A while ago Aalto University’s social scene was once again rocking. The Android Aalto Community had arranged a great event icluding both keynotes and hacking in the Design Factory.
The event was MC’d by Claudio Comacho, a really energetic guy also seen in the Summer of startups pitching his health-app for mobile. The day kicked off with the keynotes and first off VTT’s Vili Törmänen’s presentation about Android’s up-and-coming NFC-capabilities. The set was very tech-heavy with him going through the code and then demoing exchanging an URL via NFC. Alltogether a nice set for the coders, I doubt others got much out of it.
Next up, was Elias Pietilä’s great set about User Experience and mobile user design. Elias is the founder of Qvik and became famous by his iOS-game Wooden Labyrinth 3D, which is up to 10 million downloads and very little revenue making him a somewhat famous example of the difficulties in mobile business cases. He wasn’t exactly what you’d call an Android fan, infact he quite bluntly made the comparison between iOS and Android by visualizing android as a turd. Joke or not, I think there is something really refreshing about someone who isn’t an absolute fanboy bringing some fresh perspective and new vision to competing platforms. He made some interesting points about providing fast feedback for the average attentionspan-challenged user and how more-often-than-not simply publishing well polised turds yield’s great revenues. He made great points and his insight to the business was vey good and valid across all mobile platforms. After the two keynotes there was some networking with lunch and then the afternoon continued with a hackathon including a few hello worlds and the attendees getting to know the environment.
You readers might be wondering why I’m blogging about an Android event, so I’ll elaborate. For one, as in any business, on mobile platforms it’s really good to know your competition. The trends impact across brand borders and lessons in good usability and user experience are just as relevant in Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7. Secondly, I personally find the religious attitude people have in matters of technology an utter disgrace to those calling themselves technology enthusiasts. Beyond these arguments, I would like to add that the student partners really shouldn’t hesitate to broaden their views and maybe invite some skilled people from other relevant fields as guest speakers to events.
Jesse (@JesseSanttila) is an IT student at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. He loves technology, gadgets, design, punk rock and videogames. He has been lately very excited about the upcoming Finnish startup-scene and brilliant ideas people come up with.