Middle East Pakistan Microsoft Kicks off WOWZAPP 2012: Worldwide Hackathon for Windows
Microsoft Kicks off WOWZAPP 2012: Worldwide Hackathon for Windows
More than 1500 students & professionals in Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad participated; a total of 180 apps for the Windows 8 platform developed
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Karachi, Pakistan


Microsoft Pakistan along with Nokia Pakistan recently held WOWZAPP 2012: Worldwide Hackathon for Windows in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. WOWZAPP 2012 has been dubbed as the first simultaneous global Hackathon for students, startups and professional developers in Microsoft’s history. Pakistan was part of more than 100 locations across five continents that held the weekend-long Hackathon for students and other participants to create apps for the Windows ecosystem following the recent Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launches.

WOWZAPP 2012 gathered students, developers and professionals to create apps on the latest windows version. A total of 180 + apps came out as a result from the Hackathon held in Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad. Participants worked together for 48 hours, creating apps for consumers to enjoy, and building off the momentum of the release of Windows 8. Microsoft and Nokia Pakistan provided students at each location with free software to create apps, such as Visual Studio Express for Windows 8, and free Windows Store registration codes through Microsoft DreamSpark. Developer experts and trainers were available around the clock to answer questions and help the participants achieve their end goals.

“With more than 1700 registered to participate, WOWZAPP 2012 is the largest simultaneous Hackathon of student developers ever, acting as a catalyst to bring a wealth of new, exciting and quality apps to the Windows Store,” said Moorthy Uppaluri, general manager of Worldwide Academic Programs at Microsoft. “Microsoft is committed to empowering students with the tools and resources they need to showcase their creativity and make money through app development.”

“With more than 1700 registered to participate, WOWZAPP 2012 is the largest simultaneous Hackathon of student developers ever, acting as a catalyst to bring a wealth of new, exciting and quality apps to the Windows Store,” said Moorthy Uppaluri, general manager of Worldwide Academic Programs at Microsoft. “Microsoft is committed to empowering students with the tools and resources they need to showcase their creativity and make money through app development.”

Speaking on the occasion Rabia Nizami, Area Head DX, Nokia Near East said, “WOWZAPP contest has opened a new chapter in leveraging the strengths of Pakistani developers in order to provide more locally relevant content via Windows Marketplace. We are excited that our partnership with Microsoft is showing the positive signs and the fact that we share common goals helps us achieve more together. All Nokia Lumia devices feature Windows Marketplace along with Nokia Collection so that our consumers can have the best of both offerings and enjoy a greater variety of locally relevant apps for an exceptional mobility experience. Nokia-Microsoft partnership is stronger than ever before and we seek new avenues to complement each other’s capabilities so that consumers can enjoy the ultimate personalized solutions.”

WOWZAPP 2012 was a chance for students to explore a different professional path, and a platform to develop their talent further and bring their creative ideas to a global audience. Microsoft has always given similar opportunities to students and has equipped them with free tools and resources to build apps for the future.

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Microsoft Pakistan opened its offices in 1999 with over 200 partners all over the country.MS Lebanon is Part of the NEPA subsidiary which comprises Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Pakistan, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and the Palestinian authority. As the use of software and technology increases with the number of Lebanese companies and individuals depending on IT as part of their everyday life, the company is poised to thrive even more over the coming years.

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