Droidcon Participants say: “I am here because… “

Bhargavi - I am here because I work for a phone company developing apps on Ice cream Sandwich and Android implementation in robotics.

Brij - I am here to meet new people and to get to know more of the Android community. I have a little start up in the same field of android development.

Ajay – I just finished Electronic Engineering. I expect to learn a little bit more about Android, since it is quite a big thing nowadays. Since my background is in Electronic Engineering, I am here to learn more about the technical side of things.

Das – I have switched to android a few months back. I am here to understand not just technical side but also the community. I was very excited after Kiran’s tweet about this possible conference and registered within the first few hours. I find it amazing that everyone here is in their late 20s or early 30s. I feel like I am the oldest person here. Banglore is the city of ‘IT coolies’. The enthusiasm amongst the audience is really amazing.

Srinath – I am to understand not only about technology but also about android development community. I also want to know what google really is thinking and what google’s roadmap is as far as Android is concerned. 

Teja – I am here to learn Android porting and services and also development for ice cream sandwich. That’s why I am here. I found some of the lectures very interesting.


Thejash – I am here to meet new people in the world of Android and to chill!

Vineeta – This is the first of such kind of Android meet ups in India, so I am really excited to be here. I wanted updates about what is happening with the Android. The topics in the conference so far have been very interesting.

Prabhakar – I am here because I want to start development on Android. I was very impressed by the use of multimedia and sensors in the mobile industry and how it can be used in the gaming development. The energy here is fantastic.




Posted by Francesca Recchia on November 19th, 2011

Schedule Cheat Sheet

All, while the Droidcon Schedule can be accessed here, we loved the printer friendly version our volunteers came up with so much, we thought we’d make it available via our blog. Copies of this are also available at the venue, but why not save a few trees?

Posted by Aravind Krishnaswamy on November 18th, 2011

And here is James Hugman Introducing how to Make Cross Platform Apps that Suck Less

Posted by Francesca Recchia on November 17th, 2011

Quick Tips for Speakers

Are you a speaker at Droidcon? Here’s a few tips that might be handy!

Know your audience
Here’s a few data points on the audience demographic based on job titles that might be useful for you to tune your presentations.

55%   Engineer/Developer
10%   Students
8%     Manager
3%     Founder/Co-Founder
4%     C-level (CEO, CTO)
3%     Architect
17%   Misc

Prep for Offline Demos
All speakers will be provided Wi-Fi access codes. However, invariably all conferences have their share of Wi-Fi and internet issues, and we’d recommend that you keep everything you need for your demo available offline just in case you run into issues. As you know, if things can go wrong, they will. So, dont leave things to chance.

Session Setup
Please arrive at your session room at least 30 minutes in advance to prep. This will also give you a feel for the space, how the audience interacts, and how you’d like to position yourself best. If you’d like to take a bit of a break and relax someplace ahead of your session, you are welcome to the Speaker’s Lounge in Room 2.

If you have any special needs for your demos – Macbook adaptors, additional cables or wiring, or any specialized setup, please plan on bringing them along so they are at your finger tips.

Timing is Everything
All sessions are allocated 45 minutes. That includes 30 minutes of talk, 5 of Q&A and 10 minutes for the audience to shuffle between rooms. Time is of essence, and you’d want to pace your session effectively. Let the volunteers in your room know if you’d like a 5 & 10 minute reminder so you dont run out of time for questions.

Help Abounds
Need help? Check in with the friendly volunteers or folks at the Speaker Lounge and they’ll be more than glad to assist. Just ask around for Soham Mondal or Aral Lobo if you dont find anyone immediately.

No pitches please, we’re geeks
This is a developer event. So, if you have a pitch about your company, your apps, or yourself, please leave it at the door. And no freebies either, unless you are a sponsor (who BTW have some awesome giveaways).

Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse!
If you have a demo, please take the time to rehearse at the Speaker’s Lounge to ensure all your bits are in place. The MLR Convention center has a firewall setup that may block access to some sites.

Posted by Aravind Krishnaswamy on November 17th, 2011

One more speaker introducing himself: Gaurav Kheterpal

Posted by Francesca Recchia on November 17th, 2011

Meet Diogo Ferreira, one of our key note speakers!

Posted by Francesca Recchia on November 16th, 2011

Sponsor: Spice Labs

The Droidcon India team is happy to welcome Spice Labs as the final community sponsor for 2011. From their website:

Spice Labs is a consumer and enterprise products company in the Mobile Internet and Solutions domain.

Specializing in development across a broad spectrum of platforms – BlackBerry, J2ME, Symbian, Windows Mobile and more; our growing portfolio today boasts of titles that provide easy access to information, enable learning and entertainment on mobile, mobility solutions for enterprises, and more.

We have partnerships with major Systems Integrators that implement and support our enterprise mobility solutions for customers globally; and with major operators, OEM manufacturers that enable us to distribute our products to a large cross-section of consumers and enterprises.

At Droidcon, Spice Labs is bringing specially made mugs for 180 lucky participants. Will you get one? Come to Droidcon and find out!

Posted by Kiran Jonnalagadda on November 16th, 2011

Sponsor: Streamzoo

The Droidcon India team is happy to welcome Streamzoo as a community sponsor for 2011.

Streamzoo is a Photo social game. It allows users to share snapshots of life and compete with people around the world. Streamzoo is developed by Phonezoo Communications, Inc., a Silicon Valley based company focused on creating world class mobile products. It enables users to connect with people all over the world, discover exciting content and organize mobile photos and videos into meaningful and interesting #streams. Also special filters, borders, and tilt shift effects can be added for photo enhancements. Streamzoo is available on the web at streamzoo.com and as a free application in the iTunes app store and Google Android marketplace.

The folks at Phonezoo say Streamzoo is a must have app for anybody looking to have some fun with their mobile photos and videos!

Posted by Kiran Jonnalagadda on November 16th, 2011

Droidcon Event Programme – Published!


We just published the Event Programme. Congrats to all the selected speakers! We’re super excited about your sessions and cant wait for Friday!

The Event Programme brings together the glitterati of the Android ecosystem for the first time ever in India. It’s a truly unique opportunity to listen to speakers from Google, CyanogenMod, Robosoft, Texas Instruments, Flurry and several others cover a range of topics catering to beginners, intermediate and advanced Android enthusiasts. In addition to the Keynote session on the vision for Android and a special dive into the newest features of the recently released Ice Cream Sandwich, Google is hosting a special 2-hour hands on Codelab on Honeycomb.

Whether you are a core hacker, UI developer, marketing wiz, gadget freak, enterprise consultant, game developer, or a total Android newbie, there’s something for you at Droidcon.

Our thanks to everyone who submitted session proposals via the HasGeek Funnel, and to all those who took the time out to vote for their preferred sessions. Almost all the submissions were very good, and the process of selection was incredibly difficult. Confirmed speakers get free tickets to the event. If your proposal wasn’t confirmed, please accept our regrets. We’d like to offer our appreciation by providing you an early bird ticket price. Look out for details via email.

Our special thanks to all the Program Committee members for their hard work over the last month reviewing the 80+ session proposals, collating both community and committee feedback, assisting the speakers with tuning their content, and drawing up the final schedule. Our thanks as well to all the volunteers who have put in time above and beyond to their day jobs working nights and weekends to help prep for the event.


Aravind Krishnaswamy
Program Chair, Droidcon

Posted by Aravind Krishnaswamy on November 15th, 2011

Droidcon India in support of Datri

Droidcon India is supporting Datri world in its campaign to find a compatible bone marrow donor for Amit Gupta.
You probably haven’t heard of him, but Amit is well-known techie and entrepreneur who has touched the lives of thousands of people. We’re hoping maybe you can touch his.He has leukemia. If he can’t find a marrow donor soon, he will die.  He is ethnically Indian, so his best genetic match will probably come from an Indian donor.

Because of the shortage of willing Indian donors in the marrow registry, his odds of finding a donor are about 1 in 20,000.  But this isn’t just about Amit, it’s about the entire Indian community which faces these odds when cancer or a fatal blood disease hits a family.  We need to improve the odds for every Indian here and around the world.

Droidcon India will host a booth at the venue where you can check if you are match: All you need to do is swab the inside of your mouth and submit it.

* It’s just like brushing your teeth.
* Most modern day donations occur via PBSC, a procedure similar to donating blood.  All you have to do is sit there.

Saving a life has never been so easy.

Time is REALLY short. He has until November 30.  Please help us save Amit’s life.


Posted by Francesca Recchia on November 15th, 2011