Archive - May, 2012

The last Adobe Camp Brasil (Video Highlights)

This week we compiled a short video with some video highlights of the last Adobe Camp we ran in Brazil (got a little emotional in the end when I announced it was the last one, got really impressed with all the positive energy from everyone).

I’d like to thank EVERYONE for the amazing support, and here it is, the video highlights, enjoy:

We are still compiling a complete video with all the speakers, sponsors and more nice shots from the camp (will announce it soon).

For sure Adobe Camp Brasil will be missed, but keep your eyes open for BB10 Jam World Tour to see if it will stop in your city (still some spots left).

And conference organizers, how about doing fun raffles? Check the Talk Clock App out if you haven’t seen it yet.

Thanks again to YOU, who was there with us at the last Adobe Camp Brasil. We had a blast!

Developers, do you wanna surf the next best wave?

It is now nearly two months since I joined Research in Motion as a BlackBerry Developer Evangelist and lots of people I know, from the industry and from some circles of friends, based on some news out there, keep asking me: “Are you nuts? Really? BlackBerry?”.

Funny to hear that, because somehow I always felt RIM had a shot (now even more with the new RIM, new CEO, new strategy, new teams etc).

From my past experience as a partner, RIM cared about developers, about me, about my former company. I was running the BlackBerry Dev Group in San Diego, I was teaching how to develop for the PlayBook at UCSD and I was lucky to win one of the best Hackathons in the world (the AT&T one in Vegas) with a PlayBook app (and with the help of my former co-worker Doug Saisho), competing against iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps. So I can say I was already some sort of believer/evangelist, always with great support from RIM.

And on April 2nd of 2012, I left everything behind (including my company, in its best year), to join Research in Motion. Now I’m traveling the world, surrounded by extremely talented people, passionate about technology, coming from all different companies (e.g. Microsoft, Palm) to join this elite team and to be part of a revolution called BlackBerry 10.

I started to get really excited about BlackBerry when I heard that RIM had acquired TAT (The Astonishing Tribe), a company I was a BIG fan for years. Look what they were thinking about, back in 2010:

So deeply inside I knew something great would come out of that. And TAT + all the experience of RIM + QNX (one of the most mature operating systems in the world) was a clear win win scenario. And now, being inside Research in Motion, I can guarantee that it is a strong new company, young, with clear goals, focused, full of very talented professionals and with an amazing new platform in the works.

My mission started at BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando, where developers received a developer alpha device (4.2” screen and 1280×768 resolution), with an earlier alpha version of BB10, to start porting/creating their apps to this new platform. It was a developer prototype (not representing the final hardware or software), a further proof of RIM’s commitment to the developer community; to provide you developer the best tools and the best opportunities to build apps for the BlackBerry platform. Some screenshots of BB10:

You developer can choose to develop for BlackBerry 10 in Native (C/C++), WebWorks (HTML5/JavaScript/CSS), Adobe AIR and could also repackage their Android apps to run on the PlayBook (note: all PlayBook apps will run on BB10). View the tools here.

There is an enormous business opportunity within the BlackBerry platform for developers. We all know that it’s becoming nearly impossible to get noticed on the other platforms (tons of duplicates, very few apps being profitable or not even breaking even). It’s up to you, target a platform which is pretty much like a lottery, or target the BlackBerry platform, where you can choose the way to develop, and benefit from an ecosystem of apps growing very fast.

I’m a surfer, and I would prefer to surf a perfect wave by myself than get really stressed out surfing with a huge crowd around me. How about you?

BlackBerry 10 will be released later this year and I’m eager to see what you will create. RIM wants to give you all the tools for you to be successful.

I hope to see you at the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour stops! (RIM has some seed devices for the ones who qualify and attend the tour).

My advice? Be the crazy one to choose the BlackBerry platform (the new BlackBerry) and let’s surf this amazing wave with no crowd, it will pay off!

Happy coding everyone!

Hey conference and event organizers, the Talk Clock App is here for you

Being an event organizer myself with events such as Adobe Camp Brasil and Hackathon San Diego, and also seeing in so many events the big need to:

1) keep track of talks duration,

2) show big enough messages from a distance to the speaker (like “Go Faster, 5 minutes left”) and

3) do very FUN raffles,

in March of 2012 I set the last project for Action Creations under my administration, called “Talk Clock”, to have a very polished design, focused on being very functional. After tons of prototypes and usability tests, it’s finally ready! And I’m proud to show it to you now:

As event organizer, you can have someone holding the tablet (showing it to the speaker) so he/she can see the time left and see your messages. During the raffle, you can plug the tablet to the projector via HDMI and show its screen to the whole audience.

The Talk Clock App is available only for the BlackBerry PlayBook (and soon BB10 devices) for USD 1.99 and it can be found here. Hope you enjoy it!

Adobe Camp Brasil 2012

On April 27th and 28th of 2012, I had the opportunity to organize Adobe Camp Brasil 2012, which later became known as the best Adobe Camp ever, a sold out Adobe community event that offered tons of amazing speakers, great sessions, and where sharing, learning and networking made this one unforgettable.

This was the video shown in the opening keynote:

THANKS TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU who attended, supported and made this crazy idea become what it was. Also big thanks to BlackBerry, Adobe, Red Bull, Sebrae Alagoas and all the supporting companies.

Nice Feedback on Facebook!

All pictures are available on Facebook:

“The quality of the presenters was really impressive. A diverse, but very passionate bunch as well. Speaking of passionate, my experience interactive with the attendees has been phenomenal. Their passion and enthusiasm is infectious. It’s really great to see so many talented developers and designers from all over latin america come to this event to learn and be inspired.”- Arno Gourdol, Senior Director, Web Platform & Authoring, Adobe Systems

“Tudo funcionou com precisão suíça e cercado por toda a beleza de Maceió – que por sinal esta com a orla muito bem cuidada.” - Marcello Povoa, MPP Interativa

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