Everybody loves free stuff, right? For some reason, hardware and software developers simply love giving away tons of really expensive things—ranging from free software and games to phones, computers, and tablets—in exchange for hardly any work by the lucky recipients. Whenever a huge piece of technology is released to the public, you can bet that tons of these promotions will start circulating. The best part? Many of the promotions aren’t exclusive. That means by doing some app creating work, in turn you will become eligible for other promotions as well!
All of this applies to the upcoming Microsoft 8 Winter App Workshop, which will be held this coming Friday and Saturday, January 18-19. Registration for this workshop is open to all current Ohio State students, faculty, and staff. At the workshop, we’ll serve free food and give away t-shirts. In addition, you can become eligible to earn (notice I didn’t say win) tons of stuff through every app you make at the workshop. Your participation can earn you some really sweet rewards!
Three different promotions are involved for the event. In the first one, for every app you make successfully, you will receive a $100 Visa gift card (depending on how many are left). In the second—another Microsoft promotion—you can receive a copy of Halo 4 for the first app and Xbox LIVE points for subsequent apps, along with a chance to win a huge Microsoft bundle. The third promotion is a Nokia challenge which awards points for every app you make successfully. With the Nokia challenge, you can redeem points for fabulous prizes from Nokia such as the Lumia 920, or the Lumia 822 for Verizon users. If you don’t want a phone, there are also plenty of other prizes that you can select from their website!
How does the two-day workshop work? Though some computers will also be available at the workshop location on a first-come, first-served basis, you are encouraged to bring your own laptop that you already are familiar with and know how to use. The first day (Friday, January 18 starting at 4:30 p.m.) will be primarily focused on helping you get ready for the next day–you should bring your laptop with you to the event site (Central Classroom Building 311). We’ll get you registered, set up Windows 8 on your laptop, and help you get Visual Studio working so that when you attend the event on Saturday, you will be able to get started right away!
We expect Friday’s activities to take about an hour. You won’t be required to attend the entire time on Friday, so if you have a class conflict, don’t worry about having to miss the workshop for it. Just stop by when you can (between 4:30-10 p.m.), and we’ll get you all working!
The second day (Saturday, January 19) will be all about making apps and getting them pushed to the marketplace. Microsoft’s event facilitators will have seven really easy-to-use templates that we can help you work with for creating your app–so that throughout the day you can become eligible to rack up prizes. Of course, if you don’t want to use the templates, and instead would like to create your own app from scratch (or by using another program), you’re more than welcome to do so. If you choose this approach, you can still call on the workshop’s Microsoft staff for support with your app development work.
On Saturday, everyone should arrive between 8:30-9:30 a.m. and get set up to be ready to begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. People should expect to work throughout the day on building your apps. We’d like all of the event attendees to be able to finish the day having earned some Xbox LIVE points, a copy of Halo 4, and a Nokia Lumia phone…for just a few hours of app-building work!
Note: Registration for this workshop is open to current Ohio State students, staff, and faculty.