Third Time’s The Charm at DroidCon Boston!
Yes, Droidcon Boston is back in town for the third year in a row. Join us for two full days of learning, networking
Diversity & Inclusion
Droidcon Boston has always prided itself on being a community-first event. And this year, we’re focused on making it the most inclusive event yet, with a more diverse organizing team and focused outreach for speakers, volunteers, and attendees. Some of the ways we hope to make a difference? First, with a strongly enforced Code of Conduct to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees. Second, a dedicated D&I page with various resources (nursing rooms, quiet rooms, gender-neutral restrooms, accessibility support) to meet our attendees’ needs so they can focus on the learning and networking opportunities. Finally, a speaker page highlighting support for first-time speakers, with relevant resources (tips and tricks on public speaking, slide templates, speaker mentoring, rehearsal time and more) to ease their speaking debut. Speakers can simply contact an organizer to leverage these options, and our friendly Slack channel makes interacting with everyone so much easier.
This venue has always been accessible to people with low mobility! And this year, we are excited to announce that we will also be providing transcription during the talks, to help those who are hearing impaired. This has not been possible in previous years and is a particularly remarkable achievement given the constraints of the venue. The live transcription will be provided by AWS technologies and seating will be prioritized for those who need it most.
What to Expect
Our program committee did not have an easy task this year either. We ended up with 280+ submissions including 80+ short talks (25 minutes) and 180+ long talks (50 minutes). Our final agenda has 3 keynotes and 28 accepted talks, plus lightning talks and workshops that cover a wide range of technologies. With a Core Track (focused on Android libraries and architecture) and a Rainbow Track (covering cross-platform development, machine learning, voice assistants and more), there’s something for everyone to learn from and build upon.
A huge shout-out to our sponsors and donors! Thanks to their generosity, we can now provide discounted tickets and additional travel support to make this conference affordable to women who might otherwise not have the resources to attend. If you identify as a woman, want to attend Droidcon Boston, and could use this assistance, please do reach out to the organizers. We will be approving this on a case-by-case basis given the limited resources available, so hurry up and apply!
At Droidcon Boston, we have a tradition of choosing keynote speakers and topics that resonate beyond technology and encompass community and culture. This year is no exception.
We are proud to be announcing three amazing keynote speakers this year:
- Liz Fong-Jones (@lizthegrey) is a developer advocate, labor & ethics organizer, and Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) with 15+ years of experience. She is currently an advocate at Honeycomb.io for the SRE & Observability communities and was previously an SRE at Google. Learn more at https://www.lizthegrey.com
Fujiiwara(@ceruleanotter) is an Android Developer Advocate at Google. Previously, she worked at Udacity on the Android team, where she taught introductory to advanced Android and Firebase content to 100K+ developers. She's a returned Peace Corps volunteer and has taught and lived on three continents.
- Sean McQuillan (@objcode) is a Developer Advocate at Google. With a decade of experience at Twilio and other San Francisco startups, he is an expert at building apps that scale. Sean is passionate about using great tooling to build high-quality apps – quickly. When he is not working on Android you can find him fiddling on the piano or crocheting hats.
But wait, it gets better! We’ll be unveiling the complete agenda on the Droidcon Boston website soon but you can get a sneak peek at the speaker announcements as we unveil them first on our @droidconbos Twitter account. From returning speakers like Adrian Catalan, Ana Baotic and Sam Edwards, to first-time Droidcon Boston speakers like JB Lorenzo and Keerthana Kumar, and well-known Android experts from Google and the broader industry. This is your chance to spend two days learning from and networking with this vibrant Android developer community.
One Last Thing:
At Droidcon Boston, the community comes first. Have an idea or feedback on how we can do better? We want to hear from you. Reach out to us on Twitter (@droidconbos) or use the Contact Form on our website. Your opinions and support are what make conferences like ours matter. So grab your tickets before they’re gone - and come join the celebration! We also have specially priced tickets for students so jumpstart your mobile developer journey with us!