March Meetup

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March Meetup

2015-03-18 | droidmtl | Events, Uncategorized

Droidcon Special!

Tuesday March 24th 2015

McKibbin’s 1426 Bishop St, Montréal, (QC)

Our meetup this month will be at McKibbins. With DroidCon Montreal coming up very soon, we have a packed line up!

  • 17h30: Socializing, announcements.
  • 18h00: NoSQL & Offline Mobile Apps by William Hoang
  • 18h30; Pause
  • 18:45 – Intro to spannable by Mike Wallace
  • 19:00 – A Touchy System – Pre Droidcon talk *by *
  • 19:20 – Why you should come to the VR Talk at Droidcon Montreal **
  • 19:40 – Lollipop Superpowers by Marcos Damasceno and Michael Smith
  • 20:00 – Networking

Welcome & Announcments

We’ve got more events lined up in view of DroidCon! (PALAIS DES CONGRÈS
/APRIL 9-10TH 2015)

  • April 8th: Special Android Arduino talk by Jenny Tong , Developer Advocate for Firebase & Google Cloud Platform.
  • TBD: Pre-DroidCon Hackathon, sponsored by Desjardins.

NoSQL & Offline Mobile Apps

by William Hoang

What happens when your Android mobile device does not have a network connection? That device will have no content, no experience and the amazing application that you spent so much effort to build just simply will not work.

This talk would be around the implementation story of creating offline and online applications on Android Mobile.

The journey begins with NoSQL database modeling and what we can do with a NoSQL technology for mobile. The session will go through how to create data object model relations, design for performance in difficult areas with no signal, and how to develop a local Android NoSQL datebase that syncs to the cloud.

We will go over code on how to have your mobile application function offline without relying on the network. You will gain knowledge in NoSQL databases technologies and walk away with insights on how to create offline type of applications that to sync to the cloud.

Couchbase Mobile is a thin client library that would help developers with their mobile projects in creating a local data layer for offline user experience and will provide fast sync capabilities when there is available network connectivity.

Intro to spannable

by Mike Wallace

In this talk you will have an introduction to what will be presented at Droidcon Montreal about Spannables

A Touchy System

by Phillippe Breault and Éric Tremblay

Philippe and Éric will talk about a very delicate subject: The Android Touch System. This talk will set up the bases for what Philippe Breault will present at Droidcon Montreal

Why you should come to the VR Talk at Droidcon Montreal

by François Légaré and Laurence de Villers

The subject says it all! Mobile VR is coming very strong, Google last year introduced the Cardboard, Samsung has its own VR Device and HTC and Valve are entering the game with something that looks stunning. Come to this talk and get a taste of what they will present at Droidcon Montreal.

Lollipop Superpowers – Pre Droidcon Talk

Marcos Damasceno and Michael Smith

Lollipop is around for a good time already but many things that were introduced are not being used very much, like Animation Transitions, Recycler View and more. We will be doing an introduction of what is coming at Droidcon Montreal from Marcos and Michael


William Hoang:
William is a Developer Advocate on the Mobile Engineering/Developer Experience team at Couchbase. His love for coffee and code has transcended him into the world of mobile while appreciating the offline in-person experiences.

Prior, William worked on the Developer Relations team over at Twitter, BlackBerry, and Microsoft while also having been a Software Embedded GPS engineer at Research In Motion.

William graduated from McGill University in Electrical Software Engineering

Mike Wallace:
Mike is a senior software architect with over 20 years of professional software development experience. Five of those years relating specifically to Android. During those years, he has developed a passion for Android and a rich knowledge of its APIs and inner workings.

Philippe Breault:
Philippe is a software engineer from Mirego that has been passionate about android for the past 5 years. He spends a lot of time trying to find better ways to develop great apps, sometimes blogs at

Eric Tremblay:
Eric is a software developer at Mirego, where he started working on Android apps in 2012. He has contributed to many interesting projects and developed a passion for optimizing application development through choosing the correct tools and approaches.

François Légaré:
François is one of the mobile gurus at Bell Canada. He jumped in the Android bandwagon in 2009 when segmentation was just a mere theoretical concept on Android OS. He’s also co-organizer of the GDG Android Montreal.

Laurence de Villers:
Laurence de Villers is a young rising star in the mobility business and currently works at Bell, she can produce a app faster than you can think of a title for it.

Marcos Damasceno:
Marcos is an Android Craftsman at Mirego. He’s working with Android since 2010 and he already had the opportunity to speak at big conferences like The Developer’s Conference, DevFest Sao Paulo and now most recently at Droidcon New York.

Michael Smith:
Lead Mobile Engineer at Frank & Oak, also currently working on the new API that will feed the mobile, web and POS clients as the online and physical worlds collide in retail. He’s a passionate about E-Commerce and the overall mobile shopping experience. (edited)