Crashlytics Takes Center Stage at AnDevCon

As we wrap up the Veteran’s day parades and tuck away our flags, Android developers around the world have been eagerly anticipating this week. 6 months after launching Crashlytics for Android, we’re making a big splash at one of the the most talked about conferences in the Android developer community: AnDevCon.

Supporting developers means more than just merely being a conference attendee, which is why we’ve decided to immerse ourselves fully by sharing our deep knowledge of Android development. Not only is our co-founder Jeff Seibert keynoting at the event, but joining him we have not one but TWO of our Android engineers sharing their hand-crafted strategies and development secrets!

Keynote: Developing at Twitter Scale

After keynoting at the last AnDevCon in May, Jeff is taking center stage again addressing the audience on how Twitter builds its own apps, the biggest challenges in app development today, and how we solved them at scale.

Key takeaways attendees can look forward to:

  • How to structure your development process for maximum efficiency
  • Automated testing and continuous integration
  • Tips and tricks for optimizing and debugging your Android apps

When: Thursday, 10am PST

The War on Errors

Ever wanted to know why apps really crash? Our very own Android engineer Marc Richards is going to divulge all the nitty gritty details that many are scared to talk about!

Marc has been spearheading Crashlytics for Android since our humble beginnings. In his class “Crashes: The War on Errors”, he will take a deep dive into why Android apps crash, how crashes affect your users, and what your best solutions are. Besides sharing technical details on crash prevention, he will explain the psychology of crashes and offer an economic framework for determining your highest-priority bugs.

When: Wednesday, 10am PST

Fireside Chat with Twitter University

Even with a keynote and a workshop, we knew there had to be another way for us to connect with the developers at this conference. So we took it one step further. Marc and Lien Mamitsuka, another one of our Android Engineers instrumental to the success of Twitter’s Android app, will join an informal Q&A session at 7:30pm PST.

Hosted by Twitter University’s Marko and Sasa Gargenta, the session will feature the best strategies to develop apps quickly, grow your mobile team, and improve your app’s stability. This will be a rare opportunity for Android developers to learn how Twitter and Crashlytics work under the hood and get all the answers to their technical questions!

Will you be at AnDevCon? Jeff, Marc and Lien would love to meet you, so keep an eye out for us. Don’t be afraid, we don’t bite ;)

If you didn’t make it to AnDevCon this time, no worries! Follow us @Crashlytics or hashtag #AnDevCon to stay up-to-date on our talks.


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Crashlytics WWDC Kick off Party Photos

We love celebrating with developers! What better way to do this than to throw an even bigger party than last year’s WWDC bash?

Previous Events

Last year, we hosted our first WWDC party at the W San Francisco:

Crashlytics WWDC Kick off 2012

Earlier this year, we threw a boozy brunch party during SXSW at the Arthouse:

Crashlytics SXSW Boozy Brunch 2013

Crashlytics WWDC Kick-off Party 2013

We’re always looking for the next hot spot  – this time, we chose Chambers Eat & Drink:

Crashlytics WWDC Kick off Party 2013

This party had to top them all.

The Entrance

Security guards? Check. Red carpet? Check. Spotlights? Check. Professional photographer? Of course.

Crashlytics WWDC Kick off Party 2013

Designing the Space

Once the venue was booked, we decked it out Crashlytics’ style. We added red lighting, tabletop decor, custom pillows — the whole nine yards. Knowing we’d have a packed house, we also sprinkled tables with flat screens throughout the space that doubled as stations to demo apps.

Crashlytics WWDC Kick off Party 2013

We felt like we were still missing something BIG, so we surrounded the pool with a 70-foot long panoramic screen and splashed it with three rotating designs. Adding to the ambiance, we projected the Crashlytics logo onto the side of a neighboring building.

Crashlytics WWDC Kick off Party 2013

The Endless Bars

Last year, the endless bar was a big hit, so this year we had three — making it easy for everyone to get drinks and have a great time.

Crashlytics WWDC Kick off 2013

We created a few custom cocktails — the UICocktail, the NSAssert and the #WWDC Sangria. Guests were greeted at the door with the cocktails and servers continued to pass around drinks all night long.

Crashlytics WWDC Kick off Party 2013

Along with the delicious cocktails, tasty warm donuts from our donut vendor were served all night. Our servers also brought the donuts outside to our eager guests waiting outside.

Crashlytics WWDC Kick off Party 2013

The Music

The beautiful and extremely talented DJ Liz Ladoux created an awesome vibe at our party last year. Since everyone loved her, we had to have her again.

Crashlytics WWDC Kick off Party 2013

The Aftermath

The party was promoted on wwdc.crashlytics.com and received thousands of RSVPs right away. Before the event even started, the line grew around the corner. Maybe we should have chosen a larger space…

We had such a great time meeting our customers and the passionate iOS community at WWDC, and were thrilled to talk with many top developers from Zynga, Nickelodeon, OpenTable, Blackboard and more.

Here’s to next year!

In their words

Check out the rest of the party photos here.


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WWDC Party by Crashlytics

After our blow out bash last year, we decided to do it again! Tons of Crashlytics users will be there, including many of the top mobile app developers. The party will be at Chambers Eat + Drink, where we’ve reserved the pool patio as well as the indoor area for the night. Come and have drinks at any of our three endless bars — on us. Learn more about our infamous WWDC party

Demand is high so make sure you reserve your spot ASAP!

  • When: June 10th from 8pm – 11pm
  • Where: Chambers Eat + Drink
  • How: RSVP here 

 


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Crashlytics @ SXSW 2013

We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting our very first SXSW event! RSVPs are rolling in from many of the top mobile developers and we hope to see you there as well!

The brunch will be held at #FEED at the Austin Museum of Art — located at the center of all the SXSW festivities. Demand is high — reserve your spot now. Learn more about it here.

  • When: Sunday, March 10th from 12-2pm
  • Where: #FEED at AMOA (700 Congress Ave, Austin, TX)
  • Cocktails and brunch: On us
  • Want to crash it? RSVP here 

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Crashlytics Twitter Acquisition

What an incredible journey this past year has been — today, we’re excited to announce: we’re merging with Twitter to take our platform to an entirely new level!

Our Product

We started Crashlytics a little over a year ago to address a huge hole in mobile app development. With hundreds of millions of devices in use around the world, it was impossible for developers to fully test every edge-case and catch every bug before release. Even worse, when problems did crop up, it was often difficult and complicated to find the root cause. App developers were stuck with little insight into what happened and forced to rely on vague end-user feedback to diagnose problems.

We built Crashlytics to deliver the world’s most powerful and lightest-weight crash reporting solution. With us, developers gain instant visibility into the precise line of code that caused a crash, enabling them to more easily fix issues. Since our iOS launch, we’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of incredible app developers, from those building independent passion-projects to many of the top iOS apps available today – Twitter, Vine, Yelp, Kayak, TaskRabbit, and Waze, to name just a few.

What’s Next

With today’s announcement, much will remain the same. Development of Crashlytics will continue unabated and we remain dedicated to working with all of our customers – current and new, big and small – to deliver the key app performance insights they need.

Going forward, we’re thrilled to work with the incredible team at Twitter. We share a passion for innovating on mobile and building world-class applications. Joining forces will accelerate our build-out, allowing us to leverage Twitter’s infrastructure to deliver new features faster than ever.

On a more personal note, it’s an honor to work with the entire Crashlytics team – the best group we’ve ever been a part of – and we couldn’t be more excited to continue doing so.

Join us on our mission and try Crashlytics in your app if you haven’t yet!

Onwards,

Jeff SeibertWayne Chang
 

Highlights from the Twitterverse:


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TL;DR – View our WWDC Party 2012 Photos. Read below to see how it came together!

Apple’s WWDC is one of the few events that draws in developers from all over the world, including many of our customers. We care deeply about our developers and wanted to celebrate with them, especially since we were going to be there attending the conference as well. It was Crashlytics’ first event and opportunity to meet people in the ecosystem. It had to be amazing.

The Venue

At first, we evaluated the terrace at the St. Regis. The space was great, but then we saw the W Hotel. While not inexpensive by any means, we felt the W Hotel brand better represented our own at Crashlytics. Knowing this venue would contribute to a great experience, we booked it.

Designing the Space

With the venue booked, we had to decide on what the space would look like. How do we optimize the flow for people getting drinks? Should there be lounge seats? Should there be barstools? Where would the DJ go?

We thought a bit about this and arrived at the layout below.

With  a circular bar in the center, manned by three bartenders, we wanted to guarantee attendees spent less time waiting for drinks and more time in conversations.

We also wanted to have tables for people that want to sit (those are the ones on the red carpet). For the people that wanted to stand, we provided six small lighted tables (those are the ones surrounding the bar).

For more ambiance, we set up three cabanas, complete with sofas and love seats.

We also had 14-foot tall red flags made (it’s true) and a red spotlight between the two flags, through a custom made Crashlytics light filter.

Finally, we thought it would be awesome if people had something to look at when they were ordering a drink or sitting down, so we got three tables with flat screens built into them (the circular bar also had two flat screens built into it as well). These doubled as demo stations – cords were available to plug into phones to demo apps!

The Endless Bar

At first, we were thinking about drink tickets. We even set up an easter egg on WWDC.net (hint: view source), where if you found one of our guys, you would get a drink.

However, we always loved going to places where the drinks were free. We wanted this to be an amazing experience so in the end we decided to cover drinks, all night, for everyone.

We also came up with a few signature cocktails that seemed fitting – the Keynote, the Jailbreak, and the NSCocktail. We had servers that had all three drinks coming around on platters all night, in case the bar was full. This also helped keep the bar from getting swarmed.

Aftermath

After we promoted the party (we made a site on WWDC.net), we received over 1300 RSVPs to join the party. The venue only held 300 people, so we quickly purchased drink tickets so that people who had to wait in line had the option of going to the W Bar downstairs and have a drink on us.

I could write a lot more, but a picture says a thousand words. We brought in a professional photographer and took many. Check out the event photos here.

 


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