It’s 2014. Smartphones are everywhere, the app ecosystem is mature, and breaking into the ranks on the app store is more or less a lost cause. Apps today are becoming just a tunnel or gateway for services/content and are increasingly going freemium or totally free, with business models migrating to cloud-based services and with apps as the content interface. When you are in the market amidst thousands of other apps, gaining visibility for apps has become a major issue.
In 2014, the most exciting mobile data opportunities are from wearables. Your mobile app is the conduit to send data into the cloud and retrieve it back as content.
How do you make this strategy work?
UI: It is a long way from an idea budding in your mind to the MVP. What are the design constraints invloved in delivering the best interface? At the same time, when your users are on multiple platforms, how do you make your brand identity stand out while complying with platform guidelines?
Sync: IO eats battery and 3G is still spotty. How do you keep content fresh without killing the phone? Is there a design that compensates for bad internet connectivity and reliance on 3rd party apps? Do you need two way sync? How do you make that work and how to manage online and offline sync?
Versioning: When you introduce new functionality, how do you get installed apps updated? Or not break them?
Hardware: Do you make hardware? Do you depend on users having specific hardware?
Security: Is your versioning and cloud-based update model making your app a leaky bucket? How do you lock down? Discuss best practices and methods for securing your data, especially when there is a reliance on third party app.
Android wearables and IoT: Innovations in the world of Android based wearables and the Internet of Things
App Demos: Demonstrations, discussions and community engagements around Android Apps.
Come to Droidcon India 2014 to discuss how you’ve tackled each of these issues.
This year’s edition spans two days of hands-on and conference. We invite proposals for:
- Full-length 40 minute talks
- A crisp 15-minute presentation
- Sponsored sessions, 40 minute duration
- Flash talks of 5 minutes duration. Submissions for flash talks will be accepted during the event
- 45-90 minute Hands-on or demo based tutorial sessions on Android internals
- Demo - Showcase your Android apps, Android based wearables and IoT demos
Criteria to submit
You must be a practising developer or designer, and must be able to show how your own work has advanced the state of the web in the past year. You are expected to present original work that your peers — this event’s audience — recognise as being notable enough to deserve a stage.
If you are excited about someone’s work and believe it deserves wider recognition, we recommend you contact them and ask them to submit a proposal.
Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel. We will notify you if your proposal is shortlisted. We urge you to add links to videos / slide decks when submitting proposals. This will help us understand your past speaking experience. Blurbs or blog posts covering the relevance of a particular problem statement and how it is tackled, will help the Editorial Panel better judge your proposals.
Proposers must submit presentation drafts as part of the selection process to ensure that the talk is in line with the theme of the conference, and to help the editorial panel build a strong line-up for the event.
There is only one speaker per session. Entry is free for selected speakers. HasGeek will provide a bursary to cover part of your travel and accommodation in Bangalore. Bursaries are limited and made available to speakers delivering full sessions (40 minutes or longer). As our budget is limited, we will prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. If you are able to raise support for your trip, we will count that as speaker travel sponsorship.
If your proposal is not accepted, you can buy a ticket at the same rate as was available on the day you proposed. We’ll send you a code.
Commitment to Open Source
HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like it to be available under a permissive open source license. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licenses (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognize that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a sponsored session.
Mobile Applications (Android, other OS too) Strategy when building Applications for Emerging Markets
Emering Economy nations have their own constraints, like intermittent internet connectivity, lack of electricity, lack of affordable broadband connectivity, huge volume of semi literate users and so on. The standard strategies or frameworks adopted for the developed nations could not be directly applied in the context of emerging nations. Developing countries are unique with their constraints. At the end of the talk - the audience would clearly have an understanding on how to develop solutions that are ‘affordable (in terms of utilizing the mobile resources) and also how the solution could be deployed at scale’.
The talk would focus on various applications that have been developed and are deployed in the field by Accenture Technology Labs. As part of the Innovations for Emerging Economies, we cater to building solutions across various domains such as healthcare, transport, agriculture and energy domains. I would be sharing real life examples from those projects and how did we engineer to overcome those problems technically. Few Examples include - In a M-Health telemetry model, the data collected using handheld devices are sent to the backend for data processing. But, the same solution could not applied here - because of lack of connectivity. The solution is to push intelligence to the device. CLIPS rule engine was ported to Android to provide this feature. Similary, for tracking an object / person closely, GPS is the only way. But, prolonged usage of GPS would drain the battery. How do we overcome this?
There are similar situations and I would want to focus my talk on similar lines.
Recent Publications -
Practical Challenges for Large Scale Deployment of mHealth Solution: Insights from a Field Trial @ the IEEE GHTC Conference
One of the recent project which I had architected & developed (called the EyeConnect) had won the Vodafone Mobile for Good Award 2014 under the health category.
Senthil architects and manages the delivery of SMAC based digital solutions for the emerging markets. He has worked on various phases of the software development cycles. His main focus is to create rapid working prototypes - to validate the applicability of the solution in the market or with a client and then build solutions which could be deployed at scale. He has developed the Open Digital Innovation Platform, which could be used to rapidly build SMAC based solutions. He has worked with Accenture Labs for about 4 years and have developed multiple solutions in the context of Healthcare, Retail and Resources. Prior to joining Accenture Labs, he was working with Infosys Labs working in the Analytics research group and was instrumental in building the Multi Channel Optimized Content Platform. A research based solution which was built to predict an RFP from a client was widely appreciated and has been deployed to be used by the Infosys Marketing team.
Senthil has published papers in various conferences and has participated in multiple hackathons. In a hackathon organized by Droidcon in 2012, the solution developed Senthil & his team was selected as the best app of the hackathon(Location Based Expense Tracker). Senthil is a B. Tech graduate from the Amrita University.