Event Calendar

August 26th, 2013

Midwest Developer Events

Build 2013 Highlights – The Best of Build!

Were you unable to attend Build 2013 and hear about the latest Microsoft product announcements for software developers? Never fear! In this session, we will give you the best of Build, covering the major announcements and technology innovations you need to know as a developer. We will show code and demos to get you up to speed on the latest with Windows 8.1, XAML, WinJS, Bing, Windows Azure, and Visual Studio.


  • Windows 8.1 and Windows Store changes
  • What’s new in XAML and WinJS
  • Introducing the Bing Platform
  • What’s new in Windows Azure
  • What’s new in Visual Studio and web
Date City
Sept. 24 Houston, TX
Sept. 24 Southfield, MI
Sept. 24 Indianapolis, IN
Sept. 25 Columbus, OH
Sept. 27 Overland Park, KS
Oct. 3 Edina, MN
Oct. 9 Austin, TX
Oct. 15 St. Louis, MO
Oct. 17 Irving, TX
Oct. 29 Chicago, IL
Nov. 14 Waukesha, WI
Nov. 22 Independence, OH

Monetization of Real-World Windows Apps

Often, as developers, we think of our pet software projects as a hobby. As it turns out, we have one of the most profitable hobbies in the history of hobbies! Billions of dollars have already been made by developers just like you that built an app for a mobile platform, and monetized it effectively. In this one-day event, we will share with you some modest and extreme success stories, some strategies for making money from your apps, and some technical instruction on exactly how to make that happen in your code. We will also demonstrate how easy it is to build one unified codebase that can used on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone.


  • Overview of the platforms, success stories.
  • Monetization Strategies (trial, paid, ads, IAP)
  • Hands-on Labs
  • Implementing Pre-Lunch Strategies in App & Store
  • Using PCLs to share code and increase success
Date City
Oct. 15 Houston, TX
Oct. 17 Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 22 Detroit, MI
Nov. 6 Chicago, IL
Nov. 6 Dallas, TX
Nov. 6 Kansas City, MO
Nov. 6 Columbus, OH
Nov. 12 Edina, MN
Nov. 13 Austin, TX
Dec. 4 St. Louis, MO
Dec. 4 Cleveland, OH

Windows 8 + Windows Phone: Better Together

Trying to wrap your head around app development across multiple platforms? Trying to capitalize on the opportunities in both the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 marketplaces? Want to maximize your design and development resources and get to market better, faster, and stronger? Then come to this session and learn some real world techniques to maximize your efficiency of developing for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. See how you can minimize your development costs by maximizing sharing and reuse between the two platforms.


  • Designing for sharing
  • Developing and sharing
  • Tips and Tricks / Architecture
  • And then there was 8.1… A quick tour of the new stuff
Date City
Nov. 5 Houston, TX
Nov. 14 Downers Grove, IL
Dec. 3 Indianapolis, IN
Dec. 10 Detroit, TX

Hands-on Labs: Windows 8 & Windows Phone

Build your first Windows 8 apps with an accompanying app on Windows Phone! We will start from scratch to create a Windows 8 app that is powered by the cloud AND includes a Windows Phone version too!


  • Window 8 + Cloud
  • Windows Phone
Date City
Nov. 15 Irving, TX
Nov. 20 Columbus, OH
Nov. 22 Chicago, IL
Nov. 22 Houston, TX
Nov. 22 Edina, MN
Nov. 22 Austin, TX
Nov. 22 St. Louis, MO
Nov. 22 Southfield, MI
Nov. 22 Indianapolis, IN

Midwest Technical Communities/User Groups


Chicago ALT.NET Users Group
Chicago, IL

Chicago Azure Cloud Users Group
Downers Grove, IL

Chicago .NET Developers (Downtown)
Chicago, IL

Chicago .NET Users Group
Downers Grove, IL

Chicago SharePoint Users Group
Downers Grove, IL and Chicago, IL

Lake County .NET Users Group
Grayslake, IL

Northern Illinois Coders
Rockford, IL


Indianapolis .NET Developers Association (LinkedIn)
Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis Professional Association for SQL Server (IndyPASS)
Indianapolis, IN

Indy Software Artisans
Indianapolis, IN

.NET Users of Fort Wayne
Ft. Wayne, IN

SharePoint Users of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN


Black Hole .NET Users Group
Marshfield, WI

Chippewa Valley Developers Group
Eau Claire, WI

Fox Valley .NET Users Group
Appleton, WI

Madison .NET Users Group
Madison, WI

Wisconsin .NET Users Group
Milwaukee, IL

To find a user group near you, visit the User Group resource page on http://ineta.org, or find an event near you at Community Megaphone.

If you have an event that you would like to add to the event Calendar, shoot me a note at http://davebost.com/contact/.