Your Android mobile app training experience shouldn’t be limited to deep-dive Android tutorials and great app development classes. You also deserve some high-level inspiration and vision on the future of Android and mobile technology. At AnDevCon, we will present you with keynote speakers who will inspire and challenge you. Buckle your seat belts and prepare to be transported!
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 8:45 am – 9:45 am
Staying Ahead of the Pack: Creating Magic and Introducing Android 4.4
Reto Meier is the Android Developer Relations Tech Lead at Google. He is also an experienced software developer with more than 10 years of experience in GUI application architecture, design, and development. He's worked in various industries, including offshore oil and gas, before moving to London and into finance. Early in 2009, Reto became Google's Android developer advocate for Europe, and in 2011 moved to Google's head office in Mountain View to his current role.
Always interested in emerging technologies, Reto has been involved in Android since the initial release in 2007. In his spare time, he tinkers with a wide range of development platforms including Google's plethora of developer tools. Reto is also the author of "Professional Android 4 Application Development."
Thursday, Nov. 14, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Golden Age of Android
Since its 2007 unveiling, Android—along with the entire mobile development ecosystem—has matured into a powerful platform full of opportunity. Yet challenges still remain. The rapidly evolving Android market is far from standardized, and app development, on a platform that is truly reaching human scale, is often mired in complexity and compromise.
Fortunately for all of us, the future is bright. The community is rising to the challenge and building the next generation of engineering productivity tools and processes to ease app development for both novices and experts alike.
In this keynote, Jeff will draw on best practices from the Twitter Android team, and share their lessons learned in developing, deploying and scaling one of most-used apps available today. Looking more broadly, Jeff will dissect the usage patterns of top mobile apps and identify the common development trends that make them successful. From UI and usability to performance and speed, we'll uncover actionable advice for taking your project to the next level.
Jeff Seibert, Director of Engineering at Twitter, is an experienced serial-entrepreneur with a passion for deeply technical Internet software. Previously, Jeff was the CEO of Crashlytics, which he co-founded in 2011. Crashlytics, which was acquired by Twitter in January, delivered crash analysis tools for iOS and Android apps via an SDK that reached 300 million mobile devices worldwide.
In 2007, Jeff co-founded Increo and served as its COO and lead architect until its acquisition by Box in August of 2009. He subsequently oversaw the integration of Increo's document preview and annotation technologies into the company's cloud-based content platform.
Jeff gained experience at Apple in both marketing and engineering capacities and led Stanford University's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders seminar series as co-coordinator. He was selected as a Mayfield Fellow in 2007 and received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2008.
Thursday, Nov. 14, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
James Dreher is the Android Platform Subject Matter Expert at BlackBerry. His current mandate is to support the BlackBerry Runtime for Android apps, while assisting developers in porting and repackaging their existing Android applications to run on the BlackBerry 10 mobile computing platform. James has also supported enterprise development through his involvement with the BlackBerry Premier Support group, as well as the Corporate Developer Program.
Thursday, Nov. 14, 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm
The New Embedded Computing Paradigm: Powered by Mobile Processors and Android
The next generation of embedded computing demands next-generation technology. The latest mobile processors are designed to provide superior CPU, GPU and DSP performance, incredible energy efficiency, and rich multimedia capabilities. With the powers of mobile processors and Android combined, developers have the opportunity to build more intelligent, versatile and feature-rich embedded solutions.
In this talk, Leon will go over the advantages of using mobile processors for the next generation of embedded computing applications, drawing specific examples such as Robotics. The performance, power and feature criteria for many of these embedded computing applications are aligning with those for mobile hardware, including highly complex heterogeneous computation, Ultra HD video encoding and decoding, computer vision, sensor processing, power efficiency, and the wide array of connectivity and peer-to-peer options. You will walk away with ideas about how new technologies from the mobile space can be applied to problems in the embedded space, and learn about the technologies and tools available to tap into these new market opportunities.
Leon Farasati is a Staff Product Manager for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. He is responsible for Qualcomm Snapdragon development platforms, including Qualcomm Snapdragon MDP and Dragonboard.
Leon has more than 10 years of experience in various design engineering and product management roles in the computing industry. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he spent six years at NVIDIA Corporation, where he was most recently a senior product manager in charge of graphics processor platforms.
Leon holds a bachelor’s of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo in Canada and a Master’s Degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.