Quite a few hackathons/hackfest and meetups are beginning to appear, most notably in US and UK. It's always good to see aspiring developers getting together to share ideas, advice, learn and hone skills. The top feat I love about Windows Phone is the developer community - I feel it's much closer than competitors at such an early age of the operating system.

Anyway, I digress. A Windows Phone 7 hackfest is close approaching on the 14th of May in Ajax, Canada at the McLean Community Centre. Some points located on the website that defines the event perfectly:

  • If you have an idea for an app but don’t know how to build apps for Windows Phone, this event is for you!
  • We’ll have experts and tutors on hand to show you how to write your first Windows Phone app, and it’s easier than you think.
  • If you have the skills to build apps for Windows Phone but don’t have any ideas for an app, this event is also for you!
  • If you’ve got C#, .NET, Silverlight or XNA skills but can’t think of what to write, the Hackfests are a great place to brainstorm with other people and come up with ideas for apps.
  • If you’re looking for a job or clients, this event is also for you!
  • Okay, Hackfests aren’t actually job fairs, but they’re excellent networking opportunities, and these days, 80% of the tech jobs out there are found by networking.

The only requirements are for you to register before hand, bring a laptop (desktop if you're on steroids) and be sure to have developer tools already installed - which you should have already, right? The event begins at 9am where half-an-hour will be spent socializing and munching on some fine grub, then from 9am to 4pm is the long haul of app development.

Source: Toronto .NET group