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We have just started to release the videos from Mobile Central Europe - and we are releasing them to the public during the coming days.

First of all you can watch two videos that recap the MCE highlights. You have two movies - one shorter for just the conference, and one longer for both - the Jitter hackathon and the conference.

The videos are both embedded in the post, but you can also see them at the main site together with photos from the conference and Jitter hackathon

Also - we are releasing video recordings of the talks. We will be releasing them in batches - expect more talks to become available every day so look at our social media. We are starting today with recording of the MCE opening and three first morning talks - by Eric Lafortune, Mike Lee and Chris Eidhof. You can find those by browsing the former agenda section, but also there is the MCE Conference 2014 playlist where you will find all the talks as they are released.

MCE Conference movie

Jitter hackathon and MCE Conference movie

Stay Tuned! After all movies are published, we are going to announce new edition of MCE!

MCE Organizers team

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Mobile Central Europe wants to thank each and every one of you for making the first ever MCE event a huge success.

It is not enough for a group of speakers to show up to a venue. The participation of the speakers and people in attendance truly make or break an event. As participants you were truly great; the cinema halls were really buzzing with talks and people were networking a lot - which is always the best and most important part of the conference.

We’d also like to thank this year’s group of speakers. The topics that you covered were in demand and helpful for everyone in attendance and gave us a lot to think about, look at, and work on. Without exception, you were all central to the success of the event.

We’d like to thank our sponsors and partners from the event. Without their logistic, material, and financial support there would have been no way to make this event anywhere close to what it was. From all of us at MCE, thank you.

Last but certainly not least, our thanks go to all the people who were involved in organizing the event. You all made the event possible:

People involved

To all the attendees: Did you go to all 21 sessions? Oh, that wasn’t possible? Not to worry, in the very near future we’ll have the recordings, photos, and videos posted online. We’ll post some more information about this soon so stay tuned to find out more.

Not enough? Again - stay tuned. We are already working on the second edition of MCE! We are going to make first announcements soon - so pay attention to our blog, Facebook page,Twitter account and #mceconf hashtag, Google+ page.

See you at the next MCE!

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The Jitter hackathon has just been officially kicked off at the Copernicus Science Centre. The atmosphere inside is warming up for a day full of hacking, talks, and networking.

Workshops will be running all day and the freestyle hackathon should generate some great results. We’ll have more posts throughout the day highlighting the sessions.

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We are keeping the best announcements for the very last day. As you are probably aware, we had to increase the number of places for hackathon, because we had so much interest and we closed registration for hackathon just before New Year.

This means that the hackathon was interesting on its own. But imagine what could have happened if we told before that we have prizes! Well, we actually do - and together with the prizes we want to announce some new sponsors too.

The prizes are only in the freestyle hackathon part - there are no separate prizes for workshops (with one exception).

The main prize

The best project using Estimote beacons

  • Estimote dev kits - funded by Estimote of course

The best project using Amazon API

  • We have 3 Kindle Fires funded by our not-yet-announced hackathon sponsor - Amazon.

The best UX

  • We have 3 UxPin licences for the project that will show the best User eXperience ideas.

Fastest arduino robot

There is one exception to the rule about the freestyle-only prizes. There will be prizes for the Arduino workshop. At the workshop you will be able to build robots and compete for the best result (for now the goal is secret). And you will have a chance to win Arduino based robots! Exactly how many robots will depend on the size of winning teams.

So we are announcing not only the prizes this time, but we also warmly welcome Amazon, and UxPin amongst our sponsors. We are proud to have such sponsors. We also welcome Wikia - who will also become the hackathon sponsor on top of being Gold sponsor for the conference.

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Our conference has actually reached a new level. We are going to have a launch of a new product which is very much related to the mobile world and focused on developers.

Oguz Bastemur from Nubisa is going to launch their multi-threaded Node.js platform. Initially they developed it for their own use when they reached limits of Node.js and the need for multi-threading had become apparent.

You can read more about the motivation for the product at Oguz’s blog post

At 13:45 in the main room Oguz will launch their product!

Do not miss the flash talk for the “Multithreaded Javascript on the Server Side!”

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Not everyone knows yet, but apart of the longer, regular talks, we are going to have flash talks during Mobile Central Europe.

The flash talks will happen during the lunch break. You will get the lunch in the way that you will be able to take it back to the cinema room and have lunch while listening to the talks.

Agenda for the talks:

  • 13:15 - Matt Harysymczuk: West Scrum Story
  • 13:30 - Łukasz Gawin: Once Upon a Time… Bugs
  • 13:45 - Oguz Bastemur: Multithreaded Javascript on the Server Side!
  • 14:00 - Piotr Podziemski: Cukeriada - an educational game designed for children suffering from type 1 diabetes
  • 14:15 - Łukasz Stefaniszyn: Mobile applications - implementation of quality
  • 14:30 - Krzysztof Zabłocki: Tips & Tricks for iOS Devs

See you there and enjoy the talks!

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We are terrible busy recently but we keep on working with our partners and gathering new ones. We are fans of the community and we feel very good about any mutually beneficial partnership we might establish.

Here are all the partners we added recently:

Technology Partners

We added Nettigo and MonkeyFab who are helping us with hardware for the Jitter hackathon.

Scientific Partner

We added Copernicus Science Centre as our Scientific Partner. We already wrote about it, but since this is new partner category, we thought it’s worth mentioning.

Hackathon thought partners

We also have two partners that are helping with the hackathon providing not only support, but also providing lots of creative ideas about how the hackathon should look like. Those are Pan Generator and Ogród Interakcji

Hackathon community partners

We have a new community partner for hackathon as well - this is Makerland - our friends from Makerland prepare awesome event in March!

We are extremely happy to get such great partners and work together with them on the event!

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Here is a guest post of one our platinum sponsor - Mobica:

Mobica Limited is a British company operating more than seven years on the Polish IT market. Our company branches are based in Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Łódź and Szczecin. Great part of our projects is carried out outside Poland.

Mobica Limited is a team of world class software engineers offering consultancy during the whole lifecycle of a developed product, starting on the initial definition, through creating the project and finally at testing and implementing accepted solutions. The largest companies of the telecom market, of which Vodafone, Skype, Orange, Motorola, Blackberry, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, are our clients.

Since the very beginning of Mobica Limited, we have used the cutting edge mobile technologies, creating highly esteemed software for such platforms as Windows Phone 7, Android iOS/iPhone and Blackberry.

Learn more at mobica.com

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Here is a guest post of one our platinum sponsor: Allegro Group:

Allegro Group is a multinational internet corporation operating in 23 countries around the world, but mainly in Central and Eastern Europe. Its activities focus on the ecommerce industry, in the segments of marketplaces, retail, classifieds, payments and other.

The principle of approaching the business from a consumer perspective allows the Group to expand and grow as the relevant markets evolve. Thanks to offering a safe, easy and reliable manner to transact online the Allegro Group’s sites become the first choice for the consumers.

The Group manages over 100 internet sites, most of which are leaders in respective countries.

Learn more at allegrogroup.com

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Blade Polska is a boutique software development and product design consultancy.

We are one of the very few companies designing and developing native Mac OS X software. We’ve done over 20 complex web applications (some of them for healthcare companies in Poland) and dozens of innovative mobile applications.

Having built strong partnerships with Silicon Valley ­based companies and VCs, we are getting ready to disrupt multiple industries with innovative augmented reality and 3D vision mobile technologies. Together with Toyota Motor Group USA we developed an iPad app that features immersive, interactive virtual tour inside the 2014 Lexus IS model.

We are a boutique shop, which means that:

  • We value quality over quantity.
  • We work in small, tightly knit, interdisciplinary, unified teams.
  • We devote time to do things right and repay technical debt.
  • We develop unique, long-lasting relationships with our clients, who quickly become friends.
  • There are no non-technical idiot managers.

Most of us work on MacBooks with comfy, large external monitors. Everyone uses IDE and tools of own choice. We use Pivotal Tracker to track progress, we commit code following the git workflow to BitBucket and we perform code reviews there. We collaborate using Hackpad, track our time on Harvest and extensively use HipChat to post animated gifs with funny cats and coordinate ordering lunch. We write documentation when it makes sense for us, just like tests which we run using Jenkins and OS X 10.9 bots. We use mainly Django, PostgreSQL, Redis and Heroku to build servers, AngularJS and CoffeeScript to build browser based front-ends and Objective-C and Java to create native mobile apps.

Every Friday we eat together a delicious and healthy breakfast (usually made by one of us) and then we meet to listen to one of us sharing his knowledge or passion during lightning talks. We devote most of the day to learning new stuff, giving back to Open Source community and working on our own internal projects that will help us do better work for our clients.

We always strive for excellence and we love working with talented, passionate people who are not only exceptional developers and technical experts, but with whom we will quickly become friends for at least a good chunk of our lives.

Learn more at www.bladepolska.com

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The Jitter Hackathon is just around the corner so it’s high time to give you the info about the logistics of the event.

Ticket and registration

Similarly as described in the conference post - you do not need any printed form of the ticket but you will need a photo ID with you to get in the venue. You will get your own personal code before the conference to be used throughout the event (hint! there will be a cool networking game during the event) so keep that future email handy on your phone.

Things you should bring with you

Please remember that its BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) event. We will follow up with a detailed email regarding any required software. Also, we would appreciate it if you could bring your own power strip. Additionally, there will be some extra hardware that you will be able to use during freestyle hackathon - details of this will be given closer to the date.

Code of Conduct

Because of a few, bad experiences we’ve had at other conferences, we do expect you all to follow the conference’s and jitter’s Code of Conduct. We are not bureaucrats, so it’s not long or overly complicated. In short, please be mindful about others at the event. Our staff is prepared to help and react in the event of any problems connected with violations of the code of conduct.

Time

The Jitter Hackathon is on Friday, January 10th. We start the day with registration at 9:00 a.m. and plan to stay in the Copernicus Science Centre till around 22:00 p.m. The sessions start at 10:00 am.

Venue

The venue is the Copernicus Science Centre at 20 Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie Street - one of the most advanced interactive science centres in Europe, housed in a stunning building on the banks of the Vistula River. The Centre is well equipped with all the amenities needed and fully accessible. We will spend the whole day there including lunch. As everyone who attends the hackathon is also registered for the conference, the official after-party is planned for Saturday night in the Cinema. You can read more about it here. The Hackathon will take place in a space that will be arranged to accommodate the workshop and freestyle hackathon in a way that will allow each part to function individually while still keeping every part of the same event.

Hotels

There are a number of choices for hotels. We can hardly recommend something without knowing what your personal preferences are, but feel free to explore this list.

How to get to Copernicus Science Centre

The best way to get to the Centre is by public transportation or taxi.

Public transportation: You can find the fastest route to the cinema from anywhere in the city easily by using the Jak Dojade service (they also have great mobile apps). Apart from kiosks and small shops, you can buy tickets at automated ticket machines or sometimes in buses or trams. Regular public transport runs till around 11:30 p.m., but there is also a network of night buses afterwards.

Taxi: Taxis are quite affordable during the day - you should be able to get to Kino for less than 50 PLN from pretty much anywhere in Warsaw. After 10:00 p.m. they become more expensive. There are two services - iTaxi and myTaxi which have mobile apps and are very good. You do not need to speak Polish to order taxis using those apps.

Cars: Similarly as in case of the conference - we discourage getting to the venue by car, though it’s a bit more car-friendly than Kino Praha the next day. However, the hackathon is on a working day and so the parking spaces next to the Copernicus Science Centre will all be metered. More information can be found at the Centre’s “how to get there” page.

Warsaw

You can read some more info in an earlier post - follow from there to find out more about the city and attractions.

The Main Event

Registration starts at 9.00 a.m with the official opening of the hackathon at 10:00 a.m., the closing will be at 10:00 p.m.

Here you can find the detailed agenda for the hackathon. Details such as the summaries of the different hackathon workshops can be found here. Be sure to give the pages a look, there is a lot of info there.

There will be six workshops covering six specific topics. The six workshops will be repeated 3 times each in order to give everyone a chance to hit the one they want. The only exception is Estimote which will have two workshops - one iOS and one Android. The third time will be “freestyle” so you will be able to ask your questions and get help - pretty similar to the general freestyle part.

In order to make sure everyone has a chance to get a spot at the workshops we prepared a registration web application. On Wednesday, we will email you a link to the workshop registration page. You are strongly advised to build your schedule there because during registration you will receive 3 stickers that will give you priority access to the workshops which you have registered. Those who do not pre-register for spaces will be able to attend the workshops when there are free spots left. There is enough room at all the workshops but we hope this will eliminate specific sessions becoming overwhelmed individually. Help us out with this by signing up on Wednesday.

The seventh area is the space for the freestyle hackathon. It will be open the entire time so if you came to build your own idea and you already have your team, you can spend the whole day building your stuff. There will be some extra toys available that you will be able to use for your hacking, you are also free to bring your own favourite tools and hardware to play with.

Food and Drinks

Lunch will be provided for you in the cafeteria from 1:30 p.m. till 2:30 p.m. Free snacks, water, tea, and coffee will be available, but if you want something more substantial we will have access to the cafeteria where you can buy extra food. There will also be food and drinks provided in the eventing.

Hashtags

Last, but not least - please use #mceconf (conference) and #mcejitter (the hackathon) from now on to share anything in social media.

See you all at the Copernicus Science Centre at 9:00 a.m. Friday the 10th.

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Here at MCE, the very idea behind the conference and hackathon came about from our desire to be part of a larger community. From small local events to global gatherings, our organizers (both companies and individuals) are involved in a variety of different communities. Thanks to this, MCE has some great events surrounding it.

If you are here before and after the event you definitely need to check these out.

Thursday 9th: GDG Warsaw organizes an event with our speaker Wiebe Elsinga talking about open source projects.

Thursday 9th: Human Tech Art and WJUG are organising an event with NAO Robots - our partners from Aldebaran Robotics - both the programming and humanistic side the robots will be on display.

Sunday 12th: Last but not least, the Copernicus Science Centre is doing an event with NAO and Synapsis Foundation to not only showcase the robots but also show how they can help with rehabilitation in autistic children as well as showing how autistic people see the world.

Sunday is also WOŚP day and there will be WOŚP volunteers in front of the Copernicus Science Centre gathering the money for the charity event. It’s not a partner of ours officially but we thought it might be good to remind you about this, while you are visiting the Centre, so you won’t forget your change when leaving your home or hotel.

We wanted to make sure you knew about these events as it is because of partners like these that a viable community can develop. If you have the time, join them at these events.

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The start of Mobile Central Europe is getting closer. We are nearly sold out as of this post so it’s high time to give you a bit more info about the logistics of the event.

Please note, this post is about the conference only. Further information about the Jitter Hackathon will be posted separately to those, who register to both Conference and Hackathon.

Tickets and registration

You do not need any printed form of the ticket but you will need your ID with photo with you to get in the venue. You will get your own personal code before the conference to be used throughout the event (hint! there will be a cool networking game during the event) so keep that future email handy on your phone. Those of you who come to the hackathon will get registered the day before and do not need to register again - in your case your conference badge will become your pass to the event.

Code of Conduct

Because of a few, bad experiences we’ve had at other conferences, we do expect you all to follow the conference’s Code of Conduct. We are not bureaucrats, so it’s not long or overly complicated. In short, please be mindful about others at the event. Our staff is prepared to help and react in the event of any problems connected with violations of the code of conduct..

Time

The conference is on Saturday, January 11th. You can add it to your calendar. Reserve the whole day because it will be packed with lots to see and do. We start the day with registration at 9:00 a.m. and plan to stay in the Cinema till around 11:00 p.m. The Conference officially starts at 9:45 a.m. but we strongly advise you come at 9:00 - there will be breakfast and coffee available in the morning so feel free to eat here rather than at your hotel.

Venue

The venue is the stylish and recently rebuilt Kino Praha at Jagiellońska 26 - it’s a modern building with all the amenities needed and fully accessible. We will spend the whole day there including lunch and the after-party (see below), so you should get familiar with the place - it will become your mini mobile microverse for the entire event. If you are only at the conference - everything is happening there. Of course, there will more than likely be an after-after party somewhere else, but this is something that will be decided on the spot for the few still standing following the after-party. The cinema’s lobby will also feature some tech-displays you can interact with. For example, you’ll be able to play with Leia’s Display System XL or check out a showcase of NAO robots. Above all, we will try to make the space networking-friendly so you can get to know the other attendees.

Hotels

There are a number of choices for hotels. We can hardly recommend something without knowing what your personal preferences are, but feel free to explore this list.

How to get to Kino Praha

The best way to get to the conference location at Kino Praha is by public transportation or taxi.

Public transportation: You can find the fastest route to the cinema from anywhere in the city easily by using the Jak Dojade service (they also have great mobile apps). Apart from kiosks and small shops, you can buy tickets at automated ticket machines or sometimes in buses or trams. Regular public transport runs till around 11:30 p.m., but there is also a network of night buses afterwards.

Taxi: Taxis are quite affordable during the day - you should be able to get to Kino for less than 50 PLN from pretty much anywhere in Warsaw. After 10:00 p.m. they become more expensive. There are two services - iTaxi and myTaxi which have mobile apps and are very good. You do not need to speak Polish to order taxis using those apps.

Cars: We strongly discourage getting to the venue by car - there aren’t usually many parking places around Kino Praha, and now there are even fewer due to the Underground construction nearby. Also because of the construction, there are many temporary changes to traffic and it’s very easy to get a fine if you are not careful. Most of the parking places to be found are along the street near Katedra Praska but there are just a handful - if there are none left you will have to find a free place on a nearby street. Of course, a usual warning: do not leave any valuables in your car as they might attract criminals. Additionally - there will be beer at the after-party and the limits for blood/alcohol content in Poland are extremely low so it’d just be best leave your care at your home/hotel.

Warsaw

You can read some more info in an earlier post- follow from there to find out more about the city and attractions.

The main event

Registration starts at 9.00 a.m with the official opening of the conference at 9.45 a.m. Immediately after the opening, at 10.00 a.m. the talks begin. Each talk starts on the hour sharp and lasts 45 minutes with a 15 minute break for networking, coffee, snack, etc. at the end. Soon we will release the mobile application for the event that you will be able to use to plan your day and check details of the sessions using your mobile device. There will also be a networking game going on during the event, which we’ll tell you more about next week.

Snacks, water, tea and coffee will be available and you will also be able to buy some extra stuff from the cinema’s bar. Oh and we should mention the popcorn. You know, we are in cinema after all. There will be fresh popcorn available for free throughout the entire event.

Lunch Break and Flash Talks

There will be a lunch break from 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. and instead of everyone spreading out all over the city to find food, we’ve had the food brought to us. Lunch, including hot soup, will be delivered to the cinema leaving you free to network with other participants, check out some of the attractions, or sit in on the Flash Talks. We’ve invited a group of speaker to give a series of short, 15 minute talks during lunch. These quick flashes will be on all things mobile and will feature mainly local speakers. We’ll have the details out soon, but this is certainly worth checking out!

Afterparty

Of course, the end of the conference is just the beginning of the after-party. Unfortunately, our profession has some pretty skewed numbers relating to gender so a dance party is a bit tough to do. But as we are in a cinema, we decided to take advantage of our surroundings. The after-party with revolve around interactivity and gaming, so expect a totally different setup of the cinema.

Aside from the usual food, drinks and beer, we will hook you up with some interactivity. We’ll have some of the toys from the hackathon, the NAO robots, and the results of the hackathon. Prizes will be awarded for the winners of the freestyle hackathon and the networking game at the after-party as well.

But wait, there’s more…

We will have the chance to do some truly special stuff (and imho - totally awesome). There will be some serious interactivity on the ‘big screens.’ First, there will be games on the XL steam screen from Leia Display System, but what we’re most excited about are the cinema screens. If you are a gamer, we know you have always dreamed of playing a game on a cinema screen with a thundering sound system at your disposal. Well, now your dream becomes a reality- we’ll have gaming sessions going on with a crowd to cheer on every frag, no-scope snipe, wipe out and wreck you make.

We are really excited to be able to host such an event in Warsaw and hope you will remember it as one of the best you’ve ever attended.

Hashtags

Last, but not least - please use #mceconf (conference) and #mcejitter (the hackathon) from now on to share anything in social media.

See you at Kino Praha at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday 11th.

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The New Year has already brought some great news!

Mobile Central Europe is proud to announce not only our partnership with the Copernicus Science Centre but is also really excited that this amazing venue will be the location of the Jitter Hackathon.

Copernicus Science Centre

The Copernicus Science Centre is one of the most advanced interactive science centres in Europe and is housed in a stunning building on the banks of the Vistula River. MCE is overjoyed that the hackathon will take place here as the Copernicus Science Centre focuses on engagement and discovery of the world around us.

What is more, the team from Aldebaran Robotics will have a special exhibition at the Centre the day after MCE, Sunday 12th. The Robotics Lab of the Science Centre will feature a showcase of robots from Aldebaran. The Synapsis Foundation will also be present to talk about the use of NAO robots for helping with the rehabilitation of autistic children and will conduct workshop to show visitors how autistic people see the world around them.

Everyone, including regular visitors, will have the chance to check out the exhibition and see the robots in action.

We can’t wait to see the venue in action! Since we’ve already sold out of spots for the Jitter Hackathon, it looks like this will be an event well worth attending.

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This time - it’s the real registration page. The Jitter hackathon tickets are sold out!

Sold out

What a good timing! We are right at the end of year and we just sold out all hackathon tickets! Only those people who have still valid promo codes can register for the hackathon.

Actually - thanks to the great venue we have for hackathon - we already increased number of hackathon places, otherwise they would have been sold out already before Christmas. We will tell you what the venue is very soon and with some surprise great announcement!

There are still places for the conference, but hurry up - there are just about 40 of those left, so be careful with today’s partying, otherwise others might be quicker!

All the best in the New Year 2014! It starts with Mobile Central Europe conference, so it has a good chance to be a great year.

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Sold out

No, we are not sold out yet, but we are pretty darn close to it!

We had so many registrations just before Xmas, that we had to add the “sold out” functionality! Following the true agile spirit we did not have it before we needed it….

Now it seems we might need it quickly, so we added it.

We decided that the registration for the event will close latest on Tuesday, January 7th, but if you want to make sure that you get your place, sign-up quickly, because we might have to close the registration earlier than that! This is especially important for those who also want to attend the Jitter hackathon - there is just a handful of tickets left.

So be quick about signing up - especially if you want to come to Jitter hackathon. And with a few announcements coming soon - it is very likely we will have to close the registration earlier than we thought.

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Mobile Central Europe is excited to announce our new technology partner, Leia Display System. These guys have some really awesome hardware they’ll be showing off for us throughout the conference. They’ll set up shop with the XL version of their holographic display. Conference goers will have the chance to see this interactive display in action as well as demo some of its features. You will also get a chance to play with the smaller version during the Jitter hackathon. Check out their site for more info about the on-steam images you’ll be seeing at the conference and the hackathon.

http://www.leiadisplay.com/

Sneak peek of what you can expect:

If you’d like to join Leia Display Systems and our other partners you can contact us here

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Hey Everyone,

We will be posting regular updates regarding the hackathon as new information is necessary. For now, we’ll give you a quick overview of the hackathon and what you should expect.

First, the venue for the hackathon will take place in pretty much central location in Warsaw. We do not want to disclose it yet, because there will be another announcement connected with it. We are super excited about the location and cannot wait for you all to see it.

The hackathon will start at 10:00 and end at 21:00. Details like times and summaries of the different hackathon events can be found here. Be sure to give the pages a look, there is a lot of info there.

To explain the hackathon itself, here is how it will look: There will be six workshops covering six specific topics. The six workshops will be repeated 3 times each in order to give everyone a chance to hit the one they want.

There is also the 7th freestyle hacking area which will be open the entire time.

Check out a workshop, come up with a great idea and take it to the freestyle hack to explore it in more detail. Feel free to pick and choose which workshops you will gain the most from for your freestyle hack. Each workshop has a description of the talk, what you should expect, what you might need to bring (yes, you can leave your 3D printer at home. we’ve got those covered), and what tech specific mentors will be at the workshop. Throughout the hackathon there will be ‘Meta’ mentors available. Not assigned to any particular workshop, these mostly UX/UI mentors are there to help you as you need. Just a note, they’ll be most helpful in workshops #1 through #4.

Finally, if you have not signed up yet - HURRY UP!!! There are only a few tickets left for the hackathon. We will be closing the hackathon registration before the main registration ends.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the Jitter Hackathon or the event in general, get in touch with us at [email protected] If you have questions regarding particular workshops, you can find contact emails for each of the workshops in their descriptions.

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Mobile Central Europe is proud to announce another speaker for the conference.

Cheng Luo has spent a long time working on various aspects of mobile technology and is also a brilliant speaker. He worked extensively at Samsung and will be covering the same subject as Peter Heinrich who unfortunately cannot make it. Cheng is looking forward to the event and we are happy to add him to our list of speakers.

Welcome to Mobile Central Europe, Cheng!

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We are hard at work, getting everything ready for the conference. Of all the things to do, communication is maybe one of the most important. We want to reach every single person possible beforehand and once the conference starts, to tell all of you what’s going on. It is also important for us for make sure that what happens at the conference has a wider impact than just for those in attendance. Due in large part to these ideas, we are proud to announce a number of additional media partners who will be committed to getting the word out there about Mobile Central Europe.

Our growing list now also includes: Software Developer’s Journal, Mobile Trends, Marketing Mobilny.pl, Crossweb.pl, Antyweb, Interia as Media Partners.

We are also proud to announce Jestem Mobi as the official blogger of Mobile Central Europe.

Welcome all of you and thanks for helping us make our conference that much better.

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Poland is rapidly changing. New buildings are replacing the old at a rapid pace. The city we are in today is very much different from the Warsaw of just 10 years ago. Accessibility, especially for wheelchair access, can still occasionally be a problem though.

This is why we wanted to quickly mention that all of our venues and locations are fully handicap accessible. Both the cinema and hackathon place (hint! we will announce it soon) represent the best of what Poland has become, and we hope you enjoy.

If you have any questions or concerns related to accessibility or accommodation please feel free to contact us at contact@mobilecentraleurope.com

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Inside, the conference speaks for itself: a rockstar list of speakers covering the topics developers are talking about most. What about when you are done for the day?

With just a few free hours, you can dive into one of Europe’s most historically unique cities. Warsaw is the capital of Poland and the site of some truly intriguing places. We offered a few suggestions below, but everyone has their own favorites they’ll be more than happy to recommend. Pick and choose what you want to do, but most of all enjoy!

Schizophrenia, this is the best way to describe the architectural palate of the city. A combination of war, occupation, and oddly timed development means that this city is a treasure trove of interesting buildings and structures.

Our top three:

Palace of Culture - You can’t miss it. This is the giant neo-Stalinist building in the center of the city. Given as a ‘gift’ to Poland, the style is identical its sister buildings in Moscow. Grab a coat and hat and go to the top for the highest view in the city.

Old Town - Totally leveled at the end of WWII, the Old City was painstakingly rebuilt according to period paintings. This is the classical old Europe most people are expecting to see.

Praga - You’ll be in the area for the conference, why not check out the surroundings? This part of the city was relatively untouched by the war and features a lot of beautifully decaying buildings. Just north of the theater is particularly nice.

Food and Drink:

Polish food is best classified as hearty. Thick soups, roasted meats, and dumplings for every possible occasion are just a few. During the winter trying a glass of mulled beer or wine will warm you from the inside out.

As a local for a recommendation or check out Trip Advisor. The lists there are well reviewed and worth a quick look.

Most of all, enjoy yourself. This is a great city full of things to see, do, and taste. If you are interested in finding out more check out this site.

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Between the MCE organizers we tried to figure out ways to convey our message behind the conference in a short and concise way. Our creative team got the idea that we should have a short movie showing exactly what you can expect at the conference - and the movie should not be much longer than 1 minute. And they did it!

We tried it last Monday with Mobile Warsaw #9 meetup in the very Kino Praha that will host MCE. The reception was overwhelmingly positive, so here you are:

Also we have added new partners in a new category - Official Bloggers. We are getting more and more media coverage in Poland and our bloggers are really interested to participate and blog about us before, during and after the event, so additionally to typical media partners we also welcome Kamil Brzeziński, Artur Kurasiński, Katarzyna Dworzyńska and Łukasz Kłosowski as our Official Bloggers

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MCE is proud to announce three platinum sponsors!

Additionally Allegro Group became sponsor of the accompanying Jitter hackathon!

Our relationship with each of these sponsors has been great so far and we are thrilled that they have taken such an active role in the event. Each of these firms is an active part of our community, and if you don’t know them yet, you will soon enough.

Soon, we will have a feature article about each of our sponsors. This “Meet the Sponsors” section will give you all the info you need to know about the people and firms behind the event just before the conference.

Sponsorship of MCE is a great way to take a more active role in the event as well as score some serious face-time with the key people and companies in the market. We are close to announcing our diamond and gold sponsors and would love to have your logo listed as well. Get in touch with us at [email protected] for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

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So we thought the last week was a partner’s week… Oh boy, how wrong we were.

This week we welcome a number of partners who help us with our event preparation. Here is a short list of those added so far and why we are excited:

First and foremost, our technology partners. We are technology-driven event, that’s why technology partners are so important to us.

  • NAO by Aldebaran Robotics - this is the news of the day! The cool robot we first met at Devoxx in Antwerp and we fell in love immediately. The friends from Aldebaran Robotics from France are going to run the 6th workshop at the Jitter hackathon and they will have a separate corner at the conference lobby as well (and we have more cool stuff we are working on together - more on that soon)

  • Taptera - we are working very closely with Taptera from the beginning, and some of our organizers are from Taptera’s Polish office. Those awesome people are providing the conference application for Mobile Central Europe - we are just testing the final touches with the app now and will announce it really soon.

Secondly, we grew our community partner’s list. And there are really cool partners we have:

  • GDG Minsk, Belarus and CoocoaHeads Belarus. With our friends from the east, we are becoming really Central European event - we have people from Germany, Ukraine, Czech Republic and now Belarus coming! We have also people from Western part of the Old Continent which welcome with equal hospitality!

  • Krak Droid - they are our friend conference in Krakow, where even some of our organizers will speak. Their conference is next week and you will be able to win something (guess what?).

Last, but not least - we have also grown significantly our media partners. Media Partners help us to reach many people that we would not be able to get to otherwise. We have Android user, CIO magazine, Computerworld, IT Wiz, Dziennik internautów, Magazyn Programista, PracaIT.com.

That’s 11 partners announced in one week! It’s been really busy here!

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Santa’s making his list, have your team been naughty or nice?

Check it twice, ask yourself, ‘Does my team deserve a treat?’ We hope the answer is yes, and we hope that you’ll see that packing off your team to Warsaw will not only benefit them but your own interests! We promise to take good care of them and they’ll meet with the most interesting and influential figures in mobile software development. They’ll network, they exchange ideas, they’ll never forgive you if you don’t send them.

Christmas present

So come Monday, January 13th - it’s entirely up to you how it goes in your office… do you want your team to be energized, excited brimming with new ideas to bring to your project. Or do you want a bunch of sad individuals moping around the office teeming with regret and resentment that you turned down the chance to send them to the first Mobile Central Europe conference…

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So we were looking for a cool partner for our Jitter hackathon. It had to be someone current, it had to be as well local, we didn’t want a faceless corporation…

Maciek: Steve, I’m sorry it’s very sweet of you guys don’t really have a great rep for hardware…

SB: Oh really, and what about Zune?!

Ah well. Anyway - it turned out we didn’t need to look too far, just down the road to the former capital of Poland in Krakow.

The good people at Estimote have rather foolishly agreed to part with some of their cutting edge Estimote Beacon devices. If you’ve not already heard of them, then that’s because they’re still under wraps at an unknown facility deep in the Tatra mountains guarded by former US Navy Seals.

Estimote Beacons are set to revolutionize how retailers engage with shoppers by using BlueTooth LE technology to engage with their customers and enhance the in-store experience (and more!)

Not only will our hackerthonians get their dirty mitts on the hardware, but the brains behind the Estimote technology will be on hand to offer advice and expertise. We must have got them pretty drunk during our last meeting because we’ve secured awesome prizes for this year’s winners. Guess what might be the prizes!?, Yeah you got it!

Estimote beacons

Estimote beacons

Estimote is only the first technology partner announced for our conference! Expect more to come on that very soon!

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We are working hard under the radar right now to give you the best experience for our conference, in the meantime however we would like to draw your attention to the greatest treasure we have at our conference - our speakers.

We have introduced a few subtle changes in the presentation of our agenda - so you can explore the agenda, see the speaker details and presentation details right from the main agenda page. See it yourself.

You will see that we have some really good names and great topics, and that you will be able to learn a lot about modern approach to iOS, Android, mobile programming as well as UI/UX approach. Things that you always wanted to ask but were afraid to do so or had no-one around to give you good answers.

Our speakers are really experienced practictioners who have accomplished a lot already in their career but the common theme amongst them is that they learn continuously - and by telling about their experiences, they help others to learn as well. No doubt they will also have a great opportunity to learn new things from all of you so this is a win-win situation.

Pretty much all speakers will also be present at the hackathon the day before the conference and you will not only be able to talk and network with them, but also work with them together as a team. This is the best way to get to know each other and help to build meaningful relationships.

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We have officially closed the speaker’s list with the last confirmed speaker - Rob Rusher. Rob is our special guest - he will not only talk about and will show Google Glass. Rob has also managed to get a few Google Glasses for our hungry hackers to get their teeth into (we hope not literally).

Speaking of the Jitter hackathon we’re lining up so many cool gadgets that Bruce Wayne would be jealous (you will hear more about it soon but we have pretty exciting announcements up our sleeves!).

The Agenda is now more or less complete - we expect only some minor clarifications, but you can now explore the details of who will be speaking, what will be the subject and understand the level of the talk. There are plenty of sessions for just about anyone who does or would like to do mobile development - be it iOS, Android, UI/UX or just general mobile development subject.

We have really impressive list of speakers. When we started the call for speakers we did not know that we will host people from 9 different European countries and 6 different US states. Now we also know that the speakers are coming from 20 different cities (!).

So look, you’d be hard pressed to find a better, more diverse group of mobile experts speaking under one roof - what on earth are you waiting for - get yourself over to Warsaw for January and be a part of mobile history!

Do not hesitate and register now!.

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Michele Capra is the last-but-one speaker announced. We have a very interesting subject of porting Android apps to Windows Phone - this should appeal to everyone who would like to take advantage of specific in Polish market - one of the very few where Windows Phone outsells iPhone!

We are about to finish the announcements. We are discussing with the last speaker!

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We are happy to announce two more speakers at our conference.

This time it’s John Ellenich, Apple-awarded Mobile UI designer from Jive from San Francisco and Gal Cerf - VP of Engineering of uTest from Israel.

John will talk about designing applications for Enterprise, and Gal will tell about his experiences from getting from server side quality to Android quality.

We are getting to the end of confirming the last speakers, and we hope we will be able to confirm the remaining 5 speakers within the next few days.

Already we are filling the titles and subjects of the presentations - take a look at our slightly redesigned web page. It’s a bit more - ehm - mobile now, we made sure it’s really great also at smaller screens, and it should be a bit better than it used to be.

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Just on time for the Mobilization.pl conference we have published draft agenda.

Mobile Central Europe is partnering with Mobilization.pl to the extent that some of our organizers are speaking at it and this is a great opportunity for everyone to find out more about MCE Conference. You will find our organizers wearing special Mobilization-ready Mobile Central Europe T-shirts so grab them and speak to them to ask any questions you might have.

At the same time we announce two new speakers: Jon Reid - well known author of QualityCoding iOS blog and Peter Heinrich - Amazon’s Technical Evangelist. You can read more about all our speakers and soon about their presentations at our new, separate Speakers page.

More speakers will be confirmed and announced within the next few days so expect the agenda to fill-up more over the weekend and on Monday!

Have fun at the conference.

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There were some people asking, whether we have more non-iOS speakers. And the answer is simple - yes we will have the coverage of all major mobile platforms, as well as some general topics that should appeal to all developers. Watch out for the initial agenda coming soon!

Just for now: let us announce two new speakers who have Android under their belt:

Wiebe Elsinga from Amsterdam is the co-founder/organizer of the GDG Dutch Android User Group and also a Mobile Technical Lead at Itude Mobile, basically a EntrepreNerd. Mainly focused on the development of mobile applications, and is continuously seeking quality improvements within the development process of mobile applications. Also a public speaker at technical conferences worldwide.

Alex Shirazi is the founder of Phlint, a mobile development firm located in Silicon Valley. Since 2005 Phlint has been working with both small and large businesses in the technology and mobile space specializing in software for the retail environment. Phlint works with hardware manufactures to create software for next generation mobile devices. Prior to moving to the Silicon Valley area, Alex studied advertising and design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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We have some great news for participants and speakers! The MCE Conference will have more great content for the same price! We received so many interesting submissions and so many great speakers want to come to Warsaw, that we decided to increase the number of speaking slots and make the conference 1 hour longer. So instead of 18, there will be 21 speakers, and all of them have something unique and fascinating to say!

Expect more announcements about the speakers this week as we finalize the agenda. We wanted to publish the full agenda on Friday, but we now defer it to Monday/Tuesday next week. Since we have more speakers and slots - we are putting together the agenda puzzle, in order to make the conference more interesting. Everyone - iOS, Android, Windows Phone developers, designers, generalists - will find sessions that will interest them.

Remember that we have limited number of tickets so the sooner you register - the better. As of yesterday, our payments system reached the 2000’s and we accept online payments as well as the retro 1980’s style bank transfer. Soon credit card payments will be enabled as well, but do not wait: having such great speakers at hand here in Poland is a unique opportunity and the tickets are already selling like hot cakes.