Microsoft held a Community Day X Factor on May 4th 2013 at Microsoft Gulf, Dubai. In the first session Eduardo Ortega, Technical Evangelist for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 from Microsoft Gulf talked about the MVP Program and shared his own experiences as an MVP for 4 years before joining Microsoft. In second session Natasha from Microsoft talked about the local developer communities that Microsoft is supporting.
In the second part of the day, an X-Factor challenge was organized where participants were given 15 minutes to talk about their projects, show their demos and impress the judges. The prize? a HTC 8x Windows Phone 8.
I was the first one to go, I showed few demos of upcoming Leap Motion controller, including
my own Windows store app with Bing Map integrating Leap Motion.
Using Leap Motion with Bing Map in Windows store app
In the second session we had team of students from BITS-Pilani Dubai show their Musical Stairs project
The idea is to encourage people to use stairs by using music, so every time someone steps on a stair a different music is played from a computer. The demo includes some strings that trigger different music, a Arduino Micro controller connected to a laptop that recognizes input from the controller and plays music.
In the third session, Usama Wahab talked to audience about development with Sharepoint 2013, local developer communities and resources for getting started.
In the last session we had Malvika another student from BITS Pilani show us her little Robot that recognizes colors and it can also solve Sudoku puzzles. A very cool project and the winner of Microsoft X Factor challenge. Good work Malvika.
It was great to see some familiar faces and few new ones at the Community Day, looking forward to the next one.