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

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.

Sections

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)

Workshops

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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Gopi Krishnan

@gkrishnan

Take your Android app offline with SMS

Submitted Oct 17, 2012

The proposed session will outline technical approaches developers could choose to build a backend framework that enables communication where users have low data plans or are offline to access any of their android apps via SMS

Outline

90% of Indians are on mobile phones with no Internet - which is about 600M users approximately. We want to help you tap into this audience via SMS serving the info and services your android app provides.

In this talk we are hoping to demo how any android app built can be made to serve information without the need of expensive data plans. We are using the txtWeb Platform to enable this. txtWeb is a global platform where anyone with a mobile phone can discover and consume internet and txtWeb-only content just by SMSing keywords (very much like entering domain names into internet browsers) to ONE national number, and receive back content (up to 900 characters per SMS). Keywords represent an almost unlimited number of applications that use content from the internet or have their own original content. These applications are created by an open community of publishers and developers (which can be anyone), and can include Wikipedia content, local market prices, government programs, financial literacy tips etc. A user can think of txtWeb as an SMS-based browser, but much more accessible than web-browsers on computers since anyone with a simple feature phone can use it.

Also, importantly, for publishers, developers and businesses, txtWeb is one of the fastest platforms to make content and services available to billions. Deploying existing static content via a txtWeb site takes only 5 minutes. Creating and deploying a dynamic SMS-based application on txtWeb usually takes about 5 hours.

Additionally we will demo today how we have built android apps, which can be used either over WiFi, or over SMS depending on the user’s network connectivity. You would still have access to any app built over txtWeb over SMS even if you don’t have an internet connection, as this app seamlessly switches between SMS/WiFi automatically.

Learn about how two engineers in their whitespace (unstructured time) developed an Android application for an SMS based Platform - txtWeb.

Speaker bio

Gopi Krishnan : Currently working at Intuit India Development Centre on the development of the txtWeb Platform, after completing his B.E from PES Institute of Technology. His interests include Mobile Platforms and Machine Learning.

Pranay Airan : Completed his M.Tech from IIIT Bangalore in 2011. Currently working with Intuit India. 3 of his apps are in Google Play (Refer links)

Links

Slides

http://www.slideshare.net/gkrishnan304/take-your-app-offline-via-sms

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