The Microsoft YouthSpark day was held at the Durban University of technology today in Durban, South Africa.
In the keynote I got to demonstrate a bunch of cool things that Windows Phones can do.
One of the things I showed was just how easy/quick it was to take a picture, “Tap to Share” it to a different phone, and then share it on Twitter. And yes, I did that by taking a selfie on stage
(Side note: see the flash on the left? Pivendren took a photo at exactly the same time!)
I also demonstrated my app, TapShoot. It allows you to pair two phones together and remotely take a photo. The scenario I presented was taking a photo with my “wife” (yes, that is a woman in the backdrop image).
Next, fellow Microsoft MVP, Taylor Gibb, and I presented the app development track. We made a simple app that calculates taxi fares to introduce the students to the Windows Phone platform.
One of the prizes was a Windows Phone. At the end of the session we decided to shuffle the eval-forms and pick a random one to decide the winner.
To make things more interesting I had told the students that the draw was for a Nokia bag. Watch the winners face as he realizes he is actually getting a phone .
Nyaladzi Mpofu from Microsoft was there making sure the whole event went smoothly.
For any Durban students (or non-students), I run a weekly Windows Phone training session called “Phone Fridays” at the Durban University of Technology (who are kind enough to lend us their PC labs!). Taylor Gibb will also be at these to do talks and assist people. If you’re interested please email email@example.com with the subject line of “PhoneFridays”. (And yes, it is free)
Update: Here is an article in The Witness newspaper today about the event.