Last Updated: February 18th, 2012

The newest iteration of AnDevCon (Android Developer Conference) is creeping up on us, and if you want to save some serious cash, now is the time to register. While the event doesn't actually kick off until May 14, 2012, you can stick a solid $550 back in your pocket by picking up your tickets before March 2 - a pretty substantial savings. Unless you don't like saving money, of course.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected by the AP/AnDevCon committee:
  • Chainfire
  • Jesse Chen

Congratulations, guys - you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

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So, what's AnDevCon all about? Developers, baby. It's four days of classes, exhibits, and networking, all built for developers, by developers. No marketing people, carriers, or manufacturers hanging around to sell you the latest crap you don't want; just 65+ classes from some of the leading companies in the biz, including El Goog itself (for more info on classes and speakers, go here).

As you can see by the above chart, the full ride will set you back $1,245 if you pick up your tickets before March 2.  Similarly, the three days even comes in at $1,045, while attending just the workshops comes in at $645, with all levels seeing price hikes on a monthly basis thereafter.


Like last year, though, we're a media partner of AnDevCon, so we happened to have a couple of passes to give away (you didn't think we were going to leave you to fend for yourself, did you?). The passes are for the full four-day event, but you're on your own when it comes travel arrangements, food, and, well, everything else.

So, how can you score a free in? Easy - leave a comment. Not just any comment, though; it has to be a comment telling us why you deserve to go. How could you benefit from this conference? We want to know why we should pick you.

So, hit the comments and make it happen. But to do it soon - the contest is over on February 13th at 11:59 PST.

To learn more about AnDevCon, go here.

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.

  • http://www.teamrou.com Phil Oakley

    You should do a competition to win some tickets! An excuse for me to go to San Francisco :D

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

      Re-read the post :)


    how is this so damn expensive??? who's wallet are you padding seriously

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ Jaxidian

      Didn't they give away a decked out Galaxy Tab 10.1 to all attendees? Spending $1k for registration and getting a $600 device doesn't leave a whole lot left for venue rental, power, internet, employees to staff the event, snacks/drinks/etc. and everything else that goes into this, not to mention all of the marketing, travel expenses, and accommodation expenses for those that they do cover it for (out-of-town employees and key guests).

      • DCMAKER

        giving away a device would make sense for the price but otherwise its BS....these things should be held to help people not to make a profit. The guests should come to spread knowledge...it's not hard to come for a day and leave...granted i am sure some of the tickets pay for the guests travel expenses but that isn't much with how many people compared to guests.

        • rigor

          That's un-American. $$$ is what this is all about. These are designed for devs who will go about to make their own profits from this eventual tax write off.

  • Xavier Garcia

    I would like to win this because I am young and trying to learn how to be better in my development. I am part of the rom group The Collective and wish to bring my knowledge I learn from this experience to them.

  • @Munchys_

    I want to go so I can get a better understanding of all development and get into it like I really want to. And if I do, I would do something big with Android Police. Maybe shave an android police into my hair!

    Please let me win!

  • W

    You should totally hook me up. I'm a CIS major hoping to go into Law School for IP so I can get into some of that sweet sweet Apple lawsuit business. And by that I mean helping Android take a bigger bite out of the Apple.

    And I'm sure the extra development knowledge would help a ton both in class and in the future.

  • http://sturmen.mp Nick

    I'm a college student starting in Android Development and if I go here, I think I'll be on my way!

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ Jaxidian

    I should not win this because I will be on my third honeymoon (my wife and I take one every year) and will hopefully be relaxing on an island beach during that week. So do not pick me, please.

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

      Sounds good.

  • http://twitter.com/johncorfee JCorf

    I'm a college student and aspiring developer. I would love to learn some new things and maybe some of the things that I have been needing to learn so that I can finish my first app. With being able to finish my first app I will be able to make some money to help pay for college and help my Mom, she is a single mother who has raised my sisters and I since I was 3.

  • Eric

    I'm a college engineering student in California working hard on learning how to program for android. I've dedicated quite a lot of time learning how to develop for android. This includes everything from teaching myself Java, learning good java protocol, and now I'm trying to tie it all into the android SDK.

    There is no way I'd be able to afford going on my own without selling the devices I develop with, and even then that would be a stretch. The timing could honestly not be better. My finals take place the week before, and this would be a great way to start the summer.
    My goal is to have a high quality android app out by the end of the summer, and this would be an excellent way to start, as I feel like by the time the conference starts, I would be in a place with my development where the conference would be the most helpful. I would love to be chosen.


  • Matt

    I've been a PC tech for the past 9 years I've gone as far as I can go, however I see development as the future and possibly taking me into a whole new world. Would love the opportunity.

  • Yulian Kuncheff

    I would love to go, as I am a student developer and trying to expand my reaches into as many platforms as possible. As someone working on projects for all platforms, Android is a platform I have my sights set on as a target platform for many of my ideas.

    The conference will allow me to network with other developers, companies, and learn of innovative ways of thinking about problems that may arise and how to solve them all while learning to be a better and more rounded developer.

    As a student, I could never afford such an experience and this is the best time to learn from such an event, bolstering my knowledge early so I can push myself and bring new ideas and projects sooner with more realistic understandings of how far the platform can be pushed.

  • http://www.freshwebseo.com Ryan Burnsworth

    I deserve to go because I am a good Android developer and I would love to experience the company of other developers.
    There is a lot to learn from everyone's experiences and thats what I would be doing.

  • Nick Gifford

    I would love to win a pass to AnDevCon!! I'm slowly learning Android Development in what little spare time I have, and have big dreams for things that I'd like to one day bring to the table. An opportunity like this would definitely be a great head start!

  • Jesse

    I've developed a corporate application that currently in beta, but it's lacking some of the features / polish that I'd be able to get from an event like AnDevCon. Been wanting to attend, but coming up with the ticket money has been a major pain in the rear.

  • Charles

    I deserve to go to this conference for several reasons: Firstly, I am very passionate about product development, especially in the mobile apps and consumer electronics field, so going to this conference would definitely be an enlightening and eye-opening experience. Secondly, given my passion, it would be a fantastic place for networking, and find partners to work with in future ventures of app development. Thirdly, I love new, creative ideas, and I've been hoping to find someone who shares the same passions as I do in creating new, innovative apps and products. This conference would allow me to reach a pool of bright, capable people, which will enable me to further my understanding, interest, and knowledge in the field. These reasons are my passion, and enabling me to pursue these passions would be life changing for me.

  • http://www.chainfire.eu/ Chainfire

    I deserve to win because I never get to go to any of the conferences, and this one is so far away my gf wouldn't let me go unless I had free tickets... :P

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116930094233210246792/posts Chris Bailey

    I've been loving android development for a while I've always followed Google IO and I've always tinkered with ROMs and programs but I never had the time to make it my full time job. I believe going to a con. like this would help me not only learn a ton about programming for android but also allow me to build connections that would be invaluable for me getting off the ground. I'm currently in collage but going to this con. would do more for me than the classes that I've taken so far for android development and push me in the direction that I want to go for the rest of my life.

  • http://palmercurling.blogspot.com eric

    I should go as a grad present before I go to school for comp science and so I have a head sart on my career and so y'all get an insider to Android :)

  • x13thangelx

    Why do I deserve to go? Because I think it would be a great learning experience. This would be a great way to further my knowledge and will hopefully benefit any users of the roms I produce for the D2G. This would also be a great tie in to my current major (Computer Sciences) and would give me something extra to do between semesters.

  • Ben

    I really need a vacation.

    Come on guys make this happen.

  • Micah

    This is an entry for my brother. He just graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelors in Computer Science. He has spent a lot of time in developing his Android application while on the job hunt to get into the industry. The application has come along nicely with frequent updates, but the more that he can learn the better. He follows technology religiously (slashdot, engadget, androidpolice, digg, torrentfreak, etc) but I'm putting this down as an entry for him because I know he won't do it for himself. Not sure if that's legal, if not no harm done. He would experience way more benefits out of it than I would.

    Link2app: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.chess.genesis&hl=en

  • Stephen

    I have heard about this conference and having been hoping to go to one. Nothing will be more educating than going to a dreamed ICS gathering. Plus, I have always told my friends who own Apple that they are wasting their time. All they get is a slick looking device with restricted functions. That's it..

  • https://market.android.com/details?id=com.realpeopletalk James Moore

    I produce an application for learning English - Real People Talk. I'd love to go to an extra conference to be able to talk to people from all over the world about it.


  • Scott

    I would like to attend so I can meet and collaborate with other Android developers, discussing ways to improve the apps and games I write. I'd like to take all the knowledge I will learn and apply it to my work, for the benefit of the users of my apps.

  • toddler

    I feel I would be a good candidate for this prize. I'm a software developer stuck in a mediocre job with a busy family life so I find it very difficult to do any Android programming. Attending this conference would give me the kickstart I need to get to work on the many app ideas I have brewing.

  • http://jessechen.net Jesse

    I'm a college student studying CS that has developed several Android applications for fun and professionally. I am currently working on an Android app that will be launching soon as my first app on the Android Market! This event would be a great chance for me to increase my knowledge on the Android platform as well as network with fellow Android developers.

    I also like meeting other developers because I enjoy helping others by writing tutorials and guides on my personal website (jessechen.net/blog). NFC is my passion and I wrote a tutorial for How to NFC on the Android platform that has been well received by other developers. Thank you!

  • Ed S

    I would love to attend so I can expand my Android knowledge and build, better, more efficient apps. I built my first Android app last year, but I know there is still a lot to learn in both back end code and UI that will make my app development faster and higher quality. I believe Android is the future of mobile and I would love to broaden my knowledge by interacting with all the great developers at the conference. I have also never been to a conference before so being able to go to a big one like this would be absolutely wonderful!

  • kyle

    I would love to win this bad ass prize! I'm a dev at a university and trying to get my footing in the world of mobile development. I just got moved from the web side of the house to mobile, and any advantage i can gain would be wonderful. I know your contests always have a lot of entrants, so my odds aren't that great, but I do want to say thanks for supporting the community like you do and giving away such a great prize! Some lucky person is going to be very happy.

  • Sandeep

    I deserve to go to AnDevCon because...

    I've been following Android Police for years and, as I type this on my Galaxy Nexus, have been keeping a close eye on Android for a long time.

    I have an idea. A simple idea. An idea that results in the greatest android app of all time. It integrates phones and tablets. But also PC's. And Macs. And a whole host of computerised systems. Imagine an interconnected network of machines but, much more than that, people. I do not mean by social media or merely the internet. Oh no. I mean via the virtues of Google's viceral mobile OS. Imagine the world connected by this but do not stop there... In short, ladies and gentlemen, the greatest Android app ever known to man (and woman).

    But y'know, to do this I need to brush up on my dev skills and that. That, is the reason I deserve to go to AnDevCon.

  • nerdshowandtell

    Just moved from Omaha, NE to Mountain View, CA last month to be closer to the action! Looking forward to attending these types of events! Would love to have free tickets!!

  • CBouton

    Sending me there may just move an entire family to android devices, from iOS.


    I want to go because I love to learn and gain knowledge :P and I am soul searching so pick me! Plus I'll finally have my freedom back wahoo!! I could use the education to get the brain working and the trip!

  • Sam Danna

    As a wire line Telecom employee I think its time for me to start thinking of other businesses to move into.

  • Lukasz

    You should pick me. I love technology and I am a gadget junkie.

  • Eric Dube

    Ive been developing apps for Android for a few months now and would love the opportunity to be able to learn how to plunge head first into making big successfull apps. My dream is to create a startup based on developing apps. Also my birthday happens to be right in the middle of it :)

  • http://debadattabose.host.org Debadatta Bose

    Well, it would be nice to go to AnDevCon for the first time. I'm an UI designer for Mozilla's Boot 2 Gecko, for GNOME and have made ROMs for my Galaxy S II. I'm an Ubuntu and Ubuntu TV developer too btw. Some UI concepts I have ( elements of GNOME ) could be merged into Android JellyBean and I bet no one will ever regret it. (Some of them are actually posted on the B2G UI Wiki).

    But as far as actually going concerns, no. I can't go. I've been in hospital since May '11 and I don't think I'll be able to obtain a fit to fly certificate.

    • http://debadattabose.host.org Debadatta Bose

      Update: Now I CAN have a fit to fly certificate :D

  • Steve

    This would be an awesome opportunity. I'm an aspiring developer and just recently started a network technician internship. There's a huge market out there for corporate networking via smartphones, and with BlackBerry on its way out, Android can snag a lot the transferring corporate America.

  • Hareef

    Very simple. To learn and explore the vast ocean of android development. Might help me overcome all my past obstacles.

  • http://nothingreal.net Osvaldo

    I would like to go because I wanna change my job and maybe I'll have the possibility to meet developers that I can tag along with in new gaming projects that I have in mind.

  • http://zifnab.net zifnab

    You should send me because I'd like to improve my understanding of android. Oh and because I helped found AndIRC.

  • Nathan

    I am an application programmer and a democracy activist.

    There are 2 major events in the year 2011

    1. The number of mobile devices shipped surpasses the number of PC.

    2. Arab Spring stirs up hope and anticipation for people in oppressive countries which I am from one of them.

    I believe mobile technology will play a major role in the so-called 'jasmine revolution' not-too-far in the future in those totalitarian countries.

    I would like to go, not for personal profit but for the hope of a brighter tomorrow.

  • http://quirijngrootbluemink.com Quirijn

    Currently graduation in CS, specializing in mobile development this seems like an ideal opportunity to do some networking and possibly making the first steps to a job.

  • fiveHellions

    I would love to go. I've started android development as a way to earn extra money to help raising my 5 sons. I have a couple apps on the market but they are only bringing in around 50 bucks a month. I would love to go to this to improve my skills and learn a few tricks. That way I can make better apps and also develop quicker to get alot more apps released.

    My drinking game 'Drunk Green Robots' could use some improvement so it can really take off.

  • James

    I would love to win because I am going to be flying in from the furthest distance!! Yup there is no further place than Perth, Australia! (airfares are over $2,300 per ticket alone!)
    My business partner and I are developing apps but feel like we could benefit from attending this conference and rubbing shoulders with others who are in the same boat as us.
    We already have had moderate success, and are very close to being able to quit our day jobs, to focus on our company full time - this gathering might provide us with the tools to push us over the edge and release us to develop full time and spread the Android magic further.

  • http://www.swehes.com Hans-Erik (@swehes)

    I don't necessarily want to go. However I want to make a comment on the saving portion. You don't EVER save money by spending it. So the correct statement would be "Act now and spend less money than if you wait." (Sorry. It is a pet peeve of mine when you say you "save money" when in all actuality you are only spending less)

    • Cameron Summerson

      If someone plans on going, then they are, in fact, saving money.

      Also, to say "you don't EVER save money by spending it" is just foolish. If I'm going to buy a new device and I get it for $100 cheaper through Amazon Wireless or Wirefly than through a carrier, guess what I just did? Save money.

      Spending less = saving money.

  • Codexx

    I'm very new to Android development (and programming in general) so I'm not sure how applicable the conference would be to me, but I'd absolutely love to attend. And of course, San Francisco is a place I've always wanted to go.

  • Matthew

    Because it will change my life..

  • Rob

    I am planning a new mobile strategy for the public school district for which I work and am exploring the feasibility of developing in-house mobile applications that would serve our business and community users. We are piloting programs for free laptops, intro to technology for parents classes, and inexpensive broadband for families who qualify for the Free Lunch Program. However, there is a strong and growing need to provide access to our web tools for students and families whose only internet access from home is by their android device.

    Because of limited resources, I would very much appreciate a free admission to the AnDevCon III. Android Fundamentals, Android Business Essentials, App Integration, Building Secure Android Apps, and Building HTML5 Apps are classes that I'm interested in. Moreover I wouldn’t miss Adam Blum’s The User Experience class; I’ve been hoping to attend one of his courses for the past several years. Thanks.

  • Randy K

    How could you benefit from this conference?
    Travel costs from the Midwest PLUS the cost of the event are incredible. That benefit of the free pass would be an great savings for our startup. That giving us leading edge technical information and the ability to give Lifelong Kudoes to The Android Police are just Some of the benefits.

  • JD Davis

    I'm an old guy who devs in my spare time. I would really love to learn more so that I can dev in my not-spare time. Plus, I'm really close to San Fran and plus I'm old and my kids have all moved out, except the ones that haven't, who are sponging off dad, even though they are 19+!!! HELP! I need to go to San Francisco and learn more tips and tricks so I can come up with an app that will put me on an island, away from these damn sponge kids!!! :-)

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Aaron

    I don't even know where to begin.

    You should send me because I want to go. Because I've been slacking these last few years as a developer, for while I have the passion for Android development, I lack the motivation and inspiration. Attending the "convention for developers, by developers" would probably be the best day of my life.

    Oh, and I promise to do lots of embarrassing fanboy squeeing on camera for the blog.

  • http://SimranDev.com Simran

    I hope I win, because I'd like to expand my knowledge of development for Android. I am a big phone on Android, and have supported it for the past year and a half. I just started development on Android and I'm working on an application. Hopefully I can finish it soon. Thanks in advance Android Police, bring us more news!

  • http://www.cs.hope.edu/~jipping Mike

    I hope to win because I'm a college professor. Getting a way into this conference would help me as a developer and my students at future developers on the Android platform. I will bring new knowledge home to spread the goodness around.

  • http://www.willowtreeapps.com/ Derek

    I'm a current Android developer and an attendee of last year's AnDevCon, which was very rewarding. My company pays for one conference a year, and unfortunately this year that will be Google I/O. I can't afford AnDevCon on my own, but could definitely swing the travel expenses if I scored a ticket!

  • http://hotuba.com Kphillycat

    I deserve to win cuz well I'm a cat and wouldn't be awesome to see an actual cat just sitting in the middle of a workshop with a MBA pawing away at some code. What would you even say? I can't be there? No sir, cuz that would be racist. Good luck to everyone and big thanks to Android Police!

  • http://www.royalflushdesigns.net Jon Gamble

    I am a young professional looking to expand my Android development experience with a limited budget.

  • http://www.quorralyne.com Quorralyne

    I have a passion for beginning my journey to Android development in the true, best practice way. Going to this conference is something I've tried to arrange to attend since the first one started, but for financial reasons have never been able to pull it off. I am the only female developer at my current company and found that I work best in collaborate learning environments. Won't you please make a dream come true for a Cinderella developer?

  • http://www.simplymadeapps.com Justin Kalvoda

    I have been a passionate Android developer from the beginning. Being self taught i would love to be able to go to conference to learn better ways of programming in Android. Being part of a small start up company we are always looking for ways to make our products better. Thank you for the consideration!

  • Randy F.

    I cannot tell you wether or not I deserve to go (that's for you to decide!), but I can say why I want to go. I am currently a mobile developer (iPhone & android) for a fortune-50 company continuously immersing myself within the love/hate relationship of development on Android (working on a re-architecture of our android app as I write this!). Being able to go an event where there are more developers within the same field of my work gives me a great opportunity to explore some new ideas I have and get some feedback from people working like me (and the experts!). Lastly, I am not going to lie, but the rumors of sweet Android incentives is another reason for wanting to go.

  • Christopher Perry

    I deserve to go because I don't allow iPhones in the Android dev area at work.

    • http://debadattabose.host.org Debadatta Bose

      This is the coolest reason ever! Epic! :D

  • http://mcgrawtheseeker.com/wordpress michael mcgraw

    I graduated from the College of Charleston in December with a Computer Science degree and im most interested in a job developing for the Android platform- This conference would not only be an awesome learning experience but also a highlight for my resumè as well as a great opportunity to get my foot in the door with local employers.

  • JohnE

    I have been a hobbyist in the Android space for a couple years now and would really like to take my skills to the next level. Unfortunately, my regular job does not deal with mobile application so I don't get as much exposure as I would want. Having a conference to go to would be a ton of fun and give me an excuse to focus on Android (and take some time off of work). Plus it would be a blast to socialize with Android community.

  • http://www.facebook.com/victorciccone Victor

    I'm realizing that the only way I'm going to make it through the wreckage of this economy is if I take a more serious approach to learning and using programming.

    I'm trying to learn development in my spare time, since this is something that I can do in my free time, versus trying to take on a third job and work that schedule into the others.

    I'd really like to win so that I can move forward in this direction a little faster. I also really love conferences, and I know just the person to invite with me to this one, who also happens to live in SF.

    I've recently switched by degree goal back to CS and will go back to school this fall to continue that road.

    I'd really like to go to this conference to meet people in the flesh, since that is how I do my best networking, just to get back to the place I was in life socially/financially/academically. Because where I'm at right now just aint cutting it.

  • justin mirabal

    I think I should go because last week I managed to overwrite one of my repositories which set me back close to two months all because my skills need a bit of refinement...I am sure andevcon could help

  • DoomsDave

    This would be an excellent adventure in my life ,and would def make a nice addon to my bucket list. I am not a programmer, but very in love with the android OS. I cannot think of any better way to get to attend this convention than with the folks from AP! :)

  • TKL

    I would like to win a pass for my cousin who is such an amazing software developer that the company he works for went through heap loads of administrative red tape in several countries to get him to work for them and I'd be even more proud of him if he started developping for Android. Can I do that?

  • CD

    I'm supporting an non-profit to automate their holiday inventory tracking process. Leveraging their web server and possibly using Android mobile apps to steamline data entry and tracking. This conference would help me develop and validate a robust bug-free application. Unfortunately, the non-profit does not have a budget for this kind of conference.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    I'm a skilled developer but pretty new to Android Development. I'm working on a web service (soon to be open sourced) that could change the way many people use their computers and mobile devices. Considering the nature of the project there are going to be some complicated and unique developments for mobile operating systems and I believe Android is the most important first step.

    I'd like to go to this conference to build on what I already know about Android and to meet other developers that might be interested in taking advantage of what I'm working on in their own applications. We all know that a large part of these conferences is what happens outside the sessions and I'm very interested in the high density environment offered here.

  • http://www.sep.com/mcterry Matt Terry

    I would love to go to this conference in order to get an even deeper knowledge of Android. I've been working with Android for about 10 months in my professional life, and a little over 1 year in my personal life.

    I consider myself competent with Android; however, I would really enjoy to be able to springboard into an expert.

    Currently I'm the technical lead for a team of 6 engineers building an Android application for a feature-rich diabetes tracking app. If I were able to attend this conference, I could bring back valuable insight and knowledge for my team and company.

    Ultimately, I would love to be able to contribute to the AndDevCon, and attending the conference is the logical first step.

    Thank you so much for offering such an incredible opportunity! I will definitely continue to follow your blog to keep engaged with the conference.

  • http://www.barcemex.es Antonio Chillaron Barahona

    I would like to attend to AnDevCon III to learn new skills, improve my Android programming and get to know new people with shared interest in mobile applications.

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

    Winners posted!