I’ve urged the Windows Developers in my outreach areas to enter their apps into Microsoft’s Tech Affiliate Sweepstakes on numerous occasions… but I haven’t really gone into just what that is.
The contest of course rewards a few randomly-selected developers and their community leaders each month for app submissions. There’s a lot more to Tech Affiliate, however, than monthly cash prizes.
Microsoft’s community-support program empowers community managers to keep their members motivated in many ways. From swag to event funding and promotion, it’s a one-stop-shop for developer incentives and makes a great adjunct to Nokia’s own DVLUP program.
The more events a community leader hosts, the more points they earn. Points can be cashed in for the aforementioned perks. I typically use mine for phone cases and coffee tumblers. The former go to members at meetups, the latter are for speakers, guests, etc. It’s amazing how popular those little foamy cases have been. I’ve had to reorder them several times!
The User Community cap comes in handy, too, lending a little cred at hackathons.
Tech Affiliate has been kind enough to sponsor two events for me this year; one wound up being one of the most popular I’ve held thanks in part to the dinner and drinks that sponsorship provided. Since it’s only allotted for two events per year, I recommend saving the benefit for something big.
So far no one in my coverage has won a Sweepstakes prize, but some of my Nokia Developer Ambassador colleagues have seen repeated success. So come on, community– I know you have the apps, so submit ’em! This month’s round ends soon. And if you need any help, hit me up!