This is an exciting time for everyone in the Nokia developer community. Nokia has introduced a unique set of developer tools and services with the Nokia Premium Developer Program and Nokia Ad Exchange, the Windows Phone 8 SDK has arrived, and a range of new Nokia Lumia devices is starting to show up in stores!
Last week, we were thrilled to announce our new developer tools and services at //BUILD, Microsoft’s premier developer event, to help developers build amazing apps for the Windows Phone platform.
Nokia was invited to be part of the Day 1 keynote where Richard Kerris, VP Developer Relations, announced all developers attending //BUILD would receive a Lumia 920 from Nokia. The reaction was overwhelming! Over the course of the event, we had a number of developers stop and tell us that they are excited to develop for Windows Phone 8 and impressed by our products, especially the unique design, clear display, incredible camera, and world-class maps.
Nokia also had a well-placed booth where over 1000 developers stopped by to find out more about the new Nokia Premium Developer Program, Nokia Ad Exchange and NFC. We distributed programmable NFC cards that allowed developers to literally “tap” their shiny new Lumia 920 to get more info on NFC app development.
Nokia had the privilege of presenting a tech session at BUILD. In this session, Steve Robbins, Chief Architect – Nokia Music, presented a coding session called ‘Nokia Music Windows Phone 8 App-to-App APIs ‘. You can watch this session here and download slides here. The session was well received and the coding detail was highly appreciated by the audience.
Here are some great early reactions from our loyal developers!
We’re excited too. We hope you’ll watch the videos, check out the Nokia Premium Developer Program and Nokia Ad Exchange, and blow us away with your new Windows Phone apps!
Here are a couple of news items around Windows Phone we didn’t want you to miss:
- On October 11, Todd Brix of Microsoft announced updates and improvements to the Windows Phone Dev Center. He also announced the enabling of 13 additional countries for Windows Phone Dev Center registration. Great news!
- If you’re planning to be in Espoo, Finland on 7-9 November, be sure to register for WOWZAPP, a developer conference hosted by Microsoft, Nokia, and others, and focusing on Windows Phone 8 app development. There will be a Windows seminar, workshops on app and game development, and to cap off the activities, a 24-hour hackathon. Hope to see you there!
If you’re a photography buff, you’ll want to check out the latest challenge over at Ideas Project. Ideas Project helps bring consumers and developers together to make connections, start conversation, and get creative together. Our latest challenge is designed to further enrich mobile photography by creating and sharing ideas to make the next killer photo app or service.
To get the specifics on our Image Technology Challenge, visit the project page here.
About Ideas Project
At SXSW 2011, we launched ideasproject.com, an experimental project to co-create technologies with consumers. Over the past year, we’ve started to see the power of co-creation and the benefits it brings. By bringing greater focus to the consumer to developer connection, we are seeing great results. Our success stories include:
To learn more about Ideas Project, visit www.ideasproject.com.
Walter Wong, our Nokia Developer Champion for October, is one of the coordinating forces behind the Software Developer Reality Show. In this one-day tournament, to be held in Malaysia on 13 October, developers will compete on six challenges covering Windows Phone. One of the challenges promotes the Nokia Places API, which is required to complete the task.
By day, Walter works as the technical lead for Gain Secure, a software developer based in Malaysia. He is also a frequent speaker at Asian technology events. Walter joined the Nokia Developer community this past March, where you can find him online as WalterW.
Walter’s recent contribution to the community discussion boards explains how to upload photo images to Facebook in just five steps. He also runs a blog, Walter’s Technology & Travel Space.
Meet Walter Wong on the Nokia Developer Champion site.
Learn the benefits of becoming a Nokia Developer Champion.
Congratulations to Gergely Csúcs, the Nokia Developer Champion of the month for September.
Known to the Nokia Developer Community as wizard_hu, Gergely considers himself an ‘electrical engineer with fading knowledge about wires’, yet with a passion for great software. From his home base in Oslo, Gergely has been a trusted member of the Nokia Developer community since 2001. Since then, he has contributed more than 26,000 posts to Nokia Developer discussion boards.
This is Gergely’s second time as a Champion of the Month; his first was in July 2008. Also, he has been named a Nokia Developer Champion every year since 2006, and a poster of the month many times. Gergely has also co-authored an impressive number of book chapters, often writing about the technical aspects of peer-to-peer information retrieval and cooperative wireless networks.
Among Gergely’s impressive professional achievements are many he cannot list on either his CV or LinkedIn profile: the untold hundreds of Nokia Developer software projects that were completed on time, on budget, and with great results because their developers received timely help from wizard_hu.
Meet Gergely Csúcs
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Congratulations to Sajid Ali Anjum, our Nokia Developer Champion of the month for August. Based in Pakistan, Sajid has worked on mobile platforms since 2008. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering from the college of engineering and technology at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, he now focuses on building his company, SajiSoft, and on developing for Nokia Asha Touch phones. Sajid’s special interests include social networking, location-based services, mobile utilities, and games.
On Nokia Store, Sajid’s company offers several games and utilities, including Math n Fun, a game for practicing math; Brain Bash, a cartoon game; and mLocker, a file-locking utility. His most recent app is Tangle Craze, an arcade puzzle game optimized for the full touch UI for Series 40.
Sajid shares his skills with the Nokia community as a frequent contributor to the Nokia Developer discussion boards and Wiki, where he can be found under his username sajisoft. In addition, his skills have won him several developer awards, including the Nokia Calling All Innovators 2011 competition and Nokia Qt Ambassador. Sajid engages the wider developer community through his blog on the Sajisoft site. He also speaks publicly on topics that include getting started with mobile programming, and developing mobile games.Bravo, Sajid!
Meet Sajid Ali Anjum.
Learn what it takes to join the Nokia Developer Champion reward and recognition program.
The Nokia Developer Champion for July is Firstman Marpaung, a developer with iComm International in Indonesia and president of the Nokia Indonesia Community Enthusiasts. Recently, Firstman helped organize a Web Apps Roadshow that visited more than 10 campuses in Indonesia and produced 355 apps that were submitted to Nokia Store. He was also recently honoured as a Most Valuable Professional for Windows Phone, and he also has expertise in Symbian C++, Qt, Series 40, Themes, and UI design. Firstman has been a member of the Nokia Developer community since early 2011, and under his username firstmanm, he contributes regularly to the Nokia Developer discussion boards.
Meet Champion of the Month Firstman Marpaung.
Explore the Nokia Developer Champion program.
Nokia Developer Champions are rightly celebrated for their developer skills. But they are also extraordinary people.
Take Simon Botes, a Nokia Developer Champion based in South Africa. Simon recently undertook an epic road trip of more than 5,000 km. He travelled to a farm outside Lyndenburg, in the South African province of Mpumalanga. There, Simon provided seven days of training on mobile phones to nearly a dozen quadriplegics living in a home run by Ama Wheelies, a non-profit organisation that helps people with spinal-cord injuries. The 32 Nokia C5-03 devices he trained them on were donated by Nokia Connects. ‘Helping these disabled people really is a life-changing feeling’, Simon says. ‘I’m glad to be able to help.’
Such was Simon’s commitment and pride at being a Nokia Developer Champion that he had his Nokia Developer Champion t-shirt couriered to the next stop on his driving route when he realised he hadn’t packed it. The next day, T-shirt in hand, Simon set off for the Ama Wheelies farm. When he finally arrived in Lyndenburg, he trained several of the residents and their caretakers to use their new Nokia C5-03 device.
Moses Mlombo is one of the Ama Wheelies residents now using a Nokia phone. Paralyzed from the neck down after being shot in the chest six years ago, Moses uses a specially adapted Nokia C5-03 phone, both to communicate with others and run a small business that recycles printer cartridges. He uses a prosthetic on his wrist to hold the phone and taps on the phone’s keys with a mouthstick. In this way, Moses says, ‘I can still have a meaningful life.’
As for Simon, after his seven-day training session at Ama Wheelies, he visited nearby Kruger National Park to document wildlife species for a new mobile app he’s working on – and to take some vacation time. ‘This was one of the most awesome outreach programs I have helped on’, Simon says. ‘A HUGE thank-you to Nokia Connects…you guys rock!’ We think Simon rocks, too.
Simon Botes, standing in black t-shirt, training Ama Wheelies residents Amos Nkosi (on left) and Bethuel Manyika.