Student developers get help from Yalla Apps

Prototype Interactive, Microsoft are allowing scholars to develop, upload their applications onto Yalla Apps for free

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Student developers get help from Yalla Apps Prototype Interactive and Microsoft are allowing student coders to develop and upload their apps onto Yalla Apps for free.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  April 6, 2011

Prototype Interactive in collaboration with Microsoft is launching an initiative for student coders to develop and upload their own applications to the Windows 7 Marketplace for free. This service will be based around the Yalla Apps portal.

"This initiative is one that will help expand the Windows Phone 7 student application development to benefit more than two million STEM-D (Science Technology, Engineering, Math and Design) students in the Middle East and Africa region. Students across the region are now able to get their personally developed applications out on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and get paid for their talent and development skills. We are hoping that this will encourage young developers to create compelling mobile content for the Windows Phone 7 platform," said Alexander Rauser - CEO of Prototype Interactive.

Students from 79 countries in the Middle East and Africa will be able to use their DreamSpark accounts for authentication and will receive a one year subscription to the Yalla Apps portal student initiative for free. This free subscription also includes 100 points.

"At Microsoft, we are committed to creating new developer opportunities in Windows Phone 7. The Yalla Apps launch provided the perfect way to reach out to the developers in the region and this new initiative helps us address the needs of our student developers. Combined with our Imagine Cup ( and the MEA Windows Phone 7 Challenge (, the region's students can now create applications, compete at regional and global levels and then monetize their applications across the world!" said Gustavo Fuchs Microsoft Mobility Director, Middle East & Africa.

Yalla Apps gives developers the opportunity to download Windows Phone 7 application templates, sample code and components to help them start their projects. There is also a forum module on Yalla Apps where developers can interact and get insights into the Windows Phone 7 platform.

The Yalla Apps student programme is available immediately and students can go to Yalla Apps (, to sign up.

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