Rapid development of information and communication technologies has generated a shift that mobile devices are becoming a central computational and communication device in our everyday life. Smartphones as main representatives of the mobile devices are becoming the most often used Internet clients. Nowadays, mobile devices are being packed with various sensors and extended functionalities thus resembling more toward regular computers. The recent developments in the mobile software and cloud services have generated the phenomena that mobile market is actually more software and service oriented market rather then hardware, as it was couple of years ago. No more then five years ago the distinction between different mobile phones has been mainly based on the manufacturers (hardware producers) while nowadays this distinction is mainly based on the operating system they run. Currently mobile market is shared between variety of operating systems that are powering smartphones such as: iOS, Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows 7 Phone, Maemo etc. Each of these operating systems are developed as a part of a broader ecosystem that includes users, developers, app stores, cloud services, development tools, hardware manufacturers etc. All these trends resemble a bit the initial history with the PC era in the 80s. Despite the similarities, in the current mobile computing platforms there are still numerous challenges and issues related to the design, development, and deployment of the mobile applications. In order to address these issues the Media Technology Department at Linnaeus University is organizing an International Workshop on Mobile Application Development.
The goals of this workshop are to:
- Identify the current trends in the mobile application development both in academic and industrial settings, and
- Provide comprehensive hands on introduction for the main development tools and platforms for deploying mobile applications.
This workshop will bring together scholars from a number of Nordic and European Universities as well as leading IT companies in our region. These efforts are conduced as a part of our work with the development of the new courses for our international master program in Social Media and Web Technologies.
Day 1. Mobile ecosystem – Current trends, April 4, 2011
13:15-13:35 Mobile Applications Ecosystem – by Arianit Kurti
13:35-13:55 Android application development – by Adam Giemza
13:55-14:15 iOS application development – by John Haggerud
14:15-14:35 Mobile applications in .NET – by Bahtijar Vogel
14:35-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-15:20 Doing software for Nokia platforms – by Tommi Mikkonen
15:20-15:40 Mobile apps and the industrial needs – by Welf Lowe
15:40-16:30 Discussion – Future trends (open session, all participants)
19:00-22:00 Workshop dinner
Day 2. Mobile development – Hands on Sessions, April 5, 2011
Track 1: iOS and Android development
9:00-12:00 iOS application development - by Sandra Kaltofen and Thorsten Stark
13:00-16:00 Android application development – by Adam Giemza
Track 2: Cross-platform mobile development
9:00-12:00 Qt development framework – by Tommi Mikkonen
13:00-16:00 Web based mobile development frameworks (PhoneGap, Titanium) – by Robert Fohlin and Sandra Kaltofen
16:00-16:30 Closing remarks (all participants)