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WOWZAPP2012 - Awesome Hackathon

 This weekend, all around the word we had WOWZAPP Hackathon.  This Windows 8 Hackathon was a 48 marathon of Windows 8 App development. Over 15.000 people were connected with Visual Studio 2012 and develop great application for the new operating system – Windows 8.
I participate at this event with other 3 colleges and we develop an application that could help you to find location when you don’t have internet connection. We didn’t manage to finish it, we tried to apply MVVM pattern 100%. Our main focus was the code quality and not to finish in 48h. The team name was DOTNET Vampires and team member were: Costin Morariu, Iulia Gorcea, Alexandra Vunvulea and @me.
This was a great event and we had a lot of fun. In Bucharest, we had almost 40 team. At this event I was not only as a percipient, I was part of the Windows 8 SWAT team. We were the persons that offered technical support for all teams. I think that almost all project had at least 3 lines of code written by me. It was a lot of fun switching between C#/XAML to JavaScript/HTML5 in 5 seconds. We tried to help all the teams from Hackathon.
In the second day of this event I had a session about Windows 8 developing process and what were the problems during developing of Trip Journal for Windows 8. It was a lot of fun because the session started around 10PM, and a lot of guys were already without one sleepless night.
In the last day of the event I was part of the jury who chose the winning application. I saw a lot of great applications and it was a really hard thing to do. I was very happy to see that one of my job colleges was on podium and won a Windows 8 tablet.
Good job Timotei Dolean! You made a great application for Romanian roads. I can’t wait to see it in the store. The current version of the application is in top 6 applications in Windows Phone Marketplace.
In conclusion we had a lot of fun and we tried to share our knowledge with everyone. See you next year!


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