I might be judging you.. Windows Kinect Hack Event.

If you’ve been following my tweets lately (protip: you should be Winking smile ) , you might have noticed that I’ve been retweeting about the next Hack event in Dallas, the Windows Kinect Hack Event. Follow the live tweet from this event with the Hashtag #iDevThis




What is Windows Kinect?

Well, it’s a lot like the Kinect device for XboxOne, only it’s designed to be used by Windows applications.


I’m really excited about this event for a couple of reasons.

  1. I was asked to be Judge – Awesome. I’m not really a judgmental person per se.. but this should be fun. I have a hard time thinking of ideas that would be uniquely suited for Windows, as apposed to generalized games that are equally suited for XBox and Windows. I’m excited to see the ideas that come out of this event and the development that happens.
  2. Developer events like this are a lot of fun, you meet some neat people and usually have a fun time learning together. (community FTW!)
  3. My son is going with me. While Noah hasn’t done a lot of coding, he recently got turned on to game development with Unity and so I’m excited to see what he thinks of developing apps for the Kinect.
  4. It’s at the DEC. I’ve heard this is a great venue – and it is!! Also, my friend Jennifer help start the DEC a while ago and I just haven’t had an opportunity to get over here yet.

Update: Packed House!!


Judging doesn’t start until around 7pm on Saturday, so even if you haven’t participated in the event – I think you can still swing by and check out all of the work that was done.

See you there!

Update: Read Jason’s (Microsoft’s Technical Evangelist) overview of the whole event. From his post..

15 teams presented their projects on Saturday night in front of the judging panel. The projects ranged from scanning your body measurements, detecting head nods for paraplegics on into video games and educational apps. The ideas, innovation and level of execution on these projects was nothing short of amazing and mind-blowing. I could tell by how long it took the judges to come out with the results, that their job was indeed difficult in choosing the winners.

I couldn’t agree more!

About Caleb Jenkins

Caleb Jenkins is an international speaker, author and 6 time Microsoft MVP award recipient, he currently works for Solera as a Director of Software Development. An entertaining and informative speaker who approaches software from a fresh perspective that spans UX, agile practices and technologies for enterprise customers from across the globe. Leading UX product design teams, coaching multi-team agile transformations and architecting and mentoring at some of the largest companies in the world, As a long time community leader and former Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Caleb is well known for his engaging speaking style, depth of knowledge and creative energy. Founder and Principal Mentor of Proaction Mentors, former UX Manager and Agile Coach, Senior Architect for Six Flags Corporation, Product Architect on a Cloud Marketing Platform, Caleb has made a career out of empowering others while building products and teams that delight customers and solve business needs. You can follow him on twitter (@calebjenkins) or his blog, DevelopingUX.com and if you're still reading this, then you could also subscribe to his blog RSS feed or sign up to receive updates by email