Microsoft Canada is a community sponsor + extra prize + final judge

I’m happy to announce that HackREGINA and HackVAN have Microsoft Canada as a community sponsor. Microsoft is looking to promote the usage of HTML5, as it is one of the ways that you can build great experiences natively for Windows 8 (if you’re interested, there is a Windows 8 Camp in Vancouver on April 3rd + 4th). As well, the Microsoft team has provided an extra prize: a Samsung Focus Windows Phone.

The phone will be awarded to the team that best meets the following criteria with their app.

  • design: overall look and feel as native mobile app OR mobile web experience
  • use of mobile APIs: does the app use on-device mobile APIs in some way, either through native or mobile web code
  • engaging: does it either use APIs in a new way on mobile, or make a great mobile experience out of an existing API?
  • social features: does it include social media features OR some sort of new social graph experience?

Morale of the story: if you’re building a “web” app, do the little bit extra to make it work well on the mobile web, too.

So what are you waiting for? Go sign up for HackREGINA or HackVAN and win a phone!

Thomas Lewis - Microsoft Evangelist

Lastly, but certainly not least, I’d like to announce the (brutal) Thomas Lewis as the third judge.

Thomas just recently moved to Vancouver. It’s been great to have an evangelist based right here in Vancouver, and he’s been a speaker at a number of HTML5 Vancouver Meetups. Below is Thomas’ bio, but I think what you’ll find more interesting is that he goes by @TommyLee on Twitter. You know, as in Mötley Crüe Tommy Lee.

Thomas Lewis is a Principal Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on HTML5 and the web designer/developer community. When he is not thinking about the brutality of HTML5, Microsoft, Design and well-designed apps, he is plotting the eradication of Internet Explorer 6 from the planet.

13 Mar 2012, 7:20pm
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