Join Microsoft for the 2012 Windows Phone Community Roadshow.

Microsoft’s Developer & Platform Evangelism Group will be running this 3-hour hands-on workshop across eleven towns and cities in New Zealand. Event timing varies by location, but workshops will run from 4/5pm until 7/8pm – select your city using the tiles below to find out.

The event is designed to be hands-on, so bring your laptops with the Windows Phone Tools installed, and start building your own Windows Phone apps. The team will run through hands-on demonstrations, showing you some of the features within Visual Studio and Expression Blend you can use to deliver great-looking fully-functional applications.

And of course, this being Microsoft, we have loads of prizes to give away.*

We have a competition with three prize categories, that we are offering to roadshow attendees. Submit your app by emailing with a brief description and a link to your app on the Windows Phone Marketplace, by 31st March 2012.

Be Lucky ::
Win 1 of 3 Samsung Omnia W (Focus Flash) Windows Phones!*
Each and every app submitted will go in the draw to win 1 of 3 Samsung Omnia W (Focus Flash) Windows Phones. This is purely a game of chance so, as long as your app is published (passes through the certification process to become available on the Windows Phone Marketplace!) then you have as good a chance as any.

Be Great ::
Win 1 of 3 Samsung Focus S Windows Phones!*
The three best apps submitted to the competition (as judged by Microsoft) can each win a Samsung Focus S Windows Phone. So if you're not happy with the random draw described above, make sure to spend some time on your app to create something that will really impress the panel of judges!

Be Creative ::
Win 1 of 3 Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phones!*
If you want to win Nokia's highly-anticipated first Windows Phone, simply submit FIVE apps to the competition, and you're in the draw to win one of three Nokia Lumia 800s. Given how amazing this prize is, not just any app will make the cut. Don't worry, we won't be asking the impossible but put your thinking caps on! Note that your five apps can't include follow-my-feed, app-maker or other online-tool-created apps. So if you choose to include an RSS reader or Twitter feed app in your five submissions, it better be a good one!

And as if you needed another reason to start developing for Windows Phone, email a screenshot of your ready-to-publish app to, to receive a complimentary one-year Windows Phone Developer Account valued at NZD$149!* This one-year Marketplace subscription lets you publish free, paid, or ad-funded apps and games. You can submit unlimited paid apps to Windows Phone Marketplace, and up to 100 free apps. Note that we can only gift free Marketplace accounts while stocks last, so get working on your first app now!


There you have it.

The 2012 Windows Phone Community Roadshow.

Hands-on demos at the event, and three prize categories to inspire you.

So what are you waiting for? Register your seat today...



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