Last weekend, I enjoyed lots of technical discussions on various new technologies including Android, Google APIs, HTML 5, Sencha Touch from some of the smartest people in the industry, together with free food and drinks and lots of swags from sponsors. Yes, this was Silicon valley code camp 2010.
It was a two day event, with 9 different tracks and over 190 sessions. The best part was it was totally FREE :) No, the best part was the learning, sharing, discussing, contemplating, questioning ... Did I mention free food? It was a huge success with close to 2000 attendees. It's a big deal because it's entirely run by volunteers.
Today I want to spend a moment to thank all those people who made this code camp a great experience for me. Special thanks to Peter Kellner for the endless hours he put in to make this possible.
I started my Day 1 with Introducing Google APIs Part-I (A-Z & Geo) session. It was quite informative given the vast variety of Google APIs. I found FusionTables very interesting and its integration with Google Maps APIs along with KMLLayer can result in some useful applications.
Then I attended two more sessions from Google track - Google App Engine and Google Chrome / HTML 5. Both talks were equally engaging. I personally enjoyed Chrome session partly because I am currently working on Chrome OS and I could totally relate to what they were discussing. I was looking forward to day 2 for more talks on HTML 5.
The session on Building Video Applications with YouTube API by Jarek Wilkiewicz was interesting because I never knew anything about it before. Some amazing statistics: YouTube gets
* 2B views/day
* 150m mobile views/day
* 24 hours of video uploaded/minute
The last session I attended was 'Mapping On The Phone' by Mano Marks from Google. It was an hands on session where he showed how to use GeoLocation feature of HTML5 together with Google Maps APIs.
It was a time for clean-up and I happily volunteered for this activity together with 10 other people. I was a nice feeling. I totally love my SVCC volunteer t-shirt :) My favorite moment was talking with Michael Galpin on video tag acceleration and application catch.
One of the side effects of attending this event is that I ended up opening my twitter account because almost everyone promised to tweet their ppt links!