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Windows Phone Developer Group Email Update 01/07/13

From: Joyce Kay A.
Sent on: Monday, January 7, 2013 5:57 PM
TOPICS: (1) Gamer Developers (2) Article Submission (3) How You Can Participate        2013 will no doubt will be an incredible year for this new and growing Meetup group of ours. We are a forward-looking group with diverse and interesting members.  So we may better serve your needs, please be sure to provide us feedback as to why you joined the group by taking our poll at if you have not done so already.  Thank you for your valuable input.  
(1) Game Developers   The Dallas Unity group has announced an event for January 24th titled "Unity and Microsoft - new cross platform opportunities!" According to the Unity organizer, Microsoft will be sharing the growing opportunity of creating exciting games for WIndows 8! GAME HACKATHON: Friday January 25th 2013 Global Game Jam: Plano Location .  Prior to the actual event, Randall Arnold is holding a "Strategize for Global Game Jam 2013" meeting this Saturday January 12th. In support of the upcoming Global Game Jam, there are two books available for anyone who wants to borrow them --  "Windows Phone 7: Game Programming in 24 Hours" and "Reality is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How They Can Change the World", a great book recommended by Woody Berner who is currently the AT&T Director of Wireline Consumer Strategy and who served as the AT&T U-verse Games Director. For more information about these books and our group's lending library, please visit our Meetup Discussion board at       (2) Article Submission   I would like to write some articles for submission to online news organizations about some of our individual members as well as about our group's collective efforts. I already have some specific ideas in mind. However, if you are looking to promote yourself, your organization or business, or just have an interesting idea for an article please do contact me directly. There is nothing that brings more validity to an individual or cause than someone else who is willing to take the time to toot your horn and I certainly would love to do so for you!



(3) How You Can Participate

Growing this amazing group of ours leads to a wider network of available resources for each of us in terms of greater access to talent (people) and information as well as tangible things such as free phones and developer codes. Raising awareness within the established developer community is being undertaken by great folks such as Ryan Lowdermilk who is the Microsoft Technology Evangelist, Randall Arnold who is the Nokia Ambassador, and the many of you who are experts in your respective fields. This year the goal is to continue with those efforts while undertaking a direction for outreach that will raise new community awareness. Some of the ways in which you can participate are as follows:
Presenters for Education / Training for current group members - We need people who are willing to share information with the group. If you are an interested in a particular subject, even if you don't consider yourself an expert, we really need you to share your knowledge with the group. Presentations can be formal or informal.   Resources - If you have books, Microsoft phones, or anything else of interest you would be willing to lend out, please add it to the Group's Lending Library. Also, if you are looking to borrow any resources please post that as well.
Leaders and Volunteers - We are organizing teams / committees and need your involvement. One of the first teams we'd like to see would be centered around the Microsoft Dreamspark program. Our group's team would likely be composed of high school and college students as well as current app developers and those in academia who would be willing to serve as mentors and provide feedback to aspiring developers in our local community. If you think any of these groups of folks describes you and you want to be part of a new Dreamspark committee please let us know!   Feedback - We need your input in all ways so please reach out if you have questions or concerns. And for those members who have not yet taken a minute to let us know which evening of the week would be convenient for a monthly meetup please help us out by visiting our group's polling site at We would like to get something started soon at the Dallas Fort Work co-working spaces (more information about them can be found on Facebook at: ) As always, thank you!

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