Interview with the Android developer: Stefan Hoth

Our ticket partner Eventbrite recently met Stefan Hoth who is a member of the program committee of droidcon Berlin. They wanted to take a glance at the conference and find out how sessions are selected and if the future of Android looks bright.

Stefan works as an Android Software Craftsman at Novoda in Berlin. He helps creating community events like Google Developer Group Berlin, Berlin Hack and Tell or the DevFest Berlin. Just the right person to talk with Eventbrite about our Berlin based developer conference.


Eventbrite: What is droidcon Berlin? Who will be there and what can you learn?
Stefan: The global Android community gathers once a year at droidcon Berlin. The event started as a meeting of a few enthusiasts and has grown into a conference with many parallel tracks and a multi-faceted selection of specialized topics targeting an audience of enthusiasts and professionals. Despite the growth of the event, the vibe has always stayed the same: You can still meet liked-minded people and familiar faces as well as the big names.

Why Android?
It all started with an idea: an open system for a connected future, based on Java, a widespread programming language with many tools. Since then, Android has turned into a platform powering billions of devices and now also enabling new operating systems like Android wear and Brillo.

How does selection process for the conference run?
We begin with an open Call for Papers. This year’s response with 172 submissions for talks and workshops was particularly impressive. Based on these submissions, the conference program is then put together by a program committee of independent experts. For the last two years, the program committee has reviewed all submissions anonymously in the first round to avoid any kind of bias and to focus purely on content and quality.

The best-rated sessions are grouped by subject and further discussed in the next round. Similar topics have to be weighed against each other with the best proposal selected in the end. Our intention is to choose a good variety of topics covering up-to-date, practice-oriented, and creative issues.

What are the most important themes for 2016? What is the future of Android?
In recent years Android has been discovered by the industry as a lightweight but powerful base for connected systems. But only in the last months more and more Android based consumer products have appeared on the market: refrigerators, automotive systems, vending machines, toys, and furniture – all benefiting from the easy integration of sensors and networking connectivity. The triumph of Android in this area brings completely new challenges for developer teams, such as screenless devices, new sensors, new applications, update cycles and many more. An exciting new world!

What are your expectations for this year‘s conference?
I look forward to meeting many friends involved in the Android community and swap ideas. The submitted papers this year also promise some high-quality talks and workshops so I will be spoiled for choice.

What makes droidcon Berlin special?
Despite the large size of the conference you can still manage to meet everybody. I also think it’s great that the Android community is involved in the selection process of both the conference program and the supporting program—this makes the droidcon feels a lot more “personal” than many other conferences.

Not least because of it’s independence from Google you can find solutions aside the mainstream and hear some critical voices – droidcon Berlin is simply a reflection of the real world of Android developers.

Find the complete Interview here.

Photo: CC BY-SA 2.0 by Gregor Fischer