Camper Feedback on the Mobile Developer Community and the Mobile Software Development Kit

Wednesday July 12th was the first official day of Mashup Camp. The un-conference kicked off with a big open schedule with noevents listed. For the 490 people sitting in the room this was not a big deal. They knew that in 30min the schedule would be filled and the ideas ready to roll.

The microphones were turned on, everyone was greeted and our hosts asked for ideas to fill the schedule. The line formed quickly and before you know it each idea got a 20 sec pitch at the mic and a place on the schedule. These campers came with great ideas and were ready to share.

I stepped up to the mic and proposed a session to discussion Mobile Software development and what it would take to build a successful and passionate community. I picked a time that did not conflict with the other sessions that I wanted to attend and session was established.

I was not sure how many people would want to talk about community at an event all about building mashups, but was glad to see eight people join my session ready to hear my ideas, share there own and discuss the pros and cons in an open forum. I started the discussion by showing our new MobileDeveloper Community site and explaining the elements and reason for adding them to the site. The campers politely smiled and nodded as I talked about forums, wikis, blogs, whitepapers, support, but the conversations really picked up steam when we started talking about the Mobile Software Development Kit.

Mike Prince from Mobido shared his energy and enthusiasm for what Intel is building for mobile software development by pointing out a few distribution channels that appeared obvious to him but not the path that we are taking. He asked why are we not including this in the platform or integrating into FireFox. Why would a user be motivated to install a mobile enabled application and then go to Intel to get the Mobile Software Development Kit run time to get the application fully integrated into the platform. I agreed that these are excellent points and issues that are being hotly debated within Intel. I'm a huge fan of open source approach to software to get the innovation flowing among the community. If we provide the software and it allows application to run best on Intel platforms then it makes sense that we will sell more platforms. This approach is not the mainstream thinking within Intel. We have a software product group that works hard to build the best software tools and then is compensated for the work through licensing the software. I understand about return on investment but if Intel could figure out a way to measure the interments in software with broader terms then we could give it away to grow the mobile market to sell more mobile products. It's a stretch that some are working on limbering up to make... I'm pushing for it. Let me know what you think and your support will help to makeit happen. In the end if the customers want it and we can figure out a way tomake a buck or two then it makes sense to do it.

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i came to know that intel is as good as compared to all other companies?but today i just opened the website and i thinked that intel is not a good company?ur website is very very bad compared to other companies?i dont know y ur created like that it is very bad to looking to ur website?

Sergey Kostrov's picture

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i came to know that intel is as good as compared to all other companies?but today i just opened the website and i thinked that intel is not a good company?ur website is very very bad compared to other companies?i dont know y ur created like that it is very bad to looking to ur website?
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You're complaining about Intel's website. That's a good point and I also don't like some things on Intel's website but I'm ready to tolerate it. Please don't take it too personally, have you ever tried to analyze your grammar or how you compose sentences?

Aubrey W. (Intel)'s picture

Please feel free to send any suggestions for how to improve Intel(R) Software Network to support at isn.support@intel.com. We are always open to listening to software developers and getting their ideas. We can't do everything, but if a few rally around a particular request, we will do our best to get it done.

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Aubrey W.
Intel(R) Software Network Support