This past weekend, Skyline Technologies held a Windows 8 Store app developer camp. As I stated in a previous post , our associates were directly involved in what apps to build. We collectively decided on six different apps with teams ranging from four to eight developers. We also had a team of designers that helped make the apps have a great look and feel. This was a very organic process in order to provide a great learning experience and a chance to work with colleagues outside of traditional engagements.
I believe Skyline Technologies has nailed it with this camp. It offered a fun environment for learning a cutting edge technology. It brought associates together and helped team build in a great way, as this post on our camps discusses. There is still work left to do before associates get their hands on a Windows Surface RT device because we need to get these apps to the Windows Store! The passion I witnessed over the weekend has continued as I’ve already seen teams sending emails, scheduling review meetings and staying on top of the finishing tasks.
As a teaser, each app falls into one of the categories listed below.
- Recreational / Leisure
- Child Organizations
- Non-profit for community stewardship
It’s worth mentioning that all of the teams used TFSpreview and we didn’t have any issues. It was great to see some of our project managers / scrum masters trying out the new features and tools.
I’ll have a wrap up post once the apps make it to the Windows Store so that everyone can check out what they offer, but in the mean time here are some photographs of the weekend.