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Santiago Canyon College to be Only California Community Event as part of Microsoft’s Global Publish Event May 17

5/13/2014

Attendees to get hands-on help with app designs, games, testing,
and more from expert developers

Orange - For the app that’s in need of testing, or the game that’s missing a final level, or that unfinished passion project, Santiago Canyon College (SCC) will be one of approximately 60 worldwide sites—one of nearly a dozen in the United States, and the only community site in California - to host Microsoft’s "Publish" event on Saturday, May 17. The free event, taking place simultaneously in about 60 locations worldwide via live-streaming, will offer hands-on help for existing applications and games with a specific focus on the design, performance, and testing.

Registration for the Orange County event begins at 8:30 a.m. in Building B, room 102 at Santiago Canyon College, 8045 E. Chapman Avenue in the city of Orange. Events for the day include:

  • 9 a.m.: Opening Remarks
  • 9:30 a.m.-Noon: Open coding begins with expert support Short presentation about various how-to subjects
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch, Webcast presentation
  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Open coding continues Short presentation about various how-to subjects
  • 4 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.: App Showcase•4:30 p.m.: Prize awards and wrap-up

According to event organizers, the last mile of finishing an app can be the most trying. Microsoft, along with community experts, are teaming up to provide developers with support, coaching, and 1:1 consulting to finish and publish their apps. The hackathon, as these types of events are known in the programming community, is intended to connect programmers and designers with experts, as well as with their peers.

SCC Computer Science Professor Ronald P. Kessler, Ph.D., MCSE, who was instrumental in organizing the event, said the college has other goals, as well. “As an educator, my hope is that events like this will serve to develop new curriculum and classes, and to also close the gap between academics and the commercial sector,” said Kessler.

Participants are encouraged to bring the phone, tablet, and PC apps they’ve been working on for support from peers, and Microsoft product engineers all over the globe. Some “Publish” events will be hosted at Microsoft locations, while others will be held at community and civic venues. Prizes will be awarded during the App Showcase at the closing of the event.

The event is open to the public. Although the event is free, online registration is required. For a complete list of sites worldwide, information, or to register, click here. Free parking is available in Lot B.

About Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves about 14,000 students each semester. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult—and senior—in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.

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Media Contact:
Judy Iannaccone
Phone: (714) 480-7503
Email: iannaccone_judy@rsccd.edu