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Competition winners from a Windows Phone Developer Camp have been announced. The Dev Camp, sponsored by T-Mobile, saw a "huge" amount apps being submitted to win smartphones running Microsoft's OS. Much like we've seen elsewhere, these sessions aid developers who are new to the platform, who'd like to network and pick up on some skills and knowledge from more experienced personnel.

So what are the seven winning apps we speak of?

  • AquaGuard - a tower defense game that puts the player in charge of preventing water pollution affecting populated countries with strategically placed defenses.
  • Nastani Time.mk* - an event planner for residents of Macedonia. The app enables users to check out latest events, plan ahead and receive reminders.
  • LiquidLab - a thought-intensive game that requires the player to measure liquid in glass beakers, sounds easy? How about doing this with now measuring instruments or guides?
  • ColorFever - enjoy puzzles? You'll want to check out ColorFever. The object of this game is to paint the entire board with a single colour, but not everything is as straight forward as it sounds.
  • ProveriBroj* - a simple app that enables users to check the mobile provider of any given number. Data is supplied by the AEC database.
  • Najeftino* - this handy shopping app acts as a comparison tool, where consumers can compare the prices of multiple products.
  • Be Humane - the last winning app is a charity based solution, which provides users with the tools to view upcoming charitable events (blood donation, etc.) and more.

* denotes apps in Macedonian only.

Source: Windows Phone Dev Camp; thanks Martin for the tip!

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Heads up to those in Egypt, specifically Cairo: Today (February 23) and tomorrow (February 24th) Microsoft is holding a dev camp for you young whipper snapper developers out there looking to get into Windows Phone 7.

The camp is evidently the first of its kind in Egypt making it a big deal for devs who don't normally get the same access and assistance from Microsoft as Europe and the U.S. Students are encouraged to create apps in XNA, Silverlight and as a staple of Microsoft events, come up with some apps that can help solve some world problems. 

The camp will consist of meetings, lectures and a competition should be a lot of fun for those just learning or even those with previous experience. Head to Egypt ICT for more info about the event.

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Free US Windows Phone Camps

We have more camps being listed so be sure to get your calendars out and insert events. The array of Windows Phone developer camps will be freely available for all. Developers from other platforms are recommended to visit one of the days should they wish to expand their reach onto Microsoft's platform.

We've bolded the two special days in Boston (12-13 October) where the second day will be a hands-on for developing apps and will feature successful developers providing advice and support.

  • 9/20/2011 - Charlotte NC
  • 9/22/2011 - Alpharetta GA
  • 9/27/2011 - Malvern PA
  • 9/29/2011 - Reston VA
  • 10/12/2011 - Cambridge MA (Day 1)
  • 10/13/2011 - Cambridge MA (Day 2)
  • 10/18/2011 - Chevy Chase MD
  • 10/19/2011 - New York City
  • 10/25/2011 - Tampa FL
  • 10/27/2011 - Burlington VT
  • 11/2/2011 - Raleigh NC
  • 11/4/2011 - Ft. Lauderdale FL
  • 11/8/2011 - Orlando FL
  • 11/10/2011 - Coral Gables FL
  • 11/10/2011 - New Paltz NY
  • 11/15/2011 - Blacksburg VA
  • 11/17/2011 - Washington DC
  • 11/29/2011 - Atlanta GA
  • 11/29/2011 - Pittsburgh PA
  • 12/1/2011 - Hempstead NY

Be sure to check out the announcement article over at MSDN (link below) for more information and links to register at each event.

Source: MSDN, thanks minibeardeath for the tip!

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The Windows Mobile team has announced a series of developers' camps for the upcoming release of Windows Mobile 6.5.

The first dev camp will be Aug. 19 in Redmond, Wash., at the Microsoft campus. The BarCamp-style events are geared to:

  • Create new applications for the Windows Mobile Platform.
  • Meet and work side-by-side with team members from the Microsoft
  • Mobile Developer Experience team.
  • Migrate existing mobile applications from the iPhone, Blackberry and Palm Pre to the Windows Mobile Platform.
  • Create applications to support Windows Enterprise Applications.
  • Test and optimize applications for Windows Mobile 6.5.

Five other camps are being planned for Austin, Texas; London; New York; San Francisco and Singapore.

More info at winmodevcamp.org and on the Windows Mobile team blog.

Update: In other news, Verizon just announced its "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Windows Marketplace for Mobile" Dev Camp on June 28.

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