The community developing apps for the Windows and Windows Phone platforms is one of the more friendly, helpful and welcoming that I have had the pleasure of being involved with. So on Saturday 18th April here at UI Centric we partnered with Windows Apps London to host a hackathon event for indie developers aimed at encouraging those who attended to finish projects with help and collaboration from other attendees, as well as professional app developers and designers.
Having prepped our offices for the 9 hour marathon of coding, we were thrilled with the response from this community as 27 guests arrived and set about getting ready to finish and submit their apps to the store. The schedule for the day was simple, plenty of time to bash away at keyboards, breaking for lunch of course, with a view to submit to the Windows store by 6pm that day. Everyone who submitted had the chance to win some goodies including Windows Phone and Tablet devices from Microsoft, Xbox Onesies also from Microsoft, and goodies from other event sponsors Telerik and AdDuplex.
Help was on hand from technical team members of both UI Centric and Microsoft (thanks to Andy Wigley in particular for making a very long journey to help out), as well as Matt Lacey, the organiser of Windows Apps London. One of the fantastic things about hackathons is the variety of issues you see throughout the day from some very ambitious individuals, we were all happy to be aiding in any way we could.
Of course just helping with technical issues and bugs is only part of the app development process, so we arranged for one of our visual designers Jozef Kocur to join us for part of the day for one-on-one design consultation sessions for any developer looking for feedback on their app’s layout. Jozef was kept very busy with almost half of the developers in attendance keen to speak to him about the project they were working on.
Overall the day was a huge success with a final tally of 18 apps submitted to the store and every prize given away to a group of smiling, if a little exhausted, Windows developers. We’ve put together a gallery of some of the submitted apps below.
I’d like to finish by personally thanking everyone who made the day happen, in particular every developer who came along to show us, and work on their projects. I speak for everyone at UI Centric and Windows Apps London when I say I hope you enjoyed the day and found it valuable.