The Rochester Tech Startup Expo is tomorrow afternoon at the City Grill. I will be attending, and am looking forwards to an eventful day. I can’t wait to see you there.
Tomorrow I will be attending TEDxFlourCity in downtown Rochester. This will be the first TED event that I have attended so I am unsure of what to expect, but I am looking forwards to it. Should you see me there know that I would be happy to talk.
Tomorrow, BarCamp Rochester will be returning to the RIT campus. While I have not been able to make it to one of these events since 2013, the events are always fun and full of interesting ideas. I don’t currently have a plan to present tomorrow, but I have previously presented on the international ascpects of selling mobile applications. As always, if you see me don’t hesitate to stop and chat.
Startup Weekend is coming back to Rochester tomorrow with a focus on education. Details and registration can be found at rochester.startupweekend.org.
It has been two years since I last attended a Startup Weekend event, so I am looking forwards to getting back into it. I hope to see you there.
Tomorrow the Nickel City Ruby conference starts in Buffalo, and I will be among those attending.
I am not a huge expert in Ruby, but I attended the event last year and found that the majority of the talks are actually non-technical and more about the industry of developing software than specifically about ruby.
I hope to see you there.
Tomorrow marks yet another return of BarCamp Rochester to the RIT campus. At previous BarCamps I have given talks on the internationalization of the app selling business, and the surprisingly low amount of danger that would come with the zombie apocalypse. I think I will take a pass on presenting this time around, but if you see me don’t hesitate to stop and chat. I would be more than happy to take some time to talk.
My presentation from BlackBerry Live 2013 is embedded below.
In addition to myself, this presentation also includes support from Brian Scheirer and Suavek Zajac. The slides for this presentation are available from ebscer.com/BlackBerryLive2013.pptx
My presentation from BlackBerry World in 2012 is embedded below.
At this point, the video is over a year and a half old, so some of the information is a little bit dated, but for the most part the talk discusses the importance of continuing to support and promote your app after launch and so this talk applies as much today as it ever has.
The full slide deck for this presentation is available online at ebscer.com/BB10JamPresentation
The Nickel City Ruby conference starts tomorrow in Buffalo, and I will be one of those in attendance. If you see me, feel free to say hi.
This is a bit of an interesting conference for me to attend as I actually do not know any Ruby and have never used it. Still, a cheap tech conference in my hometown was just too good of an opportunity to pass up. At the very least there is a good chance that I come out of the conference having learned something new…
Last week while in Orlando I had the opportunity to talk with Adam from CrackBerry. We talk about my history of writing BlackBerry apps, some of the new announcements made at the event, and I show off my Starbeams game.
I am presenting session JAM42 today with Brian Scheirer today at 1pm. The topic of our talk is on creating games in Cascades, where we will shows off some of the details (and code!) for a game we have created especially for this event, as well as talk about our experiences creating games like Pixelated, Visual Connection, and Starbeams.
Even if you can’t make my session, I would love to take the opportunity to talk at some point during the conference.
So here are my expectations for BlackBerry Live.
Probably coming as part of OS 10.2 (in late August?) this is pretty much confirmed to be a topic this week. For developers this will be by far the most important announcement. Along with the invocation framework this will give BlackBerry the best multi-tasking of any OS.
The PlayBook will be ignored
While BlackBerry has yet to say that they won’t be delivering on the previous promise of offering OS 10 on the PlayBook, don’t expect to hear too much about tablets in the coming week. In fact, I think that it will be possible to watch the entirety of the two hour keynote without realizing that BlackBerry has ever sold a tablet.
Much of the keynote will be about future fluff
For years now BlackBerry has shown off a car that users their technology without giving consumers a way to buy it, or developers a way to offer apps for it. I expect more of the same this year. Lately BlackBerry has been indicating that they will be talking a bit about their plans for 2018. Given that five years ago I didn’t even own a smartphone, this is mostly just irrelevant fluff.
The on-stage partners will be boring
Every keynote, BlackBerry is always quick to bring on some trivial partners who fail to do (or say) anything interesting at all. There is no reason to expect that to change any this year. I have never been interested in what any of these other companies have had to say.
No new phones
While there are the beginnings of rumors of a (curve-like) R10 and a (galaxy note-like) A10, I don’t actually expect to see either of these phones until October or November, and therefore have no reason to expect BlackBerry to acknowledge them next week.
The best session will be Wednesday at 1 PM
The word is that there is going to be a very interesting session on Wednesday about Game Development in Cascades. I will certainly be there, and hope to see you there as well.