/ice-ball-review/
This is a pretty impressive set of accomplishments for someone still in university – although admittedly Carnegie Mellon University is known for turning out some pretty accomplished students and interning at Microsoft couldn’t hurt. (BTW check out this video interview with a younger student Teenager Makes Money Writing Windows Phone 7 Apps with AdCenter who learned how to create Windows Phone apps on his own. Resources are listed at that link as well.)
Windows Phone 7 Development tools are free for students through the DreamSpark program as are submissions to the app store. It’s a pretty good way for students to not only learn and have fun but built an impressive portfolio that they can show potential employers.
Jake’s current list of games available in the Windows Phone App Store is below and you can read more about them on his web site at http://jakepoz.com/index.html under software. He also has some tutorials there as well.