Hello everyone, a new GDG Android meetup is upon us! As you might know, we’re starting up preparations for our DevFest 2013 event, taking place on September 21-22.
The DevFest will consists of CodeLabs where we hope to introduce people of all levels to key aspects of programming on Android. The actual content of the labs is yet to be determined, but the hope is to have something for every level, perhaps with the idea of showing people how to go from (simple) concept project all the way to the Play store.
The second part of the DevFest will be a HackFair, to take place Sunday PM. Think science fair, where participants expose their projects to the public, potentially with small prizes to be won. (Draws, popular vote, judges, etc.)
The interesting part about the HackFair is that we start the projects now, unlike the hackathon format, people are allowed and encouraged to work on their project in the months before the HackFair.
For the meetups leading to the event, we’ll be holding Hack Nights. For this first hack night, we’re asking people to bring a laptop, and get ready to do some coding. For this first hack night, the agenda is as follows:
All work and no play make for a dull evening, so our thanks to Mathieu Mea who will be demoing the OUYA, the new 100$ Android game console.
We’ll close the evening with a call for projects. You have a killer idea you’d like to build for the fair? You have 5 minutes (max) to pitch it to the group, then we’ll try to form teams to realize those ideas.
And just in time for Hack-Night, I’m very happy to announce that we’re being sponsored by none other than the makers of IntelliJ, JetBrains! We’ll be having a draw for 1 Free License of IntelliJ IDEA.
If you’re interested in volunteering or would like to sponsor the event, you can always find our latest contact information on our Google Plus Page.
Saturday Sept. 21
Sunday Sept. 22
Eventbrite for Wednesday’s meetup are live, hope to see you all there!
We have 2 subjects on the agenda this Wednesday
1 – Android Dongles
John Brohan, one of the founders of the original Android-Montreal, will be presenting the technology behind their Stay-in-Touch project this Wednesday:
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This is a presentation about “Android Dongles” which are small Android computers without a screen or battery, they use a television as a screen!
The presentation is more technical with an outline of the capabilities of these devices and then Stay-in-Touch as an example of an app that is well suited to these devices. Warning there are a few code samples, but it mostly relates to demonstrations or discussion of strategies for using these devices (mostly in this case without user input).
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2 – StartupWeekend.
StartupWeekend is taking place the week-end of the 11th and 12th of July.
We’ll be talking about and demoing good technologies and APIs to use at this type of event, and we might have a small surprise for people interested in participating. Also, if you’re interested in acting as a coach for the event, please come at Wednesday’s meetup and let us know.