What started as a desire to eat grilled meat and talk about everybody’s favorite green robot has grown and changed over the years. While yes, they do still feature a Big BBQ, and Android is still certainly a main focus, the event has turned into a full-blown convention. The Big Android BBQ features keynote speeches, learning sessions, code jams, and much more! It’s truly amazing what the lure of grilled meat can achieve!
To that end, the Big Android BBQ team has announced the formation of their new non-profit organization, the International Developer Education & Advocacy Alliance, or IDEAA. IDEAA will allow the Big Android BBQ to broaden their scope to other offerings, potentially even non meat-related events (shocking, I know). The goal of IDEAA is simple – provide tools and events for developers to help them learn and grow as professionals.
The idea (ha) for IDEAA was started at Google I/O 2014. Android BBQ Inc. held an informal event called the Big Android Meat & Greet (BAMG) for I/O attendees. The casual atmosphere and overwhelmingly positive feedback on the event lead to discussions about how best to do more for the Android community.
The first official event for IDEAA will happen on Saturday, April 4th at the DC Code Kitchen and Big Android Meat & Greet, with more events forthcoming. You can read more about the formation of IDEAA at their website in the source link, or in the press release below.Source: IDEAA
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BABBQ TEAM REVEALS NEW VENTURE: IDEAA
Android-Focused Event Organizer Cooks Up New Non-Profit Organization for All Developers
February 24, 2015 (Dallas, Texas) – The team behind the Big Android BBQ (BABBQ) is excited to announce the formation of the International Developer Education & Advocacy Alliance (IDEAA). After months of deliberation and planning, Android BBQ, Inc. has decided to expand the scope of its events under a new identity.
IDEAA upholds the same grassroots values as Android BBQ, Inc., but allows the team to hold a wider variety of events that foster professional growth and enrich the entire developer community. IDEAA’s logo is formed by the same bits that compose the small wonders we use everyday – 1’s and 0’s. At the same time, its outlined shape and orange primary color embody the organization’s commitment to being open, excited, and inclusive.
Android BBQ, Inc. is well-known for their annual Big Android BBQ (BABBQ) event held in Texas. Each BABBQ follows the same theme as the first event in 2010 — a grassroots, community-driven celebration of Android that leaves our attendees exhausted and inspired. Since it’s inception, each BABBQ has become bigger, better and meatier.
Last year, the team expanded their line-up by creating an event that coincided with the Google I/O developer conference. They unveiled the Big Android Meat & Greet (BAMG) — a casual, networking event for I/O conference attendees to meet and mingle with like-minded individuals in a fun, backyard BBQ-esque setting. The overwhelmingly positive feedback received after the BAMG ultimately led to the creation of IDEAA:
“After the tremendous success of our events in 2014 we believed the best way to support developers and our strong partnerships was to transition to this new organization. IDEAA will give us a chance to expand our goals and continue to provide unique quality events that are equal parts education, entertainment, and altruism.” Aaron Kasten, IDEAA President.
The first official event of 2015 produced by IDEAA will be the DC Code KitchenTM and Big Android Meat & Greet (BAMG)held on Saturday, April 4th in Alexandria, Virginia at the Madison Auditorium in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The 2015 DC Code Kitchen is open to developers of all ages and skill levels; attendees can partake in a series of development sessions and challenges. There will also be a beginner tutorial for all Android enthusiasts with no experience in coding.
The 2015 DC Big Android Meat & Greet is a ticketed event, open to attendees ages 21 and over. Included in the cost of a reasonably-priced ticket, attendees will enjoy a signature IDEAA BBQ dinner (cooked and served by the original 2010 BABBQ pitmaster, Chef Ray Walters) and embark on a tour of the Potomac River Tidal Basin on the Cherry Blossom Riverboat – a historic paddle boat, docked in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The three-hour boat tour begins at the Alexandria waterfront and heads north up the Potomac River tidal basin, where you’ll find gorgeous views of DC monuments and cherry blossoms. The return to dock will be capped off with a nighttime fireworks display from the SW DC waterfront starting at 8:30pm.
The DC Code KitchenTM is free and will include lunch. The Meat & Greet, a separate networking event, includes a BBQ dinner and boat tour for $75. All drinks and food at the BAMG and on the boat are included in the ticket.
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The International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance was developed: to broaden, build and maintain a visible program which fosters community support, provides for professional development, and enriches the overall mobile development community – through funding for programs and initiatives that foster innovation, creativity and education.