Mobile Tea #15: Tech Trill

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On Tuesday, March 21st starting at 6:00, the MobileTea #Boston community and the MassTLC Council ( present the 15th edition of MobileTea hosted at TripAdvisor’s Boston Office. This evening's event consists of knowledge and networking for anyone interested in innovative technologies, math, design, and empowering techniques for mobile development using Android, and Native Script.

Participation is “free as in beer” and consists of 4 interspersed talks with 2 networking sessions that include live DJ’d music and hors d'oeuvres.

Presentations will vary from 20 to 30 minutes and networking breaks will vary from 15 to 30 minutes. Be prepared for an informal atmosphere, great food and drink. Bring your passion for all things development and innovation, we look forward to meeting you!

Master of ceremony: KeyTar Bear (

Performing live: d'ella (

Mixologist: Chris Allen ( with drinks sponsored by Red5Pro (


Registrations open at 6:00 PM, the event starts at 6:45 PM.


Event Program:

Networking Session 1 - DJ Mix 1 - Food & Drink

Lightning Talk - Ten Steps to Creating a Business Plan [Stella Hu]

Fun With Penrose Tilings [Nancy Van Schooenderwoert @vanschoo (]

Penrose tilings are patterns that have a fascinating fractal quality. They are beautiful and have unique mathematical properties. But you can read or hear about that anyplace – we’re going do something different: we will have a brief intro to their amazing properties and then we’ll play a board game that will challenge your intuitive grasp of the penrose fractal universe!

(speech level: intermediate; duration: 25 minutes)

Security and UX: Making the Digital World Safer, One Experience at a Time [Gwen Betts @gwennasaurus (]
User experience is often a forgotten piece in the broader information security puzzle. Security is difficult, especially for the average user. Many users believe it’s already baked into the day-to-day software products they use; they don’t even think twice about it. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and sadly many products either ignore security measures or the measures that exist trade off the user’s experience for an added layer of security. In this session, we’ll cover how a design-driven approach to security products and measures can drive greater adoption and acceptance.
(speech level: intermediate; duration: 20 minutes)

Networking Session 3 - Solo Musician Show - Food & Drink

Empower Yourself: Lose These 5 Words [Deidre Diamond @DeidreDiamond (]
Deidre Diamond, Founder and CEO of the cyber security staffing firm CyberSN and non-profit #brainbabe, is an expert at using words to create empowering outcomes. This talk will teach you how to instantly improve your communication skills, allowing you to make and manage measurable agreements resulting in great relationships. This skill will transform our environments in tech, helping us attract and retain more women and diverse teams.
(speech level: intermediate; duration: 20 minutes)

Cooking with Jen! The delicious combo of NativeScript and Firebase [Jen Looper @jenlooper (]
In this talk, you'll learn how to use Firebase's realtime database to boost the performance of your NativeScript app. Let's build a quick-updating recipe app! We'll discuss how to best leverage this database solution, the merits of push notification strategies, and Firebase's Remote Config option that allows you to update your app's UI on the fly. Introducing the QuickNoms app, for cooks on-the-go.
(speech level: intermediate; duration: 20 minutes)

Rx multicasting in Android [Sassa Chaleva]
You did it. You Rx-ified your app and converted all your API calls to Rx. But now you want to do seemingly simple things likere-observing the same request and you find yourself in a whole new world with things like connectable observables, subjects, and fancy operators like share, replay, cache, etc.In this talk. we will go through all those concepts that can be use used for multicasting in RxJava and try to clarify their use cases. Some examples might be in an Android context, but everything refers to good old RxJava.
(speech level: intermediate; duration: 20 minutes)

Networking Session 3 - DJ Mix 3 - Food & Drink