16 Oct 2018
This month we have Londroid at Microsoft, where we get together for a couple of talks, food and drink, and a chance to network and socialize with fellow engineers.
IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION: You will need to register on Eventbrite to gain entrance to this FREE event. Registration will open on the 4 October at 10 am & the link will be found HERE:
Tweet us @Londroid on the night and you will go into a raffle draw to win an Android Things kit.
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📝Evening schedule 📝
6:00 Open for arrival
6:50 Welcome to Londroid
7:00 Talk one
7:40 Talk two
9:30 Event close
Talk one: Mobile Performance: Getting the Most from your Mobile App
Mobile apps and websites are now the predominant ways that users interact with brands. Research has shown that slow sites and apps lose customer engagement. Despite this, most mobile sites and apps have performance issues that can be easily resolved once diagnosed.
In this talk, I will walk through steps to diagnose network performance bottlenecks in mobile services. We’ll discuss real world examples, and how they were resolved. Attendees will leave this talk armed with the tools to test, diagnose and resolve the top network performance issues that affect mobile today.
Speaker: Doug Sillars
Doug is is a freelance mobile performance expert, having helped thousands of developers speed up their mobile apps and websites. A Google Developer Expert and the author of O’Reilly’s “High Performance Android Apps,” Doug has spoken at developer conferences in the US and Europe, and blogs regularly at dougsillars.com. He is currently working as a freelance digital nomad, traveling with his family in Europe.
Talk two: UX Research talk
“SwiftKey has over 300 languages available and we’re always adding more. As well as adding new languages, we also invest in evolving our existing language prediction technology to improve user experience.
We have invested in the development of tools that allow us to measure the accuracy of our language model technology and critically, what impact that evolution has had on user retention. We often see cases where we have made a measurable improvement to prediction quality that has not impacted user retention.
This talk focuses on a methodology adopted by a user researcher at SwiftKey to help uncover why this might be the case. The methodology evolved over time into a two-phase approach: A quantitative phase – to collect attitudinal data from a large sample of users in the wild, followed by qualitative interviews where users’ typing experience was observed, evaluated and discussed with them in the lab.
The methodology shows how user research can unlock additional insights from attitudinal data that can’t be collected using telemetry alone.”
Speaker: Simon Doolin
I have been working as a UX Researcher at SwiftKey, now Microsoft, for over 4 years. My research has touched upon every stage of the product development lifecycle from gathering users requirements, testing early ideas, product development and in-market feature optimisation. Before working at SwiftKey, I completed a PhD and postdoc in Usability Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, where I developed and investigated speech driven interfaces for older adults.
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