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Android conference announces speakers

Aug 26, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

O'Reilly Media opened registration for its Android Open Conference, scheduled for Oct. 9-11, in San Francisco, and announced speakers from companies including Arduino, Adobe, BestBuy, Google, Intel, LinkedIn, Motorola, Twitter, and WalMart. Meanwhile, the 10th annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 10x) has issued a call for papers for its Jan. 20-22, 2012 show in Los Angeles.

O'Reilly Media announced its inaugural Android Open Conference in May, and has now posted session details and opened for registration. Scheduled for Oct. 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, the event is said to be designed for anyone who creates, sells, or markets Android-related products.

Android Open 2011 will explore all aspects of Android, the open source Linux/Java platform operating system that appears to be in an increasingly dynamic state of flux. The Google-driven platform's rapid growth in smartphone market share and steady progress in Android tablets continues to draw consumers and technology vendors, yet there are increasing concerns over patent lawsuits, fragmentation, malware, and the potential for Google's Motorola acquisition to make Android more proprietary.

Android's breadth and reach is suggested by the conference's speaker list, which in addition to including representatives from many of the leading technology firms, features presentations from retailers WalMart and BestBuy. 

Featured speakers at Android Open 2011 include:

  • Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith,
  • Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media
  • Sara Haider, Twitter
  • Massimo Banzi (pictured at right), Arduino
  • David Wadhani, Adobe
  • Kiran Prasad, LinkedIn
  • Suzanne Alexandra, Motorola
  • Robert Stephens, Best Buy and Geek Squad 
  • Sharon Perl (pictured at right), Google
  • Aleksandar Gargenta, Marakana Inc.
  • Mark Gross, Intel
  • Lars Vogel,

Android Open sessions will be divided into app development, business and marketing, and platform development tracks in a full day of workshops. This will be followed by two days of plenaries, sessions, and panels. Networking opportunities continue at evening events including Ignite ("speed presentations"), a Startup Showcase, and a Mini Maker Faire, says O'Reilly Media.

The full list of sessions is found in the links farther below, but a few sessions that caught our eye include:

  • Embedded Android, Karim Yaghmour (Opersys inc.)
  • Building Android accessories using the Open Accessory Development kit and Arduino, Simon Monk (Momote)
  • Challenges of building HTC Sense, David Wu (HTC)
  • The Honeycomb Action Bar: front to back, Mark Murphy (CommonsWare)
  • Securing Android, Aleksandar Gargenta (Marakana Inc)
  • Getting physical with Android: Open Accessories & NFC, Brian Jepson (O'Reilly Media), Tyler Moskowite (O'Reilly Media)
  • Wearing Android: developing apps for micro devices, Ted Ladd (WIMM Labs)
  • Android for the enterprise: getting from here to there, Hristo Bojinov (3LM)

SCALE 10x call for papers

The 10th annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 10x) has issued a call for papers. Following up on SCALE 9X, held this February, SCALE 10x is scheduled for January 20-22, 2012 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

Speaker tracks are said to include system administration, kernel developer, application developer, cloud/virtualization, general open source/free software advocacy, and technical content. Suggested topics range from kernel internals to open source issues to multimedia tools.


Registration and detailed session information for the Android Open 2011 conference, scheduled for Oct. 9-11, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco may be found at O'Reilly Media's Android Open site.

Through Sept. 29, pricing starts at $895 for the Oct. 9 Sunday workshops only, moving to $1,195 for the two conference days minus the Sunday workshops. Adding the workshops moves the total up to $1,495. An all access pass for $1,895 includes evening and meal events, online conferences, books, and videos, etc. These prices increase $100 to $200 starting Sept. 30.

Presentation proposals for the SCALE 10x conference, to be held January 20-22, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, may be submitted at the Scale 10x Call for Papers site.

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