Windows 8 DevCamps Coming throughout the US This Summer!

While I’ve yammered on a lot this past year about Windows Azure (which just had a big release of new features last month in June 2012), there’s another big product from Microsoft with the word “Windows” in the title that is getting a lot of buzz lately.  That’s Windows 8!  Windows 8 is the talk of the town these days as it offers exciting new opportunities for developers.  (<—Translation: There’s a LOT of stuff for developers to learn!)  There are also a lot of opportunities for developers to make MONEY on this new platform.  That ought to spur one’s desire to learn about it.

I’m excited to announce that there will be another series of Windows 8 developer making their way through the US this summer!  These are special two-day events, with a DevCamp on day onefeaturing a full day of sessions plus an InstallFest, followed on day two by a Hackathon with Lightning Talks where you can bring app ideas to life with Microsoft and community experts on hand to help.

The first of these series kicks off here THIS weekend in New York City on July 14th & July 15th (separate registration for both days).  New York is the city so nice, they named it twice.  And to help satisfy demand, we’re actually returning with a second stop of the same event content in Brooklyn the following week on July 19th & July 20th.  The first stop is on the weekend for those who can’t skip work.  The second stop in Brooklyn is on a Thursday & Friday.

If you can’t make either of those dates, Boston is later in August (17/18) and Philly (Malvern, Pa) is later in September (14/15).  Read on for details below…


Windows 8 changes everything.
Combining the broad reach of Windows, best-in-class developer tools, a re‑imagined user experience, support for new chipsets, and a built-in store with industry-leading business terms, Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity – ever.

Join us for free events with new sessions and hands-on opportunities designed to help you start building Metro-style applications for Windows 8 – today. We'll show you how to use Visual Studio to code fast, fluid, immersive, and beautiful Metro-style applications in HTML5/JavaScript, XAML/C# and C/C++. Your existing investments in these languages carry forward, making Windows a no-compromise platform for developers. Attend just one day or join us for two full days of learning. It's your choice.

DevCamp - Day 1
Events run from 9:00AM – 8:00PM

Our DevCamp covers Windows 8 Release Preview from top to bottom, featuring sessions that run from introductory to intermediate as the day unfolds. These sessions will be followed by an InstallFest to prepare your system for hands-on app development.

Hackathon - Day 2
Events run from 9:00AM – 9:00PM

Our Hackathon is an open Windows 8 code fest, where you'll put what you've learned into practice. Code to your heart's content, with Windows 8 experts available to guide you through every step of the process. It's the perfect opportunity to get your dream application underway, or to finish that app you've already started.

This full-day event will be filled with coding, sharing, plenty of food, and the occasional Lightning Talk on topics determined by your apps and questions. Bring your own laptop installed with Windows 8 Release Preview, your apps and your cool ideas and get ready to create!

imageCities and Dates
Separate registration for DevCamps and Hackathons is required

The choice is yours to join us for either or both days, but please register for each separately.

Seating is limited, so click the date links below (or call 1-877-MSEVENT) to reserve your seat today!

Location DevCamp Hackathon
Manhattan, NY 14-Jul 15-Jul
St Louis, MO 16-Jul 17-Jul
Brooklyn, NY 19-Jul 20-Jul
Nashville, TN 19-Jul 20-Jul
Los Angeles, CA 20-Jul 21-Jul
Rochester, NY 27-Jul 28-Jul
Mountain View, CA 27-Jul 28-Jul
Atlanta, GA 3-Aug 4-Aug
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3-Aug 4-Aug
Redmond, WA 3-Aug 4-Aug
Dallas, TX 7-Aug 8-Aug
Chevy Chase, MD 10-Aug 11-Aug
Denver, CO 10-Aug 11-Aug
Irvine, CA 17-Aug 18-Aug
Boston, MA 17-Aug 18-Aug
Raleigh, NC 17-Aug 18-Aug
Reston, VA 17-Aug 18-Aug
Orlando, FL 17-Aug 18-Aug
Minneapolis, MN 23-Aug 24-Aug
Houston, TX 24-Aug 25-Aug
San Francisco, CA 24-Aug 25-Aug
Downers Grove, IL 28-Aug 29-Aug
Phoenix, AZ 7-Sep 8-Sep
Malvern, PA 14-Sep 15-Sep

Register today and join us for these fantastic (and free) developer opportunities.