Bigger and Better: APPATHON

All the aspiring App developers out there had a one of a kind opportunity to learn the practice of creating and developing a Windows App. Microsoft Campus Club of NITR was the hand behind this extremely successful and unique workshop, APPATHON which was held this weekend. The organizers were left absolutely stunned when they had online registrations of over 300 before the event even started when they had expected only 70-80 participants.

The workshop was organized in the Seminar room of the Electronics Department in the elegant twin towers of NITR.  The participants were able to easily install the required software and access the internet for the App development. 

The workshop was conducted by Ankit Mohanty, the community leader of Microsoft Developers’ Odisha. He is also a Microsoft Student Partner as well as a Microsoft certified .NET professional, Microsoft certified Office 365 professional and a Microsoft Youth Spark advocate. As if this wasn’t enough he is an Intel certified Elite app developer and a Campus Ambassador for Mozilla. He was accompanied by Sushant Sagar an expert in the field of database.

Along with free chips and cold drinks, the participants were provided with Developer License from Microsoft and free installation of Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. The participated students will also be acknowledged through a participation certificate. 

About 75 to 80 students from our campus mostly from first year and second years mostly of the circuital branches participated in the workshop. The noteworthy fact was that the number of outside participants was almost double of the NITR participants. Around 135 students from various colleges from Odisha and some from as far as Noida attended APPATHON. The students were mostly from colleges of Bhubaneshwar like Gandhi Engineering College, Silicon Institute of Technology, College Of Engineering And Technology, KIIT University.

The workshop was aimed at training the participants on basic app development. They were taught basic concepts so that they can develop an aptitude for such endeavors. The course for the development consisted of XAML and C# programming languages and its implementation in Microsoft Visual Studio 2013.

The workshop was a pre event to the APPATHON “App development competition” to be held on 21st of March. 

The first day of the workshop was dedicated to the installation of the pre requisite software and a brief introduction to the courses which was followed by a short course on eXtensive App Markup Language (XAML). The second day continued where up the earlier courses left and a walkthrough of C# language was done which would help the participants to make static and simple dynamic apps for the Windows. The participants were able to create simple but fully functional Apps such as Calculator and Go-Forward at the end of the workshop.

The participants were more than satisfied especially the outside participants and were keen on coming back next week to take part in the second part of APPATHON. 

Team MM wishes all the competitors for the second part of APPATHON all the best and the most creative app developer win the prize worth 8000.