Over the weekend I had the opportunity to speak to students in University of Ottawa’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science program to talk about the Imagine Cup contest held by Microsoft every year and help teach students how to maximize code reuse across Windows and Windows Phone.
It was great connecting with students and sharing my experiences building on multiple platforms such as Windows, Windows Phone, Silverlight, WPF and talk about cloud options such as Windows Azure & Amazon. We even talked about getting the widest market reach possible for your products and using Xamarin to build for iOS and Android and leverage code written for Windows on those platforms.
The students that attended where building apps in the second part of the two days and we even had other industry experts such as Peter Ritchie, John Marshal, Peter Henry, and Marc Gagne and Susan Ibach from Microsoft DPE come out and share their knowledge and help support the event.
We diverged a bit and had an ‘open mic’ session where we let students ask us anything (well almost :) and talked about things like what companies hiring (like RedBit and Microsoft) look for when hiring and how to stand out from the crowd, bringing products to market, marketing apps and making sure your app has the best experience possible for customers. Overall it was a great event and fantastic to see the enthusiasm, engagement and ideas from students.
To follow up to the event, here are a list of resources that where mentioned during the event
- Build4Both Sample Source Code
- Windows Phone Developer Site
- Windows Developer Site
- Developer Movement
- Channel 9 – Lots of technical videos from the product group
- Cross Platform
- Windows Azure Mobile Services
Anyone that attended (or if you couldn’t make it – it was midterms) feel free to contact me for any follow up questions or if you need help with building your apps.