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Microsoft TouchDevelop Hackathon at UW CSE

TouchDevelop is a new programming environment for Windows Phone – a typed, structured programming language built around the idea of only using a touchscreen as the input device to author code, with built-in primitives that make it easy to access the rich sensor data available on a mobile device.

On Friday and Saturday, 30 UW CSE students participated in a TouchDevelop Hackathon.  The event started on Friday evening with a short tutorial about TouchDevelop.  Throughout Friday night and Saturday, student teams worked hard and the TouchDevelop team was at hand to answer questions and keep the students going.  At the end of the Hackathon, on Saturday evening, there were 14 completed entries.  Each project was given three minutes to present and demo.  And the Oscar goes to …

First place

Second place

Third place

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to the other participants and to Microsoft (particularly Judith Bishop, Arjmand Samuel, Peli de Halleux, and Nikolai Tillmann).