— Living in a positive environment is an important part of life, and different things are important for everybody. We’ve all heard the nightmare stories about crappy college roommates, or even worse, crappy roommates who share a lease. Many people were lucky enough to grow up with people who supported them, and some who didn’t have that early support system learned the difficult lesson that encouragement can be hard to come by at times.
In New York City, app developers are lucky to have one of the best support systems in the world. The city recently concluded the MTA App Quest — a contest where developers show off their transit apps in hopes of claiming a $20,000 prize. Citymapper took this year’s crown, and their success is just more proof that NYC is really invested in harboring innovation, especially in the mobile space.
Nobody agrees with everything Mayor Michael Bloomberg has done over his tenure, but we applaud his efforts regarding the tech industry. His office created NYC Digital and appointed the city’s first-ever chief digital officer in 2011. While “Silicon Alley” used to be the nickname of a strip in lower Manhattan where tech startups started to flourish, the name has recently taken on a completely different meaning. Those startups, many of which are mobile app companies, are now spread all over the five boroughs, and the term Silicon Alley is no longer a specific area, it’s an idea that continues to grow and make NYC one of the premier centers of innovation in America.
The best example of the blossoming tech scene is the myriad of meetups around the city. People are certain to find a relevant meetup group no matter what part of the tech industry they’re passionate about. Appular commonly has a presence at these meetups, as we love having a front-row seat for app developers creating something to disrupt every industry in the world, and we also love sharing the meetups on our radar.
Before we check out what’s coming up, let’s take a look back at a highlight from last week.
iOS 7 Features and Design Paradigms for Developers
The good people at Aviary gave an informative, in-depth presentation on how the top-five photography app prepared and transitioned to iOS 7. The meetup embodied the overarching spirit of NYC tech meetups, as it was a friendly, collaborative environment. The Aviary meetup is a newly formed group, and we’re definitely looking forward to more great events from them.
A Look Ahead
Scandlebars (a Scala implementation of Handlebars) at Gilt
One of the many perks about being in NYC is the shopping. Between the trendy stores in SoHo and the high-end classics on Madison Avenue, it can be tough deciding where to go to get the best deals. Several shopping apps and websites have been born in Manhattan, and Gilt is one of the most successful. Aside from offering cool, members-only deals, a part of Gilt’s appeal is the website and app’s slick design. Their lead designer, Mark Wunsch, will be talking about the Handlebars templating language and why Gilt uses it to engage their customers. The meetup will not only feature a great discussion for developers, but there will be time for networking, pizza and beer! You can’t beat that, so check it out and say “hi” to the good people of Tech Talks at Meetup — the coordinators of the event.
Rob Blackwood and Raul Gutierrez - Tinybop
Enormous app development companies like Rovio might seem like they rule the world (and they kind of do), but the best part about the mobile app industry is that indie developers can find success, too. This event features Rob Blackwood (iOS developer) and Raul Gutierrez, the founder of Brooklyn-based TinyBop. Their app, The Human Body, reached No. 1 on the free app charts last week. The two men will talk about the development challenges that came with making the educational app and much more. The chat will be in the beautiful Conde Nast building in Times Square, and was organized by one of our favorite groups — the New York iOS Developer Meetup.
iOS Study Group at Byte Dept.
Sometimes developers just need to sit down and talk about coding with people. This meetup was designed for exactly that. The NYC iOS Study Group doesn’t set a formal agenda for these meetings, and people are free to come and quietly work on projects or walk around and chat about developing. The event is co-organized by Byte Dept., one of NYC’s many great tech development firms.