HACKERS HEAVEN! AppRochester’s 1st Hackathon Oct 10-13, Columbus Day Weekend!

Introducing our FIRST EVER HACKERS HEAVEN HACKATHON to help build out the mobile/web site for MySpecialDays.com !!!  It’s a modern-day Barnstorming!  This project came out of our September meeting, and the goal is to take MySpecialDays.com from a successful, working Facebook app to a Mobile/Web Site that can authenticate independently of Facebook.We need ALL KINDS of talent… HTML5/CSS, PHP, MySQL, iOS, Android, graphics, User Interface, Facebook… Don’t assume you can’t help just because you’re not advanced enough.  Everyone can contribute… AND THERE ARE REWARDS like gift cards, great food, comfortable couches/chairs,  potentially $1,000 for each contributor… maybe even a job!  Plus there will be press coverage and other businesses/groups will be part of this and if it is successful, we can expect to hold more Hackathons!The HACKERS HEAVEN HACKATHON will run ALL WEEKEND, at Todd Bernhard’s house!  Hours are as follows BUT you don’t need to plan to be there all the time.  4 hours or more, as you see fit, over the weekend, would be great!  Try to come on the first night, though, so we can divide up tasks.  Please RSVP with an idea of what you can help with, and what times, using this form!

We are seeking individuals with expertise in web, database, PHP, Android, iOS, graphics, user interface, Facebook and more to join us for the first ever Hackers Heaven Hackathon. Your participation in this event will pave the way for local start-ups and create jobs for the Rochester, New York economy.  Team up with a local RIT marketing professor and entrepreneur to launch the MySpecialDays app for licensing opportunities and funding. MySpecialDays is being touted by business, customers and leaders as the next BiG platform that will go viral. With over 30 loyal customers and fast growing interest, other local businesses are waiting in line to join!  The weekend program will be dedicated to coding in style amidst gourmet indulgences from many local restaurants, music, comfortable couches and more. event dates and location to be announced based on response and availability.

You receive:

  • $1,000 cash when MySpecial Days raises over $1 million dollars
  • IMS Barter Business gift card for local restaurants, salons, dry cleaners, gift stores, entertainment facilities, hotels, travel and more
  • Career opportunity for a position with MySpecialDays upon expansion and funding
 M-123 MSD Hackers Heaven Hackathon

 

October Monthly Meeting

Our OCTOBER meeting will be October 7th from 6pm to 8:30pm. We are BACK AT RIT! Please RSVP so we can order enough food.

Tom Kolankiewicz , app19.com, and Stephen Lambardo, Zetetic.net, will be presenting in-person and remotely on SQLCipher* and Mobile Device security. Steve will start off with an overview of mobile device security threats and the challenges facing developers today, and explain why security should be a critical focus for all new and existing applications.

We will then discuss what’s involved in building more secure applications, and introduce the SQLCipher library as a means of enhancing application-level security with database encryption to secure user data. In addition to discussing how SQLCipher works, the session will provide a high-level overview on how to use SQLCipher with various development tools.
Tom will conclude the presentation and share learnings from a recent android project in which he used both SQLCipher to encrypt a device-resident SQLite** database, and, ProGuard to obfuscate the android source code.
*SQLCipher is an open source extension to SQLite that provides transparent 256-bit AES encryption of database files.
**SQLite is the world’s most popular relational data store. It runs on many mobile devices including the: iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry platforms.

RSVP at NextPlex

Also, stay tuned for info on our HACKERS HEAVEN HACKATHON to help build out the mobile/web site for MySpecialDays.com

Be sure to sign up for our email list Google Group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!aboutgroup/approchester

AppRochester meets monthly to discuss app development and marketing tips and tricks. We meet at the R.I.T. Center for Student Innovation, from 6pm to 8:30pm, and pizza and drinks are provided, thanks to your donations and the occasional sponsor.

We meet on the First Tuesday each month, with some exceptions so check the website at http://AppRochester.com and subscribe to our email list at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/approchester

Directions: Follow signs to Lot S (D7 quadrant on map) and park in any Visitor space located as far forward and to the right as they can.

The building in front of them will be Crossroads (also in D7 on map), and the Center for Student Innovation is a round, glass building located behind it (marked as CSI in D6 on map).

http://tinyurl.com/6c2ju3p

Sept 2nd – Learn Swift from Paul Solt!

Our SEPTEMBER meeting will be Sept 2nd from 6pm to 8:30pm.  We are BACK AT RIT!  Please RSVP at NextPlex so we can order enough food.  

Our own Paul Solt will be giving an intro to Apple’s new Swift programming language.  He’s offering a full-blown course on Kickstarter… please consider backing it.  Here’s his pitch:

Hey, if you want to make iPhone apps for iOS 8, you need to learn Swift. 

Swift is the latest programming language from Apple and it replaces Objective-C (31 years of legacy).

1. On September 2nd, I am hosting a programming tutorial with Swift to make an iPhone app/game at AppRochester.

2. You can learn more iOS app development from a new online bundle of iPhone app/game programming courses.

[Click here to checkout my second Kickstarter project on iPhone app courses]

-Paul

PS I teach full-time and I would be happy to talk with you about your app ideas.

Our September meeting is sponsored by Mark Navarra, Recruiting Manager at Wellington Steele and Associates, mnavarra@wellingtonsteele.com, 585-905-8812  Be sure to thank Mark and check out their job opportunities at http://www.wellingtonsteele.com 

Be sure to sign up for our email list Google Group at  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!aboutgroup/approchester

AppRochester meets monthly to discuss app development and marketing tips and tricks.  We meet at the R.I.T. Center for Student Innovation, from 6pm to 8:30pm, and pizza and drinks are provided, thanks to your donations and the occasional sponsor.

We meet on the First Tuesday each month, with some exceptions so check the website at http://AppRochester.com and subscribe to our email list athttps://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/approchester

Directions: Follow signs to Lot S (D7 quadrant on map) and park in any Visitor space located as far forward and to the right as they can.

The building in front of them will be Crossroads (also in D7 on map), and the Center for Student Innovation is a round, glass building located behind it (marked as CSI in D6 on map).

http://tinyurl.com/6c2ju3p

 

AUGUST 5th mtg (NO MEETING in July)

NOTE: We are CANCELING the JULY 1st mtg, to give everyone a bit of a break for the holiday, etc.

Our AUGUST meeting will be AUGUST 5th from 6pm to 8:30pm.  We are BACK AT RIT!  Please RSVP so we can order enough food.

Our own Steve Maier will discuss Game Rating Certfications.  We will also have a freeform discussion of iOS 8 and Apple’s new Swift programming language.

RSVP at http://nextplex.com/rochester-ny/calendar/events/17805-approchester-august-monthly-meeting

Our AUGUST sponsor is MODIS.  Be sure to check them out if you are recruiting or looking for an opportunity:

Mike Keegan, Resource Development Manager, MODIS

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-keegan/0/717/661

200 Meridian Centre, Suite 250 Rochester, NY 14618   585-613-3812 – office     585-465-1236 – cell

Ajilon Consulting + Modis ° Joining Forces for Specialized Technology Solutions - An Adecco Company ° The Global Leader in Workforce Solutions

Be sure to sign up for our email list Google Group at  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!aboutgroup/approchester

AppRochester meets monthly to discuss app development and marketing tips and tricks.  We meet at the R.I.T. Center for Student Innovation, from 6pm to 8:30pm, and pizza and drinks are provided, thanks to your donations and the occasional sponsor.

We meet on the First Tuesday each month, with some exceptions so check the website at http://AppRochester.com and subscribe to our email list at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/approchester

Directions: Follow signs to Lot S (D7 quadrant on map) and park in any Visitor space located as far forward and to the right as they can.

The building in front of them will be Crossroads (also in D7 on map), and the Center for Student Innovation is a round, glass building located behind it (marked as CSI in D6 on map).

http://tinyurl.com/6c2ju3p

June 3rd Mtg, 6pm – 8:30pm RIT Innovation Center

Our JUNE meeting will be on June 3rd from 6pm to 8:30pm.  We are BACK AT RIT!  Please RSVP so we can order enough food.

Our own AppRochesterian Jake Brandt, of Mindex, will be presenting TypeScript, a superset of Javascript that runs on any browser and adds type safety and enforces design patterns that are often neglected during client-side development.  He will dive into a practical example where he implemented LINQ in TypeScript/Javascript and will then expand that to a quick preview of his implementation of LINQ-to-SQL for Node.js, a cross-platform Javascript-based scripting and server environment.

Also on the meeting agenda is a presentation by another AppRochesterian, Tom Kolankiewicz, who recently attended the Android Developer Conference in Boston (May 27th through May 30th).  Tom will share some highlights of the conference.

 

May 6th AppRochester mtg

Our MAY meeting will be on May 6th from 6pm to 8:30pm.  We are BACK AT RIT after their Summer renovations!  Please RSVP so we can order enough food.  RSVP at http://nextplex.com/rochester-ny/calendar/events/16096-approchester-may-monthly-meeting

Our own AppRochesterian Professor Tom Kolankiewicz will be speaking on the latest app development tools.  Here’s his agenda:

Title:
Overview & Demo of Android App Developer Console App Testing and Staged Rollout Feature
Intro:
At the 2013 Google I/O conference, Google introduced  some new capabilities to the Android App Developer Console for app testing and staged rollouts.  If an android developer chooses to do so, they can now promote their app releases from Alpha –> Beta –> Production in a more controlled and managed way.   A developer can publish a “limited release” of their app in the google play store by effectively making their app visible only to individuals in a Beta Test Google Group or Google+ Community. 
Using this new capability, an android developer can:
  • Gather expanded end user testing and feedback, 
  • Better manage the Beta Testing process and be assured that all Beta Testers are running the most current Beta Build on their mobile devices,
  • Make your app launch a successful and painless deployment task  instead of crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. 
 
This process also provides a means to mitigate the android device fragmentation problem by identifying problematic android device models (and even device manufacturers) and then excluding these devices from having visibility to your app in the Google Play Store.
In this presentation, Tom will discuss and demo his recent experience in using the app testing and staged rollouts capabilities.  Time permitting, Tom will then lead a discussion on identifying some best practices for app Beta Testing and Deployment that are both cross-platform and app store agnostic.

Be sure to sign up for our email list Google Group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!aboutgroup/approchester

AppRochester meets monthly to discuss app development and marketing tips and tricks.  We meet at the R.I.T. Center for Student Innovation, from 6pm to 8:30pm, and pizza and drinks are provided, thanks to your donations and the occasional sponsor.

We meet on the First Tuesday each month, with some exceptions so check the website at http://AppRochester.com and subscribe to our email list athttps://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/approchester

Directions: Follow signs to Lot S (D7 quadrant on map) and park in any Visitor space located as far forward and to the right as they can.

The building in front of them will be Crossroads (also in D7 on map), and the Center for Student Innovation is a round, glass building located behind it (marked as CSI in D6 on map).

http://tinyurl.com/6c2ju3p

April 1st Meeting – continue with Hackathon project(s)

First, thanks to Mark Navarra of Wellington Steele & Associates (http://www.wellingtonsteele.com) for volunteering to sponsor the April 1st (no foolin!) AppRochester mtg at RIT. Details at http://AppRochester.com

In addition to any show & tell, we will allocate the time to continue working on your AT&T Civic Hackathon project(s) Details at http://attroc.hackupstate.com

Steve and I are judges, so we can’t participate, other than helping get things started and providing refreshments.

If you haven’t signed up, there is still time to do so, either as a group or individual contributor. Start a team, join a team, whatever, but give it a try.

Below is info on another Hackathon, in Syracuse.

And BarCamp is coming up as well, April 19th! http://BarCampRoc.org

March Mtg – AT&T Rochester Civic App HACKATHON!

Our MARCH meeting will be on March 4th, 6pm to 8:30pm.  We are BACK AT RIT after their Summer renovations!  Please RSVP so we can order enough food.

INSTEAD OF A REGULAR SPEAKER, we thought it would be good to use this time to brainstorm and start work on one or more projects for the upcoming AT&T Hackathon.  Details here: http://attroc.hackupstate.com

We (Todd Bernhard and Steve Maier) are judges so we can’t play any role, but we’ll bring the pizza and drinks, and leave you to your own devices, figuratively and literally!  Please RSVP here: http://nextplex.com/rochester-ny/calendar/events/14919-approchester-march-monthly-meeting

AppRochester meets monthly to discuss app development and marketing tips and tricks.  We meet at the R.I.T. Center for Student Innovation, from 6pm to 8:30pm, and pizza and drinks are provided, thanks to your donations and the occasional sponsor.

We meet on the First Tuesday each month, with some exceptions so check the website at http://AppRochester.com and subscribe to our email list athttps://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/approchester

Directions: Follow signs to Lot S (D7 quadrant on map) and park in any Visitor space located as far forward and to the right as they can.

The building in front of them will be Crossroads (also in D7 on map), and the Center for Student Innovation is a round, glass building located behind it (marked as CSI in D6 on map).

http://tinyurl.com/6c2ju3p

 

February Meeting

Our February meeting will be on Feb 4th, 6pm to 8:30pm.  We are BACK AT RIT after their Summer renovations!  Please RSVP so we can order enough food.  RSVP at NexPlex: 

http://nextplex.com/rochester-ny/calendar/events/14361-approchester-february-monthly-meeting

Our February sponsor is Mark Navarra / Wellington Steele & Associates http://www.wellingtonsteele.com

AppRochester meets monthly to discuss app development and marketing tips and tricks.  We meet at the R.I.T. Center for Student Innovation, from 6pm to 8:30pm, and pizza and drinks are provided, thanks to your donations and the occasional sponsor.

We meet on the First Tuesday each month, with some exceptions so check the website at http://AppRochester.com and subscribe to our email list athttps://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/approchester

Directions: Follow signs to Lot S (D7 quadrant on map) and park in any Visitor space located as far forward and to the right as they can.

The building in front of them will be Crossroads (also in D7 on map), and the Center for Student Innovation is a round, glass building located behind it (marked as CSI in D6 on map).

http://tinyurl.com/6c2ju3p

 

JANUARY MTG: on the 14th due to bad weather on the 7th

Our JANUARY meeting has been rescheduled due to bad weather.

We are now meeting Tuesday, JANUARY 14TH, 6pm to 8:30pm.  We are BACK AT RIT after their Summer renovations!  Please RSVP at http://nextplex.com/rochester-ny/calendar/events/13223-rescheduled-approchester-monthly-meeting so we can order enough food.

Todd Bernhard will be presenting his CES observations.  If you have any App Show & Tell, please join in.

Our January sponsor is Mike Keegan / Modis, http://www.modis.com/locations/rochester/

AppRochester meets monthly to discuss app development and marketing tips and tricks.  We meet at the R.I.T. Center for Student Innovation, from 6pm to 8:30pm, and pizza and drinks are provided, thanks to your donations and the occasional sponsor.

We meet on the First Tuesday each month, with some exceptions so check the website at http://AppRochester.com and subscribe to our email list at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/approchester

Directions: Follow signs to Lot S (D7 quadrant on map) and park in any Visitor space located as far forward and to the right as they can.

The building in front of them will be Crossroads (also in D7 on map), and the Center for Student Innovation is a round, glass building located behind it (marked as CSI in D6 on map).

http://tinyurl.com/6c2ju3p

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