The Sprint Developer Program Hackathon is coming up on October 23 and 24 in San Jose, and we are working with a ton of great partners and sponsors that are putting up some awesome prizes for the hackers. One such company is Samsung, and Michael Ludden from Samsung Developers is here to tell us more about their S Pen SDK, which they'll be supporting at the hackathon.
1. Hello! Please introduce yourself and your company.
I'm Michael Ludden, the Marketing Manager for Samsung Developers. Samsung Developers exists to engage with the developer community by providing the tools and support necessary to help app developers be successful, including hosting and sponsoring developer events, online tools, device loaner program, contests and meetups. In addition to being a longstanding leader in the Android community, speaking on panels and judging contests, I've spoken at various conferences including Mobile World Conference, IFA, DroidCon and more. In a previous life, I was a Developer Evangelist at HTC, and was involved at various times in development, product marketing, and even tech show hosting. I have a degree from UCLA and am thrilled to share my vision for Samsung Developers.
2. Samsung will be awarding prizes for the best apps using the S Pen SDK at the upcoming Sprint Developer Program Hackathon. Tell us a little bit about the SDK and what you’re looking for from apps in this category.
The S Pen SDK allows developers to take advantage of the unique capabilities of our advanced S Pen included in the Galaxy Note II.
Some ideas include: hovering over a menu to give you details on that menu without having to touch the screen or long press. Using the pressure sensitivity to call our paint canvas in an app and allow you to draw lines of varying width in note format. Using the button on the Pen to do grab-n-drop functions in a simple app.
We are asking that developers take a look at the easy-to-implement and robust SDK, and deliver a cool idea as either an add on to an existing app, or as a part of a new hack for this contest.
3. What should developers do to prepare for your category at the hackathon? Are there SDKs they should download, places they need to register or documentation to take a look at?
S Pen SDK: download at developer.samsung.com
I recommend checking out the new Hover functionality that is included.
4. What’s your advice for developers in a hackathon, both to win your category and in general?
Don’t be afraid to check out the S Pen SDK – it is very easy to use, very robust, and will offer you cool options to make your app creative without causing fragmentation or wasting a lot of time.