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  • Seattle, WA •
  •   Aug 15-17, 2013 •
  •   8 AM - 5 PM
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Workshops AUG 15

Designing for Touch

  • 9 am
  • 3 hrs
  • Location: Cove Room
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Touchscreens are everywhere now, even the desktop, and this workshop tells you what you need to know to make the most of them. Fingers and thumbs turn desktop design conventions on their head, with the ergonomics of handheld devices demanding entirely new design patterns for both web and apps. Handheld touchscreen design introduces ergonomic concerns that are new to many digital designers; it’s no longer just how your pixels look but also how they feel. At the same time, touch gestures have the opportunity to sweep away away buttons, menus and windows from mobile devices, but gesture design takes care and education. Find out how to do it the right way. This workshop takes a hands-on approach (*ducks*) to touchscreen design with practical guidelines, rich examples, exercises, and a bunch of new rules that bust the "settled" conventions of the desktop.

You'll learn:

    • • Layout and sizing guidelines for touchscreens on phones and tablets and desktop, too.
    • • Emerging gesture conventions and design patterns for both apps and web
    • • How to make gestures discoverable by educating users with contextual cues
    • • Techniques for making touch interactions fast and efficient
    • • How to cope with the reduced real estate left in the wake of giant touch targets
    • • When the best touch UI is no touch at all; how to use sensors to speed or replace touch input
    • • Opportunities to push frontiers with entirely new interactions through touch

Josh
Clark

Principal
Global Moxie

Josh Clark is a designer specializing in mobile design, strategy, and user experience. He's author of "Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps" (O'Reilly, 2010) and "Best iPhone Apps" (O'Reilly, 2009). Josh's agency Global Moxie offers design services, strategic consulting, and training to help creative organizations build tapworthy mobile apps and responsive websites. His clients include AOL, Time Inc, eBay, and many others.

Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a management consultant at Monitor Group in Cambridge, Mass, and before that, a producer of national PBS programs at Boston's WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular "Couch-to-5K" (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)

Hands-on with Sencha Touch

  • 9 am
  • 1 hr 30m
  • Marina Room
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Building mobile web apps is surprisingly easy with Sencha Touch and Sencha Architect. In this hands-on workshop, I'll show you how to quickly and visually build a mobile app that works on iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile device. You'll leave this workshop armed with the knowledge of how to leverage what's arguably the most popular mobile web app framework today, HTML 5, and how to write an app that runs on the broadest range of mobile devices.

Steve
Drucker

Founder / President
Fig Leaf Software

Steve Drucker founded his technology services and training company, Fig Leaf Software, in 1992. He is an Adobe and Sencha certified instructor as well as an Appcelerator Titanium certified developer. Steve wrote the official Fast Track to Sencha Touch instructor-led coursebook for Sencha, Inc, as well as a dozen other textbooks related to web technology. He's developed published several apps for customers on iTunes and Google Play and is currently developing a large tablet-based app for a FORTUNE 1000 medical testing firm.

Lickety-split HTML 5 apps
with jQuery Mobile and Node.js

  • 9 am
  • 1 hr 30m
  • Room: Sound Room
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Building mobile web apps is surprisingly easy with jQuery Mobile. Combine jQuery Mobile's simplicity with Node's rapid development platform and you have yourself a recipe for immediate satisfaction. In this hands-on workshop, I'll show you how to build a jQuery Mobile app using Node.js that works on a variety of mobile devices. We'll go over the pros and cons of jQuery Mobile and HTML 5 in general and I'll present alternative options. You'll leave this workshop armed with the knowledge of how to leverage what's arguably the most popular mobile web app framework today, HTML 5, and the web to build single code base apps that run across a wide variety of devices.

Andrew
Glover

CTO
App47, Inc

Andrew Glover is a developer, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Andrew founded Vanward Technologies in 2001 where he served as CTO and then CEO. Vanward was acquired by JNetDirect in 2005 and was re-branded as Stelligent in 2006, where he served as President. In 2008, Andrew founded Beacon50 where he served as Managing Partner. He is currently the CTO of App47.

Andrew is also the founder of the 2009 Jolt award winning easyb Behavior-Driven Development framework and am the co-author of a number of books including 2008's Jolt award winning Continuous Integration, Groovy in Action, and Java Testing Patterns. He regularly writes about software development and the software industry at thediscoblog.com and he speaks to a variety of audiences at various conferences around the globe on such topics as Mobile Development, Cloud Computing, and Agile Software Development.

Developing Arcade Games for Tablets with HTML5

  • 11 am
  • 1 hr
  • Marina Room
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During this session you'll learn several tips, tricks, and traps for developing cross-device compatible html5-based games for mobile devices. We'll discuss how to wring the most performance out of your mobile browser, overcoming the limitations of HTML5 audio, techniques for animating canvas-based sprites, advanced theming, the mathematics of games, and more!

Steve
Drucker

Founder / President
Fig Leaf Software

Steve Drucker founded his technology services and training company, Fig Leaf Software, in 1992. He is an Adobe and Sencha certified instructor as well as an Appcelerator Titanium certified developer. Steve wrote the official Fast Track to Sencha Touch instructor-led coursebook for Sencha, Inc, as well as a dozen other textbooks related to web technology. He's developed published several apps for customers on iTunes and Google Play and is currently developing a large tablet-based app for a FORTUNE 1000 medical testing firm.

3-2-1 Android!

  • 11 am
  • 1 hr
  • Sound Room
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Wanna build a native Android app, but aren't sure where to begin? No problem, I've got you covered! In this workshop, I'll get you up and running with a simple Android app and in the process you'll learn the basics of Android development. You'll learn how to define views and the activities behind them, how to implement gestures, icons, menus and more! You'll leave the session with enough Android development experience that'll enable you to create the next killer app!

Andrew
Glover

CTO
App47, Inc

Andrew Glover is a developer, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Andrew founded Vanward Technologies in 2001 where he served as CTO and then CEO. Vanward was acquired by JNetDirect in 2005 and was re-branded as Stelligent in 2006, where he served as President. In 2008, Andrew founded Beacon50 where he served as Managing Partner. He is currently the CTO of App47.

Andrew is also the founder of the 2009 Jolt award winning easyb Behavior-Driven Development framework and am the co-author of a number of books including 2008's Jolt award winning Continuous Integration, Groovy in Action, and Java Testing Patterns. He regularly writes about software development and the software industry at thediscoblog.com and he speaks to a variety of audiences at various conferences around the globe on such topics as Mobile Development, Cloud Computing, and Agile Software Development.

A Native App using HTML/JavaScript?

  • 10 am
  • 55m
  • Cove Room
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    • • Amazon Android App ecosystem
    • • Amazon Appstore Programs and Promotions
    • • Amazon Mobile SDK and APIs
    • • Amazon Kindle Fire device compatibility
    • • Kindle Fire Optimization and Testing

Mike
Hines

Technical Evangelist, Amazon Appstore for Android
Amazon

Mike Hines was educated in computer engineering and mathematics, gathered disparate industry experience in education, aerospace manufacturing, and insurance. With just enough and not nearly enough education and experience, he finally joined Microsoft with the goal of informing and inspiring other software developers to write code and write it right. Jeremy is the author of CSS for Windows 8 App Development. When he is not working, he is likely spending time with his wife and son, hiking and camping, sailing, scuba diving, or working on house projects. Find Jeremy online at @codefoster and codefoster.com.

A Native App using HTML/JavaScript?

  • 11 am
  • 55m
  • Cove Room
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Learn how you can use HTML and JavaScript to write a native app for hundreds of millions of devices running Windows RT and Windows 8. Come in knowing at least a little bit of the web platform languages and come out a full-fledged platform developer.

Jeremy
Foster

Developer Platform Evangelist
Microsoft

Jeremy Foster was educated in computer engineering and mathematics, gathered disparate industry experience in education, aerospace manufacturing, and insurance. With just enough and not nearly enough education and experience, he finally joined Microsoft with the goal of informing and inspiring other software developers to write code and write it right. Jeremy is the author of CSS for Windows 8 App Development. When he is not working, he is likely spending time with his wife and son, hiking and camping, sailing, scuba diving, or working on house projects. Find Jeremy online at @codefoster and codefoster.com.

Content Strategy for Mobile & Beyond

  • 1 pm
  • 3 hrs
  • Cove Room
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Mobile is our immediate challenge, but it’s just the beginning of an even bigger content shakeup. From tablets and smartphones to connected cars, TVs, and a billion coming devices, there's no shortage of ways users can—and will—access your content. But we can barely keep up with maintaining the websites we have. We can't possibly make new content for all these devices, too. Instead, we need content that does more: content that's ready for the needs of today's tablets, and flexible enough for the displays of tomorrow. The good news is, regardless of your role—content strategist, marketer, editor, designer, or developer—you can start looking beyond one-off solutions and make all your content ready for mobile and beyond. In this workshop, you'll learn to:

    • • Analyze existing content and understand what it needs to be ready for tablets and other devices
    • • Consider how content could be prioritized, layered, and presented on various screen sizes
    • • Rewrite copy to be modular, reusable, and ready for even the smallest screens

Sara
Wachter-Boettcher

Content Strategy Consultant

Sara Wachter-Boettcher is an independent content strategist, writer, and editor. She’s lived in both the Arizona desert and Pennsylvania Dutch country, but she’s still an Oregonian at heart. When she’s not fretting over where her husband’s academic career will make her move next, she’s helping clients design systems for flexible, adaptable, future-friendly content.

She’s the author of Content Everywhere, out now from Rosenfeld Media; the editor in chief of A List Apart, a magazine about web content, culture, and code; and a speaker at web conferences worldwide.

Social From the Sofa: Architecting a Mobile-First #SocialMedia Strategy

  • 1 pm
  • 1 hr
  • Marina Room
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As a mobile first, and mostly mobile, business Zillow understands the importance of connecting with community members --- on their own terms. More than 55% of Zillow’s traffic now comes from a mobile device; on weekends it’s 65%! This mobile obsession extends from app development, to site design, to the heartbeat of the company’s social media strategy. Join Zillow Marketing Manager, Whitney Curry, to learn how’s Zillow’s sensitivities to the mobile user experience has impacted the DNA of the social media and promotions strategy at Zillow.

Whitney
Curry

Social Media
Zillow

Whitney Curry is the Marketing Manager at Zillow. In this role, Whitney is responsible for all social media marketing and cross-channel brand promotions. Before taking this role, Whitney spent four years on Zillow’s in-house public relations team.

Whitney graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications and has served on the board of directors for the YWCA of King County since 2007.

Data in the cloud

  • 1 pm
  • 1 hr
  • Sound Room
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The cloud supports a vibrant "database as service" ecosystem, with myriad options ranging from traditional RDMBSs to various NoSQL implementations. These services make it easy, affordable, and quick to build legitimate data driven applications that are capable of rapid scalability without deep operational expertise.

In this hands-on workshop, we will go over the options available for leveraging a number of NoSQL data stores including MongoDB, Redis, and Amazon's DynamoDB. Whats more, we'll also look at more traditional relational database options available to you in the cloud. You will learn how to work with these datastores, the pros and cons of each datastore type, and what service providers are available to you. With this knowledge, you'll be armed with the information needed to build the next killer app!

Andrew
Glover

CTO
App47, Inc

Andrew Glover is a developer, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Andrew founded Vanward Technologies in 2001 where he served as CTO and then CEO. Vanward was acquired by JNetDirect in 2005 and was re-branded as Stelligent in 2006, where he served as President. In 2008, Andrew founded Beacon50 where he served as Managing Partner. He is currently the CTO of App47.

Andrew is also the founder of the 2009 Jolt award winning easyb Behavior-Driven Development framework and am the co-author of a number of books including 2008's Jolt award winning Continuous Integration, Groovy in Action, and Java Testing Patterns. He regularly writes about software development and the software industry at thediscoblog.com and he speaks to a variety of audiences at various conferences around the globe on such topics as Mobile Development, Cloud Computing, and Agile Software Development.

CSS for clean and fast apps

  • 1:00 pm
  • 30m
  • Pacific Boardroom
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Discover Topcoat, Adobe's open source CSS library for apps built with web standards. You will get an intro to the design goals and features of Topcoat from its modern look and feel to custom builds and theming. We will then use Topcoat to build the UI of a simple app and deploy it to a tablet using PhoneGap.

Sylvain
Galineau

Senior Computer Scientist
Adobe

Sylvain Galineau works on standards in Adobe's web engine team. He previously worked on all things CSS in Internet Explorer and likes to dig into all corners of the web platform. He lives in Seattle.

Coming soon to your apps:
the future of responsive digital layout

  • 1:30 pm
  • 30m
  • Pacific Boardroom
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Discover the leading-edge layout features coming to web browsers on all devices. Explore CSS Regions, Exclusions, Filters and what they bring to mobile and tablet apps.

Sylvain
Galineau

Senior Computer Scientist
Adobe

Sylvain Galineau works on standards in Adobe's web engine team. He previously worked on all things CSS in Internet Explorer and likes to dig into all corners of the web platform. He lives in Seattle.

Building Great E-Commerce Tablet Experiences
With Agile Usability Methodologies

  • 2 pm
  • 55m
  • Sound Room
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As we continue to move into a device-centric World, it's never been more important to build an amazing tablet experience. E-Commerce sites must be especially cognizant of their tablet presence's usability. E-commerce professionals must continually stay on top of their signup processes, checkout processes and content presentation to ensure that their target customers remain engaged. Poor usability could equal thousands, if not millions of dollars in lost revenue. Kyle Henderson, Co-Founder and CEO of YouEye, will run down a few ways E-commerce companies can build valuable tablet experiences. He'll dig into a case study, and outline actionable usability tips that tablet-minded professionals can take away and apply to their own tablet-based apps and websites.

Kyle
Henderson

Co-Founder and CEO
YouEye

Kyle believes user experience is the key differentiator between digital products. He is on a mission to revolutionize the ways we understand, design, and deliver beautiful experiences to every user.

The benefits and pains of conducting user research and acceptance testing in dynamic, high speed environments led Kyle to cofound YouEye. He felt there could be a better, faster, and more affordable way to involve audiences in product development, and confirm his team developed impactful solutions.

Before YouEye, Kyle was a veteran product manager, engineer, and designer. He accrued experience at six web startups, as well NAVTEQ and NOKIA. In these roles Kyle learned to be a resourceful and creative personality impassioned by multi-disciplinary challenges. Any struggle that forces him to investigate and learn is his creative fuel.

Up and running with Heroku

  • 2 pm
  • 1 hr
  • Sound Room
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Heroku recently announced that 50% of all incoming web requests to their platform originate from a mobile app. And while Heroku will not publicly announce the number of applications hosted on their platform, without a doubt there are hundreds of thousands. Clearly, Heroku is hub for mobile backends and anyone who's familiar with the platform isn't surprised. Application deployment on Heroku couldn't be easier; moreover, while its roots are firmly established in the Ruby community, Heroku supports a plethora of other language platforms like Node.js, Java, Python, and more. In this hands-on workshop, I'll show you how to get started with Heroku and I'll teach you everything you need to know for managing, monitoring, and supporting your Heroku app. You'll leave this session with a firm grasp of Git, the Heroku platform, Heroku's add-ons, and I'll go over some alternative options.

Andrew
Glover

CTO
App47, Inc

Andrew Glover is a developer, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Andrew founded Vanward Technologies in 2001 where he served as CTO and then CEO. Vanward was acquired by JNetDirect in 2005 and was re-branded as Stelligent in 2006, where he served as President. In 2008, Andrew founded Beacon50 where he served as Managing Partner. He is currently the CTO of App47.

Andrew is also the founder of the 2009 Jolt award winning easyb Behavior-Driven Development framework and am the co-author of a number of books including 2008's Jolt award winning Continuous Integration, Groovy in Action, and Java Testing Patterns. He regularly writes about software development and the software industry at thediscoblog.com and he speaks to a variety of audiences at various conferences around the globe on such topics as Mobile Development, Cloud Computing, and Agile Software Development.

Hands on with Samsung

  • 2 pm
  • 55m
  • Pacific Boardroom
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Samsung designed a new program catered to developer needs with visibility, monetization, access to test devices, a marketplace catered to expanding reach, a host of developer tools, and a team of engineers ready to offer real technical support. Join us in this session to learn more and for in depth Q&A

Michael
Ludden

Head of Developer Marketing
Samsung Developers

Michael is Head of Developer Marketing for Samsung Developers, Samsung’s developer-relations program based in the heart of Silicon Valley. A one-time developer, Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences such as CES, Mobile World Conference, IFA, Droidcon, Apps World, GDC, SXSW, TechCrunch Disrupt and more. In a previous life, Michael was a developer evangelist at HTC, and was involved at various times in development, product marketing, co-founding startups, tech show hosting, and even cruise-ship singing (don’t ask). Michael has a degree from UCLA and is thrilled to share his vision for Samsung Developers.

JavaScript Mobile Frameworks Showdown!

  • 2:30 pm
  • 1 hr 30m
  • Sound Room
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During this briefing for developers and I.T. managers, you'll get an in-depth review of the three most popular javascript-based mobile application development platforms - jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch, and Appcelerator Titanium! You'll review the development tools, hear about the developer and debugging experience, and participate in a brief code review in order to determine which framework is the most appropriate for your next mobile project! We'll demonstrate how each framework can be used to develop the same mobile app, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Steve
Drucker

Founder / President
Fig Leaf Software

Steve Drucker founded his technology services and training company, Fig Leaf Software, in 1992. He is an Adobe and Sencha certified instructor as well as an Appcelerator Titanium certified developer. Steve wrote the official Fast Track to Sencha Touch instructor-led coursebook for Sencha, Inc, as well as a dozen other textbooks related to web technology. He's developed published several apps for customers on iTunes and Google Play and is currently developing a large tablet-based app for a FORTUNE 1000 medical testing firm.

Building Games for Windows 8
Using GameMaker

  • 3 pm
  • 55m
  • Pacific Boardroom
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Building Games for phones and tablets is not only fun but can mean big money. In this session we will discuss how to Build Games for Windows 8 Using Gamemaker, we will discuss monetization strategies, Game Play scenarios, Game Types, Creating Assets, and finally build a sample game from scratch. Even if you have never come close to developing a game before, you will walk away from this session with the tools you need to jump into game development head first. And have fun doing it. If you are proposing a workshop, what do your students need to bring with them? Students will need to have GameMaker Studio Installed (Free) and a laptop that can run Windows 8 (either native or virtually, I can give links to how to on both)

Daniel
Egan

Developer Evangelist
Microsoft

Daniel Egan is a developer evangelist for Microsoft, Former MVP ASP.Net, He was formerly Microsoft regional director, past president of INETA (International .Net Association), Instructor - Cal State Fullerton

Product Managers: Your Devs Don't Have to Hate You

  • 3 pm
  • 1 hr
  • Marina Room
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Hey Product Managers -- Look to your left. Now look to your right. Do you see developers? Designers? Testers? No? Then you're doing it wrong (and they're probably complaining about you in a myriad of on-and-off-screen languages).

Welcome to the days of agile product development, where a melting pot of development, design and product management has replaced business and IT silos.

You're now part of a team. So start acting like one

Major
Highfield

Product Manager
Capital One

Major Highfield is a Mobile Product Manager for Capital One, where he leads Capital One's iPad efforts. Major has specialized in mobile product management, UI/UX and development for the last five years. During this time he launched ING DIRECT's iPhone and Android apps, including features such as Bump Money and Checkmate Remote Deposit Capture. He currently resides in the D.C. Metro area with his wife.

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