— It’s easy to get entrenched in the world of mobile apps. Obviously, it’s our job at Appular, but the staff often finds themselves reading, researching and talking about them more and more after they leave the office. The industry is growing at an amazing pace, and it seems there is a new startup sprouting everywhere you turn.
Once NYC’s burgeoning mobile app landscape enters your consciousness, you start to overhear people at bars and restaurants talking about the app they’re developing, you notice app-focused stories on newsstands or you see people in app T-shirts jogging through Central Park. It’s strange to think that something so prevalent can seemingly be hidden — but that’s probably a function of living in a city with more than eight million people.
What’s great about this not-so-underground culture of mobile app entrepreneurship is the way people are invested in what they’re doing. Developers want to tell everyone what they’re working on and why it’s important. Sure, they like to kick back and have a good time, but most developers we’ve come across could work on their app 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
One of the things that can lure these tech geniuses from their development is the prolific meetup scene in NYC — because if they’re not working on their app, they might as well be telling people about it or exchanging ideas with other developers. This week surely won’t disappoint anybody who is ready to go out and make their dream happen, as there are an abundance of opportunities for people to develop, test and get advice and insight from successful app developers.
Before we see what has us excited this week, let’s take a look at what we were buzzing about last week.
Demo Night Presentations
The great people at the Lower Manhattan iOS Developer Meetup group put on a fantastic demo night that featured innovative, intuitive apps. It always helps to have free snacks and beer at these events, but the organizers made sure everyone had a great time because of that and so much more.
A Look Ahead
Real-World Performance Testing Made Easy
This meetup is promising some big things, and if we know anything about the Optimizing Mobile Apps meetup group, they’ll deliver. Mobile app developers should really think about attending, as the group says it will be unveiling a powerful tool that is a breakthrough in mobile performance testing. The event will give people an opportunity to check out the testing tool and have time for a Q-and-A session and feedback. There will also be pizza and drinks available for guests and an iPad Mini giveaway.
Venmo / Cover / NYC Bike Buddy / SpotHero
We love demo nights, but with that being said, it’s nice to get a look at what went into making an app, too. The meetup group NYC Apps and other organizers have billed this event as “Less demos, more lessons learned.” That sounds good to us, as key players from some of the best homegrown apps in NYC will be talking about the mobile industry. The meetup will feature Chris Maddern, of Venmo; Andrew Cove, of Cover; Jeremy Smith, of SpotHero; and Brian Papa, of NYC Bike Buddy. Venmo will play host to the event in their office located on 25th Street in Lower Manhattan.
TreSensa + Kik + IFP's Made in NY Media Center Present: Mobile Web Game Jam NYC
Get ready, get set, Develop! Mobile Web Game Jam NYC promises to be one of the best events of the year. It’s an entire weekend of game development at the 20,000-square-foot NYC Media Center in Brooklyn. On Friday evening, contestants will be given a theme and will have the next 48 hours to develop a game that can be an app or web-based. The event is free and open to the public, so stop by any time over the weekend if you want to watch NYC tech innovation and creativity at its finest. Don’t forget to say hello to the co-sponsors of the event, including the game development company TreSensa and folks from the mobile app Kik Messenger.