Microsoft Presents an AppLabs Event at Southwest Tennessee Community College

Brian Prince of Microsoft will facilitate a free Microsoft AppLabs programming workshop, "How to Build Your Own App" on March 29 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Southwest's Macon Cove Campus, Bornbloom Library - ML 234. Prince will use the latest Microsoft Research tool, TouchDevelop, to help participants build an app that is ready for Windows Store submission in a couple of hours.

TouchDevelop, a scripting tool, runs in any HTML 5 compliant browser to create apps for Windows 8. Microsoft is providing prizes as well as the ability to publish your app to the Windows 8 store for free.

What will you need to bring?

It would be best to bring your own Windows laptop, but any device that runs an HTML 5 browser with a decently sized screen would work. If you have Windows 8 that would be great, but if not, that's okay.

What will you get out of it?

  • Submit app and get a copy of Halo 4
  • Submit more than one app and get a chance to win a 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect
  • You'll get an opportunity to win prizes (like gift cards)
  • You'll learn to build your very own Windows 8 app
  • You'll be able to publish your app to the Windows Store (for free)
  • You'll bolster your resume as an app creator, build your personal brand and you can earn money (or fame) if your app does well in the marketplace

The software and Windows Store account are free to students. If you have an MSDN subscription, you are entitled to a license already.

There are limited seats available, please RSVP to J. Wayne Morris ( if you'd like to attend.

*If you are a professional developer, you'll need to buy a Windows Store subscription ($49/individual, $99/company).