Win Big at That Confererence Midwest Hackathons

It’s June, and That Conference is just around the corner. Which conference, you ask? That Conference! That Conference is a 3 day developer conference taking place in the Wisconsin Dells, August 13th-15th. At That Conference you will learn and geek out on everything Mobile, Web and Cloud with over 1,000 fellow campers, including me. Leading up to That Conference, hackathons are taking place in multiple Midwestern cities where you can code and compete for street cred and great prizes . Not only can you win big, but your city’s reputation is on the line and needs you to be the next big deal. That Conference is searching the Midwest for the best developers and the top two teams from each city will compete at That Conference to win the audience’s vote. So your city’s reputation really is on the line. Developers, you should prepare, develop some great ideas, rest up, caffeinate and get ready to dominate the upcoming That Conference Hackathon’s. The first hackathon begins today in Chicago.

200 S. Wacker, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60606
Start: Saturday June 9, 2012 at 1:00pm
End: Sunday June 10, 2012 at 5:00pm

N27 W23957 Paul Road
Pewaukee, WI 53188
Start: Saturday June 23, 2012 at 1:00pm
End: Sunday June 24, 2012 at 5:00pm

9555 James Ave. South, Suite 245
Bloomington, MN 55431
Start: Saturday June 23, 2012 at 1:00pm
End: Sunday June 24, 2012 at 5:00pm

Get Social and Win a Pass to That Conference

On Wednesday afternoon, my company launched a fun giveaway for the tech conference lover. At 7 PM CST next Tuesday, 5/15, responsiveX will give one lucky winner a $350 That Conference pass. That Conference is “Summer Camp for Geeks” in the Wisconsin Dells, August 13th-15th. At That Conference, campers will spend 3 days with over 1,000 fellow campers in 125 sessions geeking out on everything Mobile, Web and Cloud. That Conference is taking place at one of the largest waterparks in the Midwest. So when your head starts to overheat from the flood of great sessions and speakers, you can jump in a pool and cool off.

The good news is, if you’re the lucky winner of the responsiveX That Conference givewaway, you won’t have to fight the digital crowd on Wednesday morning at 8:13 AM CST to get registered before That Conference sells out.

Winning is easy. To get entered, all you have to do is:

  1. Follow @responsiveX
  2. Tweet about #ThatConference and the @responsiveX giveaway before Tuesday, May 15th at 3:00 PM CST.
  3. Encourage others to follow and tweet.

For the giveaway to be on, @responsiveX needs to reach 500 twitter followers, needs to reach 500 Likes, or the responsiveX newsletter needs to reach 500 subscribers.

For more info and details on how to enter, check out the contest page at

FREE AT&T Mobile App Hackathon in Chicago

AT&T is hosting a Mobile App Hackathon this Saturday, August 27, 2011, in Chicago. It will be a great event for developers to get together, network, learn about mobile technologies and build mobile apps. You will get fed and get to compete for some great prizes. This event is not targeted at a specific platform, so regardless of whether you are interested in Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, Android or even the dead webOS platform, come out, learn and build apps.

Starting at 2pm, Will Welbes and I will be hosting a Mobile + Cloud Jumpstart. The majority of mobile apps today require a cloud backend. The Mobile + Cloud Jumpstart will get you started developing apps with Cloud platforms like Windows Azure, Amazon Web Services and Apple iCloud. If you are planning to attend Mobile + Cloud Jumpstart, you must register independently of the AT&T Mobile App Hackathon since space is very limited. You can register at

You can register for the AT&T Mobile App Hackathon at This free event includes some great lightning talks, lunch, and a chance to win prizes.

Windows Phone Unleashed Rocked!

Thank You
First things first. Thank you to everyone who came out last night for Windows Phone Unleashed @ TechWeek! We had just the right number of attendees and 21 innovative App Pitches. Just a few more attendees and we might have seen sunrise at the AON Center. To those that couldn’t make it out, but spread the word and extended the invite to others, thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped organize the event including Dave Bost, Matt Hidinger, Mary Perisic, Deanna Robison, Connie Bernard and others. Without everyone’s help this would not have come together so nicely and quickly. A huge thank you to Microsoft for sponsoring the event, providing everyone a great meal, and giving away all of the great prizes, cash and swag. And lastly, thanks to Centare for providing the beverages and energy drinks. I don’t think I would have made it home without being hopped up on Monster and AMP.

Last night, we saw some amazing pitches and now it’s time to take the great ideas and make them real in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The following are some great resources to help you get started developing for the Windows Phone. Regardless of your preferred learning style, one of these resources will be perfect for you. There are instructional videos, hands-on labs, sample code, books, technical documentation and blogs.

Windows Phone Tools

Windows Phone 7 Training Course

Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide (Patterns & Practices)

Windows Phone MSDN Documentation

Windows Phone Team Blog

Make $$$
As I mentioned last night, there is a huge opportunity to make serious money with the Windows Phone. The following are some resources to get you started making money with Windows Phone.

Microsoft pubCenter – Monetizing with Ads

My Presentation on SkyDrive
Making $$$ With Windows Phone

We gave away some awesome prizes last night, one person left with an Unlocked Samsung Focus, and three others left with cash ranging from $75 to $225. The goods news is there are more opportunities to win and get Marketplace accounts. If you attended last night and would like to be notified of the ways to win more great prizes, including the exclusive special offer that was announced for attendees who get apps in the Marketplace, email me and let me know that you want “More Prizes” and I’ll add you to that list. It is very likely that we will be have more events like this one in the near future, if you would like to be notified of upcoming events like this one, even if you didn’t attend last night, email me and let me know that you want “More Events” and I’ll add you to that list.

A final note, whenever you begin any new journey, it’s often helpful to find people with similar interests that can offer collaboration, support and help you make progress on your journey. The Chicago Windows Phone Developer Group is a great community you should consider joining and getting integrated into.

Chicago Windows Phone Developer Group

Once more, thank you everyone!

Get FREE Windows Phone Goodies During TechWeek

Starting today and running through next Friday, July 29th is TechWeek Chicago. TechWeek is a week of conference, expo and events with over 2,000 entrepreneurs, business leaders, and innovators, 4 days of conference sessions, over 150 international speakers, 4 days of an expo hall with over 100 exhibitors, 35 competing tech startups, and over 30 independent off-site events. TechWeek connects the newest web and mobile technologies to thousands of Chicago business, academic, community, art, and media professionals- all within one week. For more information about TechWeek, check out

During TechWeek Chicago, Microsoft is hosting “Windows Phone Unleashed @ TechWeek”. This will be an incredible evening getting hands-on with Windows Phone and you will have the opportunity to work with the Windows Phone and Windows Azure experts to help get your app ideas of the ground. More details for this event is below.

There are a limited number of tickets, so RSVP ASAP!

Don’t miss this opportunity to get hands on with Windows Phone and the new features coming in Windows Phone “Mango”. Get help developing apps from the Windows Phone experts! This is a “hands-on” Hackathon where you will learn how to build, scale and publish your Windows Phone apps from the Windows Phone and Windows Azure experts. If you are a beginner or even an expert Windows Phone developer, you should not miss this event.

We will have short sessions on how to get started creating apps for the Windows Phone. And sessions on how to make serious $$$ building Windows Phone apps. Bring your laptop and we will provide all of the necessary tools needed to build your apps. This five hour event will bring together experts and developers with the purpose of developing WP7 apps.

Bring your ideas! Present them to your peers and WIN! Top app ideas will be voted on with an opportunity to WIN FREE Marketplace registration and more! We will also show participants who manage to create a Windows Phone app how they can be entered to win a new Windows Phone!

If you are a student, this is an event you can’t afford to miss! We will show you multiple ways to get FREE Unlocked Samsung Focus Windows Phones, FREE Xbox 360 games, FREE Visual Studio 2010 Professional, FREE Windows Phone Marketplace accounts and FREE Gift Cards.