The Mystery Inside
As participants started trickling in, conversations got louder and I immediately started making friends. I loved hearing about everyone's background - each so unique. I talked to an actor, a fashion CEO from New York City, architects, builders, med students, and yes... software developers (developers, developers, developers).
So Many Good IDeas - But You Can Only Choose One
[Fun plug! Livio recently left his job at Microsoft to become a freelance Unity game developer. Click here to learn more about him and his portfolio!]
Shortly after Livio joined, Ryan also joined our team (and he ended up doing a majority of our HoloLens development!) See the team picture!
Great Talks, Great People
But perhaps the best resource at the event was 24/7 access to live support... not someone on the phone 10,000 miles away reading from a script telling you to restart your computer. No, rather this was live troubleshooting help from the VERY CREATORS OF HOLOLENS and other experts from Microsoft. All of us in the room gave these folks a run for their money with our troubles and errors - but there was virtually nothing that these people couldn't handle. Never have I been more satisfied with Microsoft customer support :)
Developing Our HoloGraphic App
Microsoft provided a whopping 50 HOLOLENS DEVICES for everyone to use over the weekend. The whole room was giddy with excitement.
We spent most of Saturday and Saturday night developing our app, and getting it to the point where our concept was somewhat functional. I then took some video footage of our app in action, added my voice-over, and you can see the video demo below!
After finalizing our presentation Sunday morning, we were the first of 20 teams to present our app to the crowd. It was also really fun seeing demos and presentations from all the other teams. Some were inspirational, some were awe-inspiring, some were silly, and others were... embarrassing. But we all had good laughs that day and felt empowered to go out into a bold new world of digital holograms!
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