Did you know Nokia does more than make phones? They also help developers from large companies to the indie guy who’s just getting his feet wet. Their group to do this is dubbed DVLUP (www.dvlup.com), and they’ve grown to be quite a massive – and important – part of the Windows Phone ecosystem.

Their ongoing DVLUP Days program is a way for you to learn new skills and talk to the experts who will show you how to either make an app or make your app even better. It’s a phenomenal and FREE event, in which you can even nab yourself a free Windows Phone (if you publish your creation in three weeks) and some other goodies.

The event will be in San Diego this weekend, but that’s at capacity (sorry!). Luckily, Toronto and Dallas are still a go, and we have all the details below!

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Toronto – Saturday, May 10 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

The day begins with a brief introduction from your local Nokia Developer Ambassador who will share their experience developing apps for Windows Phone. You will also learn more about DVLUP, which is a fantastic developer focused rewards program helping you get more out of developing for Windows Phone.

Then you’ll get straight down to business with plenty of time for hands-on app development and support from the Ambassadors. We’ll make sure you’re well-fed and caffeinated all day long.

Registration begins at 7:45am. There will be intro presentations, a Q&A / Ask The Expert session and a whole load of coding! Register here.

Dallas – Saturday, May 17 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM (CDT)

Learn to make amazing Windows Phone apps at Nokia DVLUP Day in Dallas on Saturday 17th May and win big prizes just for participating. Join Nokia Developer Ambassadors Greg Stoll & Bill Reiss, as well as several Microsoft Technical Evangelists, as they provide hands-on Windows Phone development training in a dynamic and fun event. Register here.

This event focuses on -

  • Track 1: App Development – Getting Started & App Studio
  • Track 2: App Development – Maps, Imaging & Cloud Services
  • Track 3: Game Development – Getting Started with Unity

Lightning Talks with Q&A

  • App Design & User Experience
  • Windows Phone Packaging & App Store Submission
  • App Marketing & Advertising