Code with the Experts

Are you excited to try your hand at building a Windows 8 App?

Join us on October 27th in Redmond or November 10th in Portland for Code with the Experts and make your dream a reality! Visit with Windows 8 experts and enjoy great food, awesome conversation, and wonderful prizes!

We want to invite you, your friends, co-workers, and any other developers to this special event. It is the perfect time to get started on your Windows 8 App. Don’t worry if you don’t yet have an idea for an App – we can brainstorm with you or match you with an idea for a Windows 8 App. Additionally, if you would like to work with someone on a project we will be ready to pair you with other developers. Bring your storyboard, your ideas and your thinking cap!

We’ll be providing the food,door and raffle prizes, and most exciting is a special surprise for all developers who are working towards publishing a Windows 8 App. All this AND we’ll have the experts to help guide you through some of your challenges and roadblocks.

Bring your laptop loaded with Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express ready to code or use one of our preloaded “Windows 8 To Go” USB sticks. (Limited number available)

All attendees will receive a raffle ticket to win some cool prizes.

For every guest you bring to this Code with the Expert event, you will receive an extra entry to the raffle!

Meet the Panel

Rich Claussen (Redmond and Portland)

Rich Claussen is a Lead Software Engineering at Welch Allyn developing patient monitoring systems on .NET using C# and XAML. Rich began working with computers about thirty-five years ago on a paper terminal at his local school. From there, he moved on to TRS-80s, Commodore PETs, and had his own Apple ][ plus on which he taught himself BASIC, PASCAL, and Assembler. After years away, he returned to his high school sweetheart of programming to study Software Engineering at the Oregon Institute of Technology. It was during this time where he began his involvement in the Portland Area .NET Users Group. He has been leading the group now for six years.

Tim Heuer (Redmond)

Tim Heuer is a program manager for Microsoft working on the client developer platforms working on XAML in Windows and previously Silverlight. Before joining the XAML engineering teams, Tim worked with technical communities across the country helping to foster and build user communities focused on software developer technologies. Tim has worked with Microsoft developer tools and technologies since the early 1990s. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked as a consultant for 12 years helping to implement technology solutions to enable success in businesses across various industries such as health care, construction, real estate, and electronic commerce to name a few. He’s inflicted with the unfortunate disease that his work is also his hobby and he loves technology. You can usually find him behind the keyboard trying to learn something new. You can find him online sharing his thoughts on technology at

Harikrishna Menon (Redmond)

Harikrishna Menon, started out at Microsoft as an Intern in Jan 2008, post internship he joined the APEX Program. He has done his rotations across Finance IT (SDET), Sales & Marketing (SDE), Engineering Excellence (SDE) & Next Generation Technologies (SDE). He is currently working as an PM in the XAML design tools team.

Chris Sells (Portland)

Chris Sells is the VP of the Developer Tools Division at Telerik. He’s written several books, including Programming WPF, Windows Forms 2.0 Programming and ATL Internals and is currently finishing up Building Windows 8 Apps with JavaScript. In his free time, Chris makes a pest of himself on Microsoft forums and mailing lists. More information about Chris, and his various projects, is available at

Kelly White (Redmond and Portland)

Kelly White is the President of Silvertail Software, a software consultancy specializing in XAML solutions for the Windows Phone and Windows 8 App Stores. He has over 13 years of industry experience building web applications, and has a passion for startups as a serial entrepreneur. Kelly has served on the organizing boards for the Portland Code Camp, Portland Startup Weekend, and the Oregon Game Project Challenge. He also founded and previously ran the Silverlight and Windows Phone user groups in Portland, Oregon. Kelly speaks regularly at user groups, code camps, and other developer-related events throughout the Pacific Northwest on Windows Phone and Windows 8 App Development.

Stuart Celarier (Redmond and Portland)

Stuart Celarier is a principal consultant for Neudesic, Microsoft Regional Director, and six-time Microsoft MVP award recipient. He teaches juggling at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and is the founder of the Portland Juggling Festival. He plays mandocello (the big sister of the mandolin family) in the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. He’s an avid gardner of rhododendrons and woodland plants.

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