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Thivy Ruthramoorthy and Sashank Ramkumar are two recent university graduates working at Datacom‘s Auckland offices. Inspired by Microsoft New Zealand’s Windows Phone 7 app development challenge, they both downloaded the development tools and created applications for the competition within a month.
Sashank’s application took joint honours in the overall award, earning him a brand new HTC Trophy phone. The app is based on the public APIs from Eventfinder, a popular site for New Zealand gigs, events, and attractions. The social and location aspects of Eventfinder work well on the phone. Users can find events nearby, or search for events by name, category, and other details. The app has been well received, and Sashank is working with Eventfinder to flesh the app out and make it “official”.
Thivy’s app uses TVNZ’s semi-public programme listing feeds to display the current day’s TV listings. It’s a great looking application, and despite not winning the competition, Thivy has submitted the app to the Windows Phone Marketplace. The TVNZ Today app is consistently listed as one of the top entertainment apps in the New Zealand Marketplace.
I took some time to talk to Sashank and Tivy about their applications and the development process. They have some interesting thoughts and tips about Windows Phone 7 app development. Check it out above.