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Android Meetup Dec 2016

Rainy months getting you down? Come join us for a night of networking, food, and great talks by some fantastic local Android developers!

We've got a great line up this month. Mahram Foadi will be presenting some open source libraries from AirG. Slack's Simon Reggiani will give us a look into crash reporting with Firebase. Last, but certainly not least, Mike Worth from Slack will give us a presentation on notifications at Slack and how to build notifications on Android.

Our host this month is Hootsuite, located at 5 E 8th Ave, V5T 1R6.


6:30 - Networking with some food and refreshments 
7:00 - Introductions and News
7:15  - Speakers
8:30 - Wrap up and maybe some drinks nearby?

--------------- Speakers: -----------------------

Android Notifications - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love NotificationCompat.Builder!

This talk will discuss how notifications work at Slack and also give some instruction on how to build notifications on Android.

Mike Worth, Android Engineer at Slack

Mike's been working with Android since the early days of Donut. Originally doing radio interface layer work for the telephony team of a small Vancouver services company, Mike has since moved on to focusing on user facing Android apps.

Having lived through the dark days of non-standard OEM ListView implementations and pre-Holo theme disarray, Mike now finds himself serving as the Android push notification specialist at Slack. Through a mixture of the dark arts, trial and error and a dash of luck, he's come away with some knowledge about what works and what doesn't and is eager to share that information with the Android community at large!


Firebase Crash Reporting

A quick look at Firebase Crash Reporting

Simon Reggiani, Android Engineer at Slack

Simon started as a Java Enterprise back-end developer 10 years ago in France working on big industrial projects like a military satellite. He started playing around with Android 6 years ago with a little subtitles app, which has now been downloaded more than half a million times. Since then, he moved to Vancouver, and has been working as an Android developer for Eventbase, Texture, HitchPlanet and now Slack. He started to use Firebase Crash Reporting few months ago while rewriting his subtitles app.


YAGOSL: Yet Another Group of Open Source Libraries

airG Inc. has just open sourced some utility libraries aimed at reducing boilerplate and providing shortcut methods for common tasks.

Mahram Foadi, Android Engineer

Started as a test engineer at EA's Central tech group working on configuration management tools and core tech libraries. Then got laid off and had plenty of time on my hands. Android was new and interesting so I dabbled. While unemployed I made some contributions to Cyanogenmod while trying to learn more about the platform. About a year later I started at airG as an Android developer on Hookt. I've done a fair bit of android projects, I've taught Android dev privately, and have tried to share my experience with others. In my search for good open source libraries to use in my code I've encountered many that I've talked about, but now it's my turn to give back. I've cleaned up a good chunk of the code that I've shared between my projects here at airG and have open sourced them all on Github and bintray (JCenter).


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  • Martin S.

    How appropriate would it be to start a Slack group for Vancouver Android Developers? Anybody interested or is there one already existing?

    1 · 3 days ago

    • Martin S.

      Alright, I'm setting up a group so send me an email to get the invite (open invite)

      2 days ago

    • Steve

      Great idea, I'm definitely in!

      2 days ago

  • Mike K.

    Thanks again to everyone who showed up last night! If you have any suggestions for the meetup such as things you would like to learn about, or if you have an idea for a presentation, message me on meetup, or email me at [masked]

    2 · 3 days ago

    • Shayla S.

      Yes thank you for organizing! It was a great night. Met some awesome new people, which is always a treat.

      1 · 3 days ago

    • Martin S.

      That was an awesome meetup, thanks for organizing. I've already cloned airG just to look inside.

      3 · 3 days ago

  • Mahram F.

    The airG open source libraries source code can be found at

    To use the libraries in your projects:
    compile ''
    compile ''
    compile ''
    compile ''
    compile ''

    2 · 3 days ago


    Is there Recorded PDF files or Hyperlink of this Valuable Meet-up

    1 · 3 days ago

  • lisa-nguyen

    Shout out to the organizers and speakers for hosting such a great meetup! I'll be sure to order more sandwiches than salads for next time (Requests are more than welcome). Cheers.

    3 days ago

  • Yong Y

    friendly good talks, inspiring

    4 days ago

  • Chenmin Y.

    Hi guys, I'm new to Vancouver and would like to attend this meetup. What should I do to attend it, just show up at the meetup? Thanks ahead.

    November 23

    • Shayla S.

      RSVP using the button on the top right, then just show up!

      November 23

    • Chenmin Y.

      Thanks Shayla

      November 23

  • mike m.

    This is gold! Can't wait!

    November 22

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