Pooja Arora is the Nokia Developer Champion of the month for April and an active participant in our discussion boards, blogs and live events. A software developer, she works for IB Technology, a services organization based in Gurgaon, India. Her areas of interest include UI design, usability, and Windows Phone development.
Pooja is a frequent contributor to our discussion boards, where she is known as pooja_1650. In fact, since becoming a Nokia Developer member in late 2011, she has contributed nearly 300 posts. Pooja also recently posted on our blog an article about ‘Nokia Lumia Your Wish is My App’, a television programme jointly produced by Nokia and one of India’s leading TV news networks, NDTV.
She is also a creator of a Windows Phone app, IndianPilgrimages, which shows religious sites in India, along with routes and locations on maps. In addition, Pooja is currently organizing a full-day seminar for developers that will be conducted soon. Congratulations, Pooja!
Meet Champion of the month Pooja Arora.
Michael Samarin is the Nokia Developer Champion of the month for March and an active contributor to our offline and online events. Michael is notable for his continuous sharing of knowledge with his fellow developers, and for helping the Nokia team during both live events and webinars.
Based in Helsinki, Michael started work as a professional software developer in 1994 and earned a doctorate in computer science in 1997. Today he works for Futurice Ltd., a fast-growing Finnish software and project company, where he leads developer training and evangelism. Michael’s project portfolio includes a wide range of topics, ranging from military forensic investigations and neural networks to interactive media showrooms and projection systems.
Michael has led many recent Nokia Developer webinars, including sessions on porting Java apps from Symbian to Series 40, games for Series 40 devices, content-based templates, persistent storage, and developing apps that work with both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8. This month, he will lead new webinars on app performance on Series 40 phones, and working with camera and imaging APIs on Series 40 phones.
Michael is also a frequent speaker at our live events, including Nokia sessions at the Mobile World Congress, Nokia Consultancy Network Meetings, and the Nokia Developer Summit. Congratulations, Michael!
Meet Champion of the month Michael Samarin.
Nokia Developer Champions specialise in awesome, and today we announced at Mobile World Congress a renewed and revitalized Nokia Developer Champions program. Champions now get to enjoy new and exciting benefits and more opportunities.
Here are just some of the new benefits our Champions enjoy:
- Champions get free Nokia Premium Developer Program membership, which offers benefits worth up to $1500 (USD).
- To reward the most active Champions, we are introducing a Points & Rewards system, where Champions can earn points by participating in various activities, and then trade those points for great rewards!
- Champions get more chances to engage with other developers in the community and organize meet-ups, get speaking opportunities and host webinars
Champions of course continue enjoying previous benefits like the welcome pack, including a brand new device and a Champion certificate, and the device mini-loan service.
Do you have what it takes to be a Nokia Developer Champion? Do you know someone else who does? Nominate someone awesome.
Nokia Developer Champion Josue Yeray Julian Ferreiro is January’s Champion of the Month and a self-proclaimed ‘passionate’ advocate of the Windows Phone platform. Based in Bilbao, Spain, and a Nokia Champion for less than a year, Josue has worked with Microsoft mobile technologies for the last six years. He collaborates frequently with other members of the Windows Phone community, both online in forums and in person at live events. He is the author of a book (in Spanish) on developing for Windows Phone 7.5, with a second book — this one dealing with Windows Phone 8 — on the way. Josue speaks frequently on Windows Phone, including a monthly podcast; writes articles about Windows Phone for magazines and his blog; and contributes regularly to the Nokia Developer discussion boards and community blog. Congratulations, Josue!
Meet Nokia Developer Champion of the month Josue Yeray Julian Ferreiro.
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.
Meet Gergely Csúcs
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