Nokia gives Lumia 800s to all Imagine Cup participants

Microsoft and Nokia are like old friends, they go everywhere together. So when Microsoft came to Sydney for its Imagine Cup competition, Nokia came along too. When Nokia was packing its bags, it brought along the Lumia 800, actually it brought a boat-load of Lumias down to Sydney as the company is giving all the participants a free Lumia 800.

The move makes sense on several levels; all of the students attending Imagine Cup are developers to some degree. While some are developing apps for Windows Phone and others are building games for Xbox, they are all developers. By putting Windows Phones into the hands of these creative developers, Nokia and Microsoft and helping to seed the developers community.

A Lumia 800 is not all that the participants will receive, they will also be handed a personalized certificate signed by Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, both huge supporters of the Imagine Cup.

For those who are not familiar with Imagine Cup, the conference is the premier technology competition for students based all around the world. The types of applications showcased here will build the corporations of tomorrow. With the barrier to entry being quite low, Imagine Cup challenges students to push the boundaries of existing technologies to help facilitate the change for future generations.

Interested in Imagine Cup? Want to learn more or even register your team for the 2013 challenges? Head on over to Imagine Cup's website to stay updated on all the events for the 2013 competition. 

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Luis PT said,
That's a good idea. Nokia needs to get rid of Lumias 800 and 900...because no one will buy them after the shot in the foot from Microsoft last week. They could give away some Blackberry's too.

Would you mind and next time just shut up about stuff you clearly don't understand?

An unfortunate reality, though.

They've received quite a backlash for the whole thing, especially since it was known beforehand that they're essentially selling a dead platform to customers.

I can only see this as a good thing, even if only 10% of those developers create a half decent app or game for the platform it improves the ecosystem.

If I was a developer I would accept the 800 wholeheartedly. Ok, It's not going to receive all the features of WP8, but if I get a phone, I get it for what it is now, not for what it is going to be in the future. Yes, updates are nice, but you buy a phone for your current needs, not for your future needs. Plus, the 800 is a damn nice phone, especially the curved glass.

funny when android users troll about updates

on the other hand i'm completely outraged because of the 8/7.8 update fiasco... i WANT nfc, multicore, higher res and microsd in my lumia RIGHT NOW! hear me MS/Nokia? Do it or else

and the idea is great: lumias are great phones, they can compete every smartphone on the market today (of course not for the group of droid fans idiotic subspecies, "muticore geeks") and MS/Nokia needs to spread the word even if new hardware makes entry soon

My old Symbian phone has gotten more updates than Windows Phone so I guess it isn't just Android users who are smiling at the whole mess.

Miuku. said,
My old Symbian phone has gotten more updates than Windows Phone so I guess it isn't just Android users who are smiling at the whole mess.

the problem is, these phones are a joy to use right now (gen1 included), no need to wait for the messiah to bring fluent UI or whatnot an OS should have from day 1

If you consider inability to even customize your ringtone without updates, I guess so.

But by comparison, take a look at Nokia N9 - a handful of people are churning out updates and additions to the phone that make Microsoft's development look like a bunch of kids putting lego blocks on top of each other at a nursey.

Not to mention the phone by default already offered a ton of features that WinPho currently lacks.

Miuku. said,
If you consider inability to even customize your ringtone without updates, I guess so.

But by comparison, take a look at Nokia N9 - a handful of people are churning out updates and additions to the phone that make Microsoft's development look like a bunch of kids putting lego blocks on top of each other at a nursey.

Not to mention the phone by default already offered a ton of features that WinPho currently lacks.

as i heard, that is now over for Harmattan (not that i'm particularly happy about it, i don't like promising systems go - imo symbian is not one, meego is/was)

to be honest this ringtone blahblah is the sole thing that comes back and back again - can't give a flying f about it... what i adore in wp is not the features other phones have and i don't (i bought wp KNOWING what i'll have and what i'll miss) but the features i have and are pretty much shoot android on sight and even give ios a run for its money - the sharing and social features, a UI finally based on something else then the age-old icon grid, informative "widgets" but not with the inconsistent design of android that makes every human being with a taste puke instantly, a system that does not need to be restarted/manually managed/rooted/customromzed constantly

so yeah, i still belive that my lumia 900 is actually the best phone out there for me and one of the best of today - that's why you can't divide with the amounts of f__k i give about missing features; i feel good about features i actually use, not features google tells me i should to improve their flow of personal data

so hugs and kisses, my cannot-be-updated phone is much more joy even now then some crappy plastic galaxy s3 with a badly copied iphone skin and an os that even google admits to be laggy and unresponsive

By most people here's logic when a company gives away free stuff it's crap.. So when Google gave away the Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus Q, and Chromebox at IO last week it's because it's all a bunch of crap.

PmRd said,
By most people here's logic when a company gives away free stuff it's crap.. So when Google gave away the Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus Q, and Chromebox at IO last week it's because it's all a bunch of crap.

the difference all nexus device will get an OS update but not lumia.. thats y everyone say its crap.

still1 said,

the difference all nexus device will get an OS update but not lumia.. thats y everyone say its crap.

The Lumia will be getting 2 or more updates before the end of the year so your statement is invalid.

PmRd said,

The Lumia will be getting 2 or more updates before the end of the year so your statement is invalid.


not taking about 7.8 but 8... it will never get 8 so its crap.

still1 said,

not taking about 7.8 but 8... it will never get 8 so its crap.

and which featues you don't get OFFICIALLY? nfc support, multicore support, higher resolution or maybe microsd cards?
personally if i get the new ui, voip ingegration and ie10 i'm pretty happy until i go wp8

and just for the record: if i were an android user i wouldn't open my piehole about updates... or is that some kind of mental masturbation to you google slaves? like your misery needs company? sorry, so won't not find that here

Edited by deleted_acc, Jul 6 2012, 2:47pm :

still1 said,

not taking about 7.8 but 8... it will never get 8 so its crap.

If you understood the technical stuff behind the reason it won't be upgradable to WP8 you would not say it's crap. On the other hand, most Androids can't be upgraded because the phone maker and cell provider are too lazy and want to sell you new phones unless you flash some crappy half-working rom on XDA Dev which voids your warranty and the iPad and iPhone are purposely being blocked from updates or rendered so slow by them because Apple wants you to buy new hardware.

So you were saying?

Edited by PmRd, Jul 6 2012, 2:33pm :

Morden said,

and which featues you don't get OFFICIALLY? nfc support, multicore support, higher resolution or maybe microsd cards?
personally if i get the new ui, voip ingegration and ie10 i'm pretty happy until i go wp8

and just for the record: if i were an android user i wouldn't open my piehole about updates... or is that some kind of mental masturbation to you google slaves? like your misery needs company? sorry, so won't not find that here


"personally if i get the new ui, voip ingegration and ie10" personal choice right.. why cant other have person choice that involves the features that wont make to wp7.8?
just because it makes u happy doesnt mean it will make all happy.

PmRd said,

If you understood the technical stuff behind the reason it won't be upgradable to WP8 you would not say it's crap. On the other hand, most Androids can't be upgraded because the phone maker and cell provider are too lazy and want to sell you new phones unless you flash some crappy half-working rom on XDA Dev which voids your warranty and the iPad and iPhone are purposely being blocked from updates or rendered so slow by them because Apple wants you to buy new hardware.

So you were saying?


i totally understood the technical details behind it and i also understood when Nokia ceo said multicore is pointless... /s oh wait now it is needed??

still1 said,

"personally if i get the new ui, voip ingegration and ie10" personal choice right.. why cant other have person choice that involves the features that wont make to wp7.8?
just because it makes u happy doesnt mean it will make all happy.

i asked you WHAT EXACT FEATURES you miss that makes you unhappy? do you even own a WP or just telling us we should feel bad? i know it's tough to stomach all the crap going on with android but please sir, don't project your frustration to us who actually bought something that works and works well ;-)

and multicore IS pointless, or at least the way android handles it right now... and it would have been pointless for WP7
for WP8 it won't be pointless... if you buy hardware just the sake of pure specs that's your problem mate

still1 said,

i totally understood the technical details behind it and i also understood when Nokia ceo said multicore is pointless... /s oh wait now it is needed??

It sounds like you still don't understand the technical details. No, multicore is still not needed. That's not why it's not supported on older phones.

still1 said,

i totally understood the technical details behind it and i also understood when Nokia ceo said multicore is pointless... /s oh wait now it is needed??

making available doesn't mean its needed. Although I do actually think it is needed, not from a ux or power point of view but from an 'idiots and spec sheets' point of view, we'll never get past it, so we'll have multicore wp8 devices soon so when you and others look at a spec shootout you have another phone to pokey bum w**k along to.

That makes sense because they need to do something with them, they must be piling up. Here, enjoy this free phone before it is superseded by our next phone OS. Take as many as you like, free phones for everyone!

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