Android Maker Meeting Notes 8/11/09 @ RedTAP Laucnpad
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 8:44 PM
a quick couple of notes on the event. We had about 7 in attendance. There were a few new folks. We did intros, and each member talked about their project and interest in Android. Apparently some folks are really new to the platform, so we did spend a lot of time discussing the technology and the market. Clearly there is some interest in discussion as much as there is in hacking.
We did a demo of Android on OpenMoko FreeRunner (not exciting), and talked about the hardware I had, a beagleboard. Another theme that emerged was interest in a variety of application domains for Android, beyond mobile. There is interest in Netbooks (Sid), in low power headless gadgets, and in more traditional high performance devices for more CE type applications. We may need to spec more than one platform for the group.
We wrapped up with pulling of source (took awhile) using repo, and discussed Google's mission a bit. Everyone has an opinion on why Google is in this embedded OS game. ChromeOS came up, and we generally are confused by the offer (vapor at this point). Will ChromeOS + Netbook be like Palm's Foolio?
So proposed items for future action:
* Complete one round of hardware hackathon with at least three running platforms. (I still need to get a Beagleboard clone from this vendor in Spain). We need a solid block of time, no chit chat, and all proper cables and specs to get through this activity.
* Setup a project wiki. Several members (3) proposed to setup and maintain a wiki for the group, to be public.
* Bring in a Googler. One member is interested in bringing in a Googler from the Android project to handle specific questions. We'd want to get the right person to come by for a meetup, and maybe someone who is hands on. I think some of the folks would also like to have a biz talk about the market, so we can always request someone from that side as well. Building this relationship can be beneficial. Google recently agreed to sponsor the HackerDojo in Mountain view for the amount of $1K per month (or some amount like that). They don't normally do this stuff unless there is a clear reason to break their own rules.
* Collaborate on Hobby projects. Several members (4-5) would like to collaborate on some hobby projects, using an interdisciplinary approach to get the right skill sets to work through a project. We should add a space on the wiki for project proposals. Would be interesting to see if any corporate or non-profit interests can sponsor funds, equipment, or grant money to work on specific areas of research or project work.
* Collaborate on consulting projects. A handful of members (3) expressed interest in commercial engagements, and collaborating on money making consulting gigs. We should consider adding skills to our profiles on whatever project website we end up using for this group. I wouldn't mind seeing some more formalized effort around figuring out how to get interested members of Android Makers to put together an Android Makers consulting practice.
* Setup a project website. We probably need something in addition to Meetup.com as a home page. We can check with Sid on what he had in mind.
So let's discuss these iitems when Sid returns, to ensure the proposals are in alignment with the group's charter.