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Talk night #7: Prototyping & Rapid Application Development

It takes a lot of time and resources to build a mobile app - more than most people (especially clients!) imagine. It therefore makes a lot of sense to validate your idea quickly, with real users, to gain valuable feedback sooner rather than later.

Mobile prototyping is a very effective way of doing this. In this talk, we will explore mobile prototyping in more detail - what it is, why it is useful, and the processes you can follow to build a prototype.

We have a panel of 4 speakers who will spend 10-15 mins discussing their own experiences with prototyping, with a little time at the end for Q&A.

 

Speakers:

Kathryn Hegarty: Prototyping for portable devices and mobile users: talking about the techniques and considerations for testing apps and mobile websites with users, in terms of functionality and interaction design

Richard Loxley: How he used 'old-school pen-and-paper storyboarding combined with YouTube videos' to prototype his iOS app, Scuba Scavenger.

Gavin Davies: Discusses how he and his team prototyped and built a furniture surveying app using 'Cordova, Symfony2, a mish-mash of Agile techniques and some hand-hacked tools'.

Mike Rhodes: Discusses his experiences 'not doing any prototyping but still doing okay'.

 

Afterwards we'll tootle off to the pub to argue / discuss in more detail.

Thanks to Cloudant for hosting us! They have kindly arranged for free pizza and beer, along with a great location - less than 1 minute away from the fountains in the centre of town.

Please arrive promptly for a 7pm start - pizza will be delivered for then... hope to see you all there!

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  • Gavin D.

    Expanding upon the talk I gave last night, I've written up some of my thoughts on prototyping http://gavd.co.uk/2013/08/thoughts-on-prototyping/ - this is a bit more generic than the story I told last night. I hope you find it useful and/or interesting!

    1 · August 1, 2013

    • Gavin D.

      No problem Clair! Obviously, it's missing the breakdancing I did in the middle and the juggling, but otherwise it's a fair representation of the content ;-)

      1 · August 2, 2013

  • Steve P.

    Yes, useful and interesting talks. Thanks for organising.

    August 1, 2013

  • Gavin D.

    Really enjoyed it - good talks and met some lovely folks

    August 1, 2013

  • Sarah C.

    Really interesting talks last night and good to hear what others in the industry do. As Neil pointed out, I was very impressed with the quality of the speakers. Thank you!

    August 1, 2013

  • Andy B.

    Yeah, thanks to all for organising. Another good meetup and some really useful advice on prototyping.

    August 1, 2013

  • Tim W.

    Thanks to all the speakers tonight, really good talks all round. And of course, a big thankyou to our hosts Will, Mike and Cloudant :)

    July 31, 2013

  • Neil B.

    Really impressed with the quality of the speakers

    July 31, 2013

  • Karl N.

    Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to make this one either. Scott/Tom will send you guys an email.

    July 31, 2013

  • Scott E.

    Apologies, my wife is stuck in Salisbury I have to head home.

    July 31, 2013

  • Thomas F.

    Sorry, can't make this now. :(

    July 31, 2013

  • Gavin D.

    Looking forward to it :-)

    July 30, 2013

  • Ana

    Sounds really interesting for my first time in this group :)

    July 30, 2013

  • Tim W.

    Sounds like a really nice set of talks. Looking forward to it!

    July 29, 2013

  • Andy B.

    sounds like another cool topic. count me in!

    July 26, 2013

  • Daniel G.

    Apologies, something has come up on that evening. Sorry to miss it, sounds like its going to be an interesting night!

    July 23, 2013

  • Nathan W.

    I hope the map link isn't accurate :)

    July 17, 2013

  • Ashley G.

    Hack days and game jams galore.

    July 5, 2013

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