GlassDevCamp is a not-for-profit developer event for Google Glass, encouraging development using The Google Mirror API. The event format is “unconference” or Barcamp-style, featuring content from the participants themselves. GlassDevCamp is operated by volunteers as a celebration of the Google Glass platform.
What is Glass?
Glass is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display created by Google. You wear them on your face as you would a pair of glasses. You can learn more about the device on the site and the .
When and where will the event be held?
GlassDevCamp will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area during summer 2013. We are still working to finalize a date and a venue. We will post details as soon as they are available. to receive updates about the event. If you have any venue ideas, please contact us.
What is the structure of the event?
Our developer events are held over a weekend, from early evening on a Friday through late afternoon on a Sunday. People will gather, form teams, build cool timeline cards (“apps”) for Google Glass using The Google Mirror API, get up onstage to demo their creations, and then prizes are awarded for the best timeline cards created during this Hackathon. You can look at the event agenda for more information. To get a sense of what the event will be like, check out our .
I don’t have a team, can I still participate?
Of course. We will find you a team either before or at the beginning of the event. Some people contribute solo projects, but that is less common than team contributions. We will have an online community for finding other team members before the event begins and there will be volunteers on-site to help in the process, as well.
What exactly do you mean by a not-for-profit developer event?
That means that 100% of the money raised by attendees and sponsors goes towards the costs of running the event. Any extra money left over is used for future events or is donated to non-profit causes. The organizers of the event are volunteers and are not paid. We do this for fun. We’ve been running not-for-profit developer events since 2007 for the iOS development community and are inspired by Google Glass.
How much will GlassDevCamp cost?
We’re hoping to keep attendee fees as low as possible as this is a not-for-profit event, but this is largely dependent upon sponsors. For , we’ve been charging $50 for attendees the past few years, which covers food and snacks for the event, with the remaining costs paid by sponsors. As the wearables ecosystem is still in its infancy, we may have limited sponsors and the costs of running the event may require a higher admission fee for attendees.
Do I need to own Google Glass to attend?
No. Google has posted developer documentation for . We expect a number of attendees will have Google Glass as part of the Google Glass Explorer Program. For teams that do not have a Google Glass device, we will pair teams together so that on-device testing will be possible. We encourage members of the Google Glass Explorer Program to attend, as this will provide a greater number of devices for development and testing.
Do I need to be a developer to attend?
How are you planning to do demos from stage with Google Glass?
We are still working out the details. If we can’t get a direct video output from Google Glass, we will use a video camera to project from a device.
What are the rules for the event?
Can I participate in the event if I don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area?
Yes. You can travel to our venue to participate or as a satellite event. Satellite locations will be able to compete with each other in the Hackathon. We’ve had people travel from all over the world to participate in our developer events before and we encourage you to do so for the full experience.
How many people do you expect will attend?
This is really dependent upon the venue we end up selecting. Our prior developer events have had as many as 650 people in attendance. I would estimate somewhere in the 250-500 people range.
What happens if more people want to attend than there are available tickets?
If this happens, we will likely prioritize developers and designers with a commitment to building timeline cards during the event and owners of Google Glass through a pre-registration process. We’ll figure out some solution. We will also encourage people to form more satellite events if this ends up being an issue. You can help us determine demand by filling in the form.
Why are you doing this?
For fun and as a a celebration of the Google Glass platform. We’re creators, too, and we’re regularly inspired by the great ideas, apps, companies, and connections that come from our events. We’ve produced developer events like this for the iOS development community since 2007 (iPhoneDevCamp, iPadDevCamp, and iOSDevCamp).
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