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Windows 8: A Connected Experience

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Please note: the date of this event has been changed from 4/8 to 4/15 due to space availability at the Compuware facility. Please mark the change in your calendar.

MEETING DESCRIPTION:

With the release of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has revamped their entire ecosystem and opened the door for a more seamless computing experience. Whether at work, home, or on the go, Microsoft is focused on allowing users to stay connected to the data that is important to them. Users no longer interact with Windows through just a PC, but through many new devices such as phones and tablets. This shift in the Windows ecosystem has changed the way both users and developers approach Windows.

Join speakers from Microsoft & Vectorform as we explore this new Windows ecosystem and how to get the most from what Microsoft has to offer. We will look at what defines Windows 8 and how it has changed the way a user a user interacts with their computing devices. Along the way, we will examine some of the new features and benefits of Windows 8 for both business and personal use. Vectorform will also provide some insight into the development process of a Windows 8 application, identifying some of the new pitfalls and ways to overcome them as well as some of the key features every Windows 8 application should have to be successful. Throughout the talk, Vectorform will be demonstrating a few of the applications that they have developed including Toolbox for Windows 8.

The meeting takes place at Compuware Headquarters on Monday, April 15th at 5:30 p.m., and is FREE to attend, though reservations are required for security and catering purposes.

FREE parking is available to those who utilize Compuware's parking deck and have their parking stub validated when signing in at the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (http://gomobilemichigan.org/), Mobile Monday Michigan (http://mobilemondaymichigan.org/) and Compuware (http://compuware.com/).

OUR SPEAKERS:

Richard Geyer

Working as a lead interactive developer at Vectorform, Richard Geyer has specialized in developing both multi-touch and natural user interface applications on the cutting edge of technology. His proficiency in everything C# has allowed him to bring to life programs for nearly every Microsoft platform. Richard began his career at Vectorform with Microsoft Surface development for the Microsoft stores, developing one of the most popular Surface games, Galactic Alliance. Since then, he has created experiences for the PixelSense, Kinect, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7. Currently, Richard is working on creating innovative applications for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 including Vectorform's own ‘Toolbox’ as well as many other client applications. Richard has come to love working on a variety of projects and platforms, and thrives to push both himself and the technology he works with to new and never before seen heights.

Jennifer Marsman

Jennifer is a Principal Developer Evangelist in Microsoft's Developer and Platform Evangelism group, where she educates developers on Microsoft's new technologies. In this role, Jennifer is a frequent speaker at software development conferences across the U.S. In 2009, Jennifer was chosen as "Techie whose innovation will have the biggest impact" by X-ology for her work with GiveCamps, a weekend-long event where developers code for charity. She has also received many honors from Microsoft, including the Central Region Top Contributor Award, CPE Champion Award, MSUS Diversity & Inclusion Award and Gold Club.

Prior to becoming a Developer Evangelist, Jennifer was a software developer in Microsoft's Natural Interactive Services division. In this role, she earned two patents for her work in search and data mining algorithms. Jennifer has also held positions with Ford Motor Company, National Instruments, and Soar Technology.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering and a Master's Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her graduate work specialized in artificial intelligence and computational theory. Jennifer blogs at http://blogs.msdn.com/jennifer and tweets at http://twitter.com/jennifermarsman .

FIRMS REPRESENTED BY OUR SPEAKERS:

Vectorform

Part Think Tank. Part Lab. Part Studio. Vectorform invents digital products and experiences. As an elite team of artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and technologists, Vectorform changes the way you experience modern life. In the car. At the hospital. At the store. On the phone. Vectorform partners with premier brands around the world to create the next iconic experience. Vectorform was founded in 1999 and has studios in Seattle, Detroit, New York, Munich and Hyderabad.

Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.