Students and other tech enthusiasts gathered together at Tampere AppDay hackathon to get experiences on Windows Phone development. In this full-day hackathon, students from all three Tampere universities enjoyed loads of pizzas and got some serious learning-by-doing experiences.
The approach was very practical (some might call it even Spartan). First, the innovators presented their app ideas. Secondly, people were split onto teams to brainstorm around their ideas. Those teams then started to implement their ideas. Most of the people were not familiar with WP development at all, but there were great mentors to help the teams from both students themselves and the sponsoring company, Futurice.
After a couple of hours of coding, Futurice’s Tampere site head Riku Valtasola gave a company presentation and Kalle Aaltonen held a keynote on Windows Phone best practices. The videos of those talks can be found at
About the Author: Karl Ots (@fincooper)
Karl is enthusiastic about great user experiences and smart mobile devices. He is working on software research and development. Karl currently studies computer sciences and human-computer interaction at the University of Tampere.