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Recap of Android Summit 2017

I recently attended and spoke at Android Summit, an Android conference organized by the folks at Capital One. Special shoutout to Jared A Sheehan, Michael Jones and the entire organizing committee for running a fabulous event which raised $6000 for Women who Code.

All speakers received a Phillips Hue Starter Kit as a speaker gift which I've used to toggle and dim my living room lights via Amazon Echo. So much fun!

I had a prior commitment and could only attend Day 1 but here are my highlights.

Process & WorkflowA common theme on Day 1 was process and workflow talks which tied in beautifully with Kelly Shuster's keynote.

Kelly is an excellent story teller. In her keynote, she connected a story of communication from her theatre background to how developers, designers and testers need to work together to reduce boiler plate conversations when designing and developing apps. I gave a similar talk earlier this year at Chicago Roboto with my co-worker and designer Jess Moon about…

Google I/O 2017 Recap: Things I learned

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Google I/O 2017 was a lot of fun and informative. I wish I had Hermione's Time-Turner as there were many talks to attend and many amazing people to meet.
Here are some things I learned at I/O: AI & Machine Learning This year, I/O was all about AI on every Google product. A product mentioned at the Keynote was Google Lens which enables your smartphone to take pictures of an image like a flower and identify it. That's pretty helpful for a hobbyist gardener like me. 
I also happened to drop by their Android Experiments sandbox and play the AI powered Quick Draw with fellow I/O attendees.
Google Assistant  Google's voice assistant is available on many devices now - not just on your Google Home & Pixel phones but on Android TV as well as iPhone. It's also available on more languages and has an Assistant SDK.You can build an app fairly quickly with Actions on Google and there is a challenge at g.co/ActionsChallenge. You could possible win a trip to I/O 2018 if you e…