Windows Phone a close up from Silicon Valley comes to the UK

Its been a busy few days at Microsoft, At the weekend I attended The Silicon Valley Comes to the United Kingdom Appathon.

This was the first ever Silicon Valley Comes to the United Kingdom. SVc2UK for short and twitter hash #SVc2UK and took place at Sheffield Hallam University. The past few day have been enormous amount of fun and I attend the event representing Microsoft as a mentor and a judge. During the event I had a number of Windows Phone devices which were used to show the attendees the recently launched 7.5 Mango upgrade and for them to use devices for the testing of applications using a HTML5 browser or dedicated Windows Phone application.

If you haven't seen Windows Phone watch the following video, which details the functionality of the device. 

The overall feedback of the device ‘HTC Surround’ was excellent and one of my favourite tweets was by a fellow mentor and Judge @chrismurray0 from


The SVc2UK event is the joint work of Ellen Levy's new organization Silicon Valley Connect and Sherry Couto via her association with the Cambridge Judge school of business and NESTA.

I met some incredible people during the event and would like to thank all the students, mentors and academic’s who held support arrange and attend the event from the Universities in Yorkshire.


I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have a very high regard for the teams and the amount of effort everyone involved put into the days to make it a great event.

The winning teams simply now have to go and finish of their apps and make sure they take on the feedback provided and make sure their app is entered before the closing date.


So get developing and if you want a list of all the resources available to attendees please visit Welcome to the Microsoft resource page for the SVc2UK Appathon on the Microsoft Student Blog

Best of luck!

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