I am very proud to be a part of Windows Phone Week – a global event that takes place in cities all around the world. Its focus is to bring Windows Phone development to the masses and is entirely community organized. Zagreb is one of the hosting cities and tomorrow six speakers will present five sessions in total at a local Microsoft office. The event is being organized thanks to Domagoj Pavlešić (MVP for Client Dev, Nokia Developer Champion) and Andrej Radinger (MVP for Windows Phone).
You can think of it as a sort of mini-conference since it only has one track, and it only lasts for half a day. But that didn’t stop people from registering anyway. The event was “sold out” really quickly and I expected a packed room tomorrow. Events like these prove how strong the community around Windows Phone is and how people perceive it as a platform. It is really exciting and I hope that those who are still unsure about investing their time into the platform will jump in with both feet after tomorrow.
There are some valuable prizes to win which will surely motivate people start developing if they get a hold of such device. Domagoj will also give a free Nokia Premium Developer token for those who started working on their app but need an extra push to go ahead and publish their first app. I also need to thank Nokia for supporting such events, they are truly an awesome company.
Anyway, here are the details for my session. I will talk about game development for Windows Phone 8.
Game development for Windows Phone
Revenue from games on mobile devices takes a huge chunk out of the total revenue. Combined with the fun aspect of building games, this is a huge motivation for building games. If you need help to get started, this session will show you how to develop games for Windows Phone OS. You will hear about XNA, MonoGame, SharpDX and see them in action. There are also some other buzzwords that will be flying around. Enter the world of imagination where the only limit is your own imagination.
If you want to read more about how the entire thing got organized, you can visit the official Windows Phone Developer Blog.