These days, everyone want a platform and the developers that come with it. In the case of the consumer electronics giant that Samsung has become over the last few years, they've got several platforms, even if their most important one is standing on the shoulders of some giants in Mountain View. To expand the presence of Samsung in the developer community, the company has announced its very first developer conference, currently scheduled for October 27th, 28th, and 29th.
The Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) will take place in the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Though there will certainly be a heavy presence of Android and TouchWiz, the early press materials stress that this conference will focus on all of Samsung's developer relations. It's a company-wide event, spanning all relevant product lines. There will undoubtedly be panels and resources for developers focusing on Tizen, Windows, Samsung Smart TVs, various branded app stores and APIs/SDKs, and whatever it is that's powering those shiny brushed aluminum refrigerators.
Registration for the conference will begin "later this summer," and presumably include a price and a list of panels, both of which are currently absent from the rather sparse SamsungDevCon website. There's an email signup for anyone who wants to be the first in the digital door. Keen Android newshounds will note that the conference is taking place right in Google's backyard. Pretty cheeky, Samsung.
Placing the conference in the US is obviously a strategic move on Samsung's part. If it's successful, I wouldn't be surprised to see similar events held in Europe and Asia over the next year or so.