Xamarin Evolve is the largest cross-platform mobile event in the world, where over 1,500 developers, industry leaders, and Xamarin experts converge to advance the state of the art, discuss mobile strategy, and define the future of apps.

Hyatt Regency Orlando, FL April 24–28, 2016

 

Sessions

Attend two days of world-class training by Xamarin University and two days of conference sessions led by industry experts.

Training

Fundamentals Track

For experienced C# developers who are new to Xamarin. This track will take you from zero to successfully building your first iOS and Android apps with Xamarin.Forms.

  • The Xamarin ecosystem and tools for mobile app development
  • Sharing UI and code across platforms with Xamarin.Forms
  • Building a great UX in Xamarin.Forms that adapts to different screen sizes
  • Processing external data using RESTful web services
  • Using local files to store persistent application data
  • Polishing the app’s look and feel for each platform

Intermediate Track

For developers who have built apps with Xamarin. This track covers advanced techniques and best practices to optimize app performance and the development workflow.

  • Making sure your app is responsive while processing data
  • Updating the UI asynchronously as data becomes available
  • Async/Await beyond the basics: strategies for working with I/O
  • Applying design patterns for maximizing code sharing and unit testing
  • Building UI tests with C# and Xamarin Test Cloud
  • Securing your app’s local data
  • Authenticating with third-party services using OAUTH2 and zmXamarin.Auth
  • Capturing app usage and runtime analytics with Xamarin Insights

Conference

Design

  • Designing for Touch
  • Create stunning apps with the Xamarin Designer for iOS
  • Everyone can create beautiful apps with material design
  • “I’m a bad designer”: dispelling design myths and making apps better
  • Navigation design patterns for iOS and Android

Build

  • Optimizing app performance with Xamarin.Forms
  • Creating custom layouts in Xamarin.Forms
  • An in-depth study of the MVVM Light databinding system
  • Cocos# in Xamarin.Forms
  • Mastering Xamarin.Forms XAML
  • Why you should be building better mobile apps with reactive programming
  • As seen on TV… bringing C# to the Living Room
  • A new world of possibilities for contextual awareness with iBeacons
  • Building cross-platform mapping apps with ArcGIS Runtime
  • Cross platform media in Xamarin
  • Extending views and adding custom attributes in your Xamarin.Android app
  • 5 soft skills every software developer should know
  • Healthcare Redefined: How we used the suite of Xamarin products to make healthcare simpler and smarter
  • Understanding implications of build options
  • Convergence of robotics and mobile
  • Why Akavache is fast: How not to use SQLite
  • MVVM made simple with Xamarin.Forms and Prism
  • 3 Platforms: 1 codebase–your first Xamarin.Forms app
  • (Nu)Get your code to all the platforms with portable class libraries
  • Wearables and IoT: Taking C# with you everywhere
  • Create the next great mobile app in a weekend
  • Best practices for effective iOS memory management
  • CocosSharp: building games that run everywhere in C#
  • Enhance your Xamarin.Forms app with custom controls, layouts, & pages
  • Create your own sci-fi with mobile augmented reality
  • Become a Xamarin Studio expert
  • What’s new in Xamarin.Android
  • What’s new in Xamarin.iOS

Integrate

  • Cross-Platform IoT Device Data Consumption via Xamarin, Azure IoT, and OPC UA
  • Build your app on the shoulders of giants—top 10 components
  • Reference architectures for connecting to enterprise systems
  • Approaches for API management

Secure

  • Addressing the OWASP mobile security threats using Xamarin
  • Is your app secure?
  • Take your enterprise data mobile
  • 5 ways to securely distribute apps to employees
  • Deep dive into iOS and Android security mechanisms

Test

  • Test driven Xamarin development
  • Test automation in practice with TestCloud at MixRadio
  • Cross platform unit testing with xUnit

Monitor

  • Instrumenting and monitoring your apps in the wild
  • Targeted insights: cutting through the noise of mobile analytics
  • Introduction to Xamarin.Insights
  • Fast releases and exceptional support: the new competitive advantage

Schedule

Four days of all things mobile and Xamarin.

  1. Sunday, April 24

    Training Registration

    Registration for Training & Sys Config
    12:00 pm
    Training Keynote
    8:00 pm
  2. Monday, April 25

    Training Day 1

    Breakfast
    7:30 am
    Training
    9:00–6:00 pm
    Evening Event
    7:00 pm
  3. Tuesday, April 26

    Training Day 2

    Breakfast
    7:30 am
    Training
    9:00–6:00 pm
    Conference Registration
    9:00–7:00 pm
    Evening Event
    7:00 pm
  4. Wednesday, April 27

    Conference Day 1

    Breakfast
    8:00 am
    Keynote
    9:00–10:30 am
    Conference Sessions
    10:30–6:00 pm
    Happy Hour in Expo Hall
    6:30 pm
    Evolve Party
    8:00 pm
  5. Thursday, April 28

    Conference Day 2

    Breakfast
    8:00 am
    General Session
    9:00–10:30 am
    Conference Sessions
    10:30–4:00 pm
    Closing Session & Xammy Awards
    4:00 pm

Speakers

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Nat Friedman

Nat Friedman

CEO and Co-founder, Xamarin

Nat Friedman, CEO and Co-founder of Xamarin has been writing software for 27 years and is passionate about building amazing products. Nat Friedman has been writing software for 27 years and is passionate about entrepreneurship and building amazing products. Nat will cover key mobile trends and predictions, Xamarin’s future direction, and ways for you to capitalize on mobile.

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Miguel de Icaza

Miguel de Icaza

CTO and Co-founder, Xamarin

Miguel directed the Mono project since its inception and has won several awards including Time Magazine’s 100 innovators for the new century. Miguel de Icaza has directed the Mono project since its inception and has won numerous awards including Time Magazine’s 100 innovators for the new century. At Xamarin Evolve 2016, Miguel will discuss mobile development trends, getting the most from C# and .NET, and Xamarin’s technology roadmap.

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Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill

VP of Developer Relations and Co-founder, Xamarin

Joseph has been an active participant in the C# community since 2003 and an active contributor to several open source .NET applications. Joseph has been an active participant in the C# community since 2003 and an active contributor to several open source .NET applications. He has done significant work in design and implementation of .NET applications for a number of Fortune 50 companies, and founded Xamarin in May 2011 with Nat Friedman, Miguel de Icaza, and the Mono team.

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Grant Imahara

Grant Imahara

Robot builder, modelmaker and television host on Mythbusters

For almost a decade, Grant Imahara was one of the hosts of Mythbusters. Using a blend of science and fun, he put urban legends to the test, sometimes with explosive results. Before joining Mythbusters, Grant spent nine years working in special effects as an animatronics engineer and modelmaker for George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic. Grant has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Josh Clark

Josh Clark

Founder, Big Medium

Josh Clark is the founder of Big Medium, a design agency specializing in connected devices, mobile experiences, and responsive web design. Josh Clark is the founder of Big Medium, a design agency specializing in connected devices, mobile experiences, and responsive web design. His clients include Samsung, Time Inc, TechCrunch, Entertainment Weekly, eBay, O’Reilly Media, and many others. Josh has written several books, including “Designing for Touch” (A Book Apart, 2015) and “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps” (O’Reilly, 2010). He speaks around the world about what’s next for digital interfaces.

Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a producer of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular “Couch-to-5K” (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.).

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Keith Ballinger

Keith Ballinger

VP of Product, Xamarin

Keith was a PM on the original .NET team in 1999, leaving Microsoft in 2007 to co-found a web-based OS startup and Ravid. Keith was a PM on the original .NET team in 1999, leaving Microsoft in 2007 to co-found a web-based OS startup and Ravid. In 2013, Keith joined YC-backed startup Standard Treasury as Chief Architect building an API-first bank. He's the author of .NET Web Service: Architecture and Implementation and co-author of Special Edition: Using ASP.

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Karl Krukow

Karl Krukow

Engineering Lead, Test Cloud, Xamarin

Karl is the co-creator and continues to be the mastermind of the open source mobile test framework Calabash. Karl is the co-creator of the open source mobile test framework Calabash. LessPainful, the mobile testing startup Karl co-founded around Calabash, was later acquired by Xamarin and became the cornerstone of Xamarin Test Cloud.

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Bryan Costanich

Bryan Costanich

VP of Education Services, Xamarin

Bryan Costanich is the Vice President of Education Services at Xamarin, heading up both Xamarin University and the Documentation team. Bryan Costanich is the Vice President of Education Services at Xamarin, heading up both Xamarin University and the Documentation team. Before joining Xamarin, Bryan led the team that built Cricket's MuveMusic service, the largest mobile music subscription service on the planet. Bryan is a renowned Software Architect, published author, and seasoned entrepreneur.

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James Montemagno

James Montemagno

Developer Evangelist, Xamarin

James has been a .NET developer for over 10 years in a wide range of industries including game development and web services. James has been a .NET developer for over a decade, working in a wide range of industries including game development, printer software, and web services. Prior to joining the Xamarin team, James was a professional mobile developer on the Xamarin platform for over two years, with several published apps on iOS, Android, and Windows.

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Mike James

Mike James

Developer Evangelist, Xamarin

Mike engages with the Xamarin community in Europe and takes great pleasure in meeting and presenting new technologies to mobile enthusiasts. Mike intimately understands developers, having worked in Xamarin support before becoming a Developer Evangelist. Prior to joining Xamarin, he worked in the entertainment control industry developing systems for installations such as the London Eye, which sparked his passion for mobile when he was tasked with developing mobile apps for site engineers to control the lighting on these installations.

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Nishanth Anil

Nish Anil

Developer Evangelist, Xamarin

Based out of Bangalore, Nish is a C# fanatic and has been writing softwares for web and Windows platforms for almost a decade. Nish is a C# fanatic and has been writing softwares for web and Windows platforms for almost a decade. Working out of Bangalore, India, he’s a Microsoft MVP in IE and is passionate about spreading C# and Xamarin love as a Xamarin Developer Evangelist in India.

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Craig Dunn

Craig Dunn

Director of Documentation, Xamarin

Craig, a technical writer at Xamarin, fell in love with its earliest betas and used it on large mobile projects before joining the company. Craig is a technical writer and Developer Evangelist at Xamarin. He fell in love with the earliest betas of Xamarin (MonoTouch), blogged about it, and then used it on large mobile projects in the wild before joining Xamarin.

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Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Engineering Team Lead (Xamarin.Forms), Xamarin

A lead software engineer working at Xamarin and for the last 3 years he has been Xamarin’s resident expert on Xamarin.Forms. Jason Smith has been enthusiastically working on UI and front-end development for the past decade, touching almost every major UI toolkit in the process (don't worry, his hands are clean). Jason's most recent endeavour at the company has him leading the Xamarin.Forms project to create a true cross-platform UI solution.

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Laurent Bugnion

Laurent Bugnion

Senior Director, IdentityMine

A Senior Director at IdentityMine and a Microsoft and Xamarin MVP. He’s based in Zurich and writes for MSDN magazine and other publications. Laurent works as Senior Director for IdentityMine. He is based in Zurich Switzerland and writes for MSDN magazine and other publications, codes in Windows Phone, Windows Store, WPF, Xamarin (iOS and Android), ASP.NET, and his blog on blog.galasoft.ch. A Microsoft and Xamarin MVP, he is the author of the open source framework MVVM Light for Windows Phone, Windows Store, WPF, and Xamarin and the popular Pluralsight reference course about MVVM Light.

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Charles Petzold

Charles Petzold

Programmer and Writer (Documentation), Xamarin

A writer and programmer for Microsoft operating systems for 30 years, Charles has written books on Windows and Windows Phone development. Charles Petzold is a programmer and writer at Xamarin. He has been writing about programming for Microsoft operating systems for thirty years and has written several books on Windows and Windows Phone development. He's also the author of Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software (Microsoft Press, 1999) and The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine (Wiley, 2008).

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Mike Bluestein

Mike Bluestein

Xamarin MVP

Mike Bluestein is an internationally recognized expert on the Xamarin platform, and one of the first users of Xamarin.iOS. Mike Bluestein is an internationally recognized expert on the Xamarin platform, and one of the first users of Xamarin.iOS. Mike also authored the book Learning MonoTouch: A Hands-On Guide to Building iOS Applications with C# and .NET, from Addison-Wesley, which has been published internationally in multiple languages, as well as a MonoTouch course for AppDev. Before working exclusively as a software engineer, Mike was an aerospace engineer who did aerodynamic design for jet engines.

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Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty

Xamarin MVP

Jesse Liberty is an independent programmer, and you may know him from his Pluralsight courses and books. The host of Yet Another Podcast, Microsoft MVP and Xamarin MVP, Jesse Liberty, is an independent programmer, but you may also know him as an author and Pluralsight course creator. He's held many exciting positions in his career including Director of New Technology at Falafel Software, Senior Evangelist for Microsoft, Distinguished Software Engineer at AT&T, Software Architect for PBS, and Vice President of Information Technology at Citibank.

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Michael Stonis

Michael Stonis

President, EightBot

Michael Stonis is a partner at Eight-Bot, where he focuses on mobile and integration solutions for enterprises using .NET. Michael Stonis is a partner at Eight-Bot, a software consultancy in Chicago, where he focuses on mobile and integration solutions for enterprises using .NET. He loves mobile technology and how it has opened up our world in new and interesting ways that seemed like an impossibility just a few years ago. Outside of work, you will probably find him spending time with his family, brewing beer, or playing pinball.

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Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Principal Software Engineer, MixRadio

Chris has been developing applications for more than fifteen years, specialising in C# and .Net for companies including Nokia and Microsoft. Chris has been developing desktop, web and mobile applications for more than fifteen years, specialising in C# and .Net for companies including Nokia and Microsoft. For the last seven years he has been leading agile development teams and currently utilises the full range of Xamarin products building MixRadio apps on Windows, Android and iOS.

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Kevin West

Kevin West

Senior Software Engineer, MixRadio

Kevin has played a key role in bringing the MixRadio music service to Android and iOS, specializing in delivering rich user experiences. Kevin has played a key role in bringing the MixRadio music service to Android and iOS, specializing in delivering rich user experiences. In 2015 he became a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer. He has over a decade of experience in creating mobile and web applications with companies such as Nokia and Microsoft.​

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Matthew Soucoup

Matthew Soucoup

Architect, Code Mill Technologies

Matthew is a Xamarin MVP who founded his company Code Mill Technologies and started the Madison Mobile .Net Developers Group. Matthew is a Xamarin MVP and Certified Xamarin Developer from Madison, WI. He founded his company Code Mill Technologies and started the Madison Mobile .Net Developers Group.  Matt regularly speaks on .Net and Xamarin development at user groups, code camps and conferences throughout the Midwest. Matt gardens hot peppers, rides bikes, and loves Wisconsin micro-brews and cheese.

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Jim Bennett

Jim Bennett

Founder, MooMoo.io

Jim is an international C# geek who has spent time in various verticals for the past 16 years across 4 different continents. Jim is an international C# geek who has spent time hanging around in financial institutions, software houses and co-working spaces for the past 16 years across 4 different continents. When he's not writing desktop WPF apps for large banking clients he builds mobile apps using Xamarin, blogs, talks at meetups, uses iBeacons to stop his daughter from losing her favorite toys and consumes vast amounts of Thai food.

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Rex Hansen

Rex Hansen

Product Manager, ESRI

Rex Hansen is a Product Manager at Esri. He has over 20 years of experience in GIS, spatial analytics, and computer mapping. Rex Hansen is a Product Manager for the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs at Esri. He has over 20 years of experience in GIS, spatial analytics, and computer mapping.

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Martijn van Dijk

Martijn van Dijk

Xamarin Consultant, Xablu

Martijn is a Xamarin consultant at Xablu, Xamarin MVP, contributor of MvvmCross, and creator of several Xamarin plugins. Martijn is a Xamarin consultant at Xablu, Xamarin MVP, contributor of MvvmCross, and creator of several Xamarin plugins.

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Lori Lalonde

Lori Lalonde

Senior Consultant, ObjectSharp Consulting

Author, consultant, blogger, conference speaker, Microsoft MVP, Xamarin MVP & Certified Mobile Developer. Lori Lalonde is an author, consultant, blogger, conference speaker, Microsoft MVP, Xamarin MVP & Certified Mobile Developer. She is a proud member of the Western Devs group, and serves as the User Group Leader of CTTDNUG, a .NET User Group in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Alec Tucker

Alec Tucker

Head of Mobile Product (APAC), The White Clarke Group

Alec has held a variety of roles over the years from programmer to Technical Director, he runs the Sydney Mobile .Net Developers group. Alec has been in the mobile space since the late 90s and through White Clarke he has enterprise apps deployed at financial institutions in the UK, Southern Africa and Australia. He’s held a variety of roles over the years from programmer to Technical Director, he runs the Sydney Mobile .Net Developers group, and is a regular speaker at various events and hack days.

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John Sonmez

John Sonmez

Founder, Simple Programmer

John Sonmez is personal development coach for software developers. He is the author of "Soft Skills: The Software Developers Life Manual" John Sonmez is personal development coach for software developers. His passion is helping software developers, not only achieve their goals in all areas of their lives, but to learn how to be happy and enjoy the journey. John is the author of the best selling book, "Soft Skills: The Software Developers Life Manual" and produces, blog posts, videos, podcasts and training courses at http://simpleprogrammer.com.

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Cliff Sentell

Cliff Sentell

CTO, Compass Professional Health Services

Sentell pioneered the development of the company’s groundbreaking healthcare decision support and pricing transparency platforms. Cliff Sentell is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Compass Professional Health Services. A technology innovator, Cliff pioneered the development of the company’s groundbreaking healthcare decision support and pricing transparency platforms. Currently, his focus is on rich, context-aware mobile experiences that humanize healthcare for the 2+ million people who use Compass solutions.

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Matt Lineberger

Matt Lineberger

Principal at Pariveda Solutions

Lineberger has over ten years of IT management, consulting, and technical experience in numerous functional areas and industries. Matt Lineberger currently serves as a Principal for Pariveda Solutions and leads the Mobility Practice for the Dallas market. Lineberger has over ten years of IT management, consulting, and technical experience in numerous functional areas and industries. His work with clients primarily focuses on new product development, mobility, and leading large transformational programs.

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Kevin Ford

Kevin Ford

Mobile Practice Lead, Magenic

Kevin Ford is the Mobile Practice Lead with Magenic leading development with native mobile technologies, Xamarin and Cordova. Kevin Ford is the Mobile Practice Lead with Magenic leading development with native mobile technologies, Xamarin and Cordova. For over twenty years he has worked with application development using the Microsoft stack and moved to mobile to follow his passion for creating innovative solutions in a quickly evolving space. He is an accomplished architect, speaker and thought leader.

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Kerry Lothrop

Kerry Lothrop

Lead Software Architect, Zühlke

Kerry is co-founder of the Xamarin User Group Frankfurt and contributor for the MvvmCross project. Kerry works on projects connecting cloud backends to mobile phones to embedded devices. He is co-founder of the Xamarin User Group Frankfurt and contributor for the MvvmCross project.

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Paul Betts

Paul Betts

Staff Engineer, Slack

Paul is a developer at Slack. He previously built the GitHub Desktop application on Windows, Xamarin libraries ReactiveUI, ModernHttpClient, and Akavache. Akavache is a key-value store for Xamarin applications whose primary implementation is backed by SQLite. However, many people *using* SQLite find that they get massive performance benefits by switching to Akavache - how is this possible? In this talk, we'll go deep into the internals of how Akavache uses SQLite in order to perform quickly under typical application use, and how seemingly innocuous uses of SQLite can slow down your app.

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Oren Novotny

Oren Novotny

Senior Architect, BlueMetal

Oren is a Senior Architect at BlueMetal Architects and brings 15 years of experience creating solutions for clients on Microsoft and Xamarin. Oren is a Senior Architect at BlueMetal Architects in New York City, where he brings his fifteen years experience, creating modern solutions for clients on the Microsoft and Xamarin platforms. A Microsoft and Xamarin MVP, he is the author, maintainer of, and contributor to, numerous open source libraries including: xUnit for Devices, Humanizer, ReactiveUI, Fluent Assertions for Xamarin, and MetroLog. Tweet him @onovotny.

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Oren Novotny

Greg Shackles

Principal Engineer, Olo

Greg Shackles is a Principal Engineer at Olo, author of Mobile Development with C#, and also a monthly columnist with Visual Studio Magazine. Greg Shackles is a Principal Engineer at Olo. He is a Xamarin MVP, Microsoft MVP, host of the Gone Mobile podcast, organizer of the NYC Mobile .NET Developers Group, author of Mobile Development with C#, and also a monthly columnist with Visual Studio Magazine.

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Brian Lagunas

Brian Lagunas

Senior Product Manager, Infragistics

Brian Lagunas is a Microsoft MVP and his talks always involve some form of XAML, as well as how to build modular applications with Prism. Brian Lagunas is a Microsoft MVP, a Microsoft Patterns & Practices Champion, co-leader of the Boise .Net Developers User Group (NETDUG), board member of Boise Code Camp, speaker, trainer, and Pluralsight author. He can be found speaking at a variety of user groups and code camps around the world. His talks always involve some form of XAML, as well as how to build modular applications with Prism. In his spare time he authors courses for Pluralsight, blogs about XAML technologies, and manages the Prism Library. The easiest way to find Brian is on twitter at @BrianLagunas.

One-on-One
Coaching

Schedule individual sessions with Xamarin experts for help with your mobile projects. Members of the Xamarin engineering team will be on-hand to help debug your code, answer your questions, provide advice on your mobile architecture, and answer your questions on UI design, code-sharing techniques, platform-specific issues, performance management, binding Objective-C and Java libraries, and more!

Miguel de Icaza coaching an Evolve 2014 attendee

Darwin Lounge

Stocked full of tech toys, massage chairs, Xamarin engineers, and a few really cool surprises, the Darwin Lounge is your place to hang out and relax between sessions. Back by popular demand, we’ll have several code challenges—Mini-Hacks—for you to complete to earn awesome prizes.

An attendee hanging out in the Darwin Lounge at Evolve 2014 is totally stoked about what he’s learning.
A robot solves a Rubik’s Cube at Evolve 2014.
A Xamarin employee and several attendees fly a quadcopter around the Darwin Lounge at Evolve 2013.

Register

Hyatt Regency Orlando, FL April 24–28, 2016

If you are attending Training, please arrive on Sunday, April 24 in time for registration and sys config (12:00 pm–8:00 pm) and the Training Keynote at 8:00 pm. If you are attending the conference only, please arrive by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 26. The conference will end at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 28. We encourage all attendees to depart Friday, April 29.

Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL
Conference only
$1,799
Training+Conference*
$2,999
Hyatt Regency Hotel
$199/night

*Limited to 600 attendees.

Questions? Email evolve@xamarin.com.

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The Xammy Awards are back!

This is your chance to be recognized on our global stage! App award categories include: Consumer, Enterprise and Emerging Devices. App submissions are open now through December 31st, 2015. Winners will be announced at the conference. There is only one chance to claim a category for the 2016 Xammy Awards — submit your app today!

Sponsors

2016 sponsors to be announced soon; until then, check out some top sponsors from 2014.

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