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We will now start at 18h on Friday.
We’ll give you some sample code, food and lots of coffee, just bring your enthusiasm to learn!
(And your laptop… and preferably with AndroidStudio installed… maybe you should get that nice emulator too, alongside a git client … 😉
The DevFest is an annual event held by GDG (Google Developer Groups) around the world. Come join one of the most active GDG in Canada. Our mission is to mentor and welcome new and experienced Android developers and Android developers en devenir.
At the hackathon we will have a couple of extra devices on hand so that you can build
Tickets here: http://gdgandroidmontrealdevfest2014.eventbrite.ca
We will even have a few prizes (TBA). Join 60+ hackers on October 24-26, 2014 at Notman House, 11 Sherbrooke West, Montreal.
Have questions about the GDG DevFest 2014? Contact Us!KEEP READING
C’est le temps d’acheter votre billet pour le hackathon écoHackMTL2014! Cette année nous avons plus de 3000 $ en prix, un lieu exceptionnel, et tout dont vous aurez besoin pour un « hack » hors pair. Le tarif réduit se termine le 6 octobre. Voici tous les détails :
Hackathon écoHackMTL 2014
Samedi 18 octobre 2014 – 8 h 30 à 18 h – LB Atrium, Université Concordia
Vous êtes invités à hacker Montréal pour la rendre plus verte et plus durable! Pour participer, vous pouvez apporter votre aide à un des projets existants, créer votre propre projet ou répondre à un défi.
Le billet comprend la participation au hackathon et le délicieux lunch servi sur place. Il y aura également des collations et du café pendant la journée.
Profitez d’un tarif réduit de 15 $ en prenant votre billet avant le 6 octobre 2014! Après cette date, le tarif sera de 20 $.
De super prix pour les gagnants
Cette année, grâce à l’appui de nos commanditaires, nous vous offrons des bourses très intéressantes et plus encore!
Prix systèmes alimentaires – 1000 $ + 10 heures de mentorat
Pour le projet avec le plus grand potentiel pour l’amélioration de la durabilité du système alimentaire montréalais.
Prix Start-Up verte – 1000 $ + 7 heures de mentorat de Montréal NewTech + billets pour participer au International Start-up Festival en 2015
Pour le projet qui a le plus de possibilité de commercialisation (peut-être à but lucratif ou non).
Prix évolution – 500 $
Ce prix est spécialement pour les équipes qui ont participé à écoHackMTL en 2013 et qui ont continué à faire évoluer leur projet.
Prix des participants – 500 $
Le projet gagnant sera choisi le 18 octobre par les participants de écoHackMTL.
Prix du public – 500 $
Le projet gagnant sera déterminé à l’issue d’un période de vote public de 1 semaine lancé sur le SparkBoard écoHackMTL à la fin du hackathon.
En savoir plus sur les prix et les modalités
Our next meetup will be taking place Thursday September 25th, on the 3rd floor at Notman House
Our two speakers this month are Anas Ambri who will introduce us to Groovy on Android, and Simon Guerout who will cover the Android Account Manager.
I’m happy to report that my employer, PasswordBox, will be sponsoring pizza and drinks for this month’s Meetup.
In turn, we want Montreal area mobile developers to know we’re in full hiring mode here at PasswordBox. Business is booming, and obviously we’re looking for top-notch Android developers, but I invite you to look at the full list of available positions on our website: https://www.passwordbox.com/careers
Send your inquiries/CVs to email@example.com
About me: An apprentice in the growing domain of software development, with a meticulous interest into solving problems (with software), an appreciation for open-source solutions, and an annoying tendency to have an opinion about almost everything.
About the topic: Since the advent of Swift on iOS, many Android developers have been looking into a similar higher level construct to develop apps on their favorite platform. Today we will talk about some of the current options, and focus mostly on Groovy. Finally, we will show how we used Groovy at Guestful to develop our app, as well as the lessons learned. Spoiler: the app was actually delivered. Duration: ~20 min + questions
Pendant cette présentation, je vais vous présenter un cas d’usage du gestionnaire de comptes d’Android.
Il n’est pas rare pour une application d’être connectée à un service.
Ce lien peut être fait en utilisant le gestionnaire de comptes pour simplifier la gestion de la synchronisation des données avec le service.
Dans le cas d’usage que je vais présenter, nous allons voir comment utiliser ce gestionnaire non pas pour un seul service, mais pour une multitude de sources de données.
During this presentation, I will talk about a use case of the Android Account Manager.
It is not rare for an application to be connected to a service.
This link can be managed using the Android Account Manager, in order to simplify the data sync with the service.
In the use case I will be presenting, we will see how I used the Account Manager to connect not only to a single service, but to different sources of data.
Hello everyone, hope you all enjoyed your summer so far!
Our next meetup will be taking place Wednesday August 20th, on the 3rd floor at Notman House. (Same awesome space where we held our Android Wear hackathon early this summer.)
We have 2 great talks scheduled, and a small recap / show and tell session for the various toys we managed to bring back from Google I/O. As always you’re welcome to drop by to introduce yourself and your projects to the community.
You can get your tickets on our Eventbrite.
Small informal presentation reviewing what was announced at Google I/O, with small hands-on + Q&A session for:
by Gina Cook – Android Developer for iLanguage Lab
In this talk I’ll show you how to use speech recognition in your own Android apps. The talk will have something for both beginner and advanced Android devs, namely I will show two ways to do speech recognition: the easy way (using the built-in RecognizerIntent for the user’s language) and the hard way (building a recognizer which wraps existing open source libraries if the built-in RecognizerIntent can’t handle the user’s language). While I was in Batumi my friends and I built an app so that Kartuli users (code) (slides) could train their Androids to recognize SMS messages and web searches. Recognizing Kartuli is one of the cases where you can’t use the built-in recognizer. Kartuli spoken by only 4 million people in the country of Georgia: that is roughly the population of Montreal and surrounding areas. The talk will start with a demo of our Kartuli trainer app to set the context for the talk, and then dig into the code and Android concepts under the demo.
by Stéphane Nicolas – Senior Android Developer for Groupon Canada
During the last few years, we have all assisted or participated to a small
revolution on Android : the emergence of annotation processing. Many
popular libs now rely on annotation processing during build to pre-compute
a lot of stuff that will boost them at runtime. Let’s think about Dagger,
ButterKnife, Hugo, RoboGuice, BoundBox, Memento, IcePick, etc.
All those libs use annotation processing to generate data as Java source
files that are executed at runtime. Nevertheless, writing annotation
processors is far from obvious as they are based on the annotation
processing API that is very difficult to understand.
But there is an alternative : byte code weaving. This technique is popular
in the Java World for a large variety of applications : from creating mocks
(easymock/mockito) to data persistence (Eclipse Link, EBeans, etc.), or
Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP).
So, why don’t we use post-compilation processing on Android too ?
This sessions offers an overview of different byte code weaving techniques
and will examine whether they can be applied to Android. We will see how
post compilation byte code weaving can be used during Android apps’ builds
when using either Gradle or Maven.
Finally, we will present 2 libraries : AfterBurner & Mimic. They are based
on javassist, and aim to make byte code manipulation easy for Android. We
will go through simple use cases that will show us how to eliminate all
boiler plate when using our favorite libraries and boost apps using post
compilation byte code weaving. Byte code weaving could even be used to
normalize new and simpler programming techniques for Android that could get
standardized via Android Specification Requests.
starts at 13h00, on Thursday June 19 2014
This is a half-day event to introduce you to the Android-Wearable platform and SDK. It’s a short afternoon Hackathon, so we’re not expecting full-fledged products to emerge, but rough prototypes, proof-of-concepts, slidedecks and UX mockups are the order of the day.
The big news is, we’ll be giving away 3 vouchers for Android Wear Devices to the best concepts, so you’ll get a chance to complete your idea and be first to market. Thanks to Google for sponsoring this event!
We’ve received a very handy preparation guide from the fine folks at Google, go follow the instructions and you should be in fine shape for the hackathon.
Of course, if you’re totally new to the platform, don’t forget to pre-install the following:
If you need help with your installation, barring any work-emergencies, Etienne or other Android-Montreal volunteers will be on site starting at 12h00. Please plan ahead. 🙂
[Animateur/MC: Etienne Caron]
As mentioned, big thanks to Google and the Google Community Managers for sponsorship and support of this event.
Hey everyone, attended our Intro to Android evening? Enjoyed it? Regular club member, but you missed this evening?
We typically report event numbers to Google community managers, this helps us get support for future events, and lets us deliver you even more awesomeness on a regular basis 🙂
To help us with metrics, please register as a member on our Chapter Page. Attended tonight’s event? Register on our Event Page, and if you’re not totally tired of all this clicking, fill out our survey.
Thanks a ton for participating everyone, and have a good week-end!
Get the original GDG slides.
And links to the labs:KEEP READING
starts 18h30, on Thursday May 22 2014
First off, big hello to everyone who attended the DevArts evening at Google last month, we had a blast and hope you did as well.
Our next event will be taking place at a brand new, freshly renovated Notman House, next week. If you’re new to Android, you won’t want to miss it, because we’ll be onboarding new members with an Introduction to Android session.
We’ll be teaching the Android fundamentals, show you how to create your first Android project, compile it and run it.
You’ll learn about the Android application lifecycle, the different types of Android components (Activities, Intents, Services, etc.)
We ask attendees to prepare for the intro course by pre-installing the following:
If you need help with your installation, barring any work-emergencies, Etienne or other Android-Montreal volunteers will be on site starting at 17h00~17h30. Please plan ahead. 🙂
Thursday, April 10, 2014 @ 5:30 PM
1253 McGill College
“DevArt is a new type of art. It is made with code, by developers that push the possibilities of creativity and technology.”
And so, this Meetup will aim to give people tools to explore their creativity. If you’re an artist or a developer looking to explore new ways to express yourself, the following sessions will aim to empower you.
We invite you to visit and browse the main DevArts website, it’s a real treasure trove of information.KEEP READING
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For 2014, we’ve already had a few events (see previous year’s activity report).
We’re planning on holding our monthly meetups where we usually have one or two hours worth of presentations. Agendas vary based on speaker availability, etc.
We want to experiment with a Video-Podcast format we’d film during the meetups, very much at the “drawing board” stage at this point.
As far as the bigger events on the radar:
We’re hoping to hold another week-end long Android / Mobile themed hackathon in early Autumn, 2013’s DevFest week-end was a great event, we’d like to repeat and improve the experience for 2014.
Last but not least, we’ll be continuing outreach efforts, to do “Introduction to Android” / “Rapid prototyping” presenteations, as well as mentorship during various hackathons / startup weekend type events around the city.KEEP READING
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Here’s a recap of events we’ve held and been involved in for the past year.
I’ve added G+ / Eventbrite numbers where applicable, but do note our regular members tend double book eventbrite and g+, so you can’t simply add G+ and Eventbrite numbers to get attendance.
While I mention this, if anyone knows of a way to better integrate G+ events and Eventbrite, please let me know 🙂
(Low subscription numbers on G+/Eventbrite, still had ~18 people showing up)
Informal ‘Open mic night’
Our Jury’s choice award went to Avery Smith who presented his app HairPiq.
Hairpiq aims to bring barber posters into the mobile space. Users can take snaps of their favorite styles, Barbers can build portfolios of their best work. Throw social networking into the mix, and jury found the app’s potential very interesting.
Next, the public choice award went to RestoNet, by Jean Bagdoo.
Restonet acquires the City of Montreal’s public restaurant inspection data and displays it to the user in a set of 4 listview’s based on chronology, amount of fine, number of fines, and alphabetical order. Each listview row is clickable to display a detailed view of the offense, giving restaurant name, owner date , judgement date, fine, and more. (Soon to be available on the Play store.)
Our other presentations included:
ETS Mobile by the mobile apps development student club from ETS.
Gnito, an app that tries to bridge the gap between social networks and unify your online identity.
Map Marker, an app to help you simply drop markers at will on a Google map.
Wedding Guestbook, an app that allows guests at a wedding to record video messages for the happy couple.
You’ll find all the HackFair presentations on the following YouTube links:
Speaker: Etienne Caron
Presented as part of Montréal Startup-Weekend, our session will concentrate on Android development, but should be of interest for mobile developer in general. We’ll be reviewing some of our favorite tools for rapid development.
Thanks to Nurun who hosted us this month!