Jessica Engström



Coding after work 2014

2015-01-04 23:53:00 +0000

I got asked to send some pictures from our hackathons this year so I thought why not make a blog post about it.

We run a user group called Coding after work, where members can come and work on their own projects and get help if they need any.
Even thought both of us (Jimmy and I) is heavily focused on Windows Platform Development (the area we both are MVP’s in) any type of projects are welcome.
We even have a few linux and mac users and members are working with PHP, unity and of course C# (ASP.NET and Windows phone/Windows).
Many of out attendees are students but our age span is 17 to 68, and we have even had a couple of 7-12 year olds making apps at our hackathons.


Code evenings

Number of unique attendees: 136

Total number of attendees attending: 383 it is an increase from last year with 52% =D

But we also did some hackathons Ler

Easter (28h)


Location: Know IT
Date: 2014-04-26 – 2014-04-27
Attendees: 55
Men/women: 66% / 34%

With some help from Microsoft DPE Danwei Tran Luciani we  (Jimmy, Tomas, Pontus and I) had one-on-one sessions with the attendees where they could talk about app ideas, code reviews and design.


//Publish/ (25h)


Location: Microsoft Sweden
2014-05-16 - 2014-05-17
Attendees: 59 + 10
Men/women: 70% / 30%
38 apps where submitted

There were two types of events, one that Microsoft DPE (50-70 attendees) should arrange and satellite events for user groups 15-20 attendees.
We got asked if we wanted to plan the DPE event which we of course did =)
The second day we had “bring your children” where we showed them how to use App Studio, there were 7 children from the age of 6 to 13 and they made 12 apps.


Unity Training day (15h)


Location: Microsoft Sweden
Date: 2014-10-04 – 2014-10-05
Attendees: 72
Men/women: 80% / 20%

In 2013 Jimmy and I got the opportunity to attend Train the trainer - Unity in Helsinki, where we met Andy Touch.
Andy came to Sweden and we thought this was an awesome opportunity to do a mini hackathon.
We did a code along where Andy showed how to make a game from start to finish.
The feedback we got was really good and we will probably make some similar events in 2015.


Halloween Hackathon (28h)


Location: Sågen, Haninge
2014-10-26 - 2014-10-27
Attendees: 41
Men/women: 65% / 35%

Lots of attendees came in costume, our focus at this hackathon was to help attendees work on their apps so that they could submit is on our X-mas hack.


X-mas hack (27h)


Location: Sågen, Haninge
2014-12-13 – 2014-12-14
Attendees: 26
Men/women: 61% / 39%

December 13 is Saint Lucia's Day in Sweden, many people had other plans already and some even had tests in school.
The number of attendees dropped for this hackathon.

Jimmy and I presented our talk from TechDays (developer.UX=true; ) it was really appreciated.

We also had choir singing in true Lucia spirit, followed by one of them (9 year old boy) publishing an app (Me helping him in the pics above)


So basically 2014 was loads of fun and we are already planning 2015 =)


Party hat for your Winows Phone

2013-12-31 15:29:00 +0000

The time (pun intended) has come to celebrate new year's and you got fancy clothes laid out, the table is all set with balloons, serpentines and party hats.
Then you realize that your Windows Phone is not up to par, what to do!?
Well I made a quick party hat for mine, and so can you :)


I'm trying to fill the Doctor Who void any way I can :P


If you want to opt for the superfast and easy way, cut the template out in cardstock and glue or tape the straight edges to each other and you are done.

For a fancier one that will stick together all through the party and look a bit better follow the instructions below.


1. Using printer paper (or tracing paper) draw and cut a circle. Mine was about 20cm (8inches)
Use a plate or bowl to make it easier to trace if you need.
Draw 2 lines through the middle of the circle.
Cut out 1/4th of the circle.

2. Place the template on cardstock (or other fancy paper) about 1cm (3/8 inch) above the edge.
Trace around the template.

3. Cut or fold down a small triangle (along the edge) in the “allowance”

4. Glue the allowance to the inside of the other edge.

5. And you are done!

Decorate the hat if you want.

Now you and your phone can celebrate the new year looking awesome.

Happy new year!

Christmas gifts ideas – list for geeky girls (and !girls)

2013-12-15 17:02:00 +0000

When you look at list containing “gifts for her” they are usually full of stuff like makeup, handbags, perfume, chocolate and for some reason always slippers.
Being a geek girl I’m here to tell you that it is not always the best list to get inspired for Christmas gifts for the likes of us.

I’ve put together a few lists of my own, I hope you’ll enjoy Smile

Click on the link/pic for the the whole list of that category.

For the Superhero girl For the Sci-Fi girl
SuperheroCompilation ScifiCompilation
For the Gamer girl For the Tech girl
GamerCompilation TechCompilation
For the cute girl (Cats and Unicorns)  

if you still don’t know what to get her, select * from

Christmas gift ideas - list for the Superhero girl

2013-12-15 17:00:00 +0000


Who wouldn’t want to taste that sweet Iron man…..cookie!


Retro Harley Quinn apron

Marvel cookie cutter set 

Spider-Man bust cookie jar

Retro Wonder Woman apron

Pow Bonk Kapow 3 piece mug set 

Wolverine cookie jar

Batman ice cube tray

Batman cookie jar

Spider-man face mug

Spider-man comic book cookie cutter






Is it okay to have the Batman wall decal in every room?


Iron man art fx statue

Comic photo frame

Batman wall decal

Wolverine giant wall decals

Avengers 3d wall art night light Iron Man

Iron man giant wall decal

Swinging sticks kinetic energy sculpture

Lego Batman minifugure clock

Captain America 3D wall nightlight









Wonder woman costume magnetic todo list

Supergirl symbol pink busniness card holder

Marvel A5 notebook

Batman laptop messenger bag

Wonder woman costume journal

Wolverine notepad holder

Agent notes journal S.H.I.E.L.D 

Marvel heroes hard cover journal

Superman symbol mouspad






Crowded picture, but there is so much cool superhero clothes out there!


Venom hoodie

Marvel superhero socks set 

Hello Snikty T-shirt

Dark Phoenix T-shirt

She-Ra & He-Man masters of the universe T-shirt 

Batgirl Caped costume T-shirt

Iron Man T-shirt

Harley Quinn footless tights 

Batgirl glow-in-the-dark hipster panties 3 pack

Deadpool T-shirt

Wonder Woman hoodie

I am Rougue Babydoll

Batman costume crew socks with capes





Wonder woman charm necklace

Batman necklace

Wolverine claw necklace & earrings 

Wonder Woman comic book bracelet

Nightwing bracelet

Thor dangle earrings 

Captain America shield necklace

batman hoop earrings

Spider-Man  necklace

Superheroes Hello Kitty







Christmas gift idea - list for the Sci-Fi girl

2013-12-15 16:58:00 +0000

So what do you get the Sci-Fi girl you ask?
Well here is a list of stuff I think any Sci-Fi fan would be happy to get


For the Kitchen

I mean come on, Ice sabers, Wookie cookies, we all need those.

ScifiStar Wars chop sabers 

Doctor Who T.A.R.D.I.S cookie jar with sounds

Star Trek cookie cutters

Wind-up salt and pepper robots 

Star Wars Death Star cookie jar

Doctor Who disappearing T.A.R.D.I.S pint glasses

Star trek Enterprise pizza cutter

3d space cookie cutters

Yumbots robot cupcake mold

Star Wars cookbook with ice sabers

The star wars cookbook delux set with cookie cutters





I’m just trying to decide whether to put the door chime only on the front door or on any of the rooms as well. Nah who am I kidding I would go for all the rooms!


Star Wars Lightsaber candlestick

Doctor Who Dalek projection clock

Doctor Who T.A.R.D.I.S. night light  

Star Trek electronic door chime 

Doctor who T.A.R.D.I.S. baht/beach towel 

Star Trek TOS Enterprise 1701 ship

Star Wars Lightsaber desklamp

Doctor Who bath mat 

Star Trek Enterprise wall cling

Serentity 1:400 Scale Desk model






Bat’leth letter opener and mini paper millennium falcon, nuff said!


Star Wars origami

Doctor Who River Song’s T.A.R.D.I.S. journal 

Star Trek Bat'leth letter opener

Star Trek Enterprise mouse pad

Doctor Who Adipose stress toy

Doctor Who T.A.R.D.I.S. wireless speaker

Doctor Who sonic screwdriver pen

K-9 USB hub








I need that Ashoka tunic!

ScifiClothesStar Trek Logo V-neck ladies' Tee

Doctor Who over-knee socks

Greek Crest – so say we all

Star Wars Ashoka costume tunic

Officially licensed Star Trek pajama set

Keep calm and don’t blink babydoll

Star Trek: the next generation uniform hoodie

Ladies knee high Star Wars socks  

I'm geeky and I know it T-shirt 

Cycon T-shirt







I hope the T.A.R.D.I.S jewelry box really is bigger on the inside so I can fit all the geek jewelry in it Smile 

ScifiJewleryLightsaber earrings

Naboo earrings

Droid LTE Sterling Silver Ring

Doctor Who deluxe bracelet

Starfleet necklace

Doctor Who T.A.R.D.I.S. Jewelry box

Doctor Who T.A.R.D.I.S. bow necklace

Weeping angel Earrings

Star Trek stainless steel Starfleet crystal edge pendant

Battlestar Galactica Captain Kara Starbuck Thrace earrings






Other stuff


Doctor Who time lord psychic container

Lego star wars AT-ST & Endor

Doctor Who Adipose plush

Redshirts deluxe edition card game

Lego Star wars tie fighter 

Exclusive Doctor Who K-9 Figure 

Lego Star Wars millennium falcon








Christmas gift ideas - list for the gamer girl

2013-12-15 16:56:00 +0000


I know there is a lot of Portal stuff here, but let’s face it it’s an awesome game (and you get achievements!)

kitchenPortal 2 companion cube ice tray

Pac-man glossary heat changing mug

Manic Miner mug

Portal companion cube cookie jar

Pac-man cookie cutter

Tetris cookie cutters

Nintendo Game pad coasters

Pac-man ice cube tray

Portal cookie cutters

Portal 2 aperture laboratories logo spatula







There’s a Zombie on your lawn *singing*


Portal 2 warning signs coasters

Space invaders color changing lamp

Pac-man fleece blanket

Portal Bookends

Space invaders fridge magnets

Plants vs zombie lawn ornament

Tetris light

Portal 2 Turret statue

Plants vs Zombies electronic singing sunflower







Companion cube panties, Street Fighter II leggins? I mean who wouldn’t want this


Power wisdom courage women’s tee

Fight! Street Fighter II leggings

Atari Mt. Fuiji women’s Tee

Portal 2 aperture test subject track jacket

Portal socks

Self-rescuing princess babydoll

Portal 2 companion cube ladies' panties

Atari Asteroids Arcade women’s Tee








Hand stamped gamer earrings

European-style charm bracelet

Portal 2 companion cube earrings

Portal 2 inter-spatial portal earrings

Portal 2 stalemate pendant necklace

Video game Nintendo cartridge bracelet

Super Mario mushroom necklace

Gamer bracelet








Can’t wait for the Xbox One to get to Sweden Open-mouthed smile

OtherXbox One

Street fighter x sanrio plush

Sega Mega drive bag

Plants vs zombies risk

Customizable aperture science handheld portal device

Portal 2 sentry turret USB desk defender

Portal weighted companion cube plush

Nintendo monopoly 










Christmas gift ideas – list for the tech girl

2013-12-15 16:54:00 +0000


Who would not love to just tilt the pepper mill to get it to grind, or the automatic soda streamer. Not to talk about the gadgets you actually can develop for Smile


Soda Stream revolution

Trueau Graviti Battery-operated pepper mill

WiFi kettle iKettle

Binary code ice tray

Egg minder wink-enabled egg tray

Mixing bowl with scale

Stirio automatic stirrer

Digital spoon scale







Devices & Accessories

Granted the Arrows tab might not be available (at least for me) but how cool wouldn’t it be to soak in the bath while being on your tab?
I actually have the Knomo bag, it fit both my Asus slim laptop and my surface without too much bulking.


Arrows tab QH77/M Waterproof 2-1 Ultrabook

Nokia Lumia 1020

Surface Pro 2 and Docking station

Colorful, backlit  touch covers for Surface

The Chelsea camera bag

Camera grip for Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 2520

Knomo London – Avignon 13 laptop slim brief bag

Pocket Spotlight







I’ve had the opportunity to try both Cube and Cube-X Duo, they are both good machines. The Duo can print with 2 colors and has a larger printing area, however it does not come in pink…. besides the Cube can print about 15x15x15cm (5,5”x5,5”x5,5”) and a lot of designs come in pieces.


gadgetsCube 3D printer

Automatic soap dispenser

Lego Mindstorms EV3

Leap motion

Sphero 2.0

Fitbit force

Fitbit Flex

Myo gesture control armband

Color-change led candle set with remote

Philips Hue wireless lightning








Christmas gift ideas – cats and unicorns

2013-12-15 16:52:00 +0000

Well, because Cats and Unicorns!


Animal mouse This must be the cutes mouse ever! The tails are USB connectors

Hello Kitty Star Wars charm bracelet I mean Star Wars AND cute cats!? What’s not to like.

Animal face notebook – cat

Plush Unicorn slippers These must be magical.

Pinkie Pie mug Pink, Pony, Pie – Perfect.

Soft Kitty Ladies’ hoodie Ears, tail and even paws Smile 

Soft Kitty earrings

USB Warm cat Neko gloves

Unicorn sprinkles shaker I’ll bet everything will taste like rainbow after a sprinkle from this shaker.







Wolverine and windows phone

2013-07-27 19:14:00 +0000

Yesterday was the premier of the Wolverine in Sweden.
Since I surprisingly don't own a Wolverine T-shirt I had to pimp my nails instead.


I went with old-school inspired Wolverine and adamantium colored claws ;)


Matching the yellow Lumia 920

There was a lot of Nokias shown in the movie.
I like that Windows Phone now can be seen in blockbusters such as the Wolverine and Man of steel, it’s a good sign :)


Surface gingerbread house

2012-12-21 08:33:00 +0000

Making a gingerbread house is a tradition we like to uphold. A traditional house isn’t that common around our home.
We stuck to last years theme “cool gadget” and made a Microsoft Surface.SurfaceGingerbreadCollage
































Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to give it all the details I would’ve wanted. I did manage to put on (install) some apps though, including two of my husband’s Smile with tongue out (

windows phone cake

2012-01-30 23:57:53 +0000

When the department I currently work in asked me to make a cake I couldn’t resist making a Windows Phone themed cake.
Having had the impressive Nokia Lumia 800 for a while you could say I was somewhat inspired Smile with tongue out




The cake is filled with raspberries, vanilla, whipped cream and dulce de leche buttercream. All decorations in Marzipan and Sugarpaste.

Cloud power–azure cake

2012-01-27 23:10:44 +0000

The stor(e)y behind this cake: It was a cloudy day when I made the cake. We felt like one instance was enough for our department. Just before serving the cake we put it on the table for storage (get it?). Afterwards we all felt like blobs Winking smile (sorry, I’m married to a pun master and it seams to rub off a bit)

I have been working (internship of sorts) at Microsoft for a couple of months now and when a colleague was leaving for another job, I got asked to make a cake.

Since he was working with Windows Azure, I couldn’t think of a better theme for the cake than the cloud.


I like the cloud power logo, so I went for it. It might not come through in the picture but it is 6 nuances of Azure on the cake Smile with tongue out



The cake is filled with raspberries, vanilla, whipped cream and dulce de leche buttercream. All decorations in Marzipan/Sugarpaste.


Mango release celebration sale

2011-09-30 19:29:00 +0000

To celebrate the release of Windows Phone Mango I’m having a sale.

All pouches is 50% off and free shipping, that’s how much I like Mango!


You can read more about the bags here



Phones not included Smile with tongue out


The bag fits most WP7 but not the largest ones like the HTC HD7, it will however fit a Samsung Omnia 7 just fine, which measures 4.82 x 2.53 x 0.43 (122.4 x 64.2 x 11 mm). So Samsung Focus shouldn’t be a problem (differs 1mm or so)


I have tried it myself with Samsung Omnia 7, LG Optimus 7 (LG E900) and HTC Mozart (and an ipod Smile with tongue out)



You can contact me on twitter @grytlappen or email for any questions or orders
The pouches can also be bought through the Swedish shop Elapid (only in Swedish)

Augmented Reality Cupcake

2011-08-12 15:00:00 +0000

Since the coming update of Windows Phone 7 is called "Mango" everything mango is more desirable to WP7 geeks right now. So I just had to make some mango cupcakes.

My husband and I were talking about different projects we have going on, one of them being an augmented reality app for WP7 he is working on.
Augmented Reality Mango Cupcake It just hit me that we had to make the mango cupcakes augmented reality enabled, so we did :P

I made a basic cupcake with mango bits, cut the top of to allow the print to lay flat and hollowed it out to make room for some mango-lime curd. The marker is printed out with food color on malty sheets so it’s completely edible.

We bought a 3D model of a mango and my husband did the software-part.

ARToolKit Marker Generator allows you to generate personalized markers and the needed .pat file. It was very easy, just hold up the picture to your webcam and take a snapshot. The generator does the rest for you.

Here it is in action

I'm sorry for the crappy video, we don't have the best circumstances for photography or video shooting in our home :P

If you are interested in learning more about AR for Windows Phone 7 you can read more about it on my husbands blog
He has amongst other things made a working augmented reality ZX Spectrum emulator, how cool is that?!

Windows Phone 7 Pouch part 2

2011-06-07 22:44:00 +0000

A couple of months ago I made a WP7-inspired pouch for my phone
I got so good response and so many who wanted one and some who even encouraged me to produce some for sale.
So I did, and now they've finally arrived
If you want to celebrate your Windows Phone 7 or just want to hide your iPhone/Android here's an alternative

The bag is made out of a pliable vinyl fabric (kind of like fake leather) and comes in two "accent" colors - pink and blue (phone not included :P)
It measures approximately 130 mm x 80 mm (0.511" x 3.15")
In the picture I tried the bag with Samsung Omnia 7 and LG Optimus 7

The price is US$22 (or 140 SEK) including shipping
Duo-pack is US$39 (or 240 SEK) (one of each) including shipping
I ship internationally

Don't forget to write who it's from

To use PayPal manually it's If you rather make a transfer to my Swedish bank account let me know :)

You can contact me on twitter @grytlappen or email for further information or orders
The pouches can now be bought through the Swedish shop Elapid (only in Swedish)

Towel Day

2011-05-25 17:17:00 +0000

Today we celebrate Towel Day as a tribute to Douglas Adams.
My cat has no problem helping out :)

Don't Panic

While on the subject of towels I'll show some I made a couple of years ago for a friend.
He is obviously a gamer and especially likes retro games.


Super Mario Towels

Happy Towel Day (and don't panic)

First contact day

2011-04-05 23:19:00 +0000

What better way to celebrate First Contact Day than to show you a recent cake I made?
Yeah, I know that first contact isn't until 2063 but what kind of geek would I be if I didn't mention it?

A friend of mine is a Borg, no really he is! At least it's his last name.
He also happens to be a Trekker so when his birthday came up he wanted an assimilated princess cake (common cake in Sweden).

So here it is, pale Borg skin, implants and all. And no Borg cake is complete without a "laser" (in this case an LED)

It was a bit hard not to make it with a nice finish, but hey it's a Borg!

For those of you who are into electronics or puns, this one's for you: Resistance is futile

Get it? Futile? No? :P (zero ohm resistor)

The cake is filled with raspberries, vanilla and whipped cream. Covered with sugarpaste/marzipan with a crumb coat of Dulce De Leche buttercream. All the black details (and the resistor) are made of chocolate modelingpaste. I brushed the cake with Vodka for a bit semi-slimy skin, but it doesn't show that well in the picture.

This was my first attempt of making modeling chocolate, but it turned out great. Not to mention how delicious it was. I'll have to try it again sometime.

Live long and prosper

Geek Awards

2011-04-03 19:00:00 +0000

Microsoft's Techdays arrange an annual competition for geek of the year. Last year my husband came in third.
This year I thought he ought to win (really he is crazy geeky) so I nominated him. For those of you who can read Swedish, the nomination can be found here on my husbands blog.

Apparently the judges liked my nomination so much that they also gave ME the chance to come to Techdays. That is so awesome and so considerate of them.
Everyone we've been in contact with surrounding Geek Awards has treated us with the upmost respect and kindness.

Some of the judges even came up to us and said that he really deserved the award. Some wanted to meet this wife of his who nominated him :p

Here is a video of Jimmy accepting his award


How does it feel to get this award?
Jimmy: "incredibly nice, I mean 1700 geeks and I am apparently the worst"
Can't say anything other than I'm a proud geek-wife :)

Here is an interview they made during Techdays (in Swedish)

PI day + Ie9 release = PIe9 day?

2011-03-14 23:42:00 +0000

The IE 9 release just happens to fall on PI day and that must be a reason for having cupcakes.
To celebrate the big event I made some mini cupcakes today.










It's a lemon cupcake with a lemon flavored Swiss merengue buttercream, dark chocolate PI's and sugarpaste IE icons.

Now we at least have something to eat while waiting for the IE 9 release.

Windows Phone 7 Pouch

2011-02-06 11:00:00 +0000

Since I'm a WP7 hardcore fan and got my phone on the (Swedish) release day (4th in Scandinavia and 1st woman) there was no cases or pouches to buy. So I made my own. It's no secret that I love the design of the UI so I had to go with that. I guess I did something right because my brother wanted one for his phone too.

WP7 Pouch The one on the left is a bit more sturdy and made of vinyl. The black one is two layers of felt. Nice use of the phone's accent colors on the pouch, right? :P