Developer Contests FTW

A couple of months ago I mentioned that Dream Build Play was happening. There are some sweet prizes available.

Well, now there is another contest where you could win all of the following:

  • Surface Studio (2TB / Intel Core i7)
  • Surface Pro (256GB / Intel Core i5)
  • Surface Dial
  • Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset
  • Xbox One X
  • Custom Xbox controller with engraving
  • $2,500 USD advertising credit

To have a chance to win, all you need to do is update or publish an app targeting the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (build 16299) by November 17, 2017.

So go ahead and update that app you already have out there, or create something new…

And if you are making a game then you could really rack-up with the awesome prizes from Dream Build Play.

HoloToolkit / MRTK Popup Menu Issue

Back in April, one of my members, Leo, had a question about a master class I did in December. In that master class I talked about gaze, gestures and input. I showed an example scene from the toolkit that actually showed a popup menu.

Unfortunately a bug was introduced into the HoloToolkit after I did that master class. When I tracked it down, I meant to open an issue in the repository on GitHub, but I forgot.

But I just saw that someone else created an issue.  The issue (#880) can be found here:

https://github.com/Microsoft/MixedRealityToolkit-Unity/issues/880

So I decided to take an excerpt from the Live Q&A I did with the members and make it public on YouTube.

Unfortunately, when I did this particular Live Q&A my machine crashed and ended the live stream. I tried again, and it crashed again. It ended up being an issue with a bios setting…

Fortunately, none of my Live Q&A’s prior or since has suffered that fate.

The actual issue is in the DehydrationDeactivation.cs file under Input/Tests/Scripts. The OnStateExit needs to be changed back to OnStateEnter. That allows the menu to work as expected, but it was originally changed to fix an issue with the animation. So the true fix may be more involved.

If you are interested in becoming a member of LearnHoloLens, simply head over and jump on the notification list for when the doors open.

https://LearnHoloLens.com/

Xbox One Controller–HoloLens Edition & HoloHack in Atlanta

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Around August of last year, I ran a contest to give away an Xbox Controller that was themed like the HoloLens. I even had“HoloLens Edition” engraved on the controller – unfortunately, it doesn’t show up in this picture, but it does on the website where you can order your own!

The winner of the controller was none other than Jason Odom, who at the time was creating a lot of YouTube videos around the HoloLens. Since then, he has created a HoloLens book (HoloLens Beginner Guide) and his is constantly writing articles for Next Reality. Make sure to check them out.

Anyway, he is going to be at the HoloHack in Atlanta, and it reminded me about this controller. I wanted to give you the link to the design in case you were interested in purchasing it.

I’ll be heading to Atlanta to meet up with Jason, and my fellow HoloLens consultant James Ashley, another HoloLens dev and Microsoft MVP, as well as some others that will be there.

If you are in or around Atlanta, you should definitely drop by. I’d love to say hi!

Here is the link to the controller: http://chd.me/xboxhe

Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference

The Power of Community

Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference
May 14 & 15, 11AM to 9PM (EST) / 8AM to 6PM (PST)

Microsoft has put together an online virtual conference, called the Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference, that will have their MVP as speakers. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a Microsoft MVP since 2009. For the first several years, I was a XNA/DirectX MVP. For the last two years, I’ve been awarded the ASP.NET/IIS MVP award.

I’ll be bringing both worlds together in a talk I’ll be giving on Friday at 5PM EST called “How To Create A Global Leaderboard For Unity 3D Using Azure Mobile Services”. This will be a fast paced talk that goes through setting up an Azure Mobile App (a backend Azure service) that will allow me to store high score information. I’ll be going through how the REST API works and how to test it and to create a backend data store to hold the data. To use the data, I’ll be using a Unity 3D demo that shows setting and retrieving high scores from the cloud.

So that is my talk, but there are a total of 5 tracks that will be running over the course of two days! Here are a list of all of the sessions. And here is where you can find a breakdown of each track and each talk’s timeslot within that track.

So if you are into IT, software development, or just someone who wants to know more about Microsoft products (via the consumer track) you should definitely check out some of the sessions in the Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference. There are even tracks for Spanish and Portuguese! So make sure to register today so you can pop in on the sessions you care about. Don’t miss this very unique community event.

As of last week, there are over 5,000 people that have signed for this virtual conference. There are some great presentations that will definitely be a benefit to you if you take the time to attend.

When attending the sessions, I’d also suggest utilize the hashtag #MVPvConf for the event.

Start Time shown in the table below is PT (Pacific Time). You may use the Time Zone Converter to find out the time based on your location.

Day 1 – May 14th, 2015
Time
IT Pro
Track
Developer
Track
Consumer
Track
LATAM (Spanish)
Track
Brazil (Portuguese)
Track
8:00 AM
(PT)
Keynote Address:
Steven Guggenheimer
Keynote Address:
Steven Guggenheimer
Keynote Address:
Steven Guggenheimer
Keynote Address:
Steven Guggenheimer
Keynote Address:
Steven Guggenheimer
9:00 AM
(PT)
BYOD with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)
Microsoft Band: Project Online Task Updates from your Wrist.
How to present with your audience’s needs in mind, all within PowerPoint!
Implementing End-to-End High-Availability: Hyper-V, Network, Storage, and Cloud Architecture
Interfaces com Xamarin – O que eu preciso saber?
10:00 AM
(PT)
Microsoft Surface in the Enterprise
Fireside: Cooking with Open Source
Create Custom Icons in PowerPoint
Herramientas SQL-Server Best Practices Analyzer y Microsoft MAP para apoyo en la administración de Bases de Datos
Visual Studio 2015 – Novidades e Produtividade!
11:00 AM
(PT)
What is new in Skype for Business
Detecting Facial Expressions with Azure Machine Learning and Kinect for Windows
It’s Not A Windows Phone, It’s MY Windows Phone
Windows 10: productivo en cualquier tamaño
Introdução ao C#6
12:00 PM
(PT)
Power BI as a Self-Service BI Platform: Architecture, Use Cases, Strengths, and Shortcomings
Supercharge your Development with Azure Websites
Xbox music, the cloud and your Beiber collection
Extendiendo tu Infraestructura Local con Cómputo + Redes de Microsoft Azure: una Implementación en el Mundo Real
Primeiros Passos no ASP.NET 5
1:00 PM
(PT)
Azure Test Labs: From Zero to Hero
DevOps: What Is This Puppet You Speak Of?
Using Office Mix from Boardroom to Classroom
Introducción a Azure Machine Learning
Executando ASP.NET MVC 6 no Mac OS X e no Linux
2:00 PM
(PT)
Azure Remote App for your Line of Business Applications
Mongo Baseball.NET
Windows 10: Making School Life easier with Windows 10 and Cortana
Desarrollando para Office 365
Introdução ao HDInsight Hadoop Tools for Visual Studio
3:00 PM
(PT)
Securing Your Azure Data Center
Node.js for .NET Developers
Migrating from an iOS mobile device to a Windows mobile device and how to keep your Outlook data, emails, and contacts intact
10 Características que todo desarrollador debería utilizar con su sistema de control de versiones. Parte 1
Usando os dados de Mail, Calendário e Contatos do Office 365 em suas aplicações C#
4:00 PM
(PT)
Deploying Highly Available SQL Server in Microsoft Azure IaaS
Introduction to AngularJS in an Office 365 context
Ransomware – Key tools for prevention and recovery
Implementación de Recuperación de Desastre/ Respaldo de Datos con Azure
Project Online – gerenciando projetos e portfólio
5:00 PM
(PT)
Dynamics CRM MVP Ask the Experts
Native iOS Apps using Swift for Office365
Understanding Windows updating
SQL Server 2014 + Azure = Bases de datos hibridas
ALM para Apps for SharePoint
Day 2 – May 15th, 2015
Time
IT Pro
Track
Developer
Track
Consumer
Track
LATAM (Spanish)
Track
Brazil (Portuguese)
Track
8:00 AM
(PT)
Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Automation with PowerShell
Surviving in an Async-First Development World
I’m an uber chic hipster that runs my business on only Apple products; Why would I want Office365?
Implementando Exchange 2013 con las mejores prácticas em cada rol, evitando del principio problemas futuros
Otimizando o gerenciamento de máquinas virtuais no Microsoft Azure
9:00 AM
(PT)
Modern IT: DevOps to ITIL
Roslyn for Normal Developers: It’s Not Just for Compiler Geeks!
Using Access and SharePoint for Travel Expenses and Pulling up Maps
Generando Comunidades Corporativas con SharePoint
Automating Azure Management using PowerShell
10:00 AM
(PT)
Just Enough Explanation of JEA, Windows’ New “Just Enough Administration” (JEA) Tool
10 New Things for Developers on Windows 10
Pivot Table Data Crunching
Power BI 2.0 – la revolucion en inteligencia de negocios en la nube
Designing and Building a Hybrid Cloud, co-starring Microsoft Azure and Your Datacenter
11:00 AM
(PT)
Automating Service Delivery with System Center 2012 R2
Windows 10 and Spartan
Use your Windows Phone to tap into the Contacts, Calendar (and shared Calendars) and OneDrive
Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) – Cómo manejar dispositivos móviles en la empresa con System Center R2 Configuration Manager 2012 + Intune
Migrating Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 R2
12:00 PM
(PT)
Best Practices for Virtualizing and Managing SharePoint 2013 with System Center Windows Server 2012
A Lap around ASP.NET vNext!
Delve and the Office Graph – A crash course
Adoptando Marcos Ágiles con Visual Studio Online
Segurança em ambientes virtualizados com Hyper-V e Vmware
1:00 PM
(PT)
Troubleshooting Hyper-V Performance Issues – Black Belt Notes from the field
A Brief History of OWIN
Windows 10: New Features and New Directions
Administración y configuración de Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – MDT 2013 – para el despliegue de Windows 10
Prepare seu datacenter para a Nuvem
2:00 PM
(PT)
Migrating from VMware to Hyper-V for VMware Professionals
How To Create A Global Leaderboard For Unity 3D Using Azure Mobile Services
Windows Phone 8.1: “Hey Cortana” you make my life easier
Cardinality Estimator en SQL Server 2014. ¿Qué es? Y cómo nos beneficia
Deployment ágil com Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013
3:00 PM
(PT)
Healthy SQL III
One XAML UI to Rule them All with Universal Apps and Xamarin.Forms!
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things – The OneNote Edition
Accesando Office 365 desde un App Android / Windows Phone
Controlando cargas de trabalho com Resource Governor no SQL Server 2014
4:00 PM
(PT)
PowerShell Desired State Configuration – Custom Resource Development
Cross-Platform Localization for Mobile Apps Using .NET
Windows 10: Productivity Tips
10 Características que todo desarrollador debería utilizar con su sistema de control de versiones. Parte 2
Why is my index still fragmented after REBUILD on SQL Server?
5:00 PM
(PT)
A pain-free migration to Office 365
Resolving Conflicts in Collaborative Occasionally Connected Mobile Apps
Virtual Tour of Microsoft’s Security Response Center
Identidad y Acceso en la nube
Construindo ambientes com o Quórum dinâmico

Go ahead and register for the conference.

See you in there!