Droidcon Moscow 2015: how it happened

September 25-27 in the office Mail.Ru Group held the largest Russian conference Android-developers Droidcon Moscow 2015. Unique business program, exhibition of gadgets, DemoCamp brought to the event, more than 1000 representatives of mobile ecosystem, running on the Android platform, as well as more than 3000 people watched the online broadcast of the first day on the official site.

The Organizers of Droidcon in Moscow was organized by Apps4All developing the Russian community of mobile developers, with the support of Google Developers Group and Mail.Ru Group.

A welcoming speech at the opening ceremony were made by Tobias von zur Gathen, the representative of the international conference Droidcon Global, and Alexander Vassiliev, co-founder and CEO Apps4All.

"once again, convinced that the conference is, first of all, people, - says Alexander Vasiliev, CEO and co-founder of Apps4All. - Droidcon Moscow for the second time already manage to gather around themselves a great number of very interesting, intelligent and enthusiastic people. Each of them, one way or another, is part of the Android ecosystem, brings to her the development of something. All this is difficult to convey in words, to feel the atmosphere in the video of the report or when viewing the slides, as you will see only one side of a complex mechanism which we create together. So I would like to say a big thank you to our presenters, sponsors, visitors, and just our friends for your help, advice and new original ideas and technologies."

Business program Droidcon Moscow was divided into thematic units by day: Tech Day, Business Day, Community Day. The it took part in the foreign and Russian developers, experts, world renowned manufacturers of mobile devices such authoritative speakers: Alexey Kokin (Google Russia), Anton Krasun (Twitter), Michael Pechuk (Facebook), Dmitry Navosha (Sports.ru), Vsevolod Ivanov (Touch Instinct), Dmitry Ryzhkov (Intel), Cyril Kharkov (Mail.Ru Group), Denis Neklyudov (Google Developer Expert), Eugene Aldanov (J'son &Partners Consulting), Alin Jerpelea (Sony Mobile), Jalil Akbashev (Redmadrobot), Naoyuki Hirai (Sony Visual Products Inc.), Royi Benyossef (Google Developer Expert), Alexander Belotserkovsky (Microsoft), Dmitry Yunitsky (Mail.Ru Group), etc. Just before the audience featured more than 50 speakers.

"Droidcon was held in Russia for the second time, and this is the beginning of a very good tradition, – says Natalia Efimtseva, regional program Manager developer relations, Google Russia. – Talked a lot with the speakers at the conference, they noted the high activity of the audience: the listeners were often asked difficult questions, as many members were obviously "on", therefore the discussion was very interesting. Also, glad that this time the first day of the conference was broadcast online and they could see everyone. The reports of the second and third day were recorded and will also be available for viewing to everyone. High quality stream and recording sessions significantly expand the audience reach and extend the geography. Availability reports for developers in all cities Russia is a very important and correct step, for which the organizers of Droidcon separate thank you."

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Droidcon Participants discussed the novelties of the Android platform, wearable devices, syncing with cloud platforms, IOT, the development of the design and architecture of software and applications, the advantages of Android TV, augmented reality and Open API.

"Droidcon clearly demonstrated how the combined efforts of industry leaders can assist in the promotion and popularization of new technologies, - said Evgeniy Malikov, Vice President for organizational development Mail.Ru Group. - Droidcon is in fact a point of attraction for professionals, willing to openly share their successes and failures with the community, inspiring new ideas and experiments. As for the hosts of the event, for us it was critical to provide maximum comfort for conference participants and availability of materials working sessions for all who could not take part in them personally. And I think that with these tasks was done well!"

Experts have shared the secrets of success in Google Play, told about the peculiarities of analysts to developers and ways to enhance the appeal of your app with versions for Android Wear.

"an Excellent conference with a lot interesting, very utilitarian reports, - shared his impressions of Dmitry Navosha, Director General Sports.ru and Tribuna.com. - We with the marketing and product teams Sports.ru be the first business day after it – some of the overheard ideas rapidly be translated into concrete improvements of our applications."

On the third day of the conference was also held DemoCamp, where promising startups in the blitz format demonstrated their projects for the Android platform-representatives of venture capital funds. Ideas and case studies the participants were evaluated: Val Gerdes (Partner at Innov8 Global Advisory/Ventures), Maxim Chebotarev (head of the business angels club, FRII), Alex Polunin (Russia/CIS Global Entrepreneur and Academic Initiative Leader, Ecosystem Development, IBM), Stanislav Pavlov (Lead developer, Intel), Daniel Kozlov (Director of business development at GVA Launch Gurus), Ilya Korolev (Investment Manager FRIA), Igor Aronov (Analyst, FRII), Alexander Vasilyev (CEO and co-founder Apps4All).

The three winners of the DemoCamp headed Aerotaxi (Andrey Azarov), Memento Database (Vasiliy Egorov), TAU Platform (Dmitry Soldatenkov). The company Apps4All awarded the winner the opportunity to present their product at the conference Droidcon San Francisco 2016 in the framework of the exhibition area.

"2 minutes on the pitch is pretty hard when you want to talk about your project as much as possible, - said Andrey Azarov, the representative of the Aerotaxi. Among members of the DemoCamp was lots of strong projects, so we are very pleased that the experts have appreciated our service and presentation. We will be happy to introduce Russian start-up community in San Francisco."

During the second and third day, the exhibition of technologies and gadgets from leading IT corporations. Intel has introduced a new tool for developing cross-platform applications in Java Intel® Multi-OS Engine, as well as new tablets: Asus ZenPad C7.0 Intel® Atom™ x3 (codename SoFIA) and Dell Venue 8 7000 Series with camera Intel® RealSense™.

"For us the conference was very productive: high interest in the new product Multi-OS engine, the interesting discussions at the stand and make useful contacts, - says Svetlana Emelyanova, specialist technical marketing Intel® Developer Zone. - Pleased that the participants showed a keen interest not only to the tools for developing mobile applications, but also to the theme of the Internet of things. On mitape Intel® Developer Zone, we took more time than originally envisioned, discussion of Intel® Edison and our program for IoT developers."

At the booth of Epson all visitors were able to try out gaming with augmented reality and enjoy the 3D content in binocular transparent video glasses Epson Moverio BT-200.

On the Sony stand equipped with TVs based on Android TV™ was demonstrated voice search, GoogleCast™, and other functions of a new type of devices and the Google Play store with apps adapted to the big screen. Conference participants could get acquainted with the already available on Sony BRAVIA games, utilities, and video services.

Representatives of the OneAPI told the visitors the benefits of cloud Telecom platform that allows to automate reception and sending SMS, cloud telephony designer and receive payments for developers.

The Company Voximplant at the stand demonstrated the capabilities of cloud telephony for android devices: webrtc, react native, video conferencing, integration with Telecom operators.

The Company Car4G – manufacturer of smart automotive electronics in Russia – presented car multimedia system on Android, as well as automotive services and accessories.

3D.RU visitors were amazed at its stand unusual figures printed on a 3D printer. Figures of people, characters from cartoons and games, architectural models, designer shoes are examples of the work of specialists, presented at the exhibition. Everyone could take with them printed on a 3D printer keychain with a figurine of Android.

"the Event exceeded my expectations - shared Denis Neklyudov, expert on Android development GDG Moscow. – A lot of interesting and useful reports. Audience gathered to match the speakers and often after report has inflamed the debate, at times even exceeding, the utility reports. It was nice to meet old friends and meet new colleagues. Look forward to a new year and new Droidcon in Moscow!"

The event was held drawing of prizes and gifts from partners of Droidcon Moscow 2015. The winners received a tracker Basis Peak and the SMS Audio In-Ear Wireless Sport Headphones from Intel and vouchers for$ 50 credit Voximplant, which you can use for your projects. Sony has organized races in one racing games for Android TV with Souvenirs to all participants and valuable prizes. The participants who showed the best time on each day of the conference, battled for the main prize – mobile phones XPERIA – in the final race.

The Organizers Express their special thanks to the partners of Droidcon Moscow 2015: Google, Intel (Gold partners), Mail.Ru Group (Silver partner), OneAPI, VoxImplant (Bronze partners), Sony (Technical partner).

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