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Bring your projects, questions, ideas or just come on down to hack on an Android related project. Android Experts will be present to help further the process. 

You can also come and showcase your new project (5 minute showcase) if you'd like. 

Come one, come all and bring your Android goodness with you.
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Wed, April 23, 7:00 PM MST
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Mike gives a review of the GDG NA Organizers Summit we attened a few weeks ago as well as a bit about the Computer History Museum. Nicely done . . . except the picture of the toilet.

http://www.mikewolfson.com/blog/2014/3/23/gdgna-summit-recap
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Our next meeting is coming up less then a week away.  Should be appropriate for all levels of people looking to learn about Android Studio.

http://www.meetup.com/PHX-Android/events/163497222/
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2013 Recap

Just wanted to let everyone know how 2013 went for GDG Phoenix. 

We held several meetings in early 2013 and attendance was steady from 20-30 people . . . about the same as 2012. But we wanted to grow. So, in the middle of the year we organizers got together and decided on a new plan for our chapter. Quarterly meetings instead of every month! Each quarterly meeting would be BIGGER and have 2-3 speakers that would focus on big ideas like Open Source, Games, Women in Tech, Big Data, User Experience, Performance, etc that could attract a larger crowd but still stay focused on developers. 

This new course meant big changes. We needed sponsors for more food and drinks, a bigger venue, etc. And we needed to ramp up more social media, maybe get a few Nexus 7's to raffle off, and find speakers. The key was to seek out sponsorships and look into new venues.

Turns out getting a sponsor for a big event isn't easy. I've found that many event organizers turn to their own company for support and that kind of thing snowballs to support the big events. Luckily, Google was just putting together the "DevFest" program and offered to help. That didn't stop us from looking for sponsors but in the end Google was the only ones that came though. 

DevFest Southwest (http://gdgphoenix.com/devfest/) was a great success. Attendance was good (70-80 by my count and by how many shirts were left) and the speakers were well received. The venue was a bit awkward but we made the best of it (and didn't have any options for a bigger venue since the budget was limited).  

Immediately after DevFest we started to plan for the next one . . . and after a talk with Donn we came up with a new plan. I'll go over that in a later post.

--GDG Phoenix Team

#gdg #2013 

http://gdgphoenix.com/devfest/
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Android Studio is a new IDE from Google currently in "early access preview” based on IntelliJ IDEA. Michael will review some interesting features of Android Studio that might make you consider giving it a try. This session assumes basic knowledge of Java and Android development. 

Speaker - Michael Bailey, Engineering Director - Android, American Express

Michael is the Engineering Director for the Android team responsible for American Express’ flagship consumer Android apps in the U.S. market. Development on these apps began in 2010.

Since joining the company in 2008, Michael has worked on a number initiatives at American Express including analytics, enterprise content management, AmexLabs, iOS apps, international mobile applications, NFC payments, the U.S. homepage and the U.S. online card applications site.

Michael holds a BS in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, where he specialized in computer security.

Including the US Consumer Apps that Michael works on0, American Express has 8 Android apps in the US Play Store ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=American%20Express ) and more in the International Play Stores "
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PSA, it looks like Google IO registration was postponed one week.  Instead of starting today, looks like it will be Apr 15 - 18th.
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I'll be watching for at least a few hours tomorrow . . . anyone else? 

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New for 2014

DevFest was a success and most of the feedback we received was "we don't meet enough".  Armed with this and the fact that Donn wanted to do an Android Hackathon we decided to focus on Android since the web space was crawling with user groups (Phoenix JavaScript, NodeAZ, and many others were all covering web now). The new plan is to meet and do an informal Android Hackathon every month and every third month we'll have a bigger meeting with a formal speaker. The hackathon idea means people will bring their own laptop and will be writing code and talking about specific issues instead of just watching a speaker. Someone new to Android might get the development tools installed and maybe even launch a sample app in the emulator instead of simply seeing a slide about it. And an veteran Android developer might learn something new just trying to explain what they've been up to.

We'll see how the new Android focus goes over the next few months. Feedback welcome.

--GDG Phoenix Team

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Wearables DevCon, March 5-7 in San Francisco, is a groundbreaking event for designers, builders and developers of wearable computing devices and software.  Leading research analysts project up to 400 million devices to be sold annually by 2017. Learn how to develop for the coolest gadgets and next wave of computing devices like Google Glass, FitBit, Pebble, the SmartWatch 2, Jawbone, and the Galaxy Gear SmartWatch and be a part of the wearables technology revolution!  Use code GDG for a $200 conference discount.  Expo is free! www.wearablesdevcon.com
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Bring your projects, questions, ideas or just come on down to hack on an Android related project. Android Experts will be present to help further the process. 

You can also come and showcase your new project (5 minute presentation) if you'd like. 

Come one, come all and bring your Android goodness with you.

Feel free to say yes here or use Meetup (Official site) below . . . we're cross posting all the Android events to Meetup so we have the best of both worlds.
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Google Developer Groups (GDGs) are user groups for people who are interested in Google's developer technology; everything from the Android and App Engine platforms, to product APIs like the YouTube API and the Google Calendar API, to initiatives like Google Plus.
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GDG Phoenix Mission Statement

GDG Phoenix is targeted towards developers whose focus is on computing. The primary focus will be on Google's developer technology products; these include (but are not limited to): Android, App Engine, Chrome, Angular JS, and product APIs (such as Maps, YouTube or Drive). The focus of our group is not limited to Google products explicitly, but anything that enables using the internet effectively.

Check out developers.google.com for the full list of offerings. 

Disclaimer: GDG Phoenix is an independent group; our activities and the opinions expressed on this +Page should in no way be linked to Google, the corporation