Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Google IO 2013

I attended Google IO this year. It was an amazing experience. I met a friend I hadn't been in touch with for a decade! I met some old friends from UC Santa Barbara and Google.  This is Google IO, so I met a lot of new developers who have excellent Android applications.  The momentum behind Android was breathtaking: development is now mature, developers had very specific questions and they had a great idea of what users wanted.

Scott Kennedy and I gave a talk about the Android application development best practices, using Gmail and Email as an example. The talk was well received, with engaging questions afterwards in the Android booth, and laughs during the talk.

I was struck by how much work is involved in a Google IO talk. Veteran speakers agreed that preparing a Google IO talk takes a lot of time, even for them. Scott and I must have rehearsed the talk well over a dozen times. A few people from my team saw one of the early rehearsals and mentioned that the talk had become a lot better over time. Now that we work so well together, Scott and I are wondering if we should do another talk next year.