Presented chronologically, not by rank.
- Picnicing over the Seine on the the Pont des Arts bridge with all the other Parisians at sundown.
- Walking over the Charles Bridge into a medieval town (Prague).
- Purposely getting lost in the side streets of Venice and enjoying the quiet while a gondola floats by.
- Watching fresh oranges drop, drinking mint tea, and listening to the waves crash in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia.
- Walking along the mideviel castle walls the encircle a sleepy modern town in Conwy, Wales.
- Driving through the impossibly green hills of Ireland’s west coast and listening to music in dive bars in Dingle.
- Soaking in the modern baths for hours in Bath, England and exploring the Roman ruins next door.
- Journaling in the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Perú amid the hustle, yet still finding solace.
- Arriving in the first bus load of tourists to Macchu Picchu to get the perfect shot. Later hiking Wanu Picchu in the rain and waiting an hour at the summit to glimpse the ruins through the clouds.
- Finding a quiet corner in Recoletta Cemetery, Buenos Aires and drawing and/or taking photos of the ornate mausoleums and statues.
- Seeing delighted children’s faces from getting access to the new computer lab we’d just installed in Oaxaca, Mexico.
- Taking the overnight train to Kiruna, hiking up the ski slope, and glimpsing the Northern Lights (Sweden).
- Snow falling on Red Square as the bells chime and the sun dips behind St. Basil’s Cathedral (Moscow).
- Biking through the streets of Amsterdam and visiting FOAM, the photography museum, and the Anne Frank House.
- Safaring through Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania and seeing lazy lions, majestic elephants, and countless other animals.
- Visiting the slave markets of Zanzibar and later eating a fancy meal overlooking the city at sundown.
- Biking around Berlin, seeing the sun rise at 3:30 am while out clubbing, and visiting the Berlin Wall.
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A few weeks ago, I gave the opening keynote for DroidCon Berlin!
Continue reading Keynote at DroidCon Berlin!
It’s that time of year to reflect on the past and look toward the future. A lot of great stuff happened this year:
Continue reading 2015: Solar, Safaris, and Sketchnotes
I’m giving an Android Kata workshop at DroidCon London today!
If you enjoyed this workshop, make sure to get a video copy. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, check out my Android Activity Book which leads you through building a calculator with TDD.
If you want to learn more about me and/or my approach to testing, check out my appearance on the Fragmented podcast and/or Android Dialogs!
Fragmented is an Android developer podcast where Donn Felker and Kaushik Gopal cover a variety of Android and software development topics.
I had a great time chatting with them! We covered testing, katas, travel, and much more.
The recording process was so much fun that I recorded the Kata video course later that weekend.
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Last week I attended the Global GDG Summit and Google I/O in San Francisco.
It’s great to see the top Android developers in the world — all in one place! It felt like everyone I’ve ever met at past international and domestic conferences was there.
I captured everything in sketchnotes. Here’s a taste, but you can download the whole set here.
Continue reading Google I/O 2015
Last week, just before Google I/O, I attended the Global Google Developer Group Organizer’s Summit in San Jose.
The summit was up to 500 organizers this year, so we took over the Computer History Museum.
We discuss relevant topics to organizing as well as upcoming Google announcements. The best part, however, is interacting with organizers from all around the world!
I captured the activities from day one on video (using Google Glass), check it out to see different phases of the process.
Continue reading Sketchnoting the Global GDG Summit
I’ve been sketchnoting up a storm and created a series of sketches about public speaking.
Continue reading How to Prepare a Conference Talk
I spoke on an authorship panel this weekend at <write/speak/code>.
This is one of my favorite conferences because it focuses on action and building each other up. Read on to see what we learned.
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In 2013, I learned I could take a break. In 2014, I learned to set my own course.
I led a team of Android developers, started a consulting business, ventured into startup land, joined the board of a non-profit (we opened computer labs in Mexico and Morocco), expanded the Google Developer Group (GDG), and started hosting on AirBnB.
I taught a 3-week class in Gainesville. I created training workbooks. I took the 30×500 class. I’m writing a book.
I was free to spend most of June abroad and saw the northern lights in October. I spoke in Stockholm and Amsterdam. I attended Droid NYC, Google I/O, and two GDG conferences. I mentored at LadyHacks and inspired others to speak at conferences.
Excited to see this foundation grow in 2015.