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EVENT: McCann Partners to Sponsor Chicago .NET Developers (Downtown) Presentation June 5, 2013 in Preparation for Gaming Hackathon June 8, 2013

Attendees will learn how to create basic Windows 8 and Window phone games in preparation for hackathon Saturday, June 8, 2013.

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 & Saturday, June 8, 2013

Where: The Nerdery, 300 North Elizabeth Street, Suite 500C, Chicago, IL 60607

Game Development for Windows 8 and Windows Phones

Attendees of the June 5th meeting will be introduced to casual game development for Windows 8 and Windows phones by Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Adam Hoffman.  This meeting is a precursor to a Windows 8 Game Hackathon to be held that following Saturday, June 8th.

Microsoft has partnered with Scirra and their Construct 2 platform to create templates that provide an easy way for developers to write Windows 8 and Windows phone games.  Construct 2 is a development platform that makes it very easy to develop simple and fun games, targeting multiple platforms.

During the Meetup, we will introduce you to Construct 2, walk through what is necessary for creating a basic game, explain how to export the game to Windows 8, and, finally, deploy games to the Windows App Store.  The goal of the session is to provide you with the kick start needed to really excel during our Windows 8 Game Hackathon several days later.

At the end of Saturday's hackathon, all attendees who submit apps that day will be entered into a raffle for prizes, including a Microsoft Surface RT.  Attendees who submit an app to the Windows App Store will also receive $100 through Microsoft's "Keep the Cash" promotion.  If the app is submitted for both Windows 8 and Windows phone, the user/team can receive $200.  Please see Microsoft's "Keep the Cash" campaign for full details.

Don't know how to develop?  Not sure if you can create an app in a day?  Don't will learn how to create a basic game in as little as an hour.  This instruction will get you started with Window 8 and Windows phone game development and also guarantees an entry into the raffle to receive a minumum of $100 from Microsoft's "Keep the Cash" program.

Additional Information:

Click here for more information or to register for the Wednesday presentation.  Click here to learm more about the Windows 8 Game Hackathon or to register for the hackathon.

Speaker Bio:

Adam Hoffman is a technical evangelist working for Microsoft and is focused on Windows 8 and Azure. Keep up with Adam on his blog and on Twitter.

About McCann Partners:

McCann Partners is a Chicago-based IT recruitment firm committed to providing businesses with highly customized talent solutions. Led by a team of recruitment and technology experts who have a combined 50 years of industry experience, McCann Partners offers a comprehensive range of IT recruitment services that includes recruitment process outsourcing, co-sourcing/sourcing, training and contract/contract-to-hire staffing. McCann Partners is the pioneer of a unique and highly effective assimilation process, which integrates teams deep into client businesses in order to provide truly collaborative, customized and results-driven recruitment solutions. To learn more, visit You can follow McCann Partners on Twitter at and Facebook at

About Chicago .NET Developers (Downtown) Group:

The Chicago .NET Developers (Downtown) Group is focused on educating and assisting downtown Chicago developers with the latest Microsoft Technologies. The group meets monthly on the first Wednesday or Thursday of the month and presents on topics related to all aspects of development, including web, desktop and cloud, as well as architectural design and application development frameworks.  To learn more, visit  You can follow Chicago .NET Developers (Downtown) Group on Twitter at and Facebook at