Windows Phone Firestarter–Syracuse-June 11th

Windows Phone 7

If you’re in the upstate New York area, you won’t want to miss this great opportunity for a deep-dive and hands-on programming time with Windows Phone 7!  The area technical community (AppRochester, Improvisoft, and the Central New York .NET Developers Group) is putting on this FREE event at Syracuse University (Life Sciences Building) this Saturday, June 11th!  One lucky attendee will walk away with a Windows 7 Phone, and there are plenty of other giveaways as well!

Register here!

Important: check the Eventbrite registration page for directions, since the building is too new to show up on Bing Maps (and the Goo… - can’t say it – version as well).


8:00 am - 9:00 am

Have a donut, check in, and mingle.

9:00 am - 9:55 am
Building Windows Phone 7 Applications with Silverlight

This session will focus on building Windows Phone 7 applications with Microsoft Silverlight. You’ll see first-hand how to use Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend to develop and debug projects. You’ll also learn about the built-in templates and the many available controls and styles for WP7. Presenter: Andy Beaulieu

10:00 am - 10:55 am
Building Windows Phone 7 Applications using XNA

Microsoft XNA has been a favorite with game developers for many years. Now game developers will be able to harness the power of the XNA framework to create highly immersive and responsive games for Windows Phone 7. We’ll charge full-speed into XNA game development for Windows Phone by reviewing the framework as we develop a 2D action game. You'll learn how to implement a screen manager, draw graphics & animate them, handle touch & accelerometer input, perform collision detection, and play sound effects & music. Presenter: Dan Colasanti

11:00 am - 11:55 am
Windows Phone 7 Services

Get ready to build more engaging user experiences with Windows Phone 7 and several powerful cloud- and phone-based components. First up is the Microsoft Location Service, which allows you to obtain location information based on GPS, cell and Wi-Fi signals. Next, we’ll cover the Microsoft Push Notification Service, which provides “live” updates for apps running on the device. Presenter: Steve Maier

12:00 pm - 12:25 pm

Pizza and soda. Can't get enough.

12:30 pm - 1:25 pm
From Dream to Reality: Building Solid Windows Phone Applications, Part 1

Device Integration, clean design, minimalist user interface are all important to build compelling apps, . In this session, you’ll learn how to create the compelling and interactive mobile experiences which users have come to have expect. We will also focus on a solid application architecture that will allows us to enhance and support our apps in an easy and prescriptive way. Presenter: Danilo Diaz

1:30 pm - 2:25 pm
From Dream to Reality: Building Solid Windows Phone Applications, Part 2

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Hackathon and Raffle

Bring your laptop and ideas and resident experts will help you with your app development.