Past Meetup

Google Android Birthday Party

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The first Android-powered phone was sold in October 2008.

The HTC Dream (also known as the T-Mobile G1) is an Android smartphone developed by HTC. Released in October 2008, the Dream was the first commercially released device to use the Linux-based Android operating system, which was purchased and further developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance.

At this meetup hosted by Morningstar we will need to provide building security with a list of the names of everyone attending. When registering please use your full name. You may be asked to present ID by building security when entering the building.

Space is limited so please only register if you plan on attending.

For questions or more information about the meetup contact Todor Krecu at tkrecu(@)


Joe Born, Sonr Labs, Inc

Joe Born is a long time consumer electronics inventor, having brought over $300M worth of consumer electronics products to retail from the SkipDr to a host of open source hardware projects under the Neuros Brand. For the last two years, he's been focused on bringing a line of Android peripherals to market, focusing on the alarm dock and speaker dock categories and developing their own "made for Android" program along the way.

Hale Devices is a Chicago-based start-up that aims to shake up Android accessories. Hale has a tight focus on consumers and real-world problems. We make products that simply make smartphones better. We've been in the market for over a year with an Android dock and just launched an advanced android alarm dock in October.

Dave Turner, Waitbot

Dave Turner is a co-founder and current CEO of Waitbot. Prior to founding Waitbot, Dave spent eight years developing big data products for the financial industry and consulting for social enterprises. Part coder part businessman by trade, Dave is a social entrepreneur with a passion for using technology to solve big problems. Dave has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering as well as an MBA and Master in Public Policy. Fun fact: Dave is also a stand up comedian and has opened for Dave Chapelle!

Waitbot is a city guide designed to save you time. To this end, we provide wait time estimates for painful lines like popular restaurants, emergency rooms, public transit and airport security using a variety of cutting edge estimation techniques. In September 2013 we launched our Android & iOS mobile apps for Chicago, and plan to expand to New York, San Fransisco and London by years end. Ultimately, we believe Waitbot can become the go-to city guide for busy people. Think Waze for lines.

Paul Turchenko, Forte Knowledge

Paul is a mastermind, forward thinking android expert. He is constantly ahead of the educational curve, and a serial mentor.
Paul will cover how to get started with learning android and how android has changed over the past years - Considerations to android application design.

Martin O'ShieldWindyCitySDR

Martin will demonstrate Software Defined Radio on Android Devices

On September 11, 2013 WindyCitySDR commenced manufacturing Wideband Software Defined Radio MIMO devices within the Chicagoland area. Martin has been demonstrating a Prototype Software Defined Radio Device that covers all the Industries Motorola once dominated.

At this event we will be collecting old mobile phones that will be recycled by FreeGeek Chicago

FreeGeek Chicago is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community organization that recycles used computers and parts to provide functional computers, education and job skills training in exchange for community service.

All mobile phones and devices collected will benefit FreeGeek Chicago’s training programs. These include mobile device repair training, online sales training, and possibly a “What’s in your cell phone” workshop. In addition, items that are refurbished will be resold to generate revenue for FreeGeek Chicago, or will be given away through our Volunteer Rewards program. All devices will first have their storage media wiped or physically destroyed, and then will be refurbished or responsibly recycled.