droidcon London 2016 App Garage Performance and Design Clinics and Contests

App Garage Clinics and Contests

This year we have partnered with the amazing teams at Nimbledroid and Novoda to organise two App Garage Clinics on the afternoon of Thursday 27th October. One clinic will be on App Performance and one on Design.

Join the App Performance Clinic to help you make your apps fast and delightful for your users and join the Design Clinic to have your app's UX reviewed by a team of designers and developers including lead members of the Android community and Google Developer Experts.

Both Clinics will also be running contests, with great prizes to win. Find out how you can enter in the contest below!

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App Garage Performance Clinic

We have partnered with the amazing guys at Nimbledroid this year to organise an App Garage Performance Clinic on the first day of droidcon. NimbleDroid is an automated performance analysis service for Android apps. Their goal is to help you make your apps fast and delightful for your users. Join the clinic for an opportunity to greatly improve your app’s performance and compete to win prizes.

WHAT: App Garage Performance Clinic

WHEN: Thursday 27 October at 14:00-15:30 (Day 1)

WHERE: Upstairs Balcony area in the main exhibition hall.

App Performance Contests

Enter your App in the droidcon London 2016 App Performance Contest for a chance to be the winner of the droidcon London 2016 Best Startup Time or the Most Improved Startup Time prize and 3 months of NimbleDroid premium service such as custom user flows and premium support.

Who can enter the contests

All valid droidcon London 2016 ticket holders can enter the contests if:

  • The app is runnable on nexus 5 with Android 4.4.
  • The app is in the Google Play app store.
  • The app has at least 1,000 downloads

How to enter the Most Improved Startup Time contest (deadline: midnight Sunday 2nd Oct!)

How to enter the Best Startup Time contest (deadline: 27th Oct!)

The judging

The NimbleDroid team will consider the official version of your app downloaded from Google Play on 2nd October AND 27th (you can upload your improved app to Google Play up until Thursday October 27th midnight London time).

Winners will be announced at the droidcon London 2016 Closing Ceremony and on the droidcon London 2016 pages.

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App Garage Design Clinic

We have also partnered with the great team at Novoda to organise an App Garage Design Clinic. This clinic will also be held on Thursday afternoon (upstairs, between 15:30-17:00) and if you come along, you can have your app's UX reviewed by a team of designers and developers including lead members of the Android community and Google Developer Experts. Submit your app here and they will be able to give you some suggestions on how to improve your existing app, making your users happier.

The panel of designers will be able to help you with all the questions you might have with that app design you're working on, or maybe that nagging question that your redesign efforts brought up but you really want to hear some other expert's opinion on.

During the App Garage - Design Clinic, our panel of experts will review and analyse apps you have pre-submitted. We're also hoping there will be time to review your app if you have not had the chance to submit it online, however please note we're unable to guarantee this will be possible.

WHAT: App Garage Performance Clinic

WHEN: Thursday 27 October at 15:30-17:00 (Day 1)

WHERE: Upstairs Balcony area in the main exhibition hall.

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Great use of Motion in Material Design Contest

The Novoda team believes motion brings an app to life, and creates a compelling, enjoyable user experience. It can make the difference between a good or a great design in your app.

The team is looking for the work you are most proud of, that extra attention to detail that creates the highest quality experience for your users using motion.

What are you waiting for? Show us your moves!

Who can enter the contest

All valid droidcon London 2016 ticket holders can enter the contests if:

  • The motion design has been implemented in a mobile app that conforms to Material Design guidelines
  • The app runs on phone, tablet, TV or other Android-powered devices
  • You are employee or founder of a company, or the developer/designer of the app you're submitting
  • The entry is original work and its implementation is published on the Play Store or other app stores that are publicly listing the app (Amazon, etc)

How to enter the Great use of Motion in Material Design Contest

Winners will be announced at the droidcon London 2016 Closing Ceremony and on the droidcon London 2016 pages.

Judging Criteria

We like to see motion. Most of all, we like to see motion that is purposeful, enjoyable, playful and delightful. We love seeing motion as a supplemental way to streamline user experiences. We love smooth animations that consistently hit 60 fps. We'd really appreciate it if you submitted a video of the entry for use in a showcase video (but it's not mandatory!).

Judging Panel

  • Nick Bearman is a Motion Designer at Google in London
  • Nick Butcher is a Design/Developer Advocate at Google in London
  • Dave Clements is the Head of Design at Novoda in London
  • Liam Spradlin is a GDE, working as Designer at touchlab in NYC and writes for Android Police
  • James Storer is Product Designer at Deliveroo in London

The prizes

The 1st prize are two 1:1 design sessions

  • One half-day design session with Dave Clements from Novoda
  • One with London based motion designer from Google, offering valuable feedback on your existing work and insight into enhancing your user experience(s) through considered motion design

The 1:1 sessions are to be scheduled with Dave and Nick with the winner after droidcon, and will happen either in London in person, or remotely, according to their availability.

The 2nd prize is an Amazon Echo, sponsored by Novoda.