Christopher is a semi-professional nerd, based in Hobart, Australia, doing freelance Android app development for clients throughout the world. Since he likes it when developers share their experiences, he has organised developer-focused miniconfs at Linux.conf.au since 2010, and is co-organiser of PyCon Australia, taking their 2012 and 2013 conferences to Hobart.
When not coding, Christopher can be found taking long, artificially-lit walks down fake beaches, arguing the benefits of Python to anyone who won’t listen, and watching other people drinking beer. He enjoys presenting on Mobile development at Open Source conferences, and presenting on Open Source development at Mobile conferences.
Paris is co-founder of Secret Lab Pty. Ltd., leading production and design efforts in the mobile game and app development space. A frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and training sessions, Paris enjoys discussing engineering, product development, design and other facets of the mobile and game development worlds. Recent conferences include Apple Australia’s /dev/world/2011 in Melbourne (and 2008, 2009 and 2010), a keynote at CreateWorld Brisbane 2010 (and a speaker in 2009 and 2011), IxDA’s Interaction 11 in Boulder (March 2011), XMediaLab Location-Based Services in Malmo, Sweden (January 2011), a tutorial and a session at OSCON 2011 and many others.
Paris founded and led ithinkitworks P/L from 2001 to 2008, spearheading product development and design efforts on a variety of platforms including desktop Linux, Windows, Mac OS, Palm OS, Windows Mobile/Pocket PC and others.
Paris is also a highly experienced software developer, product and project manager. Key experiences include Objective-C/Cocoa on the Macintosh and iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad platforms, Java on Blackberry and Google Android and C# on Windows Mobile. Open GL ES and Unity are also favourites.
Paris recently spent 2 years leading Meebo Inc.‘s mobile strategy; Meebo is one of the world’s fastest growing consumer internet companies and is based in Mountain View, CA. Paris is currently working on his next book, this time with O’Reilly (Learning Cocoa with Objective-C Third Edition), whilst working towards the completion of his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction.
Jon Manning is the co-founder of Secret Lab, an independent game development studio based in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He’s worked on apps of all sorts, ranging from iPad games for children to instant messaging clients.
He’s a mobile development guru, and frequently finds himself gesticulating wildly in front of classes full of eager-to-learn developers. He’s written lots of books for O’Reilly Media (and previously Wiley), and recently released ‘Swift Development with Cocoa’. He’s currently working on books on Android design, game development with Unity, and the Apple Watch.
Jon can be found on Twitter as @desplesda.
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