Summary of the Inaugural Meetup

From: Benn
Sent on: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:43 PM
Hello everyone!

I'd like to thank the 60+ people who signed up - we had a couple late-comers appear to round out the numbers. Everyone had a good time, there was enough pizza, and none of the electronics exploded. I think that counts as a success!

Alberto started off with some great new shots and demos of his lockscreen, GOTO. I don't know how many of you have seen this previously, but it was strong proof that a good graphic artist is an incredibly valuable investment. He also covered some interesting lessons learned and useful techniques for maintaining compatibility across the entire range of OS versions. I (or he) will be posting a link to his slide deck on the forum under this subject once he puts them up, so be sure to check back later.

I'd like to give him an extra special thanks for being the first presenter :) It's always difficult starting off, and he did fabulously!

Following him was the MiKandi crew, who mysteriously left their developers behind when they came to the developer meetup ;) Regardless, they covered some of the difficulties facing people on the other side of the marketplace - growing marketshare in a niche demographic is not trivial, and soliciting for quality content always a challenge.

Trailing out the night - and he has my thanks for that! - was Dusty, who demonstrated the new AIR runtime that Adobe has released in early limited beta. I, for one, was quite impressed with how smooth the framerate was: this shows that Adobe has been doing some serious work optimizing for the embedded platform! I definitely recommend people interested in Flex in general to talk to him - I believed he mentioned a Flex meetup group? Perhaps he will post a link to the forums, later.

I'd also like to thank all the people who filled out the speaker review forms. These are INVALUABLE for both the speakers own improvement, and for me in planning and cultivating the right content for each of you. Those of you who filled out the forms will have the greatest say in what happens in future meetups. In the quick pass I've done, the response has been overwhelmingly positive, and I've seen several comments asking for even more technical talks. Rest assured, your comments will be forwarded - privately - to the presenters only, and future presenters will benefit from your comments.

Finally, thanks to Mathias for helping me clean up, and John for helping with the chair stacking, and of course F5 Networks (we're hiring!) for sponsoring this meetup, providing the pizza, the venue, and David Coates to do the AV. Thanks guys!

Next Month! Same Droid-time! Same Droid-channel! We have Adobe, App Inventor, and a slightly different format (several people - including those who voted with their feet - requested 2 instead of 3 presenters, so we'll go with that!).

Cheers, and see you then!
--Benn

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