2011-09-01 10h10_37
Last Updated: September 10th, 2011

Android Open

Over the past few years, Android has grown from a small project in Palo Alto, CA into the most popular smartphone platform on the planet. As such, developers all over the world have taken interest in the platform, providing us with some pretty amazing apps along the way.

O'Reilly Media thought it was about time for a conference to encourage, nurture, and help developers that encompasses the entire Android ecosystem -- everything from app building to revenue models, and what goes under the hood. With that thought, Android Open was born, and this year, Android Police is one of Android Open's media partners.


About Android Open

Android Open is a three day event in San Francisco, CA that runs October 9-11 and is designed for everyone from startup companies to the most seasoned developers to learn about new developments tools and implementation, frameworks, game development, enterprise solutions, performance, security, and a whole lot more.

It's not exclusive to developers, either -- carriers, chip manufacturers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, product managers, IT professionals, enterprise solution companies, and basically anyone else involved in the tech world are all encouraged to attend to learn what Android can do for them.

Not only is this an excellent opportunity to see the power of Android at work, but it's also the opportune time to network, meet with OEMs and manufacturers, and for small startups to start making a name for themselves.

Android Open has a great lineup of featured speakers, including Tom O'Reilly from O'Reilly Media, Mark Gross from Intel, Kiran Presad from Linkedin, and Suzanne Alexandra from Motorola, just to name a few.



imageTickets to the event range anywhere from $695 to $1695, depending on whether you want to attend workshops only, the conference itself, or both.

As one of Android Open's media partners, we've worked out a deal with O'Reilly to get each and every one of you a 20% discount on ticket pricing -- simply use this coupon code when you checkout: AN11AP.


This contest is now over. We have selected the winners - see if you are one of them here.

That's not all though -- we're also giving away two tickets ($1295 each) to the event, including Sunday workshops, to two lucky developers.


This contest does not cover the cost of airfare, hotel, or any other expense - it is for tickets to the event only. Tickets are non-transferable, so please don't enter if you can't or don't plan on attending.

How to Win

Now for the fun part: the contest. In order for a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below and tell us why we should choose you. That's it. Keep in mind that tickets are non-transferable, so if you plan on trying to win tickets for the sole purpose of selling them, you're out of luck.

The giveaway will end in one week - September 8th, 23:59 PT, and the winners will be selected shortly after.

For more information on Android Open, including full schedule and speaker list, head to the official Android Open site.

Good luck!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Patrick Peterson

    I'd love to win because I'm just starting out in app development and I'd love to focus exclusively on Android. I've taken all the online training that I can, but interaction with people would really help me develop killer apps for Android!

  • http://www.gplus.to/KraigWebb xAndroidAddictX

    I have been into Android since it was announced and have always want to really get into developing for it. I have only been able to dabble here and there and I am currently reading one of the many books available but I learn a lot better from listening. I think this would be an amazing opportunity to get some real knowledge about the Android platform and would love a chance to attend... All that and you guys haven't picked me for any other contests.

  • Adam Thomas

    I'd love to win! I'm BIG into Android development and keeping open source, open!

  • http://SycloneMedia.com AJ Patell

    Winning a ticket would jump start me on my Android app development, as right now I am trying to stay ahead of the curve by studying where the path of Android and it's development is going... the conference would be perfect! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  • http://wahtod.org David Van de Ven

    I've always loved programming, but never until recently saw it as a possible career. Realizing a few years ago that mobile was the next big thing, I quit my job and launched into learning iPhone development full time. Objective C wasn't my cup of tea. Android was. Since the first Android SDK I've been learning, refining my open source apps, and creating the foundation for something big. I'm still living like a student because I'm learning. I can't afford big ticket conferences, but if given the opportunity, I will soak up everything I can when I'm there. I do this for love.

    • Nocturnhabeo

      and not going to compete because he needs it more than I do

  • http://nickelliott.us Nick

    I am an engineering student who is looking to start developing in android on a couple of prospective business products. This may well serve to give me some information needed to learn what it is I need to learn to complete those tasks. I am a huge android enthusiast and would love to attend this conference.

  • Steve

    I would love the opportunity to win. I love android and have a team of developers that I could share this with or maybe even let them go in place of me. Have like a raffle or something for them after. We could benefit greatly from it and give back to the community for sure. Thank you for the chance!

  • http://markwazny.wordpress.com Mark Wazny

    I've been an android developer since I got the G1(release day). I started off making applications for useful functions(I wrote two that automated the appstosd procedure on the G1 back when that was a thing, and Open Overclocker, an appear for overclocking the cpu on the G1), and have recently moved to games, with Cellulon: Attack of the Virii currently on the market and another game coming down the pipe.

    I would love the chance to be able to further my knowledge of Android and I think this conference would be perfect for that.

  • Reggie

    I'd like to say that I'm an Android developer, but I'm really just a newbie. What I am is very entrepreneurial. I want to learn the business of mobile app development and create a business to help others build apps!

  • Elvis

    I'm getting into Android development and would LOVE to go to the conference and see all the new innovations that people are working on, and throw in some of my own. I live so close to all the technology action (San Jose, CA) but I just can't seem to get 'IN' and think this might be a good opportunity to meet some of the locals, and hopefully turn it into a career.

    You could be changing somebody's LIFE!!! That's heavy man...

  • Matthew Johnson

    I am an up and coming android developer but have had trouble finding the resources to learn skills I need to advance further. This conference would be the perfect oppurtunity. And I am a senior in college about to graduate with a BA in CS concentration in embedded systems so this would be an amazing networking oppurtunity that could help my entire future immensely. I would be forever indebted to AndroidPolice if you guys could hook me up with a ticket to this thing.

  • Phil

    I would love to win the tickets to continue my education in Android development. Maybe learn about topics in tablet development. Also, it would nice to go and make new contacts!!

  • http://gplus.to/anujahooja Anuj Ahooja

    I am currently building two Android apps (one of them being a news-reading app) that, including regular usability, will also keep in mind the visually impaired. Along with that, once I'm done each project, I will open source all the tools so other developers can follow suit.

    On top of that, I'm currently interning for a company that is making Android-based tablets for education in not only North America, but also Asia. Needless to say, I'm continuously developing for Android and I would like to meet and learn from like-minded people.

    I think this would an amazing opportunity for me to expand my reach and be able to add more accessibility tools in my app; I also hope to spread the knowledge as I acquire it.

    Thanks, AndroidPolice, for making this accessible to the masses. I probably won't be able to afford to go on my own, but if I could get tickets from you guys it would really help my work.

    Good luck to everyone!

  • http://www.raybrierly.com Ray Brierly

    I've been working with Android for about a year, and have made a couple live wallpapers, and the fairly popular Embiggen. I'm a huge fan of the platform, and am currently working on a much larger project, which will use many of the features in the api.

    I'm also a big fan of O'Reilly, and have been a Safari subscriber for a couple of years now. A conference like this would help me master some of the best practices of Android development, and allow me to improve the apps that I make.

  • Felix

    Coming from the original Palm Pre to Android in the form of the HTC EVO 3D, I can positively say it's the best decision i've made technology wise. I love the Android community and Android Police. I would love to go and see what's coming up for Android.

  • http://gthing.net sam

    I'll keep this short and sweet: I'm beginning app development and going to this conference will help me develop an app that you guys will be happy to feature on this blog.

  • Felix

    Coming from the original Palm Pre to Android in the form of the HTC EVO 3D is the best decision I've ever made. The Webos community was awesome but the Android community is so vast and powerful that it amazes me every day. I've learned so much and would love to attend just to learn that much more!!!

  • Michael

    A huge android fan ! would like to get one ! :)

  • Matthew Kaufman

    Like everyone else here I am an Android enthusiast and am wanting to develop for Android. The only difference is that my ideas are good =) I have awesome ideas for new farting applications and even an app that contains solid color wallpapers featuring every color in the Crayola universe. If this isn't enough to earn a ticket I don't know what is.

  • Aaron Chancey

    I am a huge Android fan and Android developer. I love the fact that we will soon see Android on everything from cars to refrigerators. I'd love to go to this conference and learn new stuff related to Android.

  • Daniel

    I am an huge Android fan and a developer by profession. I am also the proud father of a three year old little boy with special needs. He really enjoys using our Android phones.

    I would like to learn more about Android development to be able to create Apps for children with special needs to reinforce their therapy/school and engage them in games and activities on Android powered devices that can help with their development

  • Assaf

    A strong believe in the platform, approach, execution

  • Oris

    this would be a great start for me :)

  • Mason

    Id really love to win, as a person working in the industry, Id love to get more insight into the app development world. Along with that hopefully pioneering app development that customers really are interested in based on personal experiences.

  • http://goo.gl/dN6LY Dwaune

    I tell you I have been stuck as an admin and unable to break into development at work at least where I work, the fact that I would be able to go to a conference with more insight would not only possibly get me streamlined into the mindset, but also give me maybe a competitive edge and be able to bring something different back with me, to maybe bolster my career.

  • http://www.codeandroid.org Chua Zi Yong

    I run the Android developers group (CodeAndroid.org) in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. I am extremely interested in attending the conference and is will be able to fly to SFO just for this event. It will be a great chance for me to get to know other developers at the conference and share our perspective on what is the Android industry is in this part of the world.

  • Scott

    I work for Zynga on our mobile games, and I'd love to take what I could learn at the conference to improve our existing and future games, which are enjoyed by millions of users.

  • jaise stewart

    I am a civil engineer who crossed over into software development and fell head over hills in love with Android. I now have experience under my belt and this conference would be a godsend. I am a military veteran who now has accounts with every major carrier and 14 android phones and 6 android tablets. I would use my experience creating apps that protect and secure not only our devices but our lives.

  • Tim

    I think I should have a chance at this because I wrecked my Harley a year and a half ago, broke my back, and am as of a few months back, starting to get around again. While I was down, I bought an Android, mostly to use as entertainment, but wound up loving it so much, I started really getting into it! I now still hardly use it as a phone, but trust me,...I use it for everything else! I don't know how I could ever get by without one!

  • bichonfrise74

    I have been doing Android apps for my kids and I would love to learn more.

  • Maria

    I love Android and have been a fanatic..I'm enrolled in anything that has to do with Android..I have learned so much and wanna keep learning..I do post comments about Android when I learn something new..I want to keep learning and this is such a blessing...thank u

  • Freeman Pascal

    I've always wanted to attend on of the Google I/O conferences, but never had the funds or the time available to do so. For years I have watched via the web, and each year I promised myself I would go the next year - it hasn't happened yet. Going to the O'Reilly would be a terrific boon. I would do my best to make the most of the knowledge and contacts that I would have access to if I went.

  • Adam

    You should pick me because I'm a developer that just recently started his own business developing android and other mobile apps. I'd love to be able to go and learn more and network with other android developers. I'm hoping to eventually hire a team of developers to work with me.

  • http://www.corytrese.com/games/startraders/ Cory Trese

    You should choose Cory Trese because of his excellent track record with open source projects as well as his past participation in open source conferences as both a presenter and attendee.

    Trese also lives near the Bay Area and will certainly be available to attend during the days of the conference. As a top 50 Android Developer in the Arcade and Action category, Cory is already involved in Android and would benefit from the exposure to open source Android projects.

    This unique combination would help him advance the O'Reilly agenda. Select Cory Trese for your prize.

  • Tim

    I would love to be able to go because I am starting to learn android development. I am a temporary employee right now and run out of hours 2 days before I get married. I love coding and love androids, and thought that developing would go perfect with my passion for technology, especially since I am looking for a new job. This would be the perfect wedding gift.

  • Rhett

    I would love to go because I have been into android software development since before I had an android phone (I used a friends). I code and research on my days off from work (and even sometimes at work when I can). I love android as a mobile platform, and I believe that this would be the ultimate chance to further knowledge and skills.

  • tp87

    This conference looks ideal for a newbie like me who just started to learn android development. I am looking at developing some apps for making the community around a better place to live in. Safety, better transportation, analytics about a new community, environmental protection are some of the categories that I am aiming at to build android apps for. There might be many apps out there, but there can always be something better. Hope keeps me going!!

  • http://Www.hillviewmontessori.org BOSMike

    I would love to attend the Android Open Conference! I am a developer who now works with K-8 students at a Charter School and am looking to include Android development for educational purposes. I am sure I can bring back a lot of useful ideas that will help make this goal a reality.

  • Jake

    Would love to be apart of this event, have started developing this past year and have a huge interest in bringing this to a full time career! Best of all, I'd love a break from the US Navy and this event could give me a nice vacation and a great experience to meet and gain some viable info and partners!

    Regards! Jake

  • http://genesischess.com/ Micah

    I'd love to win this to help make our chess game better! https://market.android.com/details?id=com.chess.genesis&feature=search_result

    It's me and my brother that have been working on the app. (He does the coding, I give feedback and UI elements). This is his first project after graduating last year from CSUF and winning these tickets would be a huge surprise for him!

    Both of us are big supporters of keeping things open (he plans to release the source code at some point when the app is more refined). And we're big supporters of open source programs and projects (android, linux, firefox, openoffice errr libreoffice because of big bad oracle :P).

    ~ Micah

  • Eddie N

    Every year I seem to miss Google I/O -- for a hardcore Android developer, this conference would seem to be the next best thing. Therefore, I would love to be able to attend it.

  • http://www.appsplit.com/blog dilawer

    I want to WIn Cuz I <3 Angry Birds :D

  • BillyC

    I would love to win for 2 reasons. 1 I need a vacation (its been 5 years). 2 a vacation doing and learning about what I love most ANDROID would be amazing! And I need to get out of my current dead end job and do what my passion is which is Android development. I can see the future is going to be Android and Smart phones will only get better... I want in on the ground level.

  • mskks64

    I'd love to get these. I am a developer and Graphic Designer. I don't know about you guys but, we need to get a true equal to Photoshop on Android!

  • Steve T

    As a new Android Developer, the opportunity to go to this conference could really give my career a shot in the arm. I have some great ideas for Cloud based apps that I think can make a difference.

  • http://simonmacdonald.com Simon MacDonald

    I'd love to get to Android Open as I'm a contributor to the Android side of the open source PhoneGap project for developing cross platform mobile applications. Getting out to San Francisco would give me some time to collaborate in person with fellow contributor and speaker at the conference Joe Bowser.

  • Carl Go

    Programming is my life and Android is my next chapter. I'm always looking for new ways to better my skills and this is a fabulous opportunity.

  • Sherrie G

    I'm delirious for Droid. Just a novice, but would probably start hyperventilating with joy if I won (promise to send you a video of that). Normally, I never hyperventilate, except for that one time when ...oh well, never mind.

  • http://www.vevo.com petetandon

    At work, I'm the only android developer; its not exactly the easy being the android/java guy in a c# shop. Heck I cant even get them to pay for a trip to this conf. Its kinda hard to live up to this title because I feel the need to learn and do more ( better stronger, faster). If people started calling you the android guy you might feel this way too.

    I'd love to be lucky enough to be chosen, as I'd make it a point to learn as much as I could from the conference and take and share my notes and experiences with the rest of the police community.

    A few of the presentations that really have me dying to go are the Sunday "Ignite" (and if I get to go you better believe I'd get up there and do a 10minute on Droidfu/Ignition-support and why Its the best tool in your kit), the "Beautiful Android" (we really need to make our apps visually appealing and spread the info on how to do complex things flexing the drawable api without dropping in any graphical images. I could go on and on.....

    Best of luck to those that enter, and congratz in advance to the luckiest of luckies.

  • Ryan Diebel

    Please pic me for one of the O'Reilly's Android Open Conference tickets.
    I am an aspiring Android developer and a devout Android Lover. In addition, I used to live in San Francisco and haven't been back in a couple years. I really would LOVE to visit my old home and especially with such a great event to attend.
    Besides, I will advertise Android Police any way you would like.

  • https://plus.google.com/115754350176822497895/about?hl=en April Johnson

    I am a software engineer by day working on a product line that uses Java, C++, Objective C, Flex and Javascript. By night, I have been learning Android development in my spare time. Over the last 8 months, I have read several "teach yourself android" books, watched Google IO videos, and made a few sample apps that I have installed on my EVO phone.

    Attending the Android Open Conference would definitely take my android education to the next level. Looking at the session schedule, these are my top picks so far:
    1. Getting Physical with Android: Open Accessories & NFC
    2. Scala as a Java Replacement on Android
    3. Building Android Accessories using the Open Accessory Development Kit and Arduino
    4. Cross-Platform App Development with Flex Mobile
    5. The Honeycomb Action Bar: Front to Back

    I really love that I would get a chance to learn more about the ADK and NFC as these topics are best presented with live demos.

    Ok… Now I am super excited about going!!!

    If I am chosen as one of the lucky winners, I will tweet out my experiences each day (so Android Police users can follow along in the action). I will also share my session notes online in my blog so everyone can benefit.

    For an android fan girl like myself, attending this conference would be like winning Miss America! Best of luck to everyone who posted and congrats to the winners!

  • http://www.continent7.com/ David

    I am a web developer comming to san francisco in october anyway. I'd love nothing more than going to this conference but I don't have enough money though. Please choose me!!!

  • Martin Rajniak

    Hi, I would really love to win, because I am a student and really can't afford such prize, if I also take fly tickets in mind. I watch o'reilly conferences

  • Martin Rajniak

    Hi, I would really love to win, because I am a student and I really can't afford such prize, if I also take fly tickets in mind. I like to watch o'reilly conferences on youtube, because they always bring together excellent profesionals. I am programming on Android OS for two years as my hobby and after uni, I want to make living in this field.

  • http://www.brokemanstech.com Juan A

    Let me start by saying that I do not deserve to win this contest. I think it is a fantastic thing that Android Police is doing and I truly commend them for taking a developer and presenting them with the chance to completely change their career and possibly their life.

    The reason I don't think I deserve this is because I am not a developer. While I love all things Android from waiting impatiently for a new device or version to be announced to loving the amazing features and use I get out of my phone (I even have a blog which covers a lot of Android news), I have never actually dabbled in the world of development though I think about it a lot.

    Here's my story, I am a recent graduate from a state school having studied Biology for 4 years before earning my bachelors. I went in the idea that I would take a pre-medical track in order to one day hopefully enter medical school. For four years I dragged myself through a multitude of courses that I absolutely hated in in the name of hopefully doing what I thought I loved. 4 years later and I graduated with a below average GPA (3.3) and abysmal test scores making me wonder what I would do with my life and whether the goal I started out with was actually what I wanted to do.

    Throughout this same time period of falling out of love with medical school thanks for physics and chemistry, I fell in love with consumer electronics with a focus on mobile technology and the little green robot known as Android.

    It took four years but I finally realized that I had a passion for something that wasn't medicine, but I had no idea where to start. I have never programmed or truly done anything noteworthy besides comment on other people's blogs. This past summer I set out to change that little by little.

    I finally started up my own blog. It's tiny and I only have 5 followers but I am proud of it. I recently looked into Android development for Dummies books as well as downloading Google's App Inventor. I also just in my resume for a part time Google job hoping it might be my foot in the door for a company that I respect and admire.

    While I have still not lost my interest of medicine (I'm awaiting on my results of the second take of the MCAT), I know that if I don't succeed in that area, I hope that I can at least start working in another field that I excites me. I've never had to force myself to read an article about a new phone or app or watch a video of amazing and new things being demonstrated. I read and watch them because I would love to hopefully be one of the people behind them.

    Like I said before, I don't deserve to win this contest. There are plenty of people out there who have the experience and have busted their hump to get there. I can tell you that if I did win, it would be beyond a great honor and would give me the boost to achieve something I thought was unattainable for someone like me.

    No matter what happens, thanks AP for doing this and offering such an amazing opportunity.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    The winners have been posted, guys! http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/09/10/and-the-two-no-lets-make-it-three-winners-of-oreillys-android-open-conference-tickets-are/

    The rest of you who entered - you will get an exclusive 50% off coupon good for entry.