Word of mouth is starting to spread about AppForum 2015, the two-day event that Zebra Technologies is hosting from 13-14 October in London. Now in its sixth consecutive year, AppForum attracts application developers from Cape Town to Copenhagen who want to learn from the best and the brightest about the latest technologies that Zebra has to offer.
It’s the year’s most compelling reason to escape from behind the screen.
Of course, we have the basics covered: drinks, snacks, a t-shirt and a games evening are all included. We’ve also booked a fantastic new purpose-built developer venue, CodeNode, in the heart of London’s East End tech-zone. It’s a venue that’s been designed purely with developers in mind, providing a great space to share skills and collaborate on projects.
But it’s the value that a dev conference promises – the learning and networking and the buzz that builds when smart people with fresh ideas spend time together in the same room – that drives developers and their managers to attend an event.
And AppForum gives value in spades.
Consider these highlights if you still need a bit of convincing:
Hear the software strategic direction keynotes. Joe White and Euro Beinat are thought leaders in the technology, mobile computing and IoT arenas. And they’ll be on the podium to share their views on the enterprise mobility landscape, the future of the mobile OS and the direction of enterprise IoT. They’ll also discuss how the new Zebra is going to help our ISV and developer community get the most out of their app development in these areas.
Discover new technology that’s seriously game-changing. Hone your cutting edge as you learn about the latest ways to connect the physical to the digital. As we make the revolutionary possible in terms of asset management, task management, network management and the workforce strategy, it’s crucial for developers to understand the vital role they play in creating solutions for the enterprise.
Sessions that offer something for everybody. Whether you’re an experienced developer or new at the coding game, something at AppForum is sure to pique your interest. The schedule includes a choice of presentations rated as Expert, Intermediate and Beginner. It also includes deep-dive hands-on workshop sessions that focus on IoT, RFID, Android, printing, wireless, cross-platform tools, and emerging technology topics. When we say ‘something for everybody’, we mean precisely that.
Monday pre-AppForum hackathon. After awarding drones to our 2014 winners, we’ve changed the format slightly to allow you to hack and sleep (now there’s a novel idea!). Our hackathon this year will run as a stand-alone event from 10am to 10pm on Monday 12 October. There’s no charge to enter, plus food will be provided and there will be prizes up for grabs. What more do you need to know?
Networking and doodling with 300 of your peers. We expect to reach capacity at CodeNode – that’s 300 fellow app developers to share your ideas and to collaborate with to solve your challenges. We’ll have the Doodle Zone back this year where you can sit and scribble on the tables to your heart’s content. You can also meet Zebra experts and other devs in the Networking Zone between sessions.
So the value of investing two days of your time should be clear. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you know you should accomplish now. Join your fellow app developers who are making plans for AppForum and start looking forward to learning about ways to build a new generation of enterprise-centric, multi-platform apps.
As EMEA ISV and developer lead with Zebra Technologies, James Pemberton has been running the EMEA Zebra community for 10 years and was the pioneer behind the first AppForum developer event in Vienna in 2010.