Microsoft to attempt Guinness World Record at Windows 8 coding marathon

Over the past few months, Microsoft has organized a number of developer workshops in various cities around the world for developers who want to build apps for Windows 8. One such upcoming event is the Windows 8 AppFest, to be held from 21st to 22nd September by Microsoft India in Bangalore.

The Windows 8 AppFest - A Guinness World Records Official Attempt

Similar to past Windows 8 Camps held in India, the AppFest will be a marathon, 18 hour-long coding session. Microsoft engineers and trainers will be on hand to assist participants with designing their apps and will provide valuable insight into the development process.

What makes this AppFest special is the fact that Microsoft India will make an official attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the "world's largest app development marathon," as it expects to bring together thousands of developers under one roof.

This is an invite-only event. So if you want to be part of the world record attempt, submit your Windows 8 app idea, in not more than 500 characters, here. If your idea is selected, you will receive an invitation to attend the AppFest. Participation is free and teams of up to four members can participate. You need to make your own arrangements for stay and travel.

On-site staff will help you improve and prepare the app you plan to develop towards publishing it to the Windows Store. Your app must fall under one of the current 20 categories available for the Windows Store, which range from Games to Education, and from Productivity to Entertainment, amongst others.

Remember to take your laptop with you, with Windows 8 RTM and Visual Studio 2012 installed. If you haven't played around with Windows 8 app development yet, check out the featured sessions on Channel 9 from last year's BUILD conference.

Coding begins at 2:00 PM IST on 21st September.

Update: With a turnout of 2,567 developers, all coding for 18 hours non-stop, Microsoft successfully set the Guinness World Record for the "Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location."

Jon DeVaan, Corporate Vice President, Windows Development, is presented with the Guinness World Records Certificate:

Microsoft sets a Guinness World Record at the Windows 8 AppFest

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