Microsoft Australia has caught the hackathon fever. After hosting the first Windows 8 AppFest hackathon at the Microsoft TechEd Australia 2012 conference a couple of months ago, the developer evangelism team wants to share the love to Sydney developers who weren’t able to attend on the Gold coast.
#AppFest Sydney (yes, the hashtag is in the name) will be running next weekend (8th & 9th) at the Microsoft Australia North Ryde office supported by Microsoft evangelists and local industry experts to help keen developers hack together apps for Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Azure. There’s also an optional free training-day on the Friday.
Since I’m a big fan of community events and hackathons, it’s a shame that Microsoft Australia has decided to once again charge for this type of event which is suppose to encourage developer interest. At a cost of $110 for the two days (food provided), it’s a little bit pricey for a weekend event. Hopefully this changes as the event moves to other cities.
Having said that, I do have 4 tickets to give away to some aspiring Aussie developers. For a chance to win a free ticket, please leave a comment in response to “Why do you want to attend #AppFest Sydney?”. Eligible winners (who can attend in person will be picked on COB Friday 30th November.
You can see the #AppFest Sydney event schedule and register here.