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Announcing XAPFest – A Massive Windows Phone 7 Hackathon in Santa Monica, CA on June 4th 2011

xapfest_black_logoI am pleased to announce something very exciting that Microsoft is doing in my neighborhood of Santa Monica, California: we’re putting together XAPFest, a massive Windows Phone 7 hackathon aimed to bring together startups and mobile developers of all skill levels for a day of creativity and competition.

XAPFest is going down on Saturday, June 4th at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel (directions) – doors open at 9:00am and will close at approximately 10:00pm. There will be opportunities for individuals and teams of developers to win prizes, eat great food, and have fun hacking down by the beach.

XAPFest is free to attend, and anyone can register for XAPFest if they wish to participate.

So here’s the full scoop behind XAPFest.

XAPFest Rules & Conditions

Your goal as a XAPFest participant is to produce a Windows Phone 7 application in a 80-90% complete state by 6:00pm on Saturday, June 4th at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel (see the full schedule and driving directions.)

Here are the rules:

  1. You can get started early, and we ENCOURAGE you to get started before June 4th; install the tools and create a project on XAPFest.com and begin working on your app ASAP.
  2. You can work either as an individual or on a team of up the three people.
  3. Any apps you submit for consideration must not be in the marketplace prior to June 4th (new apps only!)
  4. In order to claim a prize, your app has to be accepted into the Windows Phone 7 marketplace shortly after XAPFest.
  5. You can submit multiple apps in XAPFest, but a team can only claim one prize in total.

 

Install the free Windows Phone 7 development tools early, create an app project, invite your friends, and write updates / post screenshots for your apps often!

If you have any questions about the event or want to know how to get involved (beyond registering and attending XAPFest,) please contact me and I’ll be in touch!

Otherwise, see you on June 4th!

P.S. Take a look at the apps I've created for XAPFest:

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September 2, 2010 14:22 by Aaronontheweb in General, Startup, Microsoft // Tags: , , // Comments (1)

I alluded to a change in my employment circumstances in my previous blog entry, and now that I'm an official Microsoft employee as of Monday I feel extremely comfortable making this information public.

My role is Developer Evangelist for the BizSpark program; Microsoft recruited me for this position after they read .NET Culture Shock: Why .NET Adoption Lags Among Startups and the rest, as they say, is history. I've relocated to the Santa Monica area and my immediate task is to work on increasing goodwill towards Microsoft and the .NET platform among the startups in southern California; it's a prospect that is exciting, daunting, challenging, and mind-blowingly awesome all at once.

If you're involved with startups in SoCal then I will make it my mission to meet you and find a way to help you should you require it. If there's anything I can do to help you, please feel free to contact me.

As for the blog - it's not going to change much :p . If anything, I'm going to have more content as a result and it'll be from a much higher altitude than it was before.

Wohoo!

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My name is Aaron, I'm an entrepreneur and a .NET developer who develops web, cloud, and mobile applications.

I left Microsoft recently to start my own company, MarkedUp - we provide analytics for desktop developers, focusing initially on Windows 8 developers.

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