Southern California developers journeyed to the Nokia Building in San Diego for DVLUP Day.
This Saturday April 26th event was focused on fun and learning about and building Windows Phone apps and games.
Developer evangelists from Microsoft, myself representing Mashery, and experienced developers and engineers provided breakout sessions and hands-on workshops.
Attendees publishing their apps or games to the Windows Phone Store within three weeks of the event will be receiving a free Windows Phone. Fun random drawings for prizes such as JBL speakers and a Microsoft Xbox One video game console were awarded to lucky attendees throughout the day.
Nokia ambassador, George Salcedo welcomed all and kicked off the event.
I met many new and experienced developers, as well as winners from previous hackathons looking to strengthen their development skills with the latest tools and techniques.
Joel Mountain from the Mashery Sales Team made an appearance, met with local San Diego developers and learned about Windows Phone development.
Microsoft evangelist Adam Tuliper gave an entertaining talk about the Unity Game Engine. He amazed the crowd using Unity to create a virtual world filled with happy trees and monstrous dinosaurs, a Tyrannosaurus Rex to be exact.
I taught developers about the Mashery API Network and the Windows Phone building features in Intel XDK. It was great seeing them build their first Windows Phone apps with Intel XDK and invoking the services of the Active and Rotten Tomatoes APIs.
Special thanks goes to George Salcedo and his team for organizing DVLUP Day San Diego and for providing at the conclusion of this event, one of the most incredible cakes I’ve ever seen, a huge two piece front and back Nokia Windows Phone chocolate cake.