Droidcon India 2012

India's largest Android Conference

##About Droidcon
Droidcon is a two day international conference that’s all about Android. It brings together luminaries from all aspects of the Android ecosystem - solo app developers, visual and interaction designers, software startups, enterprise software leaders, robotics and arduino wizards, kernel and ROM hackers, OEMs and platform providers, and technology enthusiasts.

Tickets are available from droidcon.doattend.com.

##Proposal Selection Process
The proposal funnel below will enable you to submit a session and vote on proposed sessions. It is a good practice introduce yourself and share details about your work as well as the subject of your talk while proposing a session.

Each community member can vote for or against a talk. A vote from each member of the Program Committee is equivalent to two community votes. Both types of votes will be considered for final speaker selection.

It’s useful to keep a few guidelines in mind while submitting proposals:

  1. Describe how to use something that is available under a liberal open source license. Participants can use this without having to pay you anything.

  2. Tell a story of how you did something. If it involves commercial tools, please explain why they made sense.

  3. Buy a slot to pitch whatever commercial tool you are backing.

Making a funnel submission does not guarantee final selection. While selected speakers will get a free ticket to both days of the event, proposers whose talks are not on the final schedule will be able to purchase tickets at the Early Geek price of Rs. 1800.

Sessions at this year’s Droidcon are 30 minutes each, including transition time. You have 20 minutes to present and 5 minutes for Q&A, with the remaining 5 minutes for the next presenter to begin setting up while you answer the last set of questions.

If you have material that will need more than 30 minutes, consider:

  1. Skipping the first part of your presentation and making it more advanced level, or
  2. Splitting it into two proposals. The Program Committee will work with you to schedule your (selected) sessions back-to-back for continuity.


The main overarching themes for this years Droidcon are grouped into five sections.

###App Demos
Level: Intermediate

  1. 15 minute demo of app you’ve built (yourself or as part of a team)

  2. 30 minute deep dive into one specific unique problem you dealt with and how you solved it. Problem can be technical or UX.

  3. 15 minute Q&A

One spot will be reserved for a featured hacknight demo (or a short demo of all apps)

Level: Beginner

  1. 15 minutes of concepts via slides

  2. 30 minutes of show and tell

  3. 15 minutes of interactive guidance with audience

Topics should address specific areas - for instance a) Using Fragments, b) Building basic animations, c) Using WebView, d) Offline Storage & Cache.
Prior registration is required, all attendees must bring laptops with SDK & tools preinstalled.
Speakers must ensure sessions can be run without Wi-Fi access if needed.

###Specialized Topics
Level: Intermediate

  1. NFC / Android Beam

  2. Sensors

  3. Arduino

  4. DLNA & Media / Google TV

  5. Gaming

  6. Multi-modal Apps

  7. Enterprise App Development

  8. UX Patterns & Challenges

  9. Designing apps for the Indian market

###Platforms, Tools & Libraries
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Usage of open source platforms, tools & libraries like Eclipse, PhoneGap, Kirin, jQuery Mobile, etc. Proprietary tools need to be sponsored sessions.

###General Topics
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

  1. Using Fragments

  2. Whats new in Jelly Bean

  3. Designing for different form factors

  4. Tackling Fragmentation

  5. Marketing & Monetizing Android Apps

The Program Committee may recommend that some proposals under General Topics be considered under the Workshops or Specialized Topics section depending on the nature of the content.

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Indus Khaitan


Enterprise apps are sexy, they solve a problem and make money

Submitted Sep 26, 2012

This session is a pitch to developers to build business and enterprise apps.

Enterprise apps look unsexy to charter into but they are a large opportunity waiting to be tapped. The trend foretells how Enterprise IT and workforce behaviour is changing due to adoption of tablets and smartphones.


Broader trend:

  1. Enterprise Mobility is projected to take 18% of the trillion plus dollars being spent by the IT worldwide (yes, it’s a big number, but there’s also reality in it)
  2. Devices are seeing massive adoption in the enterprise. Right from airlines to hospitals to Quick-Service Restaurants. Tonnes of printed flight manuals are being replaced with tablets. Sales teams in the field no longer carry a laptop.

50% of apps never have a download, forget a rating or comment. 100s of apps are clones of themselves. Majority of the “unused” apps are around the popular categories. The session is going to talk about opportunities in the enterprise and why we need more developers to build “business” or enterprise apps.

To our surprise few are paying attention to what an enterprise wants. Of course, the sales cycles are longer, getting adoption takes time. Luckily the gestation is a deterrent for many others and there are few competing with you in the last leg of the marathon and beyond the finish line.

Now is the time to build mobile apps for enterprise.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Why enterprise apps is a sexy business, albeit the appeal is not visual
  2. How much money is up for grabs in enterprise apps biz (and enterprise mobility in a broader sense)
  3. What some of the enterprise startups up-to and how they are changing the behaviour of the CIO and the IT organization
  4. Doing enterprise apps is a long-haul in the woods but there is definitely a kill


  1. Open to all app developers
  2. Developers who have deployed apps but never made any significant amount of money are the best audience for this session

Speaker bio

Many years on earth and many working for large & small companies and many startups created. Still write code, create products from scratch, do business deals and invest in startups.

Co-founder, BitzerMobile. An enterprise mobility startup building a key infrastructure for enabling secure remote access to enterprise intranet from Android, iPad/iPhone and Windows devices. Previously, investor at The Morpheus and Partner at The Morpheus Fund 1.


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