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Nokia DVLUP Day Chicago


Saturday, 12 April 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

Nokia DVLUP Day Chicago

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Learn to make amazing Windows Phone apps at Nokia DVLUP Day in Chicago on Saturday April 12, 2014 and win big prizes just for participating. Join Nokia Developer Ambassadors Nick Landry & Lance McCarthy, as well as several Microsoft Technical Evangelists, as they provide hands-on Windows Phone development training in a dynamic and fun event. Whether you’re a seasoned developer or barely know how to code, you will walk away with the ability to write a mobile app.

With full sample source code and step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to make an app or game from scratch, or learn new techniques to enhance your current apps & games. No matter what you want to build – an app or a game – or what your programming skill level is, with two individual tracks to choose from means there is something for everyone.

DVLUP Day is a unique community event that combines presentations by Windows Phone experts along with a hands-on workshop to help attendees get started on their apps. BRING YOUR LAPTOP! Work with our experts, get started on your app or game, publish it within 3 weeks after attending the event and get a free Windows Phone 8 device!


DVLUP Day Chicago will be held on April 12th, 2014 at:

Microsoft Office

200 E. Randolph Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60601

What You Will Receive

As an attendee of DVLUP Day Chicago you will be eligible for the following:

  • A Windows Phone 8 device. Every attendee who publishes a new app or game within 3 weeks of the event will get a new Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 device. Developers who update an app or game older than 6 months with significant changes are also eligible.
  • A heavy-duty DVLUP backpack. The first 100 registered attendees to sign-in the morning of the event will receive a swag bag full of goodies, even the backpack itself is worth $89 (it’s a Wenger, Swiss Gear TSA friendly laptop bag). We’ll have swag, t-shirts and other goodies for everyone too.
  • A Nokia Developer Offers token. This is worth hundreds of dollars and contains the following:
    • Microsoft Windows Phone DevCenter account (this is your portal to publish apps to the Windows Phone Store and also unlocks physical devices for building apps)
    • Telerik UI for Windows Phone license
    • Infragistics NetAdvantage for Windows Phone license
    • BugSense Performance Monitoring solution for Windows Phone (3 months)
  • $50 AdDuplex credit (approx. 20,000 ad impressions). AdDuplex is an ideal network to cross-promote your app with others. You’ll learn about AdDuplex in the App Marketing & Advertising lightning talk.

There will be multiple random drawings for all attendees to win a Nokia Lumia “Hero” device of their choice (Lumia 1020, 928, 925, 920) and other prizes. The first drawing will be during the Lightning Talks after the day of training for all attendees. Another drawing will be held near the end of the event in the evening for the attendees who stayed to code and get help during the hands-on workshop.

Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be served. Come see the latest Windows Phone & Windows 8 devices in our device bar, and connect with other developers in the community

Register for free today! This is a unique event you just can’t miss!

DVLUP Day Chicago Agenda – April 12, 2014

·       8:30am – Registration Opens: Continental breakfast & coffee will be served.

·       9:30am – Opening Session: Introductions and housekeeping.

*** 15 min break ***

·     10:00am – Windows Phone Breakout Sessions: 2 tracks
o Track 1: App Development – Getting Started with Windows Phone Development
o Track 2: App Development – Maps and Imaging & Cloud Services

·     12:30pm – Lunch Break

·      1:00pm – Breakout Sessions Continue (same tracks)
o Track 1 (continued): Building an App with App Studio
o Track 2 (continued): Azure Cloud Services

*** 15 min break ***

·       2:30pm –Lightning Talks with Q&A

Windows Phone Packaging & App Store Submission (we’ll publish the app built in Track One)

App Marketing & Advertising

Finding support locally after DVLUP Day

·       3:00pm – Hands-on workshop begins – All staff on hand to help you get started

·       5:00pm – Event ends, your journey begins – You have three weeks to get your app in the store, good luck!


Track 1: App Development – Getting Started & App Studio

Get introduced to Windows Phone development and see first-hand how to use the powerful tools, Visual Studio and Blend, to produce great apps with amazing UIs. We will explore all the available templates that will give you a great head start. We will also cover the basics of XAML is, data binding and the power of the controls (like Panorama and Pivot) that you get out-of-the-box with SDK.


In the second part of track one, you will learn how to generate a store-ready Windows Phone app in under an hour using Microsoft App Studio. Learn how to get started with App Studio and have a store ready app without having to write a single line of code. Time permitting, we will explore the downloadable source code you get when generating an App Studio app.  By the end of the day, you will most likely see the demo app go live in the store.

Track 2: App Development – Maps, Imaging & Cloud Development

So you’re already experienced with Windows Phone app development and you want to take your apps to the next level. Join us for a deeper dive into some specific SDKs for Windows Phone developers. You’ll learn about location services, maps and how to call Geospatial Information Services (GIS) from your apps. We’ll also explore the Nokia Imaging SDK, letting you easily add advanced imaging effects and filters when dealing with photos in your apps.


Finally, during the second part of Track 2, you’ll see how your apps can leverage Windows Azure to create a custom back-end to store structured and unstructured data in the cloud and deliver a compelling user experiences. We’ll discuss how you can use Windows Azure to extend the on-line presence of your app by building additional channels to showcase your application and interact with your end-users.

Developer Environment

Windows Phone 8 development requires Windows 8.x Pro to install the SDK and emulator. If you’re running Windows 7, you can still build Windows Phone 7.8 apps using the 7.1 SDK. If you’re using a Mac, you can create a Windows 8.x Pro virtualized environment using Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion.

All attendees can build Windows Phone applications using a web browser and Microsoft App Studio, as covered in Track 1.

For more information on getting started, visit http://www.ageofmobility.com/?page_id=961.


DVLUP Day was a huge hit with developers in 2013, with stops in Boston, Tampa, Sunnyvale and Vancouver. This is going to be an awesome day in Chicago and I look forward to seeing you all there. Just for showing up and learning, you get hooked up. Just for publishing an app, you get hooked up. Mark off that Saturday April 12th, register now and come join us.

Register now

DVLUP Day Chicago is completely free to attend but spaces are limited, so make sure you register your interest now.

You will need to have your DVLUP account ID ready. If you haven’t got a DVLUP account yet, sign up here. It will only take 2 minutes!

Any questions?

If there’s anything you’d like to know either before or after you register, email us right away.

Have questions about Nokia DVLUP Day Chicago? Contact DVLUP

When & Where

200 E Randolph
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60601

Saturday, 12 April 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

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DVLUP is an exclusive program for developers, where you earn rewards by completing exciting challenges. DVLUP gets you access to App Challenges, news, events, partner opportunities and more. Earn points to redeem for Rewards, including promotional placements for your Apps.

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