As soon as I read on WebOS Arena that @whurley, @giovanni, and @dancrumb were organizing a worldwide Pre development invasion, I knew that San Diego had to be a part of it. Even though we don’t know the launch date yet, over 60 cities have committed to host developer events one week after we’re able to get our hands on the phone that’s going to revolutionize the mobile cloud computing experience.
What’s a DevCamp?
We haven’t had many developer camps in San Diego, but they’re like a BarCamp centered around creating applications on a common platform or language. Users just like you will lead sessions covering everything from basic functionality, differences between the Pre and existing Palm devices (and the iPhone!), brainstorming sessions, and lots of group hacking time. From what we know about the Pre’s webOS so far, applications are written in super easy HTML and CSS, so just about anyone should be able to get up and running after an intro session to the webOS SDK. But even if HTML ain’t your style, we’ll need people to come up with application ideas and help test the code other people create. Palm will also be releasing an emulator, so you can still participate even if you can’t buy the hardware before the event. If you’re a creative type and have been getting excited about the Pre, you need to sign up now!
If you’re interested in throwing conventional organization out the window and helping find a venue and some sponsors, don’t forget to check that pretty little volunteer box on the registration page so I’ll know to get in touch with you. If you’re interested in sponsoring, contact me and Giovanni Gallucci.
Watch the preDevCamp San Diego blog and the @preDevCamp twitter account for further information, and start spreading the word now that San Diego’s going to kick some webOS development ass sometime in the next five months!