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A huge Day for ESPRIT Mobile ! Scratch Day and //publish/ Hackathon

Saturday, May 17 was a huge day for ESPRIT Mobile team with two major events: Scratch Day around youth and mobile technologies at ESPRIT organized by the team , and simultaneously the participation at the global hackathon //publish/ by Microsoft where ESPRIT Mobile students won all the prices of the event.

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Scratch Day is a global network of events celebrating the popular computer-coding language and the kids who use it. This initiative is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. The MIT Media Lab held a prototype Scratch Day in 2008 and continues to host an event every year.
The Tunisian version of this event in 2014 was organized by ESPRIT Mobile association in collaboration with several elementary and high schools. During this day, the participants were divided according to their ages in order to attend different technical workshops adapted to their ages by ESPRIT Mobile trainers. The workshops were mainly about Scratch for desktop applications and AppInventor for Android applications. Each youth developer had a course session followed by a competition during which he produces a meaningful project on the targeted platform.

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It was a funny day with the youth future developers who received a certificate of achievement and a magnificent opportunity to discover the huge potential of the youth developers in mobile technologies.

Not so far away, at the Technopole El ghazela, other members of ESPRIT Mobile, the students we are teaching in mobile section SIM were having also the same fun that the kids were having. I accompanied a selection of our students at the //publish/ event by Microsoft. //publish/ is one simultaneous event over 60 communities connected worldwide where participants can have expert support, testing devices, food and of course prizes!

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//publish/ Tunisia was organized at the conference room of Technopole El Ghazela by Microsoft. It was a nice opportunity to meet our friends from Microsoft who did a great job in the organization procedures as Ahmed Kaddour, Abyr Yahaoui, Mohamed Ouedrni and especially Houssem Dellai. It was also an opportunity to meet again my fellows at Microsoft developers community after the mighty ImagineCup.

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//publish/ was huge success for the teams we are coaching, many apps were published as Thawra, PhysicsLearn, BabyBestFriend, Kids Universe, Royal casino …etc. And the amazing news was during the result announcement: Two teams from ESPRIT Mobile won the first and second price!

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The winning apps are Birds Panic and Daily Bourse. Birds Panic can be found on the Windows Phone Store if you follow this link:
Birds Panic

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/bird-panic/604746f2-40f1-4590-88d5-e01e21bec7e7

Daily Bourse apa, and although it recieved an honrary mention from Microsoft Windows Phone Store saying that this application will be featured on the official store, Daily Bourse is today unpublished because we need permissions to republish apps displaying bourse data.

The rest of the published apps can be found here ( we are still awaiting for the Windows Phone store for the rest of the sent apps):
Thawra

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/thawra/40011725-4f99-4843-b5b3-40e8306c82c2

PhysicsLearn

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/physicslearn/4d800761-6c9a-4aec-b97c-cd4286ee6963

BabyBestFriend

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/babybestfriend/e50468e7-a4d4-43b6-89a7-a42ac20d02cf

Kids Universe

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/kids-universe/961eebf5-e8b6-4a2b-b7aa-ce6606bfa2e8

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About Zayen Chagra

Associate professor at ESPRIT: Private High School of Engineering and Technology in Tunisia. He is among Microsoft Student Partners (MSP) 2013. Starting 2012 he joined ESPRIT MOBILE team to have as vocation developing and coaching: Windows Phone/ Windows 8, Java ME, Flex/Air
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