Saturday, October 1st, 2011

The National Post, Microsoft and Telus Present the Great Canadian Appathon 2

Great Canadian Appathon

Great Canadian Appathon

Developers, designers, and insomniacs get ready. The National Post, Telus and Microsoft are partnering with XMG Studio Inc. to challenge college and university students to develop a mobile game app in just 48 hours.

“The Great Canadian Appathon is a celebration of our country’s competitive spirit. You have to be extremely driven and dedicated to spend an entire weekend in virtual lock down building an app from scratch,” said Douglas Kelly, Publisher of The National Post.

“We will have journalists covering all facets of this compelling challenge for so that we ensure our young entrepreneurs get the coverage they deserve.”

The best mobile game wins $25,000, along with Unity Pro 3.x licenses for each of the winning team members. Second place wins $10,000. There are also awards such as “Best Windows Phone 7 Game” sponsored by Microsoft, and “Best Technical Game Play” sponsored by Telus.

“We were very impressed with the quality of the submitted games from the initial GCA and can’t wait to get knee-deep in code with that young Canadian developer talent,” said Ray Sharma, founder and CEO of XMG Studio.

“It’s a great way to socialize, network and play around with the latest APIs.”

The Great Canadian Appathon 2 takes place from September 30th to October 2nd, on campuses from coast-to-coast.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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