Build Businesses, Not Apps

The software world has been turned on its head and all the rules that were once taken for granted are now obsolete. Elia has developed new rules for modern mobile apps, learning from his 17 years of running an indie company and transitioning from the old to the new.

Elia Freedman is the founder and CEO of Infinity Softworks. During his 17 years running an indie mobile software company, Elia has navigated the transition from Newtons to PalmPilots to Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, iOS and Android. The rules of making money in mobile has changed drastically in the past five years, let alone the past 17.

Broken iPhone. Shattered Mobile Dreams

Elia's business is changing, too. In this presentation, "Build Businesses, Not Apps," Elia will share the thinking that has led to his own business transition, leaving you with plenty to think about in the New Year.

Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Intel's Android Tools and Community

Because Intel is a hardware company, people often miss the things Intel does on the software side and in particular open source software. Intel is one of the largest contributors to Linux. And it taking up a similar role when it comes to Android.

Not only have Intel worked with handset manufacturers to ship phones running on Intel metal and more recently beginning to manufacturer ARM chips as well, but they've been contributors to Android's open source software. They have a ton of tools that developers can use.

We're pleased and lucky to have Daniel Holmlund, an engineer working for Intel's Android developer relations, here in Portland to give us an overview of Android development and projects to which Intel contributes. They'll talk what developers need to be aware of when moving an application to an Intel Android devices, and the software tools that Intel creates to analyze and optimize Android applications.

In addition, Intel will be giving away t-shirts and you can enter a raffle to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. You must be present to win.

Editor's note: one of the best tricks we've learned for Android development is to use the Intel emulators because they run faster on our Macs than the ARM-based emulators do. We've found it worthwhile to pay attention to what Intel is up to on Android.

About Daniel Holmlund

Daniel Holmlund Daniel Holmlund has been a software developer for more than 14 years. During that time he’s worked on a variety of projects including p2p caching technologies, currency transaction servers and a software workflow for publishing e-books.

He joined Intel’s Developer Relations Division 3 years ago focusing on mobile software including HTML5 and Android. Before Intel, Daniel worked in France as a software developer at a non-profit focused on French and North African literacy.

 

Date: 
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Mobile Opportunities with Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a disruptive new digital currency that has garnered interest from speculators, investors, industry titans, and entrepreneurs. Since the famous purchase of pizza for 10,000 Bitcoins in 2010, it has grown to being accepted by companies such as Wordpress, OkCupid, Reddit, and Baidu.

This talk from Portland entrepreneur Rob Banagale introduces Bitcoin as a cryptocurrency, discusses its current use cases and fit for mobile in particular. It touches on how to get started integrating Bitcoin into your existing mobile or web application, and how to delve further into the cryptocurrency movement.

Date: 
Monday, October 28, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

When Responsive Web Design Meets the Real World

 Why are so many responsive web designs crap?

Over 90% of responsive web sites are bloated. These sites may look good on mobile devices, but few people will ever see them because they take to long to load.

While the core tenets of responsive web design are easy to understand, doing it well is much more difficult. Slapping a few media queries on your existing site isn't enough.

The solution is mobile first responsive web design.

Mobile first and responsive web design aren't simply two great tastes that go great together. No they represent much more than that. Mobile first responsive web design is the responsible way to build responsive design. It is the best way to build something that is both responsive from a layout AND a performance perspective.

Image of Boston Globe Responsive Design

But if mobile first is the right way to do responsive design, then why are so few people doing it? In this session, we'll dig into why mobile first responsive design matters and the five techniques necessary to make it work.

If your company is exploring responsive design of even if you're already building responsive designs, you won't want to miss this talk.

Date: 
Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Seeking New Members for the Board, Device Lab Update

Changes to device lab plans

A while ago we went through the process of becoming a non-profit in order to build a community device testing lab. Last fall, we decided to open up the device testing lab in a temporary location at the Cloud Four offices.

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