Last weekend a national Windows Phone and Windows 8 hackathon have been organized by Microsoft with the help of the local Microsoft Student Partners teams in 5 cities simultaneously. 250 developers participated in total, 50 from Timisoara and over 120 from Bucharest. The winners from each city received an Xbox and will have two more weeks to polish their apps and then participate in the next round where the national winner will be selected.
In Timisoara, the 24 hours hackathon took place at Startup Hub and gathered 19 teams.
The schedule was very busy, starting on Saturday at 10:00 am with the official opening. During the first day, there were the two technical sessions and two of the three Quickfire Challenges in which students were asked to implement specific functionalities for Windows Phone and Windows 8. The coding continued over night until the next day at 12:00.
Arthur and I participated as experts and I presented at one of the two technical sessions during the event. I chose to show the students how to create a complete Windows Phone application, from an API, using basic MVVM structure and to the UI. More details and the source code are on the dev blog.
Here are some photos from the event.
The event opening
My technical session
Saturday night coding
This is the hackathon’s official website.