DevFest - Building Apps for Tablets and TVs

Details

Google is sponsoring our first annual GDG Seattle DevFest (http://www.devfest.info/) on Sept 29th and 30th. We're putting on a major event for up to 200 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs.

See our Online Schedule (https://docs.google.com/document/d/18KcHnxGkgXdOpDov6UTEJcGZpmWl9SwEbWoh77pLNf4/edit) for full event details.

The theme of this year's DevFest is building applications for new device form factors. Many developers are used to building for the web or for mobile clients - but there is not as much experience (esp. on the Android platform) designing for the new 7" tablets (like the awesome Nexus 7) or for the TV (Google TV platform).

We're going to focus on helping people get ramped up on developing for these new devices.

This is a hands-on two day event. We'll be providing breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. You bring your laptop and get ready to build!

Format

Tablet tracks: TV's, Mobile Web (HTML/JavaScript), Native Android (Java)

Sat 9-7p | Sun 9-5p

Our event features:

Pre-event mixer/party Fri 5:30-7:30p @MadronaVentures (https://twitter.com/madronaventures) Price: $20 (includes pre-party, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday). Talks and labs by expert designers for tablets and Google TV (second-screen scenarios) Hands-on tutorials to get you started building apps using App Engine, HTML and JavaScript tuned for these new devices. Loaner devices to test on: Nexus 7 x20, Google TVs x30. Win a Nexus 7 - one lucky winner will be drawn from the list of attendees. Packaging HTML apps using PhoneGap to provide a native experience (hybrid apps). Expert mentors to help you while you spend the weekend learning and building. UI stencils for Android Tablets x50 (designed by Seattle's @uistencils (https://twitter.com/UIStencils) for this event) An (optional) demo contest. Got a great idea to show off? We'll be awarding 2 Nexus 7 prizes c/o Seattle's @JawFishGames (https://twitter.com/JawfishGames) to teams that want to demo their weekend project and are ready to show off on Sunday afternoon. Bios

Kristan "Krispy" Uccello is a Developer Programs Engineer on Google TV. Krispy has been in the "biz" for almost two decades and has done everything from startups to enterprise development. In his spare time he likes to hack on game systems and micro controller while dabbling in robotics and writing. You can find him most days doing developer relations for Google TV and producing material to help educate developers.

Danielle Fillmore Storlie is a User Interface Designer at Deloitte Digital. "Dani" focuses on creative, mobile, and web. Helping deliver apps and websites that help transform today’s brick-and-mobile landscape, creating competitive advantage.

Andy Fitzgerald is a User Experience designer at Deloitte Digital. Andy's recent work focuses primarily on mobile, but he has spent the better part of a decade massaging truculent bits of information into difficult digital spaces. His passions in UX are for information architecture, user research, and content strategy.

Chris Wilson works on the Google Chrome project in the Google Seattle office as a Developer Advocate. Chris has been an advocate for the open web since he co-authored NCSA Mosaic for Windows, and strives to deserve the title of "the heretic."

Ryan Stewart is a Developer Evangelist at Adobe his focus is cross-platform Web and Mobile applications built using Flash and PhoneGap. Ryan is passionate about the future of Web Development and how companies in all kinds of industries can connect with their customers and create value.

Volunteers Needed (2 slots left)

We have 10 slots available for experienced developers (HTML/JavaScript, App Engine, or Android) to serve as mentors at our event. If you're available to volunteer, we'd love to have your help and will provide you with a free ticket. You must be available on Saturday and Sunday to offer help to individuals and teams working on tutorials or their own demo projects.

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