Wednesday, 12 October 2011
I had not been to one of these events before and I was pleasantly surprised.
The 'bar camp' is a great idea. Those who wanted to talk about something stood up at the start of the session and pitched for it. Then the rest of the first day was broken out into three tracks for the sessions that were voted in. In fact I think all the talks were voted in.
It produced a big range of talks, and yes many of them were promotional (including mine), but there were also some good technical discussions. This included a good talk about using Aspectj to weave Google Analytics code into an Android app without filling the codebase full of fluff. I would love to be able to tell you who gave the talk, but I cannot find the Barcamp speakers list on the conference website anywhere.
This event was full of consumer app developers, working on shiny devices. Where do we find our target audience of 'rugged-handheld-computer' users who are stuck with Windows Mobile 6.5 but see an escape route through Android?
They must be out there somewhere. Or, maybe they are not, and we just need to make Meme IDE more consumer oriented.
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