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PhoneGap vs. Titanium: What Is the Best Tool to Build an HTML5 Mobile App?

May 31, 2012

he Mobile Software Development SIG Presents…


Phonegap vs Titanium from CommNexus on Vimeo.

Join us for demos and discussions of advantages and disadvantages of the two best tools for building HTML5 apps: PhoneGap and Titanium.

PhoneGap is an HTML5 app platform that allows you to author native applications with web technologies and get access to APIs and app stores. PhoneGap leverages web stacks developers already know best; HTML, CSS and JavaScript. This free open source framework gives you the option to make your applications cross platform on multiple mobile devices.

Appcelerator’s Titanium is the leading mobile platform of choice for thousands of companies seizing the mobile opportunity. With more than 40,000 applications deployed on 50 million devices, Appcelerator’s award-winning Titanium Platform leverages over 5,000 mobile device and operating system APIs to create native iOS, Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps. Customers who standardize on the Titanium Platform get to market 70% faster and can quickly optimize business results with analytics-driven insights into user behavior and app performance.

Two technical experts from local mobile startups TapHunter and HealthE Hype will walk us through the tools with hands-on live demos.

Jeff “Flash” Gordon
Founder/CTO, TapHunte
Jeff “Flash” Gordon is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Tap Hunter and is responsible for the overall design and functionality of Previously, he was the Director of Technology at Z57 for more than 12 years, where he led the development, managed the saleable infrastructure and oversaw a platform that supports more than 30,000 websites. As a key contributor to the growth of one of San Diego’s fastest-growing, privately-held companies at $18 million a year, his business sense and technology chops are now put to good use by his wife and business partner at Tap Hunter, Melani. When Jeff isn’t in front of the computer, he can be found drinking craft beer at one of San Diego’s noted beer bars or cheering on the Padres from Petco Park.  In addition to supporting a number of charitable causes including Susan G. Komen and Room to Read’s ‘Beers for Books’ committee, Flash is active on the organizing team for San Diego Beer Week and is also a member of the San Diego Brewers Guild.

Owen Biddle
Co-Founder & CTO, HealthE Hype

HealthE Hype creates Smart Apps that gamify, socialize, and financially incentivize you to be HealthE.Prior to HealthE Hype Owen spent 3 yrs creating as CEO/CTO. Before that he spent 7 years working with startups and venture capital in Seattle. Owen specializes in front end web development, information architecture, programming implementation, htlm5, phonegap, iOS & Android porting, photoshop, and illustrator.  After a successful college football career at the University of Washington, including winning the oldest and most prestigious “Guy Flaherty” Most Inspirational Award, Owen now brings his leadership and winning attitude to HealthE Hype.

Vincenzo Belpiede
Senior Manager, Smart Devices Global Portfolio Planning, Nokia

Vincenzo joined Nokia’s Corporate Strategy team in June 2007 in the headquarters in Espoo, Finland. Soon after was selected as the youngest participant in a device product management leadership program through which he relocated every 6 months around the world: started in Ulm, Germany on s40 fashion devices, then in Beijing on the first TD-SCDMA device for China Mobile, after a brief stint in Oulu, Finland finally landed in San Diego, California. From 2009 to 2011 Vincenzo worked in the Nokia AT&T team in the extremely dynamic US market, switching to a role focused on services, apps and software with search and maps as key focus areas . Since mid 2011 Vincenzo started a new role as senior manager in the global smartphone planning team working closely with Microsoft on defining the roadmap and future experiences of the Nokia Windows Phones.

Jake Fields
Creative Director, Treeline Interactive

With over 15 years of experience ranging from action-sports to medical industries, Jake helps businesses fuse user experience, emerging technology and business strategy. Currently Jake teaches at SDSU, serves on the San Diego Ad Club Board of Directors and President of Treeline Interactive, based locally in Mission Beach. Jake and his team at Treeline took home seven Addy awards in 2012 alone, leading the way as the top San Diego mobile app development agency. With a current focus in location service layers, device integration and cloud collaboration, Jake and his team at Treeline are redefining what San Diego is known for.

Alex Shah, Chief Architect, TeamSOA, Inc. & CTO, CommerceTel Inc.
Vincenzo Belpiede, Solutions Manager, Nokia
Deepak Kundra, Principal Staff Software Engineer, Motorola
Jake Fields, Creative Director, Treeline Interactive
Devang Thakkar, Principal Consultant, DCM Consulting
Paul Johnson, Partner, Procopio

May 31st, 2012

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends

6450 Sequence Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

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