August meetup: Realm, and Smoke & Mirrors in Android

For August, we returned to the lovely, very cushiony auditorium of our August sponsor, The American Express Company. It's a bit of a walk over to the west side, but that didn't stop the 116+ members who came out. (Did it help that the World Trade Center is a lured PokemonGo stop??)

Kevin started the night off with news about livestreaming at Droidcon NYC, sponsored and made by possible by JW Player. Grab a conference ticket before it's too late - we're serious!

Across the street from AMEX headquarters.

Across the street from AMEX headquarters.

Donn Felker took the stage first with a talk on Realm. He successfully squeezed 50+ slides into his informative 20-minute talk, quickly running through the benefits and features of the mobile object database. His awesome deck can be found here. Check it out for sample code and links to useful resources. 

Our first speaker, Donn Felker.

Our first speaker, Donn Felker.

Israel!

Israel!

Our second speaker, Israel Camacho, received a warm welcome from the group. He recently moved to New York from California, and we're thrilled to have him join our Android community! Kevin also surprised him with a birthday cupcake as he turned one year older the day before. Israel walked the group through neat UI tricks in Google Photos, such as transitions and image loading. Check out his slides here and his sample repo here. After the meetup, we watched the Olympics at Lilly O'Brien's (Israel got his birthday drink!) and cheered as Phelps and Ledecky both took gold for USA.

We hope to see everyone at our "The Road to Droidcon" meetup at Squarespace - final date TBD, but it'll be the week before Droidcon 9/29-9/30 :) See you then!