Speaker Spotlight: Mark Scheel

Mark is the lead Android developer at a medical consumer app company with over 7 million Google Play Store downloads. He has authored a book on Google Glass, spoken at Android events from San Francisco to Boston in America, given a seminar in Hong Kong and delivered a keynote at an Android conference in Paris. You can find him on Twitter.


Session Title: Android Studio is Amazing!

Session Description: Let's dive deep into the best tool for all Android developers--Android Studio. Learn the secrets of pro users, how to maximize your efficiency and ship more code and more features all with less escaped defects. Android Studio is so nice you can use it twice! Learn about pairing techniques garnered from Android developers at the biggest brands in the Play Store. Please bring a laptop with the latest version of Android Studio (any channel will do) to this session so you can play along in real time, and learn hands on.


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Speaker Spotlight: Marty Ballard

Marty has been developing Android now for over 5 years. He's attended the BABBQ for the past 4 years and is ready to step up and share some knowledge! You can find Marty on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

Marty Ballard - Speaker 2016 Big Android BBQ
Marty Ballard 


Session Title: Secure Your Firebase!

Session Description: As delivered Firebase Database Security is wide open allowing anyone access to your precious data. We will take a deep dive through various scenarios on how to secure that data and only allow the users that have the proper authority to access and update their data. Along with valid authorization we will explore implementing valid data schema. We will explore User Authentication for various user authentication methods. Firebase Security provides multi-platform rules that are applied to your Android app, iOS app and website and it is essential that these rules are applied correctly before launching your app so that users have access to the data that they are supposed to.


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Announcement: The 2016 Big Android BBQ Needs Volunteers!

Each year the staff at IDEAA produces numerous events. From our Code KitchenTM and Meat and Greet events in DC, San Francisco, and Seattle to our signature event in Hurst, TX - The Big Android BBQ, these information-packed events draw in multitudes of people, from students to veteran developers and beyond. The speakers and presenters we invite provide a wealth of information, knowledge, and experience that everyone can benefit from.

There is only one issue: To provide everyone with such an awesome experience, we require people behind the scenes to help make sure that things go smoothly.

This is where you come in.

There will be a variety of positions available -- ranging from BBQing, packet stuffing, registration pick-up and more -- with time slots open from October 18 to October 23. Volunteers will be required to work their specific roles and functions during the BBQ. At the same time, you will be able to experience the Big Android BBQ through a different lens -- getting to know the inner workings, and providing that additional pair of helping hands to make sure that all BABBQ attendees have a top-notch experience!

So, do YOU want to be included in the most ANTICIPATED, most EXCITING, and SAUCIEST mobile developer event this year? Oh, you do?! PERFECT!

Check out our  IDEAA Events Volunteer Form. Fill it out, hit “Submit”, and our Volunteer Coordination Team will contact you with all the information you will need in order to assist us this year. Volunteering has its perks, but we'll save those details for later.

So, are you ready to take on something bigger than yourself? To do your part for the betterment of other attendees? Then this is your chance!

Sign up to be a Volunteer today, and experience the Big Android BBQ in ways you’ve never expected!

If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Mikki Torres ([email protected])!
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Press Release: 2016 Big Android BBQ Registration is Now Open!


2016 Big Android BBQ Registration is Now Open!



August 2, 2016 (Hurst, Texas) - The International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance (IDEAA) has officially opened registration for the 2016 Big Android BBQ (BABBQ).

The Big Android BBQ (BABBQ) is a developer event like no other. Immerse yourself in a thriving community of mobile adventurers that learn, play, and eat together.

Hear from thought leaders and senior developers in our world-class sessions, then roll up your sleeves and put that knowledge to practice in the Code Kitchen™ lab. End each evening with fellow attendees and sponsors at our networking sessions. You’ll leave the 2016 Big Android BBQ with the skills, inspiration, and energy needed for your next great creation.


Once again the BABBQ will be held at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas on October 21 & 22. Attendees can access early bird registration via IDEAA’s event (or bigandroidbbq.com) page starting today.


IDEAA believes a diverse workforce of developers leads to new perspectives and higher-quality products.


Our mission is to build, nurture, and educate a global community who celebrate technology as a medium for productivity, creativity, and connectedness. As such we provide underserved and underrepresented communities with access to development resources, educators, and leaders.




Press Contacts:

Angelica Boiteux, VP Communications
International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance

Corry Robb, VP Operations
International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance


SOURCE IDEAA http://ideaa.io/

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IDEAA Seeks Media Partnerships for the 2016 Big Android BBQ


(August 1 2016 - Hurst, TX) IDEAA is looking for 2016 Big Android BBQ media partners. Blogs, news organizations, and other outlets that will agree to attend and cover our 7th Big Android BBQ via a continuous flow of website, social media, and video posts. We will provide a professional, dedicated, cross branded space for your company to report from. Your organization will have access to some of the biggest and brightest developers and companies in the Android ecosystem. In addition to general coverage, we would also expect your company to conduct, and push out, interviews with Big Android BBQ speakers, sponsors, and attendees.  
Your organization must agree to promote the Big Android BBQ leading up to the event via a logo
prominently displayed on your website and via social and website posts. We, in turn, will add
your logo to our website as an official media sponsor of #BABBQ16 and make announcements about your partnership, to include but not limited to, social posts and news releases about your involvement.
If chosen, your organization will be provided with 2 free general admission tickets for your representatives to attend the event. We will also provide a 20% off discount code that can be shared with your audience.  


IDEAA believes a diverse workforce of developers leads to new perspectives and higher-quality products.

Our mission is to build, nurture, and educate a global community who celebrate technology as a medium for productivity, creativity, and connectedness. As such we provide underserved and underrepresented communities with access to development resources, educators, and leaders.


Press Contacts:


Angelica Boiteux, VP Communications
International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance


Corry Robb, VP Operations
International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance

SOURCE IDEAA http://ideaa.io/


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Building Code? Let’s Build The Next Generation of Coders

A new developer developing while developing the next gen of developers!

We put on an event in DC recently. Our DC Code Kitchen Meat & Greet. It was awesome! But it had little to do with code and everything to do with the people. I love technology and logic and I’m a confusing mix of introvert and extrovert, but I love bringing people together via technology, as does everyone here at IDEAA. And that’s what I saw at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA where the Code Kitchen was held. I saw people collaborating, people loving helping people. People, coders, engineers, who are often stereotyped as “introverted people avoiders” were outgoing people helpers. Busy like bees, flitting from table to table helping get repositories and install library components and even trying to revive an unseated, possibly borked hard disk.


Students from various local schools, learning Android development.


As the young people in our student track were settling in that morning, there was one young man who required some assistance. I went over to his desk to help him out and I noticed something in his demeanor. Something in his affect gave me pause, however I continued on answering his questions. He was assertive, somewhat pushy, but not intentionally trying to be, it was his manner.  A little later in the morning, his computer began having a problem that another teaching assistant was trying to help with. That assistant asked that I take a look because he’d already done so and was at the end of his ability to help although he was pretty certain what the problem was. After a time trying to help the young man, I too sought the assistance of another. I figured the problem was with the hard drive because of the symptoms, but I wanted someone else to take a look and validate my theory. So, I walked over to the table where one of our teaching assistants was seated and asked her what she thought. As I was explaining the problem, I commented that the young man who needed help may also have special needs. I’m no psychologist but I’ve worked with and around children for a very long time and I wanted to be sure we had someone helping him who would be sensitive to that. It was decided that we’d grab Josh who was one of the developers volunteering his time to help at the event. Josh then went over to help the young man whose laptop appeared to have bought the farm. Josh was there for a while and though we’re not set up to be the Geek Squad on scene, Josh did everything he could, short of reverse engineering the youth’s laptop. Unfortunately, it was beyond the tools we had on site and we weren’t able to get the laptop up and running again.

At the end of the day the assistant who was initially helping the young guy with the borked laptop approached me to thank us for the event. He told me that some of the students who showed up were special needs kids. He knew this because he was a teacher at their school. He wanted to thank us for how attentive you were to him, it made him feel like we really cared.

Big Gulps and Android... a match made in 7/11


Then there was a tenacious young girl who had an older laptop with a Wi-Fi card that kept disconnecting from the network in the middle of installing components for Android Studio. It was taking FOREVER to install but she wouldn’t give up. She asked for help and wasn’t afraid to do so, no matter how many times. One of our female engineers took to her and spent quite a bit of time at her table helping out. As a beginner, the young girl ended up impressing quite a few people with the work she completed that day. She asked for our engineer’s business card and said that she wanted to keep in touch. The young lass is hungry for more information and knowledge about Android programming. As a father of three, it made my heart happy to see this young, pig-tailed girl skip around the room after her “aha” moment! Even more so when she won one of our prizes for completing a coding challenge. First day, beginner and already completing coding challenges. BOOM! It does my heart happy to see people of any age, but especially children, have those “aha” moments because I see something more than a temporary joy. Those, “I did it” moments are confidence builders. And when you see that light turn on, as a parent, you know it means that kid may go on to do more because of one moment when they realized they can.

Awesome Josh


As I look back on this weekend, I’m probably not going to be able to tell you which coding challenges were won a few years from now but I will remember the faces of those I saw who experienced “I got it!” moments as I walked the room. I will remember one father who showed up with his 6 or 7 year old son and was showing him coding as he was just a beginner himself. That image will forever be etched in my mind. I won’t remember which version of Android Studio we were using that day, or which Udacity course was the basis of our curriculum, but I will remember the human connections we made. I will remember every face that lit up. I will remember watching students helping students. I will remember that when we empower young people, and eager learners of any age, we aren’t just building software or code we’re helping build up humans. Building apps is the present and the future but apps come and go. Building up people on the other hand, there can be no higher calling.

The Calm Before The Storm!

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This article was written by Tshaka Armstrong, VP Community Affairs and Outreach in his/her personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the views of IDEAA, its sponsors or attendees._


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Press Release: Tshaka Armstrong joins International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance Board of Directors



Tshaka Armstrong joins International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance Board of Directors
Mr. Armstrong will lead the initiative on events, outreach and student programs

(April 9, 2016 - Alexandria VA) The International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance announces the appointment of Tshaka Armstrong as Vice President of Community Affairs and Outreach.

Tshaka brings a wealth of talent and experience to IDEAA and has 10 years of experience in community building and managing events. He currently runs Digital Shepherds, an educational technology non-profit organization whose purpose is to teach digital literacy and internet safety to parents, kids/teens, educators and large organizations.

Mr. Armstrong had this to say about joining the IDEAA team, “I was very excited when IDEAA asked me to join the organization. I’m looking forward to working with such a talented and passionate group of people to educate, empower and ultimately change the culture in tech so that all of us, all of our sons and daughters, have access and equal opportunity to achieve their dreams.”

Tshaka is an active volunteer, having helped out with various IDEAA events in the past and lending logistical support for a range of our programs. He is a stand-out individual in his community and IDEAA will benefit greatly from his expertise.

IDEAA believes a diverse workforce of developers leads to new perspectives and higher-quality products.

Our mission is to build, nurture, and educate a global community who celebrate technology as a medium for productivity, creativity, and connectedness. As such we provide underserved and underrepresented communities with access to development resources, educators, and leaders.

Press Contacts:

Angelica Boiteux, VP Communications
International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance

Corry Robb, VP Operations
International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance




SOURCE IDEAA http://ideaa.io/


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