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Coding Challenge

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    gandulfy

    So it seems that they were giving away a Nokia 1520 if you participated in the coding challenge. I was really wanting to get a 1520 because of the amount of excitement I have on development for the new platform.  But I was unable to get a phone because the line was 4-5 hours long (I would have had to miss all of the sessions today to get one).  Am I the only one that finds it silly that we all got an xbox one as a gift but when MS is trying to help promote the new development platforms by giving out phones, they require you to miss sessions basically to get one?  I do appreciate the gifts they give and understand that the gift card helps with this, but still to have such a generous and amazing gift but require you to miss the sessions that you really came for seems sad :(.

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    kendolondon

    I agree, especially as they only ran the coding challenge for 2 of the 3 days.  All the sessions I was really interested in were on Days 1 & 2 - Day 3 was pretty dead for me.  I would have been happy to do the coding challenge today but it was all gone :(

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    gandulfy

    @kendolondon:I know! like I said its generous and I don't want to sound like im griping, but this seems backwards to me, give your devs a phone to work on the platform with sure, but have them come to the conference only to wait in line and miss half the conference to get a phone seems silly.

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    Chimmy

    I totally agree. hopefully next year they quadruple the number of computers or allow you to use your own device to participate because as much as I wanted to take part, there was no way I was going to sacrifice sessions to do it (well maybe one)... I wonder how some peoples bosses would feel if they knew that their employees missed a third of their sessions to win themselves a phone.

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    LaBar

    It's awesome they still offer the challenge. The rewards have come far since /Build 2011 hoodie, to 2013 Surface, to this years amazing Lumia 1520. That being said, the organization of the event could be improved. More stations and longer hours would help attendees. The people running the both did a great job, especially with adjusting the rules as to help with the high participation levels. I didn't catch her name, but the lady running it day 2 did an outstanding job. She communicated to everyone in line what was going on, and kept people moving in an out of the stations.

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