About 3 weeks ago we welcomed over 50 developers at the Casino in Blankenberge for the very first Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon. A full day of Windows 8 coding, spread out over 2 sessions (Day & Night), with some fun activities in between (eating ice cream on the beach, playing Kubbs, … and cocktails to finish the day in style).
You can find more pictures of the event here.
The attendees could also take part in a contest in which their app would be presented to a Microsoft jury looking at the following criteria:
-Creativity of the app & service
-Implementation of the Metro design principles
-Windows Store potential
Today we’re happy to announce the winners! Congratulations go to …
Xbox 360 + Kinect
|Name: Diederik Krols
App: Belgian Brewer’s Beer Color Meter
Description: Free app for home brewers and other beer lovers. Measures beer color in three standards, and displays associated beer styles.
In Diederik’s own words: ”I’m very grateful that Microsoft organizes this kind of events. The challenging atmosphere of an app-a-thon -with its direct interaction with peers, guru’s, and competitors- makes you focus on building something to be proud of. And indeed: at the end of the night I saw several really inspiring apps. I’m proud that Microsoft awarded the Belgian Brewer’s Beer Color Meter.”
€150 travel voucher from Connections
|Name: Jef Daels
Description: A turn based board game.
In Jef’s own words: “Though it was already fun to develop the metro-app, it was very informative to get some feedback at the appathon, and winning the second prize is an unexpected bonus. It’s a motivation to actually get the game published. I’m looking forward to actually see the real tablet action!”
€50 travel voucher from Connections
|Name: Bart Lannoeye
App: Design Seeds
Description: Design Seeds is a very visual concept of color palettes, grouped by different themes.
In Bart’s own words: “For the app-a-thon in Blankenberge, I decided to go for something refreshing and colorful, as the visual aspect of your app is one of the most important parts. The target of the evening was to create a Windows 8 POC for the Design Seeds website, which enables you to search on color palettes. By the end of the night, I got enough done to show the general idea behind my app to the rest of the room.
Want to dive into Windows 8 Metro style apps too? If you pass an App Excellence Lab by September 14, 2012 you will get a €100 travel voucher from Connections (guaranteed prize!).
Take 4 simple steps:
An App Excellence Lab is a 2-hour review of your application together with a Microsoft engineer. If your app meets all the requirements, you will receive the voucher and a Windows Store token! Read the full terms & conditions of this promo.
|Or you could also join us next week on 8-8 for our second Summer App-a-thon (at our office in Zaventem)! Be quick though, only a few seats left.|