Nokia Developer Champion João Cardoso is December’s Champion of the Month and an active participant on the Nokia Developer discussion boards and wiki. Based in Lisbon, Portugal, João was in 1998 a co-founder of AciNet, a developer of human-relations and education solutions, and he is still a manager there. While João became a Nokia Developer Champion only this year, he has already made more than 270 posts on the Nokia Developer discussion board, and he was recently named moderator of the Windows Phone discussion board. In addition, his Nokia Developer Wiki articles span a wide range of topics, including face recognition, storage settings, draggable markers in Windows Phone, and in-app purchasing. Congratulations, João!
Integrated operator billing helps developers by offering their consumers a seamless purchasing experience as well as a secure transaction model for those who do not own or are reticent about using their credit cards to make online purchases.
As we continue to focus on creating enhanced revenue opportunities for our developers, Nokia has extended its ecosystem of operator billing partners with Nokia Store to include Idea Cellular in India. This partnership will make Nokia Store easily accessible to millions of Idea Cellular consumers, allowing them to use their Nokia phones to consume premium content from Nokia Store and pay for it via their pre-paid or post-paid accounts.
Nokia Developer Champion Randall Arnold is a Nokia Ambassador and co-organizer of the Windows Phone App Developer Group in Dallas, Texas. Randy, as he is known to his friends, is also an experienced product innovator and former Nokia quality engineer who has contributed more than 400 posts to the Nokia Developer community since joining in 2006. Under his user name Texrat, Randy has provided expert commentary on both the Nokia Developer discussion boards and his Nokia Developer blog. From his base in Keller, Texas, Randy also edits http://post404.com, an online community magazine that covers technology in everyday language. Randy is a frequent speaker, as well, at industry events that include South by Southwest, the Devaamo Summit, and the BeMyApp Hackathon. Congratulations to Randy!
We understand that for a developer, marketing an application effectively is a key to succeeding in the market. To help developers effectively market their apps, we have been actively working on a suite of marketing tools for your apps called “Marketing in a Box”. Today we are introducing Marketing in a Box beta. This suite of tools will help developers create winning app marketing strategies and the assets to support them.
Marketing in a Box contains two key elements:
Marketing guidance — guides and videos covering the complete spectrum of app marketing (marketing basics, launching an app, and using digital media, among others).
Digital Marketing Toolkit — both existing tools, such as OMT, and new tools to create promo videos and various web content to support marketing activities.
The Marketing guidance material will take developers through:
Conception — what to do while their app is in planning and early development.
Buzz — how to build interest in the app from beta testing to launch.
Launch — how to effectively launch their app.
Community — how to build a community of users to support and spread the word about the app.
Today at the Microsoft Build conference we are announcing the Nokia Premium Developer Program, a program designed to make building Windows Phone apps faster, better and more affordable.
The Nokia Premium Developer Program is a package of Windows Phone-related tools and services designed to help you develop great looking, high-performance apps for Nokia Lumia smartphones. For a program membership cost of only $99 (USD)/year, you’ll get tools and services with a suggested retail value of up to $1,500 (USD).
The program includes:
1 year membership in Microsoft Windows Phone Dev Center
1 license for Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone
1 million API calls per calendar month with Buddy’s cloud API offering
Walter Wong, our Nokia Developer Champion for October, is one of the coordinating forces behind the Software Developer Reality Show. In this one-day tournament, to be held in Malaysia on 13 October, developers will compete on six challenges covering Windows Phone. One of the challenges promotes the Nokia Places API, which is required to complete the task.
By day, Walter works as the technical lead for Gain Secure, a software developer based in Malaysia. He is also a frequent speaker at Asian technology events. Walter joined the Nokia Developer community this past March, where you can find him online as WalterW.
Congratulations to Gergely Csúcs, the Nokia Developer Champion of the month for September.
Known to the Nokia Developer Community as wizard_hu, Gergely considers himself an ‘electrical engineer with fading knowledge about wires’, yet with a passion for great software. From his home base in Oslo, Gergely has been a trusted member of the Nokia Developer community since 2001. Since then, he has contributed more than 26,000 posts to Nokia Developer discussion boards.
This is Gergely’s second time as a Champion of the Month; his first was in July 2008. Also, he has been named a Nokia Developer Champion every year since 2006, and a poster of the month many times. Gergely has also co-authored an impressive number of book chapters, often writing about the technical aspects of peer-to-peer information retrieval and cooperative wireless networks.
Among Gergely’s impressive professional achievements are many he cannot list on either his CV or LinkedIn profile: the untold hundreds of Nokia Developer software projects that were completed on time, on budget, and with great results because their developers received timely help from wizard_hu.
It is often difficult to select which contributors to the Nokia Developer Wiki deserve special recognition. Nokia Developer Champion Luis Valente made it easy this month with a stunning 300 article updates during May. This monumental effort was in support of the recent merger of the Nokia Developer Knowledgebase and Nokia Developer Wiki.
Luis is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and holds a Doctorate degree in Informatics from PUC-Rio, a top university in Brazil. His research passions include innovative mobile game interfaces using audio, gestures, and tactile feedback. Out of this research comes The Audio Flashlight series of games that allow competition between sighted an un-sighted contestants.
Crangratulations Luis, and thank you for your contributions to the Nokia Developer Community.
Nokia Developer Champion Alessandro Pace (biskero to his friends) is a mobile architect and entrepreneur with over 5 million downloads in Nokia Store to his company’s credit. Working out of his home base of Firenze, Italy, he is a world-renowned expert on Flash Mobile development, a WURFL contributor for Flash Lite, co-founder of Mobile Monday Boston, and architect of the Kero Mobile AppStore.
His success in Nokia Store comes from offering a variety of content and business models. As Biskero LLC, he offers Nokia store consumers 78 titles in total: some free, some paid, and some supported by ad revenue. One of his top titles is Tic Tac Toe Blue, available in an ad-supported and paid version. Kero Mobile is another top download for his publishing company.
In addition to his skill as a developer and his success as a publisher, Alessandro is great fun to have a conversation with over your favorite beverage. Take the conversation technical, discuss business, or get him to tell you the legend of Biskero. It’s a conversation you won’t forget.