A friend from RIM pointed out to me that RIM is really bringing out a great team to DevCon Europe. I was not sure what RIM was planning since this is their first DevCon in Europe but they are coming out full force. There is a huge focus on BlackBerry 10 with loads of sessions on both current and future BlackBerry 10 topics including HTML5, WebGL, Cascades, Native SDK, etc. There are also sessions on BlackBerry 7 and other topics like making money in general but most of the interesting ones are either relevant or focused on next gen. The other interesting thing about the session topics is that RIM has started to blur the lines between BlackBerry 10 and PlayBook OS 2.0 since one is a lead up to the other.
Just to give you an idea of some of the awesome speakers (I just picked some that stood out so this is in no way definitive)
- Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart is the Senior Director for Open Source at RIM. (How cool is that!)
- Gary Klassen is an 11 year veteran of BlackBerry software development and was the key developer behind projects such as BlackBerry Messenger, the BlackBerry 950 browser, Themes, Instant Messaging, Maps, HTML Email, Clock and the now iconic BlackBerry splat ( new indicator ). His recent work has focused on device responsiveness and Liquid Graphics.
- Anders Jeppsson, Head of Gaming (He’s the man behind all the awesome games we are seeing on the PlayBook)
- Elena Laskavaia currently works as project team lead for development tools at QNX Software Systems
- Jonathan Feldstein is the lead developer of the BlackBerry implementation of WebGL that is currently available on the PlayBook platform via WebWorks
- Magnus Johansson – Software developer at RIM TAT Sweden. Have been working in several parts of developing the Cascades UI Framework.
- Julian Dolce is a Platform Lead for AIR at QNX Software Systems and the lead developer on the BlackBerry PlayBook AIR SDK.
- Nick Landry is a Software Developer on the Native Application Services team at Research In Motion. He has been spending his time creating the APIs that C/C++ developers will be using to write native PlayBook apps.
- Matthew Staikos Manager, Browser & Web Platform formerly Vice President of Torch Mobile
- Johan Larsby came over to RIM with the acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe. At RIM he works in a team focused on Developer Experience, bringing the code to the coders, creating a fun place amongst the bits and bytes and making sure the developers can fulfill their dreams.
I have not even scratched the surface since these are only the RIM speakers I mentioned. They have tons of other speakers including an awesome panel on Browser Wars with RIM experts along with Bruce Lawson from Opera and Chris Heilmann from Mozilla along with Peter-Paul Koch from QuirksMode.org.