Windows Phone and HTML5 at Chicago Ideas Week

Chicago Ideas Week Lamp PostToday, Chicago Ideas Week kicks off and goes until Sunday, October 16. Chicago Ideas Week is a week of the world’s top speakers in Chicago, with the city’s best thinkers, creating an ecosystem of innovation, exploration and intellectual recreation.

The City of Chicago has been anxiously waiting for this week, for some time now. Downtown is painted with CIW banners, the lamp posts are proudly displaying Chicago Ideas Week and twitter is full of excitement.

I want to specifically call out the following two, Start Something! events that I’m quite excited for. They are both taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11, at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy at The Merchandise Mart.

Gartner and IDC are both predicting that over the next few years, the Windows Phone will steal huge market share, pass Apple’s iPhone and have almost 3% more of the overall market than Apple’s iOS. This presents a rare and massive opportunity for app developers and consumer brands.

Opportunities like this come around very few times. If you don’t want to be left out, check out:

Start Something! Bring Your Apps to Life on Windows Phone
Do you have the next million dollar idea that you just can’t find the time to finish?  Do you already have an app for Android and iPhone that you want to expand into new markets?  Windows Phone is here – and with it comes a new world of opportunity for passionate, creative developers.   Windows Phone gives you the power to build complex, robust applications using consistent hardware specs, a comprehensive development toolkit, and the all-new, full-service Marketplace for selling your apps.

If you have been hearing the HTML5 buzz and want to get a clearer picture, check out:

Start Something! Unleash Your Web App with HTML5
HTML5 is the biggest and most powerful HTML specification to ever come out of the W3C. Its roots come from a proposal to extend HTML4 to make it easier for web developers to create web applications. With more and more browsers supporting HTML5, ECMAScript 5 and other web standards, developers now have a strong web platform they can use to create a new class of application that is more powerful and interactive than ever before. What’s in HTML5 that lets us take our applications to the next level?