So the MobileDevCamp 2011 (Helsinki) is over, and the taste it has left in the Android Aalto Community is sweeter than ever before. It has been an enriching and rewarding weekend, working together with enthusiasts around the Android ecosystem, and learning from each other in an excellent environment. There was a hacker’s corner run by Android Aalto, speakers from Rovio about the future of Angry Birds, presentations form Samsung about the future fragmentation of mobile micro-ecosystems and much, much more..
The MobileDevCamp is organized every year, and the main point is to bring speakers and run a competition of mobile applications on different platforms. This year, the Android Aalto Community was invited to coordinate the Android corner and award the Android mobile competition. The whole event started last Thursday, at the Aalto Venture Garage. We helped out guys trying to set their development environment up, as well as other members from the community such as Hannu and Marcos, to get their idea done for the competition.
The mobile app competition required the contestants to create either a journalism app or a communications-based app. Today was the big day, full of presentations, networking opportunities, free food at all times, fun and laughs. The sweetest thing was that Android Aalto ruled the whole hacker’s corner, which had hacker’s corner had two guys for WP7, two guys for Qt and more than 10 guys for Android, yahoo!
Hannu, Marcos and Donato (all active members of the community) were polishing their applications until the end of the day. The award: a Motorola Xoom tablet with Honeycomb for the winner. In the meantime, it was amazing to see how many people came just to check out on Android. We met people of the class of Manfred Bortenschlager, a department manager at Samsung Mobile, who was really interested in Android Aalto and gave an excellent presentation on the future of mobile micro-ecosystems and the natural fragmentation for market shares across phone manufacturers.
At the end of the day, Marcos and Donato where the heroes of the community, who won two awards: one for the Android competition and another one for the Qt competition. They had an excellent app on real-time journalism, that publishes information to the media and captures the interviewees opinion through voice recognition. Hannu had a great idea about using location- and radius-based micro-blogging, thus sharing anonymous messages on a given radius of a certain location. An excellent idea that could be taken further in order to create our first collaborative project in the coming hackathons
So, all in all, it has been, once again, a great event and an excellent opportunity to see how many people are interested in Android. Moreover, it is interesting to see how the Android Aalto Community is helping out everybody to make things happen in the Helsinki region and in Finland. We are looking forward to the coming events, which look even more promising and are not far away. So please stay tuned! A big thank to everybody that makes possible the Android Aalto Community to stay up and grow steadily!