For the developer folks around here, Microsoft has put together a series of events aimed at those interested in expanding their audience through mobile apps.


There are two events happening in Tauranga (9 June), Auckland (16 June and 17 June) as well as Christchurch (24 June).


  • 9:00 – 9:30am Registration
  • 9:30am – 10:00am Introduction to Xamarin
  • 10:10am – 11:00am Building Cross Platform Apps with Xamarin.Forms (Instructor Led Lab)
  • 11:00am – 12:00am Building Connected Apps with Backed in Azure (Instructor Led Lab)
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00pm – 4:30pm Xamarin App Hackathon

In addition to these events Microsoft is also running a Xamarin App Competition. Basically you build a Xamarin app, connect it to Microsoft Azure, record a video demonstrating it and submit your application.


Every entry will receive a pair of limited edition Winter of Xamarin socks (up to 400 pairs). If you attend one of the events then you will also receive a Winter of Xamarin beanie.


Most importantly these apps are in to win some cool prizes:


  • 1st Place – XBOX One + $1,000
  • 2nd Place – XBOX One + $500
  • 3rd Place – XBOX One + $250
  • Random Draw – $1,000

 More information about the Microsoft Winter of Xamarin here.