Let's Build Something: Conference Calendar edition

I'm back from my travels and ready to make something cool. After going to a Rails conference in Pittsburgh, it dawned on my that there is no open source solution for conferences to quickly make a mobile app. Then I thought, why don't we create THE staple, open source conference app as a group!

I got the idea from Jonathan Penn's app that he made for Code Mash (https://github.com/jonathanpenn/icodemashschedule) so I talked to him about it and he loved the idea of collaboratively building the next version of the app.

I'd like to get together as a group and define what our requirements for the project are, break down the application into different technologies, then map out future meetings that focus on the topic (offline storage, architecting js apps, etc) and then we can start to work on implementing that part of the application.

I need to coordinate a bit to get a venue and time for this first event, but if you're interested go ahead and sign up. Feel free to leave your thoughts about the idea as well including the best way to pull it off as a group.

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  • Jo Sugiura

    There doesn't seem to be a way to upload photos or files, so here's a snap of Jon's sticky-note idea board : http://jsugiura.net/DSCN2042.jp...­

    September 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    September 13, 2012

  • Brian Plauger

    Had a great time brainstorming. Let's hope we can continue this progress!

    September 13, 2012

  • Steve Felix

    Looks like a great RSVP list and a good project, wish I could be there. I'll put my 2 cents in here, playing client. When Akron Film+Pixel was considering an app we were looking to have areas for guest bios, film/game descriptions with links to ticket sales, the schedule, a future event calendar, videos (film trailers), maps to venues, ad space, and collected tagged photos. And lots of custom styling!

    It would have been designed to be useful for ongoing events throughout the year.

    September 12, 2012

    • Jonathan Knapp

      thanks for the info Steve! I'll try to loop the info back into the meetup forum for people who couldn't attend to voice their feedback

      September 12, 2012

  • Lindsey Campbell

    I will try my best to make it! I'd love to help, so I'll see how my scheduling goes. :)

    September 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about The Ohio Building?
    http://www.downtownakron.com/bu...­

    September 4, 2012

    • Jonathan Knapp

      Room is $275 to rent and we need to pay for someone to be there the entire time at $25/hr. Probably not the best choice.

      September 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      oh, yikes. Do you know who you talked to?

      September 6, 2012

  • John

    I think this sounds great. I'm definitely down.

    September 1, 2012

  • Daniel Mahon

    I might be interested in contributing to a project like this. I have experience with Design, HTML5, jQuery, Javascript, Node.js and Titanium (Appcelerator) Mobile Apps. Would be nice to meet some other nerds around here. Only request is that there be good beer readily available.

    August 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't really commit to a project at this point. Plus I haven't been very involved in the group anyhow!

    August 31, 2012

  • Joseph Erickson

    I'm interested in coming out to this. I do front-end and back-end programming, so should be able to help out wherever needed.

    August 31, 2012

  • TJ Bowman

    I'm definitely interested in coming out to this, but I don't have a lot of experience. I hope that it wouldn't be a problem for me to come out and at least sit in on the meet?

    August 31, 2012

    • Jonathan Knapp

      Not at all! My hope was to turn this into a multi-meetup project so we could tackle one area of app development at a time as a group.

      August 31, 2012

    • TJ Bowman

      Great! Count me in then.

      August 31, 2012

  • Brian Plauger

    Looking forward to helping to build something cool, hopefully I can lend some design help as well as learn more about the developer side.

    August 31, 2012

    • Jonathan Knapp

      We definitely need some design help! We'll be creating a project template that can look good out of the box. Also, we should make a single page description of the project and show it off so we can get some public attention/use.

      August 31, 2012

  • Jonathan Knapp

    Here are a few other projects for conference scheduling apps:

    https://github.com/bruntonspall/...­

    https://github.com/thauber/djang...­

    https://github.com/paultannenbau...­

    August 23, 2012

  • Jonathan Knapp

    FYI, here's the website that is running Penn's project: http://icodemash.com/app.html­

    August 23, 2012

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