The Ultimate Coder: Ultrabook™ Challenge, has officially kicked off, where six developers compete head to head to code apps for next generation Ultrabooks running Windows 8 with touch and sensor technology. Each week, they’ll post their progress while four industry expert bloggers weigh in and eventually judge who will be the Ultimate Coder.
The Ultimate Coder: Ultrabook™ Challenge is going to be an interesting six weeks of competitive coding. We’ve recruited six top developers from around the world to spend six weeks developing apps for next generation Ultrabooks running Windows 8 with touch and sensor technology. Each week these developers will post a weekly log to let us know what they are experiencing, how they are solving challenges and what makes their app the ultimate app for Ultrabook devices.
Meet the Ultimate Coder Challengers:
In addition to these developers, we’ve invited four of the top thinkers from the tech industry to weigh in each week on what these developers are doing. They will serve as coach and critic for these developers while simultaneously providing all of us with an objective point of view to render our own decisions on who will win this challenge.
Meet our panel of Ultimate Coder Judges:
At the end of six weeks, each developer will submit their app for review. At that time, our panel of expert judges will get a chance to get hands-on with these apps on next generation Ultrabook hardware. By the eighth week, a final decision will be made on who is the Ultimate Coder.
So tune in each day on Facebook or our website as we post the latest developer blogs, judge reactions, and weekly recaps. We invite you to join the conversation on our Facebook page and share your own thoughts, reactions, and support as the contest gets underway.
About the Hardware: Ultrabook Specs
Each Ultimate Coder developer has received a pre-production Ivy Bridge Ultrabook manufactured by Intel for distribution to developers. Developers who have this product are under non-disclosure regarding detailed hardware specifications and performance, but will be providing weekly posts regarding their experience, challenges and solutions in regards to building Ultrabook applications. Below is information about these devices, and while these devices will not be in market, look for similar Ultrabooks from some of your favorite PC manufactures.
• Intel ® 3rd Generation CoreTM Processor - “Ivy Bridge” Core i7
• Intel® HD Graphics with DX 11
• 5-finger Multi-Touch display
• 180 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM
Inputs & Sensors:
• Ambient Light Sensor (ALS)
• Near Field Communications (NFC)
• Front Facing Webcam
• 2 USB
• Mini HDMI
• SD Slot
• OS: Windows* 8 Release Preview *
* Window*8 Release Preview is pre-loaded in the SDP, but ISV needs their MSDN account key to activate it.