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40 programmers, 48 hours to create an app for Windows Phone 7 and some amazing prizes. This was the driving force behind the Nokia Lumia Hackathon that took place in Port Elizabeth from the 16th – 18th of March at St Georges. Starting at 5pm on Friday evening, the programmers had 48 hours to create an app to be submitted on Sunday afternoon. With areas designated for developers, a chill out zone stocked with snacks and drinks, and a snooze zone kitted out with blankets and mattresses, the Hackathon began.

Working in teams of 1 or 2, a total of 24 apps were submitted on the Sunday afternoon. With First, second and third place being awarded to our very own students from the School of ICT.

First place was awarded to Stiaan Jacobs for his app “Particle Art”, which is an interactive way to create images on a Windows phone. He received a Nokia Lumia as well as an Xbox with Kinect.

Second place was awarded to Craig Marais for “Blockzor”, and arcade style game app. He received a Nokia Lumia and an Incredible Connection voucher

Third place was awarded to Reece Keates for “Sangoma”, an African take on a magic 8 ball app. He received a Nokia Lumia.

A Nokia Lumia was also awarded to Reece Keates and Jacques Fouche for helping