Serious developers are never done learning. And when it comes to Android development, there's no better place to keep up with the latest and greatest than at AnDevCon. The 2016 meeting of AnDevCon is happening in August, just over a month from now, at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston. Interested? Well, Android Police readers get an exclusive $150 discount on an all-access.
What do you get at AnDevCon? To start with, you have your pick of over 75 classes led by the experts to help you add new skills and freshen up on older ones. The topics are so varied that there is no doubt that AnDevCon has something for what you're looking to improve.
Even better is that with this selection, chances are you're going to pick up on some things you didn't even know to look for. Each class is labeled with a difficulty level to make sure it won't be too difficult or simplistic. A full listing, with more additions to come, is here.
For a glimpse of how things work, below is a snapshot from the Practical Build Automation: Embracing Gradle class at the Boston's last AnDevCon.
A hit from the previous AnDevCon Boston was the Design is the New Black panel featuring Jason Mark, Dan Bricklin, Alex Hanuska, Albert Song, and Stephen Barnes.
Let's not also forget that you'll be spending time with hundreds of fellow developers, providing networking and learning opportunities that can only happen when you get professionals together. You will have plenty of vendors to check out and discuss between classes in the exhibit hall as well.
For the first time, AnDevCon 2016 is offering a special Google Learning Zone. There will be a focus on the cutting edge technologies coming from Google that are of interest to Android developers. Timothy Jordan, who leads Google's Platform Developer Relations team, will deliver a keynote. A two-day hackathon is also scheduled in the Google Learning Zone along with support for the inevitable challenges that come up when putting together a new Android app. Look here for more details as there are more events being added as the conference draws nearer.
There will be several special topics that you can focus in on via a series of tutorials and classes:
- Embedded Android – for those wanting to dive into the kernel and other inner workings of Android for embedded applications.
- Security & Testing – in light of issues like the Stagefright vulnerability, developers can learn how to better protect their users and themselves.
- Core Principles – whether you're a seasoned veteran or just getting started on Android, everyone can benefit from making sure they are using Android's signature capabilities to their fullest.
- Wearables/IoT – get acquainted with the next wave of Android-compatible devices whether that means learning about Brillo, Weave, Bluetooth LE, or one of several other topics.
There are three tiers of access you can get at AnDevCon. If you just want to see exhibitors—that means no classes or anything like that—you can get in for free if you register now or pay $50 at the door.
For an all-access pass, the current price is $1145 if you register by July 1 or $1795 at the door. The all-access pass gets you into every available activity, including detailed tutorial sessions offered on Monday, August 1st. And as a special bonus to Android Police readers, you can get $150 off of an all-access pass by using the promotion code, "Police". That means you pay just $995 for a $1795 ticket.
A 3-day conference pass, which gets you into classes from Tuesday, August 2nd through Thursday, August 4th, will run you $995 if you buy by July 1 and $1495 at the door.
To get more details and follow along as new talks and classes are added, check out AnDevCon's official website.