October WP group update

From: Randall "texrat" A.
Sent on: Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:40 AM

Greetings members,

I have mixed feelings about group activities and status lately.

First the obvious good: our membership continues to steadily grow.  I keep running into people who had no idea we existed, so there's certainly a challenge to get word out-- but nonetheless some are slowly discovering we're here.

We've had quite a few events pop up relevant to the WP mission and it's good to see members attend.  I think it's a good idea to keep using this group site to make members aware of events and opportunities to not only support specific Windows Phone skills and efforts but also those supporting them.  That includes general .NET, SQL, UI design, web services, etc.  I will keep listing these and hope you will suggest ones that Joyce and I don't find!

Now to the not-so-good...

I'm a bit discouraged by the lack of communications.  I have a lot to share but really, REALLY do not want to be the only one talking!  More of the following would be highly appreciated:

  • Event suggestions
  • Meetup venue/date suggestions
  • Sensei/mentor volunteers
  • General feedback/ideas
  • QUESTIONS!

The silence in response to discussion board posts and emails has been deafening.  I urge you all to take a bit of time when you can and contribute to the discussions.  This is YOUR group-- help shape it!

And there's good reasons why you should.

I realize I've been teasing everyone with upcoming news involving Nokia, and my ability to announce something is very, very close.  By the end of this month I should be able to share details on my new relationship with the company.

This will be important to YOU for a variety of reasons: sponsored meetups at the Nokia campus in Irving, greater access to resources, and FREE STUFF.

Yes, I mean cool Lumia phones.  And more.

In addition to occasional prizes and swag for general members, Nokia maintains a program called Nokia Developer Champions.  These are people selected based on community leadership, spectacular app development, and other similar criteria.  Current benefits include one free Nokia device per Champion period as well as a waiver for the $99 Microsoft WP developer fee.  Vendors also often offer Champions product and service discounts.  In addition, this is a great role to include on a career resume!

So don't be shy.  Speak up!  Feel free to provide constructive criticism even.  I'm committed to this for you and looking for guidance!

And FYI: remember there's another hackathon coming in November.  I'm still waiting for further details, but you can tentatively RSVP here.

As for social meetups, I'm working with Nokia to schedule one now.  What does everyone think of Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 PM, Nokia Irving campus?  Looking for responses!

Thanks,

Randy

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