The first appearance of Droidcon at IFA has proved valuable both for developers and tech companies
Droidcon Berlin co-located with IFA for the first time this year. The event is designed to put Android App developers together with people and companies who need them. It also includes a two-day conference programme that offered over 60 sessions on four stages.
DROIDCON: “A GREAT PLACE TO MEET PEOPLE WHO NEED DEVELOPERS”
One company that is taking advantage of the professionals that are attracted to Droidcon Berlin is WeWork, the US shared-workspace company headquartered in New York but which operates internationally – with 120 locations globally, two in Berlin and two more coming soon to the German capital.
By way of “giving back” to its clients, many of whom are young startups from around the world, it is organising the WeWork Creator Awards which is open to entrepreneurs, artists, startups and nonprofits – “anyone who embodies our mantra ‘Create your Life’s Work’.”
At Droidcon, creative’s can record a 90-second video elevator pitch on a terminal at the WeWork stand. Winning pitches will share in a $20m development fund that WeWork has allocated to “innovative projects and the people behind them”.
Amazon Appstore also has a stand at Droidcon – on the lookout for Android developers – along with other tech giants including Uber and eBay.
At Droidcon, eBay has established a stand for eBay Tech, a Berlin-based division of the company that recruits developers, engineers and others to the online giant. Droidcon, the company said, “has the right profile of people that we are looking for”. It also sees Droidcon as a place to raise awareness of eBay Tech.
Uber, too, is at Droidcon to meet with Android developers, and found the event to be “a good place to promote the brand”. One developer attending said that Droidcon was “a great place to meet people who need developers”.