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Are you a Designer? – Windows 8 UX Design Camp in Finland 2.-3.4-2013

UX Camp

Windows 8 is a new digital canvas where you can showcase your creativity and flair with apps that reach hundreds of millions of people. The platform provides unique features like Live Tiles, Contracts and Cloud services, so you can engage your audience more deeply in new and creative ways. There’s never been a more exciting time to be a designer and we’re pleased to invite you to a Windows 8 UX Design Camp to learn how to design great apps.

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What is a Windows 8 UX Design Camp?

Windows 8 UX Design Camps are free, fun, no-fluff workshops for designers, by designers.  In this camp you’ll learn from experts on Windows Store app UX design and apply what you’ve learned by designing your first Windows Store app. During the course of the workshop, we’ll have experts on Windows Store app design on hand to review your design and answer your questions.

Time and place

2.-3.4.2013, Keilaranta 7, Espoo, Finland

What’s the agenda?

In this design camp, we’ll cover:

  • Windows Store App Design Principles
  • Designing a Great Windows Store App
  • Navigation
  • Layout
  • Commanding
  • Snap and Scale Beautifully
  • Win as One
  • Tiles and Notifications
  • Touch
  • Animation
  • The Windows Store

What can I expect?

Windows 8 UX Design camps are workshops where your time will be split between discussing key principles of Windows Store app design and applying what you’ve learned in design exercises. All design exercises are done sketching with paper and pencil to provide you a way to quickly apply what you’ve learned and get feedback from camp mentors.

How Do I Register?

To secure your seat in this event, please register here. We can accommodate up to two people from the same organization.


This event is free of charge. Attendees are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation.

More info

You can find more info about the Microsoft Design Camps at designcamps.azurewebsites.net


Email your questions to msdnfi@microsoft.com 


Teppo Kotirinta
Principal Designer, co-founder @ Nordkapp

Teppo has been building internet, multimedia and mobile services since 1997, first more on the technical side, then in design. He’s worked in an e-commerce startup and with various digi-media and marketing agencies. He’s designed and developed frontend and backend solutions for rich & interactive social sites before there was social media, various things from mobile power plant maintenance system to DJ software, and anything from Video-on-Demand to healthcare and banking.



Sami Niemelä
Creative Director, co-founder @ Nordkapp

Sami is a designer blatantly excited about the new; things, experiences and interactions digital technology connects and enables all around us. He has worked on digital products and services since 1997, and while at it assisted an ethnographic study in India, facilitated participatory design in a daycare, won a Finnish Grammy, had his name on 10-ish design patents and designed for pretty much any format, size and OS there are, both digital and physical.



Sauli Lehtovaara
Interaction Designer @ Nordkapp

Sauli has been part of Nordkapp since the day one in the company’s history. During these years he’s been privileged to work with various kinds of challenging and successful projects for companies scaling from domestic start-ups to large multinational corporates. Nowadays you most likely find him in concept workshops or finishing interaction designs for services but he also has a strong engineering background in the past with web and software development.



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Free Developer and Design mentoring available for your Windows 8 app (9th–10th of November)

This is something that YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!!


WOWZAPP is a worldwide Windows 8
coding and learning event organized by Microsoft. There will be 6 anchor points  and many satellite locations simultaneously around the world.


will host the anchor event for Western Europe! All of the events will start at 17:00 their local time and continue with a overnight coding and learning night aka the hackathon.

Check it out now at www.microsoft.fi/wowzapp



Why 24 hour night coding you may ask…

As Finland is an anchor location there will be many professional developer and designer onsite helping you during the hackathon. If you have a challenge in your project we’re there to solve it with you.

You’ll have the mentors reserved the whole time to help and if you have any problem that we can’t resolve with you there’s many other professionals simultaneously elsewhere in the world that we can connect with to be able to answer your questions.

NOW It’s time to register

for the greatest event ever! WOWZAPP will be a chance for you to meet a bunch of fellow developers from around the world, experience the newest devices and take your app to the next phase !

Register now at www.microsoft.fi/wowzapp

The event is free of charge

we’ll provide you with the training, mentors, food & beverages and a lot of fun activity through the code-night!
You don’t need any previous experience with Windows 8 app development, we’ll teach you! All you need is your amazing self and your laptop with Windows 8!

“but I already started a project”

no worries, then we can help you to tweak your app to be beutiful , fast and fluent and ready to be published to the Windows Store with potential 700 000 000 users.

Learn from the best

During the event we’ll have a ton of mentors to assist you with your app development. There will be local trainers and experts from our partners, such as Avanade, Symbio, User Intelligence and many more! There will also be international trainers like Arturo Toledo and Microsoft experts and product group representatives, to answer your toughest questions!

To get the most out of the experience you should sign up for either one of the workshops (App or Game) and the 24h code-night! There is also a extremely interesting Windows & Windows Phone seminar on Thursday, that you can attend!

Showcase your skills


It’s not just about developing apps, it’s about the community and the whole experience! During the event you’ll get to learn from fellow developers and designers. This is a great chance to showcase your apps to Microsoft staff and possibly get some extra visibility and promotion for your application.  We’ll also have some extra activity available for all of you through the night, so you will definitely be entertained!

We’ll also have the great Channel9 team join us for the event, so you’re definitely in for a treat!


“so what do I need to participate?” you may ask…

You need yourself and perhaps some colleagues to form a team, your laptops with Windows 8 on it and Windows 8 developer tools. If you don’t have the software we’ll provide them. Check out how to get ready for this awesome opportunity.

“what do I get from this?” you may ask…

well…the experience, the mentors, the connections, your great Windows 8 app, extra visibility to you app.

…and not to mention that you might walk away with brand new Windows 8 tablet and much much more..

For the great app ideas that you build the first version for Windows 8 and plan to build it for phone you might even get 20 000 € granted by AppCampus


Getting Started With Windows Phone in Finland

Windows-Phone-7Where do you get the tools? What is the App Hub? How do you submit apps? Where can I get a phone?

Here’s a set of links to get you going on your path to Windows Phone world. Microsoft have a great community of MVP support, which can be found on the App Hub forums, or on Twitter #wpdev and #wpdevfi (for Finland) are the hashtags. Very good student community on Facebook can be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/winphoaalto/.
There is also a Finnish professional focused group at LinkedIn.

Insofar as training, Microsoft arranged 2 day training about how to build apps for Windows Phone.

To see what the training was about check http://wpdev.ms/wpmgojs.  




Students and Faculties

If you are a teacher, faculty member or a student developer in Finland, your best first stop is to contact me as I have ways how you can get free phones to your Windows Phone classes.

My email is jukka.wallasvaara(at)microsoft.com and my twitter is @jukkaw.


We have phones for developers committed to building apps and games for Windows Phone. This isn’t a free ride program where we just hand out phones to people because they say they want one. You need to have a solid plan what you’re building and when you’re ready with it. I’ll help you getting a device if we agree together about the quality and timing of the app.

We have current retail phones, and in the coming weeks/months, we will have updated Mango retail hardware phones. We also have prototype Mango devices (which have the gyros not available on current retail devices), so if you are building an app which requires Mango hardware, you can make an ask of those as well. Let me know as it’s an easy way to get a phone for your final tests.

Online Resources


What is it?


App Hub

The central repository for all things Windows Phone for developers. This is where you will go to create an account, get the tools, submit and manage your apps, participate in forums, et.c


Getting Started

Your first stop to get going on dev


Getting Started

/w DiggTheDrazen

Very good resource for tips and trips with all codes available by @DiggTheDrazen http://www.DiggTheDrazen.com


The dev tools – FREE – are here



Some people need a little extra help, and this walkthrough of the developer registration should be useful



A little extra help on the submission process.


Certification Requirements

OK, your app is done, but will it pass cert? We aim to give you plenty of visibility into the process and be very transparent on why your apps failed, but please read through this.


Jump Start

A video series sponsored by Channel9, our developer focused online video destination portal.


Design Day

Every developer could probably use a little extra help with their app design. Here are some great tutorials all about the Metro UI design language for Windows Phone.


Absolute Beginners

There’s always the possibility that you are big on ideas, but maybe not so much on dev skills. That’s OK. We have a great course which will get you up to speed even if you are an absolute beginner.


Mango Hands On Labs

If you want to dig a little deeper, but prefer the lab walkthrough format, we have some great labs here for you.


Mobile Champs

Our mobile champs are our developer evangelists in different areas. They are empowered to do whatever it takes to make you successful. They will have invites to in person Windows Phone training events, access to coding resources, will be able to introduce you to our marketing programs once your apps are in Marketplace, and they have phones and tokens for App Hub accounts (if cost of an account is a hardship). I’m working as a champ in Finland but if you’re from other company and don’t know who to contact see the champ list below.


Mobile Champ & Email


Chris Bright Chris.Bright(at)microsoft.com

Dave Glover (DPE MELBOURNE) dglover(at)microsoft.com


Andreas Schabus Andreas.Schabus(at)microsoft.com

Max Knor Max.Knor(at)microsoft.com


Katrien De Graeve Katrien.DeGraeve(at)microsoft.com

David Hernie dhernie(at)microsoft.com


Silvia Valadares silviav(at)microsoft.com

Caio Chaves Garcez caiog(at)microsoft.com


Paul Laberge paul.laberge(at)microsoft.com

Joey DeVilla joey.devilla(at)microsoft.com


Wilson Pais wilson.pais(at)microsoft.com


Liwei Zhao liweiz(at)microsoft.com

Felix Yan Felix.Yan(at)microsoft.com

Simon Duan simon.duan(at)microsoft.com

Czech Republic

Filip Rehorik Filip.Rehorik(at)microsoft.com


Walter Novoa (Adecco) v-wnovoa(at)microsoft.com

Ricardo Marulanda ricardo.marulanda(at)microsoft.com


Bjarne Dollerup Bjarne.Dollerup(at)microsoft.com


Jukka Wallasvaara Jukka.Wallasvaara(at)microsoft.com


Antoine Markarian antoinem(at)microsoft.com

Pierre Cauchois pierreca(at)microsoft.com

Alex Danvy Alex.Danvy(at)microsoft.com


Frank Prengel Frank.Prengel(at)microsoft.com

Bernhard Carli bernhard.carli(at)microsoft.com


Gina Tiriakidou ginati(at)microsoft.com

Hong Kong

Andy Cheung (HK DPE) ancheung(at)microsoft.com


Zsolt Batorfi zbatorfi(at)microsoft.com


Girish C Joshi girishcj(at)microsoft.com


Irving Hutagalung irving.hutagalung(at)microsoft.com


Dave Northey daven(at)microsoft.com


Roberto Cavallini Roberto.Cavallini(at)microsoft.com

Lorenzo Barbieri Lorenzo.Barbieri(at)microsoft.com


Shinobu Takahashi Shinobu.Takahashi(at)microsoft.com

Akira Onishi aonishi(at)microsoft.com


Jinho Seo jinho.seo(at)microsoft.com

Kyoung Yoon Kim kykim(at)microsoft.com


Hoong Fai Lai lai.hoongfai(at)microsoft.com


Edgar Omar Aviles Rosas Omar.Aviles(at)microsoft.com


Matthijs Hoekstra Matthijs.Hoekstra(at)microsoft.com

New Zealand

Nigel Parker nigel.parker(at)microsoft.com

Mike Zeff mike.zeff(at)microsoft.com


Petri Tapio Wilhelmsen petwil(at)microsoft.com


Zandra Nicolas alnichol(at)microsoft.com


Bartlomiej Zass Bartlomiej.Zass(at)microsoft.com


Nuno Silva Nuno.Silva(at)microsoft.com

Puerto Rico

Yamille Morales ymorales(at)microsoft.com


Mik Chernomordikov mikcher(at)microsoft.com

Vladimir Kolesnikov vladkol(at)microsoft.com


Chris Ismael chism(at)microsoft.com

South Africa

Nyaladzi Mpofu nmpofu(at)microsoft.com


Isabel Gomez Miragaya isabelg(at)microsoft.com

Elisa Garcia Anzano elisa.garcia(at)microsoft.com


Dag König dagk(at)microsoft.com


Stefano Malle Stefano.Malle(at)microsoft.com

Sascha Corti sascha.corti(at)microsoft.com


Eric ShangKuan ericsk(at)microsoft.com


Ekaraj Kongswangwongsa ekarajk(at)microsoft.com


William Coleman wcoleman(at)microsoft.com

Paul Foster paulfo(at)microsoft.com

Mike Ormond Mike.Ormond(at)microsoft.com


Joe Shirey joe.shirey(at)microsoft.com

Reza Alizadeh rezaali(at)microsoft.com

Christian Thilmany christhi(at)microsoft.com

Max Zilberman max.zilberman(at)microsoft.com

Rob Cameron Rob.Cameron(at)microsoft.com



Full free ebook available: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold


Finally the full book is available to anyone to download.

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Tips and Tricks: Ryhmittele Windows 7:n hallintatoiminnot “AdminMode”:n avulla

Windows 7:n avulla saa näppärästi ryhmiteltyä kuvat, musiikin, elokuvat yms. dokumentit kirjastojen avulla.
Entäpäs, jos sitä haluaisi tehdä oman hakemiston, missä eri asetukset on ryhmitelty haluamallasi tavalla?

Kokeile seuraavaa:

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  2. Nimeä se esim. AdminMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}  (tuolla pistettä edeltävällä osalla ei ole niin väliä)
  3. Kansion nimeksi tulee tässä AdminMode (jonka voit uudelleen nimetä miten haluat), mutta kansiota klikatessasi se sisältääkin aivan muuta, kun perinteisen kansion tyhjän sisällön…

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