The ‘Innovation on Windows Phone’ Challenge

The developer relations team from Microsoft & Nokia UK are excited to announce the ‘Innovation on Windows Phone’ Hack Day Challenge.

The Prize

nokia_lumia_1020_2You and your team will get the chance to win a Nokia Lumia Windows 1020 Phone handset. This prize will be awarded to an individual or team that has worked on a new project which exemplifies tough problem solving and maybe even turning their ideas into a business. The projects will be judged on Saturday and winners announced at the prize giving ceremony.

Runners up will be awarded a Nokia Lumia 925 phone.

All Entries

Everyone who develops a Windows Phone app will be provided with a Nokia Premium Developer Program account. You will also be rewarded just for being part of the hack. Get your thinking caps on now and we look forward to seeing your idea during the event.

The Nokia Premium Developer Programme provides high value tools & support to help you be more productive, viagra develop quality apps and enhance your Windows Phone development experience. Get this package of benefits worth up to USD $1500 for free if you commit to using the Windows Phone platform during Over the Air.

* Special Nokia Music Prize *

EarphonesSpeakersThe best Windows Phone app developed using the Nokia Music API will win JBL NFC PlayUp speakers and Monster Purity in-ear stereo headphones.

 

Getting Started

It’s easier than you think as you can use many of the skills you already have. Create new generation Windows Phone 8 apps with .NET and C++ with UIs in XAML or DirectX. Realise more revenue from your mobile apps, sell your apps in over 200 markets worldwide. Learn more here

Getting started is easy, develop for Windows 8 or Windows Phone with the suggested starting points below to ensure you make the most of your time at Over the Air. Or, if you just need a great cloud service to go with your project, check out Windows Azure Mobile Services.

Windows 8

Windows Phone 8

Windows Azure

For iOS Starter

Click here

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For Android Starter

Click here

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For Windows Starter

Click here

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For more help on the ground – Get in touch with the developer relations team coming to Over the Air this year.

Riaz Ahmed @TheRealRiaz – Developer Evangelist, Nokia UK

Andy Wigley @andy_wigley – Developer Evangelist, Microsoft UK

Alexander Bennett, @Alzando – Senior Developer, Nokia Music

Windows & Nokia @ OTA13

Windows_logo_Cyan_rgb_DThe developer relations team from Microsoft & Nokia UK are very excited to be at Over the Air this year to give you an idea of what Windows, search Windows Phone & Windows Azure are all about. To help you learn, nurse build and share for Over the Air, we want to share practical resources to get you started. We’re also giving you the chance to win Nokia Lumia Windows Phone handset’s for each team member with our ‘Innovation on Windows Phone’ Challenge. Lastly, spare a minute or two and tell us a little bit about yourself so we can better prepare our sessions during Over the Air and you’ll receive a Windows Phone Starter Pack from us on the day. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Nokia_DeveloperTo help you learn, build and share for Over the Air, we want to share practical resources (see below) to help you get started. We’re also excited to announce the ‘Innovation on Windows Phone’ hack where you and your team will get the chance to win a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone handset worth £400 each. This prize will be awarded to an individual or team that has worked on a new project which exemplifies tough problem solving and maybe even turning their ideas into a business. The projects will be judged on Saturday and winners announced at the prize giving ceremony. Everyone who develops a Windows Phone app will be provided with a Nokia Premium Developer Program account. You will also be rewarded just for being part of the hack. Get your thinking caps on now and we look forward to seeing your idea during the event.

* Special Prize *

The best Windows Phone app developed using the Nokia Music API will win JBL NFC PlayUp speakers and Monster Purity in-ear stereo headphones.

So, get involved at Over the Air and tell us a little bit about yourself so we can better prepare and chat with you during the event.

Introducing Windows Phone Store Apps

It’s easier than you think as you can use many of the skills you already have. Create new generation Windows Phone 8 apps with .NET and C++ with UIs in XAML or DirectX. Realise more revenue from your mobile apps, sell your apps in over 200 markets worldwide. Learn more here.

How to get started? You choose…

Getting started is easy, develop for Windows 8 or Windows Phone with the suggested starting points below to ensure you make the most of your time at Over the Air. Or, if you just need a great cloud service to go with your project, check out Windows Azure Mobile Services.

Windows 8

Windows Phone 8

Windows Azure

For iOS Starter

Click here

Click here

Click here

For Android Starter

Click here

Click here

Click here

For Windows Starter

Click here

Click here

Click here

 

Nokia Premium Developer Programme – Provides high value tools & support to help you be more productive, develop quality apps and enhance your Windows Phone development experience. Get this package of benefits worth up to USD $1500 for free if you commit to using the Windows Phone platform during Over the Air.

Here’s the developer relations team coming to Over the Air this year.

Riaz Ahmed @TheRealRiaz – Developer Evangelist, Nokia UK

Andy Wigley @andy_wigley – Developer Evangelist, Microsoft UK

Alexander Bennett, @Alzando – Senior Developer, Nokia Music

The OTA13 Hack Day Details

The OTA13 General Hack Day Categories


Arduino Starter KitBest in Show

This category is the Judges’s selection, based on all of the entries that they have seen both under-the-hood and on stage during the Demo’s. The Prize for the team that wins Best in Show is an Arduino Starter Kit donated by Telefonica Digital.

 


Makey MakeyAudience Favourite

This category is the Audience’s selection, we’ll let you know how to vote on the day.  The Prize for the winner of the Audience Favourite is a MaKey MaKey kit (x 4), donated by GitHub.

 


 

Air Quality Egg Sensor ShieldBest Science Hack

The Citizen Cyberlab Team will be judging the Best Science Hack entry. The Prize for the winning team is an Air Quality Egg Arduino Sensor Shield (x 3), donated by the Citizen Cyberlab.

 


 

HTML5 in ActionBest Mobile Web / HTML5

The Prize for the winning team is one copy each of the eBook ‘HTML5 In Action‘, donated by Manning Publications.

 


 

BDroidcon Londonest Android Entry

A member of the SkillsMatter team will be the judge for the Best Android Entry. The Prizes for the winning team are:


 

iOS in ActionBest iOS Entry

The Prize for the winning team is one copy each of the eBook ‘iOS In Action‘, donated by Manning Publications.

 


 

Windows Store App DevelopmentBest Windows Entry

The Prize for the winning team is one copy each of the eBook ‘Windows Store App Development‘, donated by Manning Publications.

 


 

Makey MakeyBest Hardware Hack

This category is the Audience’s selection, we’ll let you know how to vote on the day.  The Prizes for the winner of the Audience Favourite are:

  • Arduino in ActionA MaKey MaKey kit (x 4), donated by GitHub.
  • One copy each of the eBook ‘Arduino in Action‘, donated by Manning Publications.

 


 

Best ‘Other Features’ Entry (RFID, NFC, Sensors, Bluetooth, etc)

Third-Party JavaScriptArduinoGSMShield_Front_450pxThe Prizes for the winning team are:

  • An Arduino GSM Shield, donated by Telefonica
  • One copy each of the eBook ‘Third-Party JavaScript‘, donated by Manning Publications.

 


 

Entering the Hack Day

To enter the OTA13 Hack Day competition, simply fill out the online form that will be made available after the Keynote on Friday morning, and select the technology & thematic challenge categories that apply to your entry.

You will have until 10:00 on Saturday morning to make your submission, in order to allow sufficient time for the Judges to take a peek under the hood before the demo’s on Saturday afternoon. You should aim to show an actual working demonstration, but it need not be perfect. Mock-ups are nice for sharing an idea, and will be allowed on stage, but won’t win you any prizes.

It’s okay if your idea for an entry pre-dates the event, but the spirit of OTA is that you don’t work on it until you’re at OTA. New versions of existing apps will not be accepted.

There are some basic Terms & Conditions for entering the competition, which you can read here (and which you implicitly agree to when you submit an entry). But the two most important things to note are that all IP belongs to those who worked on the entry, and that anything presented during the event will be in the public domain.

Citizen Cyberlab is an Event Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that the Citizen Cyberlab is an Event Sponsor of OTA13

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The Citizen Cyberlab is a consortium of several Universities + CERN + UNITAR + The Mobile Collective. Together we are building digital tools and platforms for Citizen Science.

Citizen Science is real science done collaboratively by amateurs, stomach volunteers, and enthusiasts around the globe. People are classifying galaxies from their computers, monitoring the health of trees in their community, transcribing weather reports from old naval logs, and gathering data to make a real contribution to scientific research. One emerging branch dubbed “Extreme Citizen Science” provides tools that can be used by any individual, regardless of their level of literacy, to collect, analyse and act on information by using established scientific methods. This allows any community to start a Citizen Science project to deal with the issues that concern them – from biodiversity to food production, involving communities from housing estates in London to hunter-gatherers and forest villagers in the Congo Basin.

Many Citizen Science projects are now taking advantage of mobile phones and tablets for easy data collection, such as iPhone apps for monitoring birds and marine wildlife or the NASA Meteor Counter app. Discussion forums have always played a major role in Citizen Science, but the full potential of Social Media for Citizen Science has only just begun to be tapped.

Some examples of Mobile Media in Citizen Science projects:

  • GeoTag Libya used metadata from photo-sharing sites like flickr and twitter to geo-locate thousands of photos of  areas affected by military operations to help UNOSAT experts assess damage to civilian infrastructure.

  • Aurorasaurus uses twitter to aggregate and share real-time data about aurora borealis sightings around the world.

100%Indie is joining Samsung as a Silver Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that 100%Indie is joining Samsung as a joint Silver Sponsor of OTA13

logoAt 100% Indie we’re tasked with supporting and growing the indie games industry by providing access to valuable resources and a burgeoning, purchase quality-focused Android marketplace.

The initiative is spearheaded by award-winning mobile games publisher Chillingo and the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer Samsung. Together we’ve achieved the games industry’s most favourable revenue share model bolstered by broad visibility for indie developers and their software, sales a knowledgeable and supportive community, and an enthusiastic business development team dedicated to the indie scene.

Our 100% Indie program delivers supported access to a powerful self-publishing platform, unrivalled revenue share and a wealth of marketing and promotional assistance. It’s risk-free and costs nothing, so sign up now at 100percentindie.comand become part of this exciting initiative.

 

Code Club at Over the Air!

Code Club

These days developers around the world are becoming aware of the science deficit in our youth, and in particular the computer science deficit. Grass roots efforts like Code Club are trying to bridge this gap by giving kids a way to learn basic coding skills and computer science concepts in a fun environment using the wonderful Scratch programming environment and other similar tools. At last year’s Over the Air we heard about Code Club pre-launch and it sounded exciting. I don’t think the organisers could have imagined how far Code Club could have come in one year. This year we are proud to announce that we will be running a Code Club workshop for kids (open to kids 7 and up but aimed at ages 9-11). If you’re coming along to Over The Air and you have kids in this age bracket, all you need to do is register them at this separate EventBrite page. If you are not already registered for Over the Air, you can register with this form and still attend our Saturday program. And kids of all ages are always welcome at the presentations of the hacks in the afternoon on Saturday. More info on the EventBrite page, but if you have any other questions or concerns feel free to contact us by tweeting us at @overtheair, or by email at info [at] overtheair.org. Happy coding!