WHAT IS THE MICHIGAN DEVFEST?
The Michigan Google Developers DevFest will consist of a one-day conference on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:00am to 7:00pm where developers will meet and work through workshops and sessions related to Android. Confirmed topics at the moment include the new Android Maps API, Consuming Web Services from Android Applications, and Android and the Arduino controller. We will be adding more speakers, and will announce them on this site in the near future.
Thanks to a sponsorship by Detroit Venture Partners (www.detroitventurepartners.com), we will have the 5th floor of the historic Madison Building for the day. The 5th floor includes a 120-seat auditorium for presentations as well as ample open space for working in small teams to code and learn.
SO HOW EXACTLY WILL THE DAY PROCEED?
The DevFest will consist of a one-track series of workshops. Each workshop will be one hour long. Workshop leaders will have a presentation for each workshop as well as a exercise or tutorial for the attendees to work through after the presentation. The exercises and tutorials will be open ended enough to encourage attendees to get their feet wet by further examining the topic on their own. Overall, this event will be very hands-on and attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their development machines to hack on code.
The DevFest will officially start with introductions at 9:00am. Attendees who may have not coded in Android in a bit, or who wish to ensure their machines are ready for the DevFest workshops, will be able to arrive early, from 8:00am to 9:00am to work with volunteers to ensure their machines are up to snuff and ready for the day. Sessions will officially end around 5:00pm but the space at the Madison Building will be open till 7:00pm to allow attendees to further network and code as they wish.
Please Note: To get the most out of the DevFest, some experience with Android development is required. The workshops will be aimed at beginner to intermediate level developers.