A short blog publication about quarantine with coronavirus COVID-19 and how we can spend the free time we have to improve our privacy protection or to learn new things.
Let's talk about the first DevFest of Brittany, the French DevFest the closest from Mountain View!
I wrote about the team, the call for papers, the tools we used, the sponsoring or decoration we made.
I approach also the subject of the "breizh touch".
With the DevFest du Bout du Monde (2019 edition), we had to build our own decoration thanks to FabLab of Lannion.
Return of experience about our skylines, trenders and 3D letters we designed, built and painted.
Privacy matters. Keep using its "old" smartphone matters: it is still efficient and does not need to be changed.
I am using LineageOS for several years, and I explain here how to flash its Android-powered device with LineageOS ROM, a custom recovery and very few Google apps.
I was in Brittany from 2012 to 2019, and I enjoyed having a good and dynamic Google Developers Group in Lannion. I contributed to this group all these years, and wanted to talk about how we scheduled meetups, the communication, and our big projects.
I was excited to see how Facebook would have disrupted cryptocurrencies with the Libra project. I felt disappointed when the project has been announced. It was not has disrupting as I expected with the consortium-based blockchains and the structure of the registrar itself.
As a developer from my point of view we have to make technical watch, to discover and learn things and guard.
Tools to use, news sources, and why it's important to mee are explained.
With DevFest, DEVOXX, meetups or big technical conferences, we have to deal with call for papers. As organizers, it is complicated to deal with proposals. We want to set up a cool event but have worries about the schedules. I explain the issues here.
Startup weekends are cool events where we can learn a lot from others and also ourselves.
Start a project, work on business plan and model, looking for new ideas and meet people who are not technical at all...
I wanted to write a return of experience about that.
During my leasure time I found a strange robot, Tapster. I wanted to play with it, and worked on companion apps and other software layers to enrich it. Drive the robot remotely, talking to it to make it draw things... it was gorgeous!
Privacy matters. We should protect our personal data and be careful with uses of digital tool.
Web browsing, network, currencies, tracking, app stores, messaging, OS, groups... I explain that.
About GAFAM, french government and FLOSS tools. I'm a bit upset.
Study and return of experience about Coinhive, the cryptocurrency we can mine through web browsers.
Features like captcha and PoW, benchmarks with several devices... explained!
About web, net neutrality, censhorship, DRM... yes, I am very upset.
I will attend to BreizhCamp and Devoxx France to talk about i18n of softwares with a focus on Android and iOS apps.
I was also at the first edition of DevFest Strasbourg in 2019 with a keynote about Kotlin/Native to talk about Kotlin, native compilation and integration of Kotlin code in iOS app.
A DevFest has been made in Brest! Two Google Developers Groups, FinistDevs and Code d'Armor worked on the 1st DevFest convention in Brittany! 4 tracks with more than 30 keynotes and workshops about Android, IoT, M2M, communication, UX, security, web or also communication. Around 350 attended to this event, with more than 20 companies and several associations. More details on the website and the press folder ;-)
Code d'Armor is an organization created with the aim of gathering developers in the Trégor for network and help purposes. The group makes meetups about new technologies and tools, and is also a Google Developer Group. I contribute to this organization since 2013 (lead and communication). I have also made keynotes about ÐApps on Ethereum in 2018, blockchains in 2017, software testing in 2016 and WebRTC in 2014.
Contributed with Code d'Armor and other associations to set up the 2018 edition of Libre en Fête en Trégor. This event had the aim of making people discover free and open-source worlds, and also other subjects like DIY, open data and privacy. Tools, softwares, objects, keynotes, games, and workshops were here so as to make people be concerned and handle these themes. Audience was between 700 and 800 people. Made a keynote about cryptocurrencies and blockchains.
Privacy is an important and hot topic, and citizens may need to discover and learn best practices and tools to secure their uses of the digital world and be more protected. That is the reason why a Café Vie Privée has been made at Lannion with keynotes and partners (press folder). A keynote has been created about cryptocurrencies and privacy.
After having participated to 3 Startup Weekends, I decided to be a member of the organization team for the 2017 edition of Startup Weekend Saint Brieuc. I set up with them the event, and managed the teams of participants during this 54-hours-long-week-end.
The Orange Group makes possible to power workshops for youngsters and inpatent children. The aim is to make them discover programmation with fun using Scratch, Scratch Junior, mBots, Thymio robots and OoRoBoTs. I am a coach for #SuperCodeurs.
With the FabLab of Lannion and Anticipa, I created in 2017 with Code d'Armor a meetup about robotics with open-source and open-hardware components. Invited people introduced their projects with the aim of talking to people, making them discover how it works or searching contributors. Around 40 people attended to the meetup. A keynote has also been made so as to introduce the Tapster robot.
For its "Journée Portes Ouvertes 2016", ENSSAT invited me to make a keynote about the work of developer with its neat sides and its issues. The keynote has been made for youngsters, students and people interested by this job or just curious.
Startup Weekends are very cool and fun events where people coming from everywhere can work in teams about ideas of start-ups. The project I worked on has been awarded as the "Coup de Coeur du Jury" for the Startup Weekend 2016 of Saint-Brieuc. "Move it!" was a project which wanted to help egonomics to better record, analyze and improve moves with connected clothes.
The "Fête de la Science" is a huge event in France during several days where cities can set up workshops and events for people about science. The schools are invited to the meetups, adults and children can experiment science themselves. I have been contacted in 2016 to make a keynote about programming and code for kids. I had a workshop with Code d'Armor dedicated to children to make them code with Scratch, Greenfoot and Makey-Makey.
The Fest4Game is a festival about games (e.g. video games, role play, trading cards, other games). During a week-end people come to play together without rest. Some indie game studios show their future products, and visitors can test new sensors and devices. That is the reason why I made in 2015 a keynote for them about the leap motion and its integration with Unity.
To my mind developers should go to hackathons because of their ambiance, the huge stock of coffee and the fact that plenty of people have come to work on prooves of concept about a tricky subject. In 2015 a students team of ENSSAT have started their first hackathon, a very great and well managed one. With Code d'Armor, I contribute to this event as a "developer mentor" to help the participants.
Sometimes adults and children need to train their muscles before getting an arm prothesis or to recover plain control of their injuried limbs. Existing training solutions are expensive or not fun at all. Baah Box is a project where a DIY box is connected to sensors or joysticks, used by patients, and is appeared to mobile apps. They provide games and bring fun during those hard moments of training. Worked on Android and iOS apps and tools (for configuration as code, legal notices in Swift and Gradle, headers of sources in Swift).
Created a cache-like system based on a spreadsheet and scripts to avoid to make always the same searches, and share content with my colleagues. It provides clients (Shell script and Progressive Web App) to list and find faster interesting references, tools, devices and specifications. Project hosted on GitHub.
Worked on a robot created for automation and mobile apps testing purposes. It may be included in DevOps processes so as to improve quality of softwares and tests. Bug fixes were brought, and software clients (Android, assistant, Python, Robot Framework, web app) have been implemented to use the robot.
Android app for rooted devices allowing the user to define points to click on its screen so as to automate tasks or to cheat on games. The app has reached an audience between 50,000 and 100,000 downloads, and is hosted on the store. The sources are available on GitHub.
We might need to record tests run on smartphones. However the USB port or the remote access are not available and we may be interested in being non intrusive. This project is free, open source and open hardware and provides a solution based on 3D-printable mount and Python product to record and photograph the target smartphone.