LSU ISDS to Host Trio of Windows 8 Events

03/14/2013 10:05 AM

BATON ROUGE – The E. J. Ourso College of Business Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences is hosting a trio of Windows 8 events March 21-23.

The first of these events will be a mixer with Microsoft employees, who will be on-hand to help students upgrade their machines to the new Windows 8 operating system and setting up both Visual Studio and the Store accounts. The next two days will feature development workshops about Windows 8 game and application design.

Thursday, March 21, 6-9 p.m.
Meet, greet and software setup:
Attendees to these workshops (at least the development one) will need to have Windows 8 and Visual Studio installed on their laptops. Both are free through DreamSpark Premium, and users have the option to put Windows 8 in a virtual machine if they do not wish to upgrade. Organizers ask that this step be handled prior to the beginning of the workshops. To register for this event, visit

Friday, March 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Building Games for Windows with Scirra Construct 2
No programming experience is necessary. With each new game published in the Store by April 11, the designer will receive $100 (up to 5 apps). To register for this event, visit

Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Getting Started with Windows 8 Application Development
Participants will learn how to build apps within a few hours. As an incentive, any apps added to the Store by April 11 will be paid $100 per application (up to 5 apps). To register for this event, visit

With more than 60 million copies sold in 60 days, demand for Windows 8 applications is expected to remain high. Some developers have reported revenues as high as $30,000 in a single month.

The Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business combines teaching and research to create a rich learning experience for its students. Relationships with industry and state agencies enable the department to assist organizations with issues related to business analytics and business intelligence, as well as innovation and technological change, as well as offer enhanced career opportunities for its graduates. Collaborative research efforts of its diverse faculty have resulted in major grants from the National Science Foundation and the state of Louisiana.

For more information, visit, call 225-578-2126, or email

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013