Recap of the London Tizen DevLab

Last Saturday, the 13th of December, was the London Tizen DevLab! The British capital was holding tight by the Tower Hill Bridge at the Rainmaking Loft for the first DevLab of the series. Over 40 developers joined the workshop to learn about the Tizen platform and to take the London Tizen DevLab App Challenge.

IMG_1345The day started at 10am with a nice breakfast and some coffee to fuel the energy for the day. Our first speaker, Kamil Grondys, a Tizen evangelist who is an expert on mobile application development and a software engineer from Samsung Electronics, opened the day with a presentation of the Tizen 2.3 SDK. He presented the latest version of the open-source operating system, its APIs, as well as mobile and wearable emulators.

IMG_1296Adam Panasiuk then followed up with a hands-on and exercises portion to have our newbies give Tizen a try. After a short break at 12:30pm, we gathered again for the workshop to listen to a presentation by Ivan Beliy who introduced the pros and cons of the Marmalade SDK and its support to Tizen.

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Then Ashraf Samy Hegab from Playir held a hands-on walkthrough on how to port your web game to Tizen. Playir is a company offering design tools to make mobile apps and games; with the benefit of less programming. He started by demoing an existing app then he went on to import it successfully to the Tizen SDK.

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After a huge amount of knowledge and good practice, all participants started to build their own apps with the assistance of our speakers. They are now on the road to win a $1,250 cash prize or their own Samsung Gear S.

We had some surprises throughout the day: Chi, one of our participants sat on a lucky chair! He then discovered that this lucky chair led him to be the first person of the day to win a Samsung Gear S.

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Later on in the afternoon, a Twitter challenge launched to give away a second Samsung smartwatch. The most creative selfie won this challenge and a Samsung Gear S. We named Zeshan Sajid, winner of the Twitter challenge.

Participants kept on working on their apps throughout the day, filling out the entry form of the challenge as the day went. Some also published their apps onto the Tizen app store by the end of the day. And a few came close to completing their app as well! However, everyone at the devlab, from beginner to advanced developers, put in a great effort into the workshop and in learning about Tizen. It was a very packed, but fun day!

We closed up the day, by having some brave attendees present the apps they started.

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I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who have made the day a success, as well as possible: our awesome attendees, Samsung Electronics, the Linux Foundation, Kamil Grondys, Adam Panasiuk, Ivan Beliy from Marmalade, Ashrad Samy Hegab from Playir and the Rainmaking Loft.

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We also have pictures of the entire day on our Flickr. Make sure to check it out!

Here I listed the he next deadlines of the London Tizen DevLab App Challenge. Make sure not to miss them:

Before the 27th of December 2014, 11:59 pm

1 – Submit your app to the Tizen App Store

2 – Submit the app’s Content ID from the Tizen Store and enter into the

completion form

To receive the grand prizes you will need a Tizen 2.3 certification and to a “For Sale” status on your app before 11:59 pm GMT on 31 December, 2014.

Tizen Store certification can take up to two business days, so you will have until 11:59pm on December 31, 2014 to be notified whether your app was certified or not. It can take a few attempts, so we recommend that you submit before the deadline!

See you all soon!

Aurora

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