Hello everyone. I'm Dries Oeyen and I live in Belgium, a tiny country in Europe. In case you're wondering what Belgium is like: in the morning on weekdays, it looks roughly like this:
April 2012 seems like such a long time ago. My first born is three years older, and now has a younger sibling. It also means that it has been three years since I contributed to the original Kickstarter campaign for Pebble. I was in the first batch of backers and received my Black Pebble early February 2013. This was the beginning of something special for me.
Can you believe it's already been a month since the developer retreat? This blog post is long overdue but it was waiting for some very important content so that I could share some highlights from the retreat! I asked the retreat attendees what their favorite presentations/parts of the retreat were and I think these represent some of the best. If you don't agree, then tell me in the comments!
Check out the full developer retreat recap broken down day by day in the community section of our new developer website! We're still working on a video montage of the robotics competition so that should be on the website soon! For even more detail on what this awesome group of 100 developers from around the world got up to check out our full schedule.
Almost two months ago the XDA Forums and Pebble set out on a mission to find three amazing apps/watchfaces and their developers. We called it the XDA - Pebble Developer Challenge and last Friday it all came to a close! These three developers have taken the Pebble and truly stretched its limits to create some amazing products and we want to show them to you!
The XDA - Pebble Developer Challenge was a 3-week competition - your opportunity to pitch your proposal for the best Pebble app and bring it to life with a Pebble of your own. Of the 20 proposals that we selected for the second phase, the developers of the best three Pebble apps have been invited to attend the 2014 Pebble Developer Retreat in October. We also gave each of them a Pebble Steel to flaunt!
There were a lot of really great entries to the second phase of the competition and all of them deserve a quick download! Check out the complete list of apps and watchfaces that were made during the competition on the XDA forums.
This is a guest post by Chris Ismael, Senior Developer Evangelist at Concur. Developers use Concur's APIs to reinvent their travel apps into time and money-saving tools for the business traveler. Concur and Pebble are sponsoring the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon 2014 in San Francisco. You can also get a shot at $100K prize for the best travel app at The Perfect Trip Fund Awards. (Special thanks to Ethan Fan and Gabi Zuniga for the source code).
The Pebble SDK makes it easy to build Pebble apps that call cloud APIs. It also facilitates communication between your Pebble smartwatch app and your smartphone. Add to this the fact that your development environment is run from the browser (no installation horror!) - you know you've got a winner.
Can you #MakeAwesomeHappen? Your app idea could win a Pebble and a trip to our 2nd Annual Pebble Developer Retreat in Mountain View, CA!
The XDA - Pebble Developer Challenge is a 3-week competition - your opportunity to pitch your proposal for the best Pebble app and bring it to life with a Pebble of your own. We'll be awarding Pebbles to the 20 best app proposals to give even first time developers a chance to work on our platform. Of the 20 proposals that we select the best 3 Pebble apps created will be invited to attend the 2014 Pebble Developer Retreat in October and we'll give them each a Pebble Steel.
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