Nokia Mobile Monday Austin: recap of demoing FlightPredictor

As I mentioned last week, I got to demo FlightPredictor at Nokia’s Mobile Monday Austin last night. It was fun!

I showed up early at Buffalo Billiards – pretty neat place! They have lots of pool tables, but also some arcade machines, shuffleboard, and a few skeeball machines. After hanging around for a bit I went upstairs and met the organizers as well as the Nokia person (John Kneeland! A pleasant surprise) and the Microsoft person, who was none other than Jared Bienz, who I had chatted with but never met in person.

After things got set up, I had some munchies and a free beer(!), and then the presentation started. John from Nokia went first, and talked for a bit about Nokia’s commitment to Windows Phone and showed off some devices. Next it was my turn to show off FlightPredictor – I spent maybe 3-5 minutes going through the app and showing some of its cool features (inbound flight status! predictions! live tiles! airport maps!) and a little bit about what it was like to develop for Windows Phone. After I had finished, there were a lot of questions from the audience – it was pretty clear most of them weren’t particularly familiar with Windows Phone, which is good for Nokia/Microsoft but a little less good for the purposes of selling apps 🙂 (still, I sold at least one!)

After me, the developer of the very impressive Blade Sports talked about his app, and then Jared from Microsoft talked about the Windows Phone platform and a little about Windows 8. Then we all got up on stage for questions, and then that was it.

Afterwards I chatted with a few people about my app and other Windows Phone things. I got a number of “cool app!” comments, and they felt like they were being more than just polite, which was nice. spamchang showed up and we chatted for a while, then the other presenters and I walked over to the W Hotel and chatted some more. Then it approached my bedtime so I left 🙂

It was a great experience! I’m going to look into attending more Mobile Monday’s in the future.

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