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Julia Stowell and the Make Web Not War team deserve credit where credit is due. My first experience with Web Not War was 2 years ago in Montreal and the brand has come a long way since then. People are really into this community initiative and the “Make Web Not War” brand/property has found a special place in the hearts of the startup and development community, particularly in Toronto. Mention Web Not War and you’re likely to hear how Microsoft and Windows Azure have really put in some great work and time into bringing people together in the open-source space and the overall tech scene in Canada.
Make Web Not War Community Night in Toronto went down at the Drake Underground with a live stream on Facebook. The venue was perfect, the planning nearly flawless and the company was excellent. Among the many faces in the room were our good friends from Bnotions, Atendy, Ladies Learning Code, My City Lives, Saul Colt (Freshbooks), Erin Bury (Sprouter), Chris Eben (TWG/Startup Weekend), and of course the Microsoft team, Julia, Jonathan, Nik and Reemah.
Thanks to all who attended. The Epilogger team had a blast and SOME of our team partied till they dropped! and we are thrilled to have gotten such a great response from the audience for our Alpha demo. Just wait till you see the Beta on December 9th! Stay tuned on the Epilogger blog for more news soon! By the way, Drake Hotel, cinnamon buns on a stick? SMART!
I hope you Windows Phone 7 folks are reading this because I would love to get my hands on a new Windows Phone 7 to replace my slow, dated, blackberry bold 9700. It served me well but it’s time for a change and I am sick of being hassled by Android and iPhone acolytes trying to woo me over to one or the other platform. Let’s give Windows Phone 7 a whirl! Rozenblit and Reemah let me play with their phones last night and I liked what I saw, so here is my photo scavenger hunt to win that phone!
I’ll tell you why though. Chris, Reb and I have been working on something awesome and it’s taken up all my time and energy because it was amazing enough to be voted into the finals of Microsoft’s Code Your Art Out competition this Friday! I have been trying to keep abreast of things but with the exception of NXNE happenings I’ve been head down with the guys making sure our presentation is ship shape for Friday’s invite-only event. I was even working while manning the tech for NXNEi!
I’ll spill the beans real soon about what this mystery awesome thing is but I owe it to you all to tell you what’s going on. I promise after Friday that I will get right back to work on telling you all about my experience at NXNEi with Epic Meal Time, Peter Chao, Corey Vidal and Matt Gibson, and I will also tell you all about Social Media Day, which I am helping organize! Actually you can go to the facebook page right now and RSVP as it’s stacking up to be a GREAT night with amazing speakers!
So just hang tight and I’ll be right back in the saddle with announcements about the above as well as the details on the NEW MichaelNus.com! That’s right, another thing that I’ve been working on in my secret lab is a redesign and relaunch of the site to commemorate it’s first year anniversary (officially on June 21st!) so I’ve been swamped making sure it’s right before I push it out the door. I can’t wait to do the big reveal but until after Friday I’m afraid you guys have to wait so life can get back on track!
Miss you all and stay classy!
Almost a year ago I found myself in Montreal for Microsoft’s Make Web Not War and amidst all the goings on, the FTW competition was in full swing. This year it’s back and operating under a new name: Code Your Art Out.
Yes, just as developers often revise their code Microsoft has revised the name of the competition. This year the focus is on the web and code as art and oh, did I mention that the winner of the conpetition will get up to $15,000 and some street cred for their dev skills?
The challenge of the competition is to build an app that blends OSS with Microsoft technologies. The only technical requirement is that the app is hosted on Windows Azure or IIS. Also, you’re eligible for some hefty bonus cash if your app benefits a non-profit organization.
I know that many of you who read this here blog work as developers or designers so this is your chance! Its also great to see my pals at Bnotions getting involved in this in a big way. Check out their answer to Eightbit.me: eightshit.me. I’ve already had my twitter avatar hilariously mangled by them. Get yours too! Mark Reale, who I met at Web Not War last year is back as a judge along with some other friends of mine so it should be a very exciting competition.
The competition starts today and ends on June 1st so get coding! Click here to enter the Code Your Art Out competition.
Get out there and show me what you got!