This heading doesn’t even come close to the amazing day we had at Android Aalto last Saturday. An event combining professional speakers, hacking space, outdoors games, lots of networking, prizes and much more.
The session was opened by Vili Törmänen, who gave a deep talk about Near-Field Communication (NFC), which is coming very strong from Google and its latest product Google Wallet. The presentation included both theory and working examples about NFC peer-to-peer communication, with code and even live demo with two NFC phones transferring data to one another. Elias Pietilä, from Qvik, gave a very entertaining speech about user experience in general and how it applies to the mobile software and the special aspects of Android mobile experience.
After the keynotes, some people decided to play the find Droid game we prepared: A funny challenge where different teams had to find hidden QR-codes and NFC tags around the Venture Garage and the surrounding area to get new hints and clues in order to complete the game. The teams were amazingly fast and finished the challenge quite ahead of the expected time.
For those who preferred to learn Android, there was a huge hacking space with more than 50 hackers. We divided the group in those who wanted to start from scratch and some of them who wanted to work on already existing applications (e.g. Droidkino).
The result: more than 10 HelloWord apps created in less than an hour, plenty of people installed the SDK and were reading official documentation from Google, a movie rating feature implemented for Droidkino (fetching ratings from Imdb), and a nice surprise: many girls getting their hands dirty with Android code and creating a second app after their first HelloWorld.
At the end of the evening, there were some small presents to those people who really kicked ass during the event: winners of the game, most passionate game team, almost every girl coding, the guys who implemented the movie rating feature and much more.
So far so good, we thank everybody who attended yesterday’s event and we are already working on the next event to bring many more interesting things to the community and help you learn faster on Android and also have much more fun than ever before. Thank you for a great day folks!
By the way, since the community is actually you guys that come to our events, we would really like to hear all the complaints and feedback to make the events much better. So please take 2 minutes and give us some feedback at AndroidAalto.org/survey.
Videos of the Android Keynote