LevelUp Tour is over and all the resources are now available for getting started with Unity!
We saw some great games, creative developers and a lot of enthusiasm! It was great meeting you all and we’re pretty sure this wasn’t the last time we heard about you. Below you will find a lot of great information that will help you go forward with your games in the Windows Stores.
|Head on over to our SkyDrive-folder to download the resources used during the LevelUp-event. Make sure you also check out the offering from Viope and MVA.
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|Make sure you complete the DVLUP challenges on time to earn your XP. You can start collecting XP from multiple different challenges and buy yourself something nice, you’ve earned it!
Apply for AppAwards now
We saw a lot of great games being built during the tour. Make sure you apply for AppAwards and get additional visibility for your apps at http://www.microsoft.com/finland/appawards/
Apps made for Windows 8 tablets or Windows Phone can be submitted to competition during 1st July 2013 to 30th March 2014. Jury of Experts will select every month some apps that are already released to Store and submitted to App Award competition
The recordings from the event are also available:
- LevelUp -Helsinki sessions opening, Drazen Dodik
- LevelUp -Helsinki sessions opening, App Campus, Ville
- LevelUp -Helsinki sessions, Part 1/3, Andy Touch, Unity
- LevelUp -Helsinki sessions, Part 2/3, Andy Touch, Unity
- LevelUp -Helsinki sessions, Part 3/3, Andy Touch, Unity
Also check Andy’s other training that talks more about 3D stuff:
- Andy Touch, Unity 3D, “Train” the Trainers workshop 1/5
- Andy Touch, Unity 3D, “Train” the Trainers workshop 2/5
- Andy Touch, Unity 3D, “Train” the Trainers workshop 3/5
- Andy Touch, Unity 3D, “Train” the Trainers workshop 4/5
- Andy Touch, Unity 3D, “Train” the Trainers workshop 5/5
- Petri Wilhelmsen, Microsoft. Developing Games for Windows using Azure Cloud Services
Do you want 50 000€ for porting your game to Windows platform?
AppCampus is funding finnish game developers with over 500 000€ during the LevelUp tour. In each location you will find an AppCampus team who will run AppCampus-clinic. You’ll get to pitch to the AppCampus screening team, ask questions about the program and receive valuable guidance.
AppCampus is looking for 4 – 5 teams from each LevelUp-city to grant a 20 000€ or 50 000€ funding. To be eligible you must fit the criteria defined at http://www.appcampus.fi/faq
Windows Phone 8 is here, and with it comes new and exciting devices, along with more markets and languages, making it easier than ever to build great apps for a larger audience. See what’s new in the SDK.
Start here to take advantage of new opportunities to create apps targeting both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.
Below you find lots of new and recently updated articles in the Dev Center that address some of the burning topics we’re hearing from the field and partners.
Help with app certification
· Windows 8 app certification requirements. This guiding document is updated to include more details and examples of what’s required to pass certification.
· Avoiding common certification failures Driven by the app certification team, this new topic lists common reasons why apps fail certification.
· Resolving certification failures This new article contains an entry for each certification requirement, and lists the current recommendations for resolving common failures. When a developer learns that their app has failed certification, point them here.
· Index of UX guidelines: The index of UX guidelines is the checklist used to evaluate apps in the App Fast Track.
· Opening a developer account This topic explains the steps to open a Windows Store developer account. Once an account is open, developers can log into their Store Dashboard and start publishing apps.
· About strong authentication This topic explains how Microsoft Accounts are kept secure by requiring security proofs that use multiple forms of identification.
· New getting started checklists tells different types of developers what they need to get started.
· Submitting your app describes the technical steps for how to submit an app.
New articles on in-app purchases have been published to help address confusion.
· Marketing your app In addition to articles on how to create a great app listing in the Windows Store, you can get Windows Store logos, usage specifications, and other marketing assets (October 12, 2012).
Do you want to present for other Windows 8 or Windows Phone developers?
Send a short description of your subject and something about yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of October
It’s your time to shine now!
Answer the call. Enter to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 Windows Phone Challenge and create software that can really make a broad impact in the world. Now is your chance to experiment and make your work available on a mobile device used by millions. Great apps start with strong functionality, add device-focused utility, and finish with an outstanding Windows Phone user experience. Plus you will be able to install the Windows Phone SDK which includes Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone, Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone and the Windows Phone Emulator. Your ideas combined with great tools – which one of the world’s toughest problems will you solve? Get started on your solution today.
We know you are excited, but before you start building the next Windows Phone app that benefits people around the globe, take a few minutes to read the Windows Phone Challenge Rules and the Imagine Cup Official Rules and Regulations.
Next: Register and sign up to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 student technology competition, using the steps on this page.
Returning to Imagine Cup? You can skip Step 1 and sign in now at the top of the page using your email address and password from last year. You still need to sign up for the Windows Phone Challenge through your My Profile page. Read the Windows Phone Challenge Rules first but if you want to get started now, take a look below at what is required for Round 1.
New to Imagine Cup? Follow these four steps and you are on your way!
Step 1. Register. We need some basic information from you before you can get started.
Step 2. Sign up to compete in the Windows Phone Challenge through your My Profile page.
Step 3. Read the Windows Phone Challenge Rules before you begin your project.
Step 4. Start building your solution.
Your Mission: Create and submit an Application Summary and a SketchFlow Prototype for a Windows Phone app that is inspired by the Imagine Cup 2012 Theme – Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems. Round 1 submissions are due by 23:59 PM GMT on 13 March 2012.
Note: The Windows Phone Challenge is not intended for submission of games. Competitors who are interested in building games for Windows Phone should participate in the Imagine Cup 2012 Game Design: Phone Competition.
Need a Little Inspiration? Not sure which one of the world’s toughest problems you want to solve? Get motivated by one of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals or take a look at the great ideas in Nokia’s IdeasProject. While these are not required to be in your solution, the Imagine Cup offers these ambitious challenges as a guide to promote change all around the world.
Get Connected. Follow the Imagine Cup Blog to gain access to new training and resources to help you with your project, read about past Imagine Cup competitors’ successes, and get tips from your captain.
oh yeah, that would be me !
There is very good summery of latest Phone and PDC news at Channel 9
- David Anson – Windows Phone 7 Toolkit November release includes new controls, and pre-built page animations [watch]
- Windows Phone 7 October Update – Includes map control, wp connect and capability detection tool [watch]
- Free Programming Windows Phone 7 ebook by Charles Petzold! [watch]
- Phil Haack – The .NET community has voted and NuPack is officially renamed to NuGet, pronounced "New Get" [watch]
- Somasegar – BizSpark Graduation offer for startups, provides free use of software they have, waived exit free, and a 50% discount for software assurance [watch]
- PDC 10 Session Video list by Greg Duncan [watch]
- Windows Azure Team Blog – Recap of Windows Azure announcements from PDC [watch]
- Glenn Block – A summary of the changes and new features coming to WCF including JSON, oData and full HTTP support, (see his PDC 2010 talk for full details or the WCF CodePlex project) [watch]
- Xbox Engineering Blog: One of the most detailed articles on Network Address Translation (NAT) and how Xbox automatically configures this to work through firewalls [watch]