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2 DAY CONFERENCE

droidcon London 2016

Topics covered at #droidconUK

Thursday, 27th - Friday, 28th October at Business Design Centre, London

74 experts. will be speaking. Starts at 9:00 AM.

Want to meet the international Android community, listen to expert speakers, find out about all the latest Android advances and see fantastic new technologies? Then join us at droidcon London, the largest Android developer conference in Europe!

Join us at droidcon London in October 26th and 27th 2017!

droidcon returns to London in October 2017, and it will be hosted at the Business Design Centre once again. Want to meet the international Android community, listen to expert speakers, find out about all the latest Android advances and see fantastic new technologies? Then come and join droidcon London, the largest Android developer conference in Europe!

THANK YOU to all speakers, sponsors, and attendees for making droidcon London 2016 such an amazing conference!

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Check out droidcon London 2016's Highlights and Conversations with speakers here!

Follow us at #droidconuk to hear all the latest news.

Programme announcements!

Keep an eye on this section for the latest news!

The full line-up has finally been published! Head to the Programme page to find out more! Please note - timings and speakers' order are subject to change.

Check out the latest updates here!

Highlights

  • Talks from Chet Haase, Jake Wharton, Chris Banes, Nick Butcher, Laurence Moroney, Kelly Shuster, Lisa Wray, Hoi Lam, Laurence Moroney, Mario Viviani, Ben Weiss, and many more!

  • Topics include Code Quality, Security, Reactive, Analytics, Data Science, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Neuronetworks, APIs IoT, Machine, Not In Pocket, Not Phones, VR, Games, Usability, Accessibility, Material Design and Animation, Tooling, Languages, Experience, Product Lifecycle, Architecture, Scaling, Performance, Clean Code.

App Garage Clinics

Want to have your app reviewed by renowned experts in the Android community? Eager to improve the performance of your app? Concerned about your app's design? Skills Matter has got it covered for you! We joined forces with NimbelDroid and Novoda to bring you the...

App Garage Clinics!

Excited? Make sure you have a look at each App Garage Clinic's entry requirements.

The App Garage Clinics will take place in the balcony located upstairs on Thursday 27th October from 2pm to 5pm - check out each Clinic's page for the exact timings and all info!

Find out more here!

droidcon London Party - Thursday 27th October


Did you enjoy the first day of droidcon London? It's party time now! Visit the Skills Matter booth during droidcon for a Party Ticket (tickets are limited to 400 only) to enjoy some drinks at Codenode's {{SpaceBar}}, some dance moves and 1980's arcade games and share your experience and droidcon impressions with other droidcon attendees.

As the first day of droidcon London wraps up, we will have our very own droidcon double decker routemaster buses bringing you from the BDC (Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street) to CodeNode. Buses will be ready outside the BDC once the conference ends on Thursday 27th October (straight after Chet Haase's keynote) and will be running till as late as 8pm to bring you to CodeNode!

If you prefer the good old London Underground, CodeNode is a five-minute walk from Moorgate Tube Station, which is just two stops from Angel (the closest station to the BDC, where droidcon London takes place), and it's served by the Northern Line.

Come along from the conference or meet us at CodeNode for an evening of good tunes and drinks – a chance to share your experience and ideas with each other in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! And if you need some help finding your way home/to your hotel once the party's over, please visit the Transport for London's website which contains full information on how to move around in London.

Join us for the droidcon London Bytes evening events at CodeNode

Want to stay in the loop with the latest developments within the Android community?

Join us at the brand new droidcon London Bytes series we'll be hosting at CodeNode leading up to droidcon London 2016 and 2017!

Find more information here!

Impressions of last year

Day 1: Thursday 27th October

The rooms will be allocated on the day! Look out for the whiteboards and vote for which talk you'd like to attend. The final schedule for each day will be finalised after the opening keynote!

Track Albert Hall Big Ben The Tower Shard London Eye
08:00

Registration & Breakfast

09:20

Welcome to #droidconUK 2016

09:30

Keynote: VR and AR - Technologies 40,000 years in the making

Noah Falstein


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10:30

Tea & Coffee Break

10:45

Designing the Design Support Library

Chris Banes


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What's NNNNNNNNew in Android Security?

Scott Alexander-Bown


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2

Did You Test It?

Derek Rozycki and Kirk Chambers


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Knock knock! Who's there? Doze.

Yonatan Levin


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To ∞ (~65K) and beyond!

Sebastiano Gottardo


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11:30

Tea & Coffee Break

11:45

A New View: Layout Editor + ConstraintLayout

Huyen Tue Dao


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Java 8 on Android

Alex Florescu


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A lap around FireBase

Laurence Moroney


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2

Get Ready for Android Wear 2.0

Hoi Lam and Agnieszka Madurska


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Product VS Craft

Juan Delgado


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12:30

Lunch

13:30

App Garage Clinics Presentation


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14:00

Tea & Coffee Break

14:15

Making fully Reactive apps using advanced RxJava

Paco Estevez


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Android Testing Support Library: The Nitty Gritty

Zan Markan


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Hypothesis-driven development on Android

Romain Piel


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Optimizing apps built for Next Billion user

Amrit Sanjeev


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The Product Design Sprint

Rachel Cope


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15:00

Tea & Coffee Break

15:15
3

Lightning Talks 1

Martino Luca, Tania Pinheiro, and Florina Muntenescu


3

Lightning Talks 4

Andy Piper, Evelina Vrabie, and Carlo Marinangeli


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4

Lightning Talks 3

David Gonzalez, Brendan Fahy, Alexandra Tritz, and Pierrick Caen


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3

Lightning Talks 2

Darryl Bayliss, Paco Estevez, and Andrew Lord


16:00

Tea & Coffee Break

16:15

Android Data Binding in action using MVVM pattern

Fabio Collini


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2

Scaling Android @Facebook

Marco Cova and Balazs Balazs


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Supercharging Android Apps With TensorFlow

Mohamed Taieb


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VR for Google Cardboard in Unity: challenges and opportunities

Quentin Le Guennec


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Designing and Developing Media Streaming Apps for TV the Easy Way

Mario Viviani


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17:00

Tea & Coffee Break

17:30

Really Important Things about the Business of Technology

Chet Haase


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18:30

#droidconUK party starts at #CodeNode!


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Day 2: Friday 28th October

The rooms will be allocated on the day! Look out for the whiteboards and vote for which talk you'd like to attend. The final schedule for each day will be finalised after the opening keynote!

Track Albert Hall Big Ben The Tower London Eye Shard
08:00

Registration & Breakfast

09:20

Welcome to #droidconUK 2016

09:30

What's New in Android

Chet Haase


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10:30

Tea & Coffee Break

10:45

BarCamp Talks Submission and Selection


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11:15

Tea & Coffee Break

11:30

Coding for Android on steroids with Kotlin

Kai Koenig


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Android Application Security, The Right Way

Dario Incalza


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Reactive programming on Android - why and how

Sasa Sekulic


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Breaking Spotify’s release cycle by using the backend to drive the UI and feature releases

Chris Doyle


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2

Flat as a Pancake

Emil Sjölander and Pasquale Anatriello


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12:15

Tea & Coffee Break

12:30
2

Be together, not the same

Romain Piel and Anastasia Lopez


2

The Future of Android - Evolution of Android in mobile platforms and a glance to the future. Helping the kernel taking the best decisions

Unai R.C. and Carlos Lloret


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Beyond Hacktivism: Why policy matters

Zan Markan


Building Overlay SDKs on Android - The two minutes integration challenge

Andreas Vourkos


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Grids & Keylines

Ragunath Jawahar


13:00

Lunch

14:00
2

Indoor Navigation with Google Tango

Javier Rodriguez and Till Kempel


Treatment Architecture Thread

Mathias Seguy


The Wonders You Can Do With Moshi

Serj Lotutovici


Adopting Redux in Android

Yaroslav Heriatovych


A talk from Alejandro Rodriguez

Alejandro Rodriguez


14:30

Tea & Coffee Break

14:45

Radical RecyclerView

Lisa Wray


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Keeping it Clean

Rich King


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In transition

Benjamin Weiss


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Crash Wars: The handling awakens

Željko Plesac


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Practical Bluetooth LE on Android

Erik Hellman


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15:30

Tea & Coffee Break

15:45

Animatable

Nick Butcher


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Safe vs Deep integration of Realm

Viraj Tank


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2

Android Architecture Blueprints

David Gonzalez and Jose Alcerreca


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Design and development: Best practices by example

Matthew Dolan


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2

Why developers need to get involved in AR & See-Through Smart Eyewear NOW! And how they can get started

Marc-Antoine Godfroid and Giles Beaumont


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16:30

Tea & Coffee Break

16:45

Making Retrofit 2 Work For You

Jake Wharton


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Safety first - best practices in app security

Ana Baotić


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The Living Interface: What's New in Mutative Design

Liam Spradlin and Francisco Franco


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Android is for Everyone

Kelly Shuster


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XDA Labs: Community-driven App Distribution

Jeremy Meiss


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17:30

#droidconUK closing ceremony and wrap up


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A Sneak Preview of droidcon London 2016

We're delighted to welcome a fantastic range of experts and sponsors to this year's conference. On these pages, you'll find a heads-up on some of the content they'll be sharing at droidcon in London this year.


Mario Viviani will join droidcon London to share how you can optimise your Android App UI for Fire Tablets



If you want to reach millions of people that are already using the latest line of Fire tablets make sure that you not only submit your apps and games to Amazon Appstore, but also that the user experience is the best it can possibly be.

In this article and at droidcon Mario Viviani, Technology Evangelist, dives deep into understanding screen resolution and density of Fire tablets and discloses the best strategies to properly create and size the layouts and graphical resources of your app. Plus he teaches you how to provide a correctly-sized app icon for Fire OS 5, and how to explicitly declare support for Fire tablets in your Android app manifest. Read on.


Laurence Moroney tells us what he is most looking forward to at droidcon London 2016




I’m delighted to announce that I’m speaking at droidcon London 2016 on October 27th and 28th. I also spoke there last year, and have to say that it is one of my favorite conferences in the world. The location — at the Business Design Center in London in perfect, and the developers that attend are awesome. As a speaker it was a privilege to be there last year, and I’m ecstatic to have been invited back again! I hope to go every year.

I’ve been to all kinds of conferences, all over the world, but there’s something so unique about this one. I really love hanging out with developers in London — from all over the UK and Europe. You have a vibrancy and an enthusiasm for your work, and applying technology to it that is inspiring to me!


I’ll be doing a lap around Firebase, talking not just about the technology itself, but why we at Google believe that this is one of the best things to happen to developers in a long time. We’ve put a lot of thought into this technology, and it spans way beyond Mobile Backend as a Service. Our goal is to help you build great mobile and web applications, grow your customer base with great tools, and earn a decent living for all your hard work. I’ll be talking about where we’re at with the technology, and the fact that we’re really only getting started. It’s a long, fun, road…and I hope you’ll join me at droidcon to learn about it!

Make sure to check out Laurence's blog here!

Wanna find out more? Jump to the Programme Page!


Darryl Bayliss is coming to droidcon! And talking about...iOS?!



I found out recently that I’ll be speaking at Droidcon London. It’s going to be my first Android conference I’ve attended and I’m excited that I’ll get to share the stage with so many other great speakers.

For those of you wondering what my talk is going to be about. I’m going to be sharing my thoughts about developing for the darker cousin of Android, that being iOS! As a mobile engineer who spends plenty of time building iOS and Android apps, I’ve seen plenty of ideas swapped between the two platforms.

I can’t think of a better time for any Android engineer who wanted to expand their skill set through iOS development. There is so much cross transferable knowledge that the learning curve is minimal to get something together. All it takes is a little bit of persistence to get used to the tools and pick up that new fancy language.

Whilst I’m not busy trying to persuade the masses to develop for another platform I’ll be looking to learn some new things myself. I’m hoping to attend the talk given by Huyen Tue Dao about the new layout editor in Android Studio and the new ConstraintLayout.

I’m a massive fan of creating visually appealing layouts and transitions, it looks Benjamin Weiss and his talk on Android API Transitions will be on my list too.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Android. It was the first mobile platform I worked with and I always struggle to answer the first question people ask me when they find out I develop for both iOS and Android.

What is your favourite platform?

Android development is exciting, there’s no denying it and each year it gets even more so. My most anticipated feature for Android is the introduction of Google Daydream in the autumn. VR is still in its infancy and the ability to bring the experience to peoples mobile devices is no small feat. I’ll be keeping an on this for sure!

If you are attending Droidcon London be sure to reach out or say hello to me during the conference. I’ll be looking to meet as many of you as I can and enjoy being part of the community!

Check out Darryl Bayliss's blog!

Wanna find out more? Jump to the Programme Page!


Yonatan Levin explains how he convinced his manager to get him tickets to droidcon London!




On one coffee break at the company's kitchen, I catched up with my boss. We were chatting about the upcoming Droidcon London and how am I excited about it.
He was very impressed and grateful that I’m going to talk at one of the most recognizable Android conferences but...
“You know”, he told me, “I don’t think these conferences contribute beside networking. You, Yonatan, go to connect with people and make new friends. But most of the developers - don’t”. My boss continued:
“All of the best videos will be published anyway and you can just grab Popcorn and watch them with your team here.”

I listened. I knew he was right, but at the same time I was certain he's wrong. I didn’t know what exactly to tell him. How to explain the whole experience of going to a conference like Droidcon London. It was a few minutes later that it hit me:

Joining droidcon London is exciting every single time!

I believe that one should always strive to improve, to evolve, to step out of one's comfort zone. Participating in this conference I'm always sure to learn something new. It is an opportunity to explore new technologies, discuss new ideas and learn from other developers’ experience. It’s not just about watching the talks. It’s about discussing it with other industry experts from various fields.

Every talk encapsulates the knowledge and point of view of talented developers, which I'm anticipated to absorb.
The presentations, the discussions, the questions, the answers...
Being surrounded with so many people who share a passion for Android, is truly inspiring in so many ways.

This conference is so much more than the talks. It's about meeting good old friends and connecting with new interesting people. This is also an opportunity for me to give back to the droidcon community, and share some of my own insights.

This time I will talk about Doze mode.

I believe that a developer who understands how does the Android framework work is a better developer. Therefore, my talk will deep dive into how does doze mode behave. I'll demonstrate its effect on various project architectures, and consider some ways for improvement. My talk will be enjoyed by any Android developer who wants to better understand and cooperate with the system, throughout api versions updates, in order to build better apps.

So how did the conversation with my boss ended up? 2 developers from our Android team are coming the whole way from Israel to London, to be a part of this unbelievable experience. Well, and get a pint or two of beer as well :)

See you there.

Wanna find out more? Jump to the Programme Page!


Excited for droidcon? Tania Pinheiro is! Check out why



I am super excited to join Droidcon London! ​The best thing about being part of the community is having a chance to discuss and share ideas with interesting attendees.

At DroidCon 2016 I’m most looking forward to learn more about reactive programming and augmented reality.

During my talk, I’ll be sharing my thoughts about Gradle and the advantages of improving our builds by automating and customising some tasks.

For me the most exciting announcement over the next 12 months will be Java 8 features and the Jack toolchain.

Wanna find out more? Jump to the Programme Page!


Dario Incalza tells us which Droidcon London talks he's planning to attend!






I am excited to speak at Droidcon London for the first time, where I will be giving a talk on Android application security. Droidcons have always been a wonderful opportunity where you can meet like-minded people and talk with Android experts.

I will talk about secure coding practices to protect mobile apps against hacking attacks. I’m glad that I will have the chance to share my passion for Android and security. My talk will be inspired by my experience at GuardSquare, where application security is at the core of everything that we do. Our mission is to make apps more secure by providing advanced software to developers that aren’t necessarily security experts themselves.

Droidcons are known for attracting high quality speakers, and this is certainly not different for the upcoming event in London. I’m looking forward to Scott Alexander-Bown’s talk on security in Android N, because at GuardSquare we always want to stay ahead and complement the current security techniques on the Android mobile platform. I’m eagerly waiting to hear his expert opinion on the relevance and usability of the new security features in Android N. A few of the other talks I am certainly interested in are:

- Java 8 on Android by Alex Florescu
- Building a framework with Clean Architecture by Rich King
- Making Retrofit 2 work for you by Jake Wharton
- Supercharging Android apps with TensorFlow by Mohamed Taieb

I am always looking to meet new people, so feel free to talk to me on Twitter (@h4oxer) if you’re attending Droidcon London as well! If you want to know more about our company you can follow us on Twitter (@guardsquare) or visit our website

Wanna find out more? Jump to the Programme Page!


Francisco Estevez tells us about his talk and other goodies that'll be on hand at droidcon London 2016



This post is a quick parenthesis on the series for a couple of good news.

Firstly, I have been selected as a speaker at Droidcon London 2016! This is a great chance I've been given to present the ideas about application architecture and day-to-day code I have been working on for the past couple of years. The conference is also full of Android powerhouses that I'm really interested in meet and exchange ideas with. I couldn't attend last year except to the pre- and after-conference events, and they were a blast.

The talk will be useful for people that are already familiar with reactive programming and are lacking a deep dive into how to structure their code, including some examples of how non-trivial requirements can be solved in a completely functional approach. My hope is that it sparks a conversations around composition of units of work, architectural layering with fewer Objects, and who prefers fully or just partially functional code in Java.


Make sure to come and say hi! The session will last 45 minutes so I have to be very careful to make it compact but digestible, all while keeping the mood light.

I have also been selected for a shorter talk on open sourcing libraries. It will cover the aspects of publishing, promoting, and several approaches to convincing the legal department to let you publish it. This one will be shorter and to the point, and it's called "Write a lib today!".

Make sure to check out Francisco's blog here!

Wanna find out more? Jump to the Programme Page!


Interested in the wearables that'll be at droidcon London? So is Aga Madurska!




The most exciting part of DroidCon for me is having the chance to speak in person with the many developers I work for. My day-to-day job at Google involves designing and building new APIs for Android Wear and Android UI - obviously, I hope all of them to be useful and easy to use, but I rarely have the such a wonderful opportunity to speak to so many of you that may work with the components I develop.

So far the most magical moment for me was discovering that Lisa Wray will be talking at droidcon 2016 about the RecyclerView and, among other things, its new Snapping API - something I spent the past 4 months working on :)



I’m keen to learn what the community needs from us next to make Android and Android Wear development easier and faster. My part of the Android Wear 2.0 talk will focus on the updates to the wearable-support library and one of the key themes will be working with round screens. The Android Framework was certainly not design to cope with such madness and I’ll discuss some of the challenges we faced while designing and developing the curved launcher and the WearableRecyclerView.

We live in such beautifully exciting times where technology evolves to become ubiquitous. Over the next 12 months I look forward to seeing Android grow to face this challenge, by becoming a platform of choice for wearables, cars, homes and other devices (who know what people will come up with).

I look forward to meeting you all!

Wanna find out more? Jump to the Programme Page!


Check out what Kai Koenig is excited about for droidcon London!




I’m a Kiwi. Neither a fruit nor a bird though. Having made all the way up from New Zealand to the UK for droidcon UK, I’ll be speaking about Kotlin. Kotlin is currently the most exciting language to work with when writing Android apps because it’s more productive and fun than using Java. Far too few people know about Kotlin yet, I’m on a mission to change that.

My talk will be enjoyed by everyone, I hope. People will particularly like it if they're interested in improving their productivity and tinkering with new languages. There’s no previous experience with Kotlin needed, I aim to give people enough idea to start playing with the language and the infrastructure around it after my session.



I’ve never been to an Android event in the UK. Therefore I can’t really say anything about the Android community at droidcon UK, but I assume it’s not gonna be very different from other places. Lots of developers, designers and other tech people hanging out together, having fun while sharing knowledge and learning new things. At droidcon 2016, I most look forward to Lisa’s “Radical Recycler View” session and having a closer look into topics like VR and Android Wear.

I think the most exciting development for the Android community over the next 12 months will be Android 4 gradually being phased out. Well, that’s what we all hope for, right…? In all seriousness though - I’m looking forward to Google’s new Pixel devices and new Android Wear watches (I’m writing this on October 3rd - by the time you read this, some of that will be old news). I also think 2017 is the make-it-or-break-it year for VR. There’s a lot of excitement, but not many really convincing mainstream apps and use cases beyond gaming. It’ll be interesting to see where this is going.

Wanna find out more? Jump to the Programme Page!


Join the Design competition at droidcon London and show us what you got - you might also win some amazing prizes!




A great application is not just an application that has subtle but immediately recognisable branding. It’s not just an app that has a great visual design. A great app makes it easy and immediately understandable to its users, showcasing how to get the most out of it. It captures their attention, delights them. Using motion wisely and creatively is key to that. And we want to see what you and your team have built.

We are looking for the work you are most proud of, that has the sort of extra attention to detail that creates the highest quality experience for your users using motion. Whether you are a designer or a developer, we’d love to see what you’ve got.


Our team of all-star jurors is going to pick the two best entries. We have the best prize possible for design geeks: two one on one sessions with super skilled designers. One session is going to be hosted by Nick Bearman, Motion Designer at Google; the other will be hosted by Novoda’s Head of Design, Dave Clements.

Runner-ups will receive an Amazon Echo, so they can explore the exciting possibilities offered by its new voice-based interactions.

Sign up on by October 17th, 23:59. Winner will be announced during the closing ceremony of droidcon London, on Friday 28th October.

Wanna find out more? Click here!


droidcon London veteran Chet Haase hasn't had enough of this conference yet... find out why!



Join me and many other developers at Droidcon London at the end of October.

"Why Droidcon London?," you ask? Great question, thanks for asking! The answer is simple. But because I wanted to write more than six sentences to justify taking up your time reading this, I'm going to take longer to explain.

For one thing, there will be developers. Everywhere. Hanging from the rooftop, dangling from the balcony, occupying every seat - nothing but developers, developers, developers. None of these business-blogger types, no management consultants (well, very few anyway) peddling their wares; just developers. So the people you talk to are exactly the people you want to connect with; other programmers learning the same stuff to solve the same problems that you have.


Also, there are always great technical talks. Developers aren't just in the seats and hanging from the fluorescents; they're up on stage talking about the stuff they know. In many conferences, the people on stage are the people that are carefully prepped to deliver on-message talks about products. But Droidcon is one of those awesome conferences that's all geek. The only difference between the presenters and the audience is that one of them has the mic (and the slides and demos ready to go). So there's great stuff to learn and great developers to learn from.

Finally, and I think this is the essence of the 'simple' answer that I wanted to give originally: it's the weather. It has been my experience that London has the most consistent weather of any place I've been. No matter when I arrive and how long I stay, the weather is always predictably gray, moist, cool, and somewhat dismal. Surely you get tired of the perfect weather where you are. I mean, how many sunny days in a row can you take before you just want to burst out in song? And who can get anything done in the office with happy people skipping around singing and smiling all the time? No, Droidcon London offers exactly the kind of weather that developers need to buckle down and Get Things Done, because, well, there aren't really any better options.

Droidcon London: It's not whether you will enjoy it, but rather weather you will enjoy.

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Programme committee member Andrew Lord on why he's excited about droidcon London being his first conference as a speaker - so are we!



I will speaking at droidcon London 2016 on October 27th. This will be my first time speaking at droidcon and also my first time speaking at a conference! I am very glad that my first conference talk will be at droidcon, it is the best conference I have been to!

My talk will be a lightning talk on using lambda expressions on Android. As Android developers we historically didn’t have access to the Java 8 APIs that other Java developers were using. Then Retrolambda came along, but most of us either weren’t aware of it or didn’t really see much advantage to using lambda expressions. However, due in part to RxJava becoming increasingly popular and Java 8 features coming with Android Nougat, many Android developers are using them. This short talk will go over what lambda expressions are, what method references are, a few pitfalls to avoid on Android and then some brief use cases, such as with RxJava.


If you wish to get in touch with me then I am on GitHub or my personal website and blog is www.andrew-lord.co.uk

Wanna find out more? Click here!


Now is the time to get involved in augmented reality - find out why from Epson's Marc-Antoine Godfroid!



I am super excited to be at this year’s droidcon London with my colleague Giles Beaumont. We’ll be speaking about why now is the best time to get involved with augmented reality. With the revenue of AR forecasted to reach nearly $120B by 2020 (source: Digi-Capital) – four times the revenue forecasted for virtual reality–, it’s clear that it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

At Epson we’ve invested lots of resources into developing a wide range of see-through smart eyewear devices that can really take advantage of augmented reality and help you unlock its potential for personal, commercial and industrial applications.


I’ll be discussing more about why it’s important to gain a foothold in this fast-paced market that is shaping the very near future of computing, and how you can getting started. Giles, our software engineer, will also be talking about our Developer API guide, SDK and more.

I look forward to seeing you all there, and if you’d like to find out more about our technical resources prior to our talk, click here.

Wanna find out more? Jump to the Programme Page!


Business Design Centre

Situated in Islington, one of London’s most vibrant areas, the BDC is within walking distance of Angel tube station and relatively close to Kings Cross, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Euston stations. Conveniently located outside the congestion charge zone, the venue also benefits from on-site car parking, an adjacent Hilton Hotel, and has disabled access.

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Business Design Centre

52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH, GB


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As the droidcon London 2016 hurricane arrives in London soon, we figured it was time to put together a list of events and parties related to Android, IoT and App Development, taking place around the city in October & November. Follow #droidconUK to stay close to the droidcon action!

Have an event to add to this droidcon London Fringe Events & Party Guide? Send it to droidcon@skillsmatter.com and we’ll add it to the list.

droidcon London Party - Thursday 27th October


Enjoying your first day at droidcon London? It's party time now! Come along to the #DroidconUK party to enjoy some drinks at Codenode's {{SpaceBar}}, some dance moves and 1980's arcade games and share your experience and droidcon impressions with other droidcon attendees. To celebrate Droidcon London's 8th year and 40 years of British Punk, we'll have the great [Dylan Beattie](https://skillsmatter.com/legacy_profile/dylan-beattie) play a few punky tunes too. Tickets are limited to 400 only, so if you want to come along, score yourself a ticket at the #droidconUK Skills Matter booth now!

Everyone with a Party Ticket will be able to hop on our very own #droidconUK double decker routemaster buses, which will bring you from the BDC (Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street) to [CodeNode](https://skillsmatter.com/about-us#venue). Buses will be waiting for you right outside the BDC from 6pm and and will get you straight to the party.

If you prefer the good old London Underground, CodeNode is a five-minute walk from Moorgate Tube Station, which is just two stops from Angel (the closest station to the BDC, where droidcon London takes place), and it's served by the Northern Line.

Come along from the conference or meet us at CodeNode for an evening of good tunes and drinks – a chance to share your experience and ideas with each other in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! And if you need some help finding your way home/to your hotel once the party's over, please visit the Transport for London's website which contains full information on how to move around in London.



droidcon London Hack Weekend 2016 - at CodeNode, from Friday October 28th to Sunday October 30tht

We hope droidcon London 2016 will inspire you with lots of new ideas. If you fancy getting stuck in straight away, join fellow droidcon attendees and some of the most talented coders and experts, for the traditional, weekend-long droidcon London Hack Weekend and create something amazing! Come along to have some fun experimenting with the latest android technologies, get your hands dirty coding on some pretty cool gadgets and devices, whilst having a chance to win some of the awesome prizes awarded by our droidcon London Hack Weekend challengers and supporters. Participation is free for registered attendees, and you can register here.

Skills Matter's community conferences are made possible thanks to the generous support of our amazing sponsors, who help us keep tickets affordable, organize great workshops and are keen to meet you at their booths, to share their projects, tools and frameworks with you.

To learn more about our sponsors, click on their logo!

Available Packages

    • PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP
    • Engage with the Droidcon community! Show off your team, projects, tools or devices at your Droidcon conference booth!

      Brand Visibility Benefits

      Engagement Benefits

      • Extra large booth area in Droidcon's exhibitors space (6mx4m)
      • A Q&A Clinic run by your engineer(s) scheduled and announced as part of Droidcon London's Zones Program (on the Droidcon app & web pages).
      • Your video or article(*) (on your platform, tools or devices, and created by your engineering team), published and announced on the Droidcon London website, social media and news letters.
      • One demo or raffle announced on the 'Droidcon Exhibition' Program.
      • Two items (leaflet, device, pen or notepad) included in all Droidcon swag bags
      • Free sponsorship engagement benefits for the DroidconHack
      • 10 free exhibitor tickets for your Droidcon exhibitor team
      • 5 free conference tickets which you can gift to your clients, your engineering team or members of Computing At School (teachers learning computing to teach the new National Computing Curriculum).

      News & Press

      • Introductions and mentions to international, national and technology press & media
      • Your sponsored message with hot linked logo in at least 2 Droidcon London attendee newsletters
      • A mention in at least 2 Droidcon blog posts

      Exclusivity

      • Exclusive to 1 Platinum Sponsor only
    • GOLD SPONSORSHIP
    • Engage with the Droidcon community! Show off your team, projects, tools or devices at your Droidcon conference booth!

      Brand Visibility Benefits

      • Your logo (medium) on all Droidcon web pages
      • Your own dedicated partner page on skillsmatter.com
      • Your sponsored message with hot linked logo in the Droidcon news letters.
      • Your logo (medium) on all in-venue conference banners
      • Visibility of your brand and your support for Droidcon in regular social media updates.

      Engagement Benefits

      • Large booth area in Droidcon's exhibitors space (6mx3m / 18 sqm / 194 sqft).
      • A Q&A clinic run by your engineer(s) scheduled and announced as part of Droidcon London's Zones Program (on the Droidcon app & web pages).
      • Your video or article(*) (on your platform, tools or devices, and created by your engineering team), published and announced on the Droidcon London website, social media and news letters.
      • One demo or raffle announced on the Droidcon Zones Program.
      • Two items (leaflet, device, pen or notepad) included in all Droidcon swag bags
      • Six free exhibitor tickets for your Droidcon exhibitor team
      • Six free conference tickets which you can gift to your clients, your engineering team or members of Computing At School (teachers learning computing to teach the new National Computing Curriculum).

      Press

      • Introductions and mentions to international, national and technology press & media prior and during Droidcon

      Exclusivity

      • Exclusive to 10 Gold sponsors only

      (*) Subject to editorial guidelines.

    • SILVER SPONSORSHIP
    • Engage with the Droidcon community! Show off your team, projects, tools or devices at your Droidcon conference booth!

      Brand Visibility Benefits

      • Your logo (small) on all Droidcon web pages
      • Your own dedicated partner page on skillsmatter.com
      • Your logo (small) on all in-venue conference banners
      • Visibility of your brand and your support for Droidcon in regular social media updates.

      Engagement Benefits

      • A table in the exhibitors space (1.8mx0.6m / 180cm x 60cm)
      • One item (leaflet, device, pen or notepad) included in all Droidcon swag bags
      • 3 free exhibitor tickets for your Droidcon exhibitor team
      • 3 free conference tickets which you can gift to your clients, your engineering team or members of Computing At School (teachers learning computing to teach the new National Computing Curriculum).

      News & Press

      • Introductions and mentions to international, national and technology press & media
    • BRONZE SPONSORSHIP
    • Engage with the Droidcon community! Show off your team, projects, tools or devices at your Droidcon conference booth!

      Brand Visibility Benefits
      • Your logo (small) on all Droidcon web pages
      • Your own dedicated partner page on skillsmatter.com
      • Your logo (small) on all in-venue conference banners
      • Visibility of your brand and your support for Droidcon in regular social media updates.
      Engagement Benefits
      • 1/2 table in the exhibitors area (0.9mx0.6m / 90cm x 60cm)
      • One item (leaflet, device, pen or notepad) included in all Droidcon swag bags
      • 2 free exhibitor tickets for your Droidcon exhibitor team
      • 1 free conference ticket, which you can gift to your clients, your engineering team or a member of Computing At School (teachers learning computing to teach the new National Computing Curriculum).


    • DROIDCON COMMUNITY SKILLSCAST SPONSORSHIP
    • Be remembered! Have your logo displayed on all Droidcon SkillsCast recordings!

      Skills Matter will record almost every talk held at Droidcon and will publish these as SkillsCasts on Skills Matter.com. SkillsCasts are available to Skills Matter's 60,000+ strong (member) community and comprise of film footage as well as all code and slides presented in the Droidcon talks.

      If your company would like to sponsor this year's Droidcon SkillsCasts, your logo will appear along with one other sponsor logo and the Droidcon organiser logo's in all recorded SkillsCasts.

      Brand Visibility Benefits
      • Your logo on all Droidcon SkillsCasts, available to Skills Matter's 50,000 strong member community.
      • Exclusive to two Droidcon sponsors and two Droidcon organisers only!
    • SPONSOR THE DROIDCON 2015 T-SHIRTS!
    • Have your logo printed on Droidcon T-shirts, provided to all conference attendees, speakers and sponsors attending this year.

      Brand Visibility Benefits
      • Your logo on 1,500 Droidcon t-shirts
      • Exclusive to two t-shirt sponsors only!
    • SPONSOR THE DROIDCON 2016 PARTY!!
    • Have your logo printed on all Droidcon Party beer mats and party badges, provided to conference attendees, speakers and sponsors attending the party this year.

      Brand Visibility Benefits
      • Your logo displayed on Droidcon Party beer mats and party badges
      • Your logo displayed on Droidcon Party pop-up banners
      • Get your logo featured in lots of pictures taken at the Droidcon Party!
      • Plus 'Partner' sponsorship benefits
      • Exclusive to two party sponsors only!
    • DROIDCON SWAG BAG SPONSORSHIP
    • Have your logo printed on Droidcon swag bags, provided to all conference attendees, speakers and sponsors attending this year.

      Brand Visibility Benefits
      • Your logo on 1,500 Droidcon swag bags
      • Exclusive to two swag bag sponsors only!
    • DROIDCON HACKATHON
    • By sponsoring the Droidcon London Hackathon, you will be able to engage some 300 Android developers with your latest platform, tools or devices.

      Sponsor and set one of the hackathon challenges, judge submissions, select winners of your challenge and provide a prize to the best team during the award ceremony on Sunday.

      Announcements, submissions and the award ceremony are all filmed and published on the droidcon website. In addition to high social media activity Droidcon Hackathons create each year, your engineers will have the opportunity to work and collaborate with the hackathon's passionate engineers over 48 intensive (all day all night) hours.

    • PARTNER
    • Brand Visibility Benefits
      • Your logo (small) on all Droidcon web pages
      • Your own dedicated partner page on skillsmatter.com
      • Your logo (small) on all in-venue conference banners
      • Visibility of your brand and your support for Droidcon in regular social media updates.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact the team: