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Program-Ace Immerses in Cross-Platform Development at Xamarin Evolve 16

Created on Friday, 06 May 2016 23:04:52

Xamarin Evolve 16

MAY 26, 2016 - KHARKIV, UKRAINE - Program-Ace attended the world's largest cross-platform mobile conference devoted to the development on a popular Xamarin platform. The conference was held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida on April 24–28, 2016. The Program-Ace team was inspired to have a chance to visit this fascinating event with an unforgettable atmosphere.

The five-day program included dozens of report papers that touched base of a variety of topics. Over one hundred industry specialists covered Xamarin-related subjects and over fifteen hundred of developers, artists, and decision-makers shared their thoughts about the current state of the cross-platform mobile industry and contemporary strategies and shape the future of mobile applications.

Program-Ace was represented by two Senior Xamarin developers who attended the conference in order to get expert insights about advanced Xamarin tendencies and approaches.

Speakers & Topics Discussed

Xamarin Evolve 16 is a very important event in the cross-platform mobile world. Over 1,500 industry experts shared their thoughts and development experience using the Xamarin platform. Among the featured speakers were Nat Friedman, CEO and co-founder at Xamarin, Miguel de Icaza, CTO and co-founder at Xamarin, Steve Wozniak, inventor of Apple and Macintosh computers and Dustin Campbell, Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft. The presented papers and lectures have been divided into a few categories such as design, build, integrate, test, monitor, and secure. Xamarin Evolve 16 community discussed the following topics:

  • the benefits of cross-platform development with Xamarin;
  • common techniques that are used to protect mobile applications;
  • how to become Xamarin studio expert: inside tricks and tips;
  • fruitful workflow for app development from scratch to stable version;
  • cross-platform testing;
  • the future of C#;
  • material design in mobile applications.

Big Xamarin Announcements

This conference was also a platform for big announcements regarding the new features and developments of Xamarin. The following focuses were highlighted among them:

  • from now on, the Xamarin platform will be an open-source SDK for iOS, Android, and Mac to the .NET Foundation under the MIT license;
  • Xamarin team published exciting previews for Xamarin Visual Studio, Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, and an interactive learning tool Xamarin Workbooks;
  • Xamarin. Forms features have been massively updated and redesigned.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Xamarin Evolve 16 has been supported and sponsored by a large number of world-famous companies and opinion shapers. Avanade became Gold sponsor while VMware airwatch, Bluetube, ARXAN, Intel Software, Philips, Zebra, Dropbox, Couchbase, Judo, and others acted as Silver sponsors. Some of the world's famous corporations and studios got involved in this event as exhibitors that had the opportunity to introduce their products to mass markets. Among them were: Urban Airship, Bitrise, Cloudmine, Xuni, Willowtree, Neudesic, Apperian, CartoDB, Kinvey, XenMobile, and AppDome.

Awards Ceremony

Beside the intense days of conference and expo, Xamarin Evolve 16 introduced the Xammy Awards ceremony. It is designed for rewarding the first-rate applications in three categories - Best Social Impact App, Best Consumer App, and Best Enterprise App. In 2016, choosing the winners of the Xammy Awards was nearly impossible; however, all of them has been announced at the stage:

  • Winner of the Best Consumer App is "Outback Steakhouse" made by Bloomin’ Brands;
  • Winner of the Best Enterprise App is "Service Coach" created by Dutch Railways and Partner Info Support;
  • Winner of Best Social Impact App is "MyCoach" designed by Beyond 12 and Partner Slalom Consulting.

How Program-Ace Wins from Attending Xamarin Evolve

Xamarin Evolve 16 became the greatest and largest cross-platform development event of this spring and our company was excited to join the community of intelligent and gifted developers, testers, managers, and other decision-makers from all corners of the world. Our team gained valuable insights from the cross-platform industry and learned important lessons about the Xamarin platform that allow us to become one of the most influential app development companies in the world.

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