New mtg location = RIT Center for Student Innovation, from now on!

Thanks to the great turnout, and great location/parking/amenities/space/equipment/reception, and to the work of Professor Tom Kolankiewicz and the folks at RIT, we will now have our 1st Tuesday AppRochester meetings at RIT in the Center for Student Innovation instead of New Horizons.
This new location meets many needs.  We can accommodate the increasingly larger number of attendees, without ‘standing room only’ and we can spread out, leverage plenty of parking, stay later (9pm instead of 8:30pm), and still there’s no charge to us.  We should also be able to pickup more RIT students as they won’t have to travel and that will bring in some new blood to the group.
Link to RIT Campus Map with CSI:    http://tinyurl.com/6c2ju3p
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).
Our next meeting will be September 4th, and, through February, we’ve locked in the location for the first Tuesday each month EXCEPT in January, when we will meet on January 8th instead of on New Year’s Day… should be better for everyone.  Here are the dates:
9/4
10/2
11/6
12/4
1/8
2/5
I want to thank New Horizons for their past support, and obviously, if you have any needs for professional/technical training, be sure to consider them.

 

May Meeting(s) plus important changes/news for June/July/August

1) Our May 1st mtg is rapidly approaching.  Since the first Tuesday falls on the first day of the month, it’s easy to forget about, so put it on your calendar and please RSVP to info@AppRochester.com.  6pm – 8:15pm at New Horizons in Henrietta, 50 Methodist Hill.
2) Topics for that May 1st meeting include:
- Professor Tom K. will continue his discussion of porting to Nook/Kindle/etc.
- Todd’s recap of both Rochester Startup Weekend (WHICH IS THIS WEEKEND! Price dropped to $49 from $99)
- Todd’s recap of NYC BigApps 3.0 Award Ceremony / event with Mayor Bloomberg
- Steve’s discussion of Push Notifications, which he’s enabled on both iOS and Windows Phone
- Show & Tell from members, including helping me redesign an app rejected by Apple
3) For our NEXT meeting, after this, instead of a June event, we will have a WEDNESDAY May 30th event (at New Horizons) with Microsoft’s Evangelist Dani Diaz presenting.  I’ve attended his talk in NYC and it should be a good use of your time.
4) For the summer (July and August) we will be relocating to RIT’s Center for Student Innovation, thanks to Professor Tom’s efforts.
5) For Rochester Startup Weekend, visit http://rochester.startupweekend.org/ and let me know if you’re going.  I have an app idea I could use a team for.
6) Congrats to our own members, Jennifer Shanley (Zwirlz app) for her nomination as Rochester Technology Woman of the Year and to Ryan Schnaufer for his winning the Young Entrepreneur Academy prize (Quiz Kid app)
7) We have some great sponsorships/gifts coming… stay tuned!

April meeting and events

Please RSVP to info@AppRochester.com for the Tuesday April 3rd AppRochester mtg, 6pm – 8:15pm at New Horizons, 50 Methodist Hill in Henrietta. We will have two presenters, in addition to your own app show & tell.

Paul Solt will be presenting iOS Basics – Learn how to work with buttons, actions, and gesture input using the interface builder tool and a small amount of Objective-C code.

RIT Prof Tom Kolankiewicz will present “Considerations for Porting your App to Popular eReaders: the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Color & Nook Tablet”

Also, anyone interested in participating in Rochester Startup Weekend? Looks like fun…

http://rochester.startupweekend.org/2012/03/07/general-information-and-schedule-for-rochester-startup-weekend/

Also, BarCamp Rochester is coming up, April 14th. Details at http://www.BarCampRoc.org

See you tonight, Feb 7th for CES and MacWorld review plus app show and tell

Same time, same place… 6pm at New Horizons, 50 Methodist Hill in Henrietta

Big Corona event requires Big Location -Strathallan Hotel!

Great news AppRochesterians! Local programmer Scott Singer has arranged for Walter Luh, one of the founders of Ansca Mobile, makers of Corona, a cross platform (iOS and android currently) solution, to sponsor and speak at our November 1st event, but due to the anticipated size, we will be holding the event at The Strathallan Hotel, 550 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. We will have light refreshments, and the conference room is booked from 6-9 pm.

Please tell your friends so we can take advantage of the larger space, and everyone should RSVP to info@AppRochester.com.

Corona is giving away prizes and raffling off the following:

1 version of Corona Pro / 1 year free – $349 value
1 version of Corona iOS only / 1 year free – $199 value
1 version of Corona Android only / 1 year free – $199 value

And we will have coupons for % off Corona year fee.

Sep 6th mtg – Social Media w/ Skeeter Harris

Yes it’s Labor Day weekend, but we are still on for our Tuesday meeting, Sept 6th, 6pm to 8:15pm at New Horizons in Henrietta.  Directions, etc., at http://AppRochester.com
Please RSVP to info@AppRochester.com so we can plan for free pizza/drinks.
This month’s sponsor/presenter is Skeeter Harris (http://www.facebook.com/SkeeterHarris &http://twitter.com/#!/SkeeterHarris) an experienced social networker and videographer.  He will discuss how to really leverage facebook to promote your business/app in a more in-depth way than just having a fb page.  He will talk about the type of content that engages and builds “likes” and followers and what methods create the greatest exposure.  This is important to build your mobile app audience and should be applicable to all platforms.

June 7th mtg – App-cessories!

Our next AppRochester meeting is Tuesday June 7th, 6pm – 8:15pm at New Horizons, 50 Methodist Hill in Henrietta.

Topics/presenters/sponsors are PadBracket / ClayWare Games and vue-stand / Tango Products and I believe they will be raffling off some products!

PadBracket (http://www.PadBracket.com) is an affordable wall mount for an iPad (1 or 2) as well as other tablets. You can slide the tablet in or out and have multiple brackets throughout (kitchen, office, entertainment room, etc.) the house!

The vue-stand (http://www.vue-stand.com) is an affordable ergonomic iPad/tablet stand that you can take with you. It raises the tablet to a better reading angle, reducing neck and wrist strain.

Both are developed by local firms who will discuss the process of inventing, revising, manufacturing and marketing a physical accessory (or “app-cessory!). ClayWare also makes apps, including a video looper (free!) that highlights their accessory. I actually used it at a recent tradeshow, as WiFi wasn’t available so I played a promo video on a loop (the iPad can’t do that on its own!) Skip from Tango is looking for developers whose apps would benefit from his stand, as a potential cross-marketing opportunity (Jen/Zwirlz, for example?!) So this will be useful for app developers to try to work with both firms.

I will not be there, as I’ll be at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference, and I’ll plan to present a trip report at the July meeting. Also, please consider joining Apple CIDER (http://www.AppleCIDER.org) and attending the July picnic, where I’ll be donating hundreds of dollars worth of gadgets for a silent auction!

Please RSVP to info@AppRochester.com which goes to Steve Maier as well as myself (Todd). Thanks!

Plz RSVP: May 3rd mtg, User Interface Design plus app review!

Greetings folks! Just a reminder of Tuesday’s meeting, at New Horizons, 50 Methodist Hill in Henrietta, 6pm – 8:15pm, and a request to RSVP to info@AppRochester.com please! There’s no charge for the pizza and drinks, thanks to our sponsor this month, Mark Navarra of Modis (the recruiter formerly known as Ajilon – http://www.modis.com/itrecruitment) but your RSVP helps us plan. We’ll also have prizes, as always!

This month’s speaker is our own member, Gary Davis, a user interface guru, who will offer his advice re UI design and he will critique some of our members’ apps (including mine… yikes!) If you want to include your app, let us know. If it’s an iOS app, we can load it on an iPad 2 which supports mirroring, so we can try to display it on the big screen! Or you can bring your laptop with a simulator, etc.

April and May mtgs plus Apple WWDC announced

Two bits of news today…  First, Apple just announced their World Wide Developers Conference, June 6-10 in San Francisco.  It’s expensive ($1595) and I was on the fence last year, then it sold out within a week so I missed out! I bit the bullet and signed up today.  Let me know if you think you might attend.  Details at http://developer.apple.com/wwdc

Next, we have our agenda for the April and May meetings.  Presenters and sponsors for subsequent meetings are asked to contact us!

First, on Tuesday April 5th, Dave Sable of TEKsystems (www.TEKsystems.com) will speak briefly regarding the local development market and answer questions re what finding a development position in 2011 is really like and what role the recruiter plays. Dave is generously sponsoring the meeting… thanks!

Next, our own Steve Maier will be discussing Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing solution that allows you to write mobile (and desktop) apps for any platform and access Microsoft’s servers via the cloud.  Learn more about Azure at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud/developer/

For our May 3rd meeting, we have a local firm, ClayWare, that will discuss their efforts bringing the PadBracket to the market!  Get one for your iPad at www.PadBracket.com!  ClayWare will be sponsoring that meeting and we thank them!

Also on May 3rd, Gary Davis will speak on User Experience and Interface Design, something we need to pay particular attention to on mobile devices!

Meetings are on the first Tuesday each month from 6pm to 8:15pm at New Horizons in Henrietta (50 Methodist Hill, Ste 50, Rochester, NY 14623).  Food and drinks are provided at no charge (thanks to the sponsors) and we just ask that you RSVP to info@AppRochester.com so we can have a decent estimate.

See you Tuesday April 5th!

Recap from March 1st mtg

Thanks for a great meeting this past Tuesday! We had 23 attendees,
and everyone received a raffle prize! The group’s total membership is
above 40! Not bad for a brand new group!

Oscar Pedrosa and Nicholas Shippers did a great job offering advice
and tips for web site management, email marketing, and Google apps,
and sponsoring the food! For a copy of their presentation, here’s the
address.

http://osnik.com/2011/03/app-rochester-presentation/

Their venture, Osnik.com, could be the eHarmony of commerce…
matching you with places to go and things to do, near you based on
your habits and preferences! Be sure to fill out their survey as
well. It will help with their upcoming app and it only takes a couple
of minutes. Here’s the link:

http://osnik.com/survey/

For our next meeting, April 5th, our own Steve Maier will be
discussing how you can use Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based Windows
server solution to provide a back-end to your mobile apps, regardless
of smartphone platform. For a brief intro to Azure, check out:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud/developer/resource.aspx?resourceId=what-is-windows-azure

Additional topics for upcoming meetings include Titanium’s
Appcelerator, PhoneGap, SQLite, the actual process of uploading an app
to various App Stores, User Interface design and more! Speakers and
sponsors are welcome!

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