Mobile

This weekend, February 22-24th, will be your chance to attend UCLA Anderson School of Management’s 42 hour Developers Contest, hosted at ROC in Santa Monica. UCLA’s ASM has partnered with Microsoft, Nokia, WIX, Yahoo! and more to bring a true hack-a-thon to Silicon Beach, helping substantiate Southern California’s thriving Tech Community.

Ria Consulting is hosting its 3rd annual Dallas Day of Dot Net on February 8-9, 2013 at Sheraton Market Center in Dallas, Texas. The event is a 2-day training in .Net, HTML5, Windows 8, Asp.NET MVC and other Microsoft technologies. In addition, world renowned speakers are invited to discuss the latest trends in technology.

The LA AppShow is back in town tonight, and I promise you – the lineup is impressive! Join me as I interview each company, then get a first look at the apps and glean insights directly from the developers.

Ever have an idea for a great mobile startup but get stuck with just a dream because you have no skills to design or develop it and no money to pay to get it done? Some business people have friends that are designers or developers but most are not so lucky.

Mobile Camp LA will be held on Thursday, October 18th, through a collaborative effort organized by User Groups in the Los Angeles Area including LA-UX, iPhone LA, OC Hackerz, Future Salon Network, Android dev LA and many more. The all day event will be held at LA Mart in Downtown Los Angeles with an amazing guest of expert speakers, in different rooms in various topics of your interest.

Hours after the panelists debated the future of content distribution at the Silicon Beach @ USC conference, across campus at the Annenberg Innovation Lab a remarkable product demo was taking place by Coincident.TV . A technology that will surely revolutionize how viewers interact with content and television in the very near future. Coincident has created a platform that will allow storytellers and producers to create robust second screen stories on the fly that incorporate video, images and other web content. The implications of what types of new interactive experiences can be made utilizing this technology are phenomenal.

We see it all the time. Everywhere you look. In business meetings, dinner with friends, people strolling on the beach, or parents watching their children in the park— people are attached to their device. It’s a question to ask then, how much are we really LIVING in the very essence of the word? Do we appreciate every single moment of our lives? Hearing the birds chirp? Watching our children grow? Smelling the green grass?

Yesterday Viddy, the social video sharing site announced the launch of their public API for developers to build around the platform and come up with new ways of sharing video. To top it off they also announced a “Rule the Beach: Hack Your Way into Viddy” developer competition in a blog post:

For those companies looking to venture into the mobile space, there are multiple platforms in market to help accomplish the move. However not all those platforms can provide companies with all tools needed. Appcelerator’s Titanium is the only mobile cloud platform to enable fully native-cross platform, mobile app, hybrid and HTML5 web development, from a single codebase.

If you forget everything else I write about creating an app, remember this: every app needs a hook.

Whether you’re making a geo-location check-in app, a financial transaction tracker or a game of some sort, you need a hook to set you apart from the crowd.