Windows Phone Bootcamp and Hackathon at Big (D) 2012

Want to learn what it takes to build a Windows Phone application?

The Windows Phone Bootcamp and Hackathon is a free, two-day event chock-full of everything you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application followed by an application building competition. Whether youre a seasoned veteran or just getting started with .NET development this event is for you!

Windows Phone Bootcamp

In this workshop youll learn what it takes to build a native Windows Phone application. Well talk about what the Windows Metro design language means to Windows Phone developers, discuss the basics of Silverlight development, a work together to build a complete Windows Phone app from the ground up from File > New Project all the way through app submission in the marketplace.

Well also talk about some of the very popular Windows Phone Starter Kits and how you can utilize those to jump-start your application development and start building your application profile in the marketplace. Youll leave with at least one fully functional app that you can start customizing with your own data and submit to the marketplace for instant global reach.

Windows Phone Hackathon

Now that you know what goes into building a Windows Phone app, and have built your first application along with us, were going to turn you loose on the Marketplace in a Hackathon competition. At the end of the hackathon, well award two sets of prizes:

A $500 CASH PRIZE will be awarded to the applications voted HIGHEST QUALITY APPLICATION byall participants at the Hackathon. Well also draw for a STAR WARS XBOX + KINECT BUNDLE among every participant in the Hackathon, with extra prize tickets awarded for every Windows Phone application submitted to the marketplace during the event. Additionally, well have periodic drawings throughout the event for various Xbox and PC games just to keep things hopping all weekend!

Register Today

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Required Prerequisites

  • Windows Vista SP2 or later (Windows 7 preferred)
    • Windows XP is NOT SUPPORTED
    • Running Windows in a VM is NOT SUPPORTED
    • Running Windows via Parallels on a Mac is NOT SUPPORTED
    • Running Windows via BootCamp works great!
    • You can get a free, 30-day trial of Windows 7 from
  • Windows Phone 7.1 SDK (
    • Note that Visual Studio is NOT required before installing the tools, but if you have Visual Studio Pro or Ultimate, the Windows Phone tools will plug right in