#Appfest Sydney – February 15th – 17th 2013

Posted Monday, 21 January 2013 by admin

The three day event to develop your App idea on Phone, OS, or Cloud.

At #Appfest Sydney, you’ll have the time to immerse yourself in developing awesome content for the Windows Platform including Windows 8, Windows Phone and Azure.  You’ll get the opportunity to network and connect with peers, Microsoft Evangelists and industry experts to make your App ideas happen.

Friday 15th February 2013

Saturday 16th February 2013

Sunday 17th February 2013

Training Day

2 Day

UX Day with Chris Bernard

Hack, code, collaborate!

“Two Platforms in One Day” with Windows Azure Mobile Services

Over three days, you’ll have the time to immerse yourself in developing with great content covering Windows Azure, Windows Phone & Windows 8 at UNSW, with great support & tools to build that App.

We’re pleased to announce a great line-up for #Appfest Sydney.

Chris Bernard is coming to Australia in February 2013 to work with local Developers and Start-Ups. Chris is the Chief Experience Evangelist for Microsoft’s US Developer & Platform Evangelism team. #Appfest Sydney will coincide with his trip to give you the opportunity to attend a UX camp, and meet Chris to discuss user experience and design.

Shane Morris will open the hackathon with a keynote on how to apply modern Windows design principles to your apps before leading you in a prototyping session for your app. Assisted by mentors, you’ll work up wireframes and designs (bring your designer friends!) before getting deep into hack time.

Mentors will offer focused lightning talks throughout the weekend on specific topics such as Share or Search contracts etc. The entire event wraps up with Vaughan Knight (developer of DoDo GoGo) getting into the nitty-gritty of what constitutes success for an indie app developer with his talk, “100,000 Reasons to Love the Windows Store”.

Whether you’re a Web Dev, Phone Dev, Start-up, or a student wanting to know more, #Appfest Sydney is the place to make it happen. There’ll be competitions, stacks of giveaways and even devices up for grabs.

Oh, and if you are wondering if an #AppFest is worth your time: here are some stories from previous attendees.

Technical Training Day: Friday 15th February, 2013:

Stream 1: UX Day with Chris Bernard - Designing for Two Platforms in One Day.

This session will spend a heavy day learning about modern design principals and standards for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. For the brave and hardworking you’ll be rewarded by being able to walk away at the end of the day with an information architecture for your application that covers navigation, layout and commanding for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. You’ll also have a detailed battle plan for how to light up your applications with unique Windows features like charms, live-tiles and notifications.

An understanding of basic design skills is helpful but not required, this workshop is exclusively focused on design, and you’ll learn, you’ll draw, you’ll sketch.

Supplied: All presentations

Useful: Laptop, Visual Studio, Blend for Visual Studio and your favorite design software (Expression, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)

We will cover:

  • Principals of great modern app design
  • A streamlined design process for creating great windows application
  • Understanding touch
  • Navigation
  • Layout
  • Commanding

We’ll review unique Windows features, charms and tiles and how to design to take best advantage of the platforms.

Stream 2: Two Platforms in One Day.

Build a connected Windows Phone 8 & a Windows 8 application in one day, using Windows Azure Mobile Services.

During a heavy day in Visual Studio, JavaScript and C# attendees will learn how to create a connected, cross platform application. Apps will be store-ready, with a cloud back-end. Using modern development methodologies (MVVM, REST etc) these applications will share as much code as possible.

Prior Knowledge: software development at some level.

Supplied: Sample code, internet connection

Required: Laptop, Windows Azure account

And INSTALLED prior to attendance:

-          Windows 8 (this is the evaluation version for Developers, if required)
-          Windows 8 SDK
-          Windows Phone 8 SDK
-          Windows Azure account

Optional: Windows Phone 8 device, Store accounts for App submission

Price: Free

When: 8:30am – 5:00pm, Friday 15 February 2013

Where: UNSW Kensington Campus – Scientia Conference & Events Centre in the Tyree Room

2 Day Hackathon, Saturday 16 February & Sunday 17 February 2013


Price: Free

When: 9:00am – 9:00pm on Saturday 16 February 2013 and 10:00am – 5:00pm on Sunday 17 February 2012

Where: UNSW Kensington Campus – Scientia Conference & Events Centre in the Tyree Room

Here’s the plan:

Saturday 16th February

09:30       Doors open / Registration

10:00       Welcome

10:15       Design Keynote – Shane Morris, Automatic Studios

11:00       Hacking and Design prototyping

13:00       Lunch

18:00       Dinner

21:00       Doors close

Sunday 17th February

09:00       Doors open

12:00       BBQ Lunch

13:00       Demonstrators prepare

14:30       App demos

16:00       Success keynote – Vaughan Knight, Nokia

16:30       Prizes announced

17:00       Doors close

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