Recap: First-ever Corona SDK Developers Kitchen

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Last night, we had our first-ever Corona SDK Developers Kitchen at Ansca Mobile HQ here, in Silicon Valley. Dozens of Corona enthusiasts descended upon our offices to talk Corona with us and each other. Of course, it wasn’t all partying. Some developers came to give sneak peeks at top secret (well, not anymore!) projects that they currently were working on… PubNub from San Francisco gave a demonstration of their multiplayer API for Corona, which featured them running a game head-to-head between an iPad and a laptop projection. You can see brief video of their demo from last night here, and an informational video here. Methinks that a lot of you will be using this in the very near-future!


Recap: The Techority 48-hour challenge

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A couple weeks back, Corona OZ ambassador Peach Pellen organized the Techority 48-Hour Challenge, a contest to see who could make the best Corona app in a weekend. Forty-eight caffeine-fueled hours later, our very own Carlos was given a litany of apps and tasked with choosing the winner — that’s not very easy when you see what he was up against! For the full winner/runner-up results, check out Peach’s recap here.  Below, you’ll find video footage from the winning game, Princess Pixani created by Mike Lorenz (including artwork!). Congrats to Mike, and thanks to Peach and all the participants for their all-around awesome work. Seriously, usually these kinds of contests don’t yield so many apps of such high caliber — we definitely are keeping an


Meet Ansca Mobile at SXSW Interactive!

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Meet me at SXSW Interactive this week and next. I’ll be there from Friday, March 11th (yesterday) to Tuesday, March 15th. In between the millions of panel discussions and even more parties, I’ll be spreading the word about the fastest, easiest way to make mobile games and apps — Corona SDK! Follow me! Twitter: @gg_ansca Foursquare: gg_ansca Gowalla: gg_ansca My SXSW schedule See you there!


Recap: The Miranda Bros. conquer Start Up Camp with Corona SDK

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A few weeks back, we brought you the story of our first-ever foray into Start Up Camp, where Beebe Games created a location-based Risk-style mobile game from scratch in 48 hours. This past week, startup incubators Semantic Seed were at it again with another Bay Area Start Up Camp to kick off the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Just like last time, Carlos was invited to open the event on Friday night, offering his own insight on the mobile development space and Corona SDK. Carlos’ pep talk apparently proved quite useful as two of the three teams at Start Up Camp that weekend ended up using Corona to build their creations. (more on that later!) Also in attendance were brothers Edgar and Cesar Miranda,


Start Up Camp this weekend, to kick off GDC!

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Remember Start Up Camp from a couple weeks back? Well, we’re doing it again this weekend in San Francisco, to kick off the Game Developers Conference next week! The concept is simple:   Show up at Start Up Camp on Friday night with your best game-oriented startup idea, and form a team with other like-minded campers. Then, over the next three days, your team will work together to build a working demo of your idea (having a preliminary business model wouldn’t hurt either!) to present come Sunday night. The best idea wins prizes and a chance to have their startup funded by actual money! Ansca Mobile will be  the primary sponsor of this weekend’s Start Up Camp. Also, just like last time, we’re offering the following


Carlos Icaza: Mobile Mentor

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Carlos has been invited by the MadridTech group tonight in San Francisco to speak to a group of Madrid-based tech companies about entrepreneurship and facilitating a #1 iPhone app through his mobile company (yes, this one). The Madrid companies will be extra lucky tonight because Mike Rowehl from This is Mobility also will be on hand to provide insight on the mobile space. Mike previously was the Director of Technology over at AdMob, who were later bought out by Google. Along with currently running This is Mobility, Mike also spearheads Mobile 2.0 events around the world. They don’t call them “mobile mentors” for nothing!


Recap: Beebe Games make 'War' at Start Up Camp

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This past weekend, Ansca Mobile was a sponsor of the Bay Area Start Up Camp, organized by startup incubators Semantic Seed. This particular event had an extra emphasis on mobile startups, so you know we couldn’t miss out! The event kicked off on Friday, with Ansca co-founder Carlos Icaza being asked to talk about the mobile space, a successful startup mentality, and the inevitable questions about Bubble Ball. . Also in attendance were Jon and Biffy Beebe of Beebe Games, who teamed up with video game producer Peter Dassenko to bring his idea to life using Corona SDK.  Peter had a crazy (in a good way!) idea for War To Go, a multiplayer location-based game modeled after the classic board game Risk. After Peter pitched his idea to


Corona webinar from November 11

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Those of you who missed our November 11 webinar a couple weeks back (or those of you who just want to go over what was was covered during the webinar) can now watch it in its entirety below. This time around, Carlos walks you through Event Listeners (one of the core functionalities of Corona), plus object level events and Runtime events. The webinar goes through a quick tutorial on the differences between the two, and covers the Corona event model using functions to create program structure and flow. Thanks for checking in, and we hope to see at the next one!


Upcoming Corona Webinar: Listeners and Functions

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We thought we’d give you a little more advanced notice this time about an upcoming Corona webinar. Picking up from his previous webinar, Carlos will be talking about Corona functions and how to structurally code your apps. Also on the agenda are Event Listeners, one of the core functionalities of Corona, plus object level events and Runtime events. This webinar also will go through a quick tutorial on the differences between the two, and will cover the Corona event model using functions to create program structure and flow. You can click into the webinar via Connect Pro this Friday, November 12 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time. Hope to see you online!