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Recently, she was invited by her dean to take part in Pure Imagination, a Microsoft event and 24-hour Hackathon, coinciding with the recent release of Windows 8. A Hackathon is an event where developers usually gather to collaboratively code a digital project in a short amount of time. Participants were encouraged to make Windows 8 apps for the new operating system.
As part of the Rogers Social Insiders program, Jany got to demo the Nokia Lumia 920, a new Windows Phone 8 device exclusive to Rogers. We caught up with Jany after the Hackathon to see what her weekend was like.
Tell us about the Pure Imagination event. What was your favourite part?
Last weekend, I participated in my first 24-hour Hackathon hosted by Microsoft Windows 8. Prior to the official Hackathon kick-off, I had an amazing experience attending the different keynotes, sessions in various tracks, meeting a plethora of designers and developers from all over Ontario, and challenging myself to explore the possibilities of Windows 8. My favourite part of the event was being able network with different people on Friday night to recruit for a group of developers to bring an app idea to life.
Did you build an app? Can you tell us about it?
As a student who writes many essays and reports, the most dreadful part always seems to be preparing the bibliography. As a result, our team solved this common pain among academics by creating an app that is best at helping people cite their sources by automatically generating a bibliography. We had not met prior to the event, but quickly learned that our backgrounds would enable us to complement each other’s skills. For example, although my teammates were hardcore developers, coming from a Business Technology Management background (with experience in startups), I knew I would be able to add value to my team by suggesting ad/revenue models, and contributing to the creative user interface design of the app.
Tell us about your experience using the Nokia Lumia 920. What are your thoughts about the Windows Phone 8 operating system?
As a member of the Rogers Social Insiders Program, I had the opportunity to use the new Windows 8 phone, the Nokia Lumia 920 during the entire weekend. Initially, I felt that the phone was heavy, but once I turned it on and started viewing some of the different screens, I was immediately drawn by the clean, sleek and stunning user interface, and custom-coloured live tiles (magenta was my favourite). The phone is super intuitive!
What is your favourite feature of the phone?
My favorite parts of the phone are the camera app, vertical scrolling, the pre-installed audio notifications and alarms, being able to change the sizes of the live tiles, the centralized social media feature, and the design of the Twitter app for Windows Phone 8. Unlike the camera app on other platforms, Windows Phone 8 allows users to capture an image by holding down any part of their screen to focus and capture a specific moment. Also, because the phone was on the Rogers LTE network, loading web pages was superfast!
Would you use the Windows phone platform again?
I would definitely use it again!
For more information on the Windows 8 devices available from Rogers, click here.
Sarah is a regular contributor to RedBoard