Fragments 2017

Fragments 2017

A conference on the mobile ecosystem in India

About Fragments:

Fragments is a two-day, single track conference on the mobile ecosystem in India. The conference will feature talks – full-length and crisp – panel discussions, and Off-The-Record (OTR) sessions.

We are looking for proposals in the following topics:

  1. Modern Development Practices

    • How are modern development teams structured?
    • How do you achieve cross platform design/feature parity?
    • How do your collaboration, decision making, and development processes adapt to accommodate cross platform teams?
  2. Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery

    • How is your CI/CD pipeline designed to allow you to test, build and deploy to multiple platforms (Android,iOS,Web) simultaneously?
  3. Design

    • What tools and processes to designers follow when they have to design for multiple platforms simultaneously, given that each platform as it’s own guidelines/styles?
  4. Localisation and Accessibility

    • How do you handle localization and accessibility in modern mobile apps?
  5. Progressive Web Apps

    • Are progressive web apps the way forward?
    • Are progressive web apps a better way to solve cross platform development? What’s their future?
  6. On the ground case studies

    • Talks on how companies have changed their development workflows, processes, teams, app architecture, and tooling over time.
  7. Platform specific talks

    • We are also open to platform specific technology talks that are novel in their content or approach.

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 for it to be available under a permissive open source licence. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licences (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognise 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”.

Selection process

Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel.

Make sure to add links to videos / slide decks when submitting proposals. We will not review proposals without detailed outlines or slide decks and preview videos.

The first filter for every proposal is whether the technology or solution you are referring to is open source or not. If you are referring to a proprietary technology, consider picking up a sponsored session.

The criteria for selecting proposals, in the order of importance, are:

  1. Key insight or takeaway: what can you share with participants that will help them in their work and in thinking about the problem?
  2. Structure of the talk and flow of content: a detailed outline helps us understand the focus of the talk, and the clarity of your thought process.
  3. Ability to communicate succinctly, and how you engage with the audience. You must submit link to a two-minute preview video explaining what your talk is about, and what is the key takeaway for the audience.

No one submits the perfect proposal in the first instance. We therefore encourage you to:

  1. Submit your proposal early so that we have more time to iterate if the proposal has potential.
  2. Talk to us on our community Slack channel: https://friends.hasgeek.com if you want to discuss an idea for your proposal, and need help / advice on how to structure it.

Our editorial team also helps potential speakers in honing their speaking skills, and rehearsing at least twice - before the main conference - to sharpen the focus of talks.

Passes and honararium for selected speakers:

A speaker is NOT confirmed a slot unless we explicitly mention so in an email or over any other medium of communication.

Selected speakers get a pass to the conference and networking dinner. We do not provide free passes for speakers’ colleagues and spouses.

We also pay an honararium of Rs. 5,000 to each speaker, at the end of their talk.

Travel grants for outstation speakers:

Fragments 2017 is funded through ticket purchases and sponsorships.
We try to provide full or partial travel grants for at least two international and two domestic speakers.
First preference in awarding grants is given to women speakers, persons of non-binary genders, and speakers from Africa. If you require a travel grant, indicate this in the field where you add your location.

Important dates:

Deadline for submitting proposals: 30 July, 2017

Conference date: 12-13 Sept, 2017

Contact

For more information about speaking proposals, contact fragments.editorial@hasgeek.com.
For tickets and sponsorships, contact info@hasgeek.com or call +91-7676332020.

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Chaitanya Nettem

@chaitanyanettem

Making delightful apps

Submitted Jul 2, 2017

With thousands of apps being released every month in every category in both the Play Store and the App Store it is no longer enough to make a functional app. In order to stand out it is important to delight your users by going above and beyond with both your design and UX and have a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. In this talk we will go over things you need to do to make your apps delightful.

Outline

We will go over common issues from widely used apps and things you can implement to make your app fun.

Why should you care.

Literally thousands of apps are released Every.Single*.Month*. Whether you are an indie developer who is targeting a niche or a billion dollar company it is not enough to be functional. You need to stand out.

Common/easy-to-fix UX pitfalls on mobile

  • Fonts that are too tiny
  • TextViews that don’t fit when your user increases their device’s default font size
  • Loading screens that prevent your user from doing anything else on your app while that long upload goes on
  • Long tutorials/onboarding/information overload
  • Permission request overload
  • Too many notifications

Things that are harder to implement but would set your app apart

  • Using Awareness APIs and geofencing to make your app aware of the user’s context and thus adapt to their needs
  • Avoiding feature creep and staying focused
  • Making your app available to users not just from the launcher but in other contexts coupled with using transparent activities to make your app available as an overlay over other apps
  • Adapting your app to the user’s country and language using Firebase Remote Config.
  • Fixing UI jank
  • Adapting your app to both landscape and portrait, something most app developers are guilty of not doing. (This can tie in pretty well with Saket’s talk - https://fragments.talkfunnel.com/2017/15-my-app-crashes-with-nullpointerexception-when-the-)

Animations

There are a LOT of possibilities with this and we will briefly touch upon all of them. We will also talk about custom animations with Lottie.

The slides will be interactive with gifs, videos and code samples. From a code standpoint I will focus on Android but where possible I will mention the iOS equivalents.

In the coming 3-4 days I will flesh out the outline and add slides.

Speaker bio

I have been working on Android apps for the past 3 years. I work with Android, Python and Javascript at Fireframe.io as a software developer. You might know me from other events like PyCon 2014 where I presented a poster on Creating a Fall Detector using Raspberry Pi and Python or from my talk at Droidcon 2016 or from my indie app Search for Reddit.

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