WatchKit Workshops: Learn to build apps for WATCH

WatchKit Workshops at Sandbox-Learn to build apps for WATCH- December 16

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Like the iPhone and iPad that came before it, the Apple Watch is a whole new platform for users, which will hit the market in the spring of 2015.

On Thanksgiving, Apple released WatchKit, the software development kit (SDK) that will allow developers to build apps for the Watch. That same week, our meetup group held a hackathon where 33 teams built and presented their ideas. A few fun ones: an app that shows you when it will stop raining outside and an app that changes the speed of the music based on how hard you’re exercising. The developers who are there early have the most to gain should their app catch on.

However, in true iStyle, there are currently several limitations on what we as developers can do. We don’t have access to the hardware sensors yet, and a Watch app isn’t standalone — the code actually lives on the iPhone.

But I see these limitations as a form of focus. In the words of  interactive designer and front end developer, Jason Weaver, it is a bit like giving an artist three crayons and seeing what they can create. For one thing, when Apple announced the Watch on stage, the company showcased several partners that are using the SDK to do awesome things. The popular website Pinterest is a good example. Their app will tap you on the wrist you when you’re near a spot you’ve favorited and give you walking directions to get there. So imagine you’re in San Francisco and you’re near the Painted Ladies; one subtle tap and you’re on your way to see the picture in real life.

Another great use is an airplane app that you can use mid-flight to ask, “Where am I?” The dictation feature of the Watch will convert your voice into text and send a signal to an API. Because the airline knows your flight number, they can then send back the result to the watch —“30,000 feet.” So cool!

Everybody’s a beginner at this stuff, but through the meetup group we’re working to become a resource so that anyone can learn. We have a couple of events coming up at Sandbox Suites, including December 16th when we’ll be in Sunnyvale for Hello WatchKit. This event will provide an overview of the concepts and then cover the nitty-gritty details like working with API data. There will also be a more in-depth Bootcamp in both Sandbox Silicon Valley and Sandbox Union Square in San Francisco in January.

Ben Morrow is a developer, author, and hackathon organizer. With the Apple Watch community, he’s been teaching tools and techniques for the past six months and is ready to launch apps when the new device is released. Find more video and code at­ →


Join Android experts from Intel Developer Zone at Sandbox Suites’ newest coworking space in Silicon Valley and meet other Android developers for 2 days of hands-on technical sessions, developer competitions, prizes and more!

The IDZ Codefest for Android will be fueled by hundreds of KitKat bars, Ouya giveaways, dark beer, green cocktails and other goodies. And all that is FREE to attend! Register Here


Event Details Below:

7pm Doors Open and Registration
7:20-8:15 Welcome notes, Hackathon Criteria, Prizes and Agenda
Android on X86 Why Intel and What Developers Should Care About?
8:15 to 8:30 Grab Dinner and go into the Sessions
Track 1
8:30-9 pm HTML5 on Android: Intel XDK
9:00-9:30 pm Android Gaming Console by Christopher Price, founder
Track 2
8:30-9pm Lanica Game Development Platform: Carlos M. Icaza, Co-Founder, Lanica
9:00-9:30pm App Game Kit: Lee Bamber, The Game Creators – Session via Google Hangout
9:30pm Hackathon Begins and 1st KitKat Challenge
1am Closing


9am Opening and Breakfast
10am KitKat Challenge
10:30 Get Team names and Apps that are being worked on and register
12pm Video Interviews and Lunch
3pm KitKat Challenge
6pm Dinner
7pm Final Demos
9pm Winners Announcement & Awards Ceremony!


Build an Android App!
You can use Intel XDK with HTML5 or leverage an x86 library in an NDK or SDK app. Keep in mind that we have a special Social Good category as well!
$3,000 cash prize for Best New App
$1,000 cash prize for Best Social Good App

Port-a-Thon/Optimization Contest
Compile and test your Android NDK App!
We’ll have devices for testing, tons of technical support and great prizes for Best Ported Apps. Take advantage of having some of the best NDK Android developers on-site to answer your questions.
Trip to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
$1,500 cash prize
$5,000 go-to-market packages for selected eligible apps
Opportunity to pitch Intel Capital
Feature on Intel’s website

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