Corona wins 'Best Demo' at MobiCASE 2010!

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This past week, we presented our Physics in 5 Lines demo at the MobiCASE conference in Silicon Valley. To our most pleasant surprise, Corona was named ‘Best Demo’ at the conference for its contribution to the field of mobile development! Thanks to the MobiCASE organizers for the honor, and thanks to you — our users — for putting our “5 Lines” demo to everyday use in your creations!


Meetup: Carlos talks Corona in Santa Clara

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Last night in Santa Clara, our CEO (Chief Evangelist Officer) Carlos Icaza was at another Meetup about third-party mobile toolkits. Carlos and the other guests — team members from other SDK startups — discussed the importance of maintaining cross-platform compatibility and maximizing your efficiency when developing apps. Carlos’ talk was the shortest of the night (those Corona demos are just too quick and simple!), which allowed more time for audience members to grill him first-hand about Corona. Developers in attendance could not believe the classic Physics in 5 Lines demo, or the Legend of Doodle Dash. The prospect of creating top-caliber games in a matter of days really turned a lot of people onto Corona. The highlight of the night? All the familiar faces in


Ansca at HealthCamp, alongside HHS and Kaiser Permanente

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This past week, Ansca Mobile sponsored the HealthCamp SF Bay 2010 conference, where participants brainstormed how new media technologies can apply to the healthcare sector. HealthCamp SF Bay came right on the heels of Health 2.0 Developer Hack-a-thon earlier in the week, where our co-founder Walter Luh spoke to attendees about the mobile platform’s potential to solve major problems in the nation’s healthcare system.  At HealthCamp, Walter again addressed a sold out crowd (including representatives from the Dept. of Health and Human Services and Kaiser Permanente) on how mobile apps and technology can be applied to better the current healthcare infrastructure.  Walter touched upon specific functions like record keeping, information sharing, and patient education — all areas of healthcare which could be made easier and much more efficient through


Money for mobile developers to solve healthcare problems

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This past Saturday, the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge Code-a-thon came to the Bay Area. Hundreds of developers, designers, doctors, and high-level government employees converged on Google HQ to discuss and create health-related apps. Our CEO and co-Founder Walter Luh also was on hand, and spoke to the crowd about the power of the mobile platform. Walter spoke after Google’s Roni Zeiger and before Sean Duffy and Zhen Zeng of IDEO. The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge is an initiative launched in conjunction with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to encourage innovation using newly-opened government data sets. (the same data sets utilized by our own Pillbox app) With that, we have a couple great points to report back to you: Developers who solve any one of the defined


Corona demoed on Samsung Galaxy Tab at SF Android Meetup

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This week, Eric presented Corona to the San Francisco Android User Group. It’s a pretty big group (80+) that meets near Ghirardelli Square, and I tagged along to help with Q&A. Also presenting were Martin Tannerfors and Hod Greeley from Samsung, showing off Samsung’s cool new Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab. Even though the device was announced quite recently, support for the Galaxy Tab has become a much-requested feature from our users. It’s also my current favorite Android device — bigger than a phone, holdable in one hand, and highly polished in both hardware and customized UI. It’s shipping soon on all four U.S. carriers, so it should be pretty popular. Of course, we already support Android 2.2, but what our users specifically want is


Two teams at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon powered by Corona

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Two members of the Ansca team attended the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in San Francisco this past Saturday, along with a few hundred other developers, designers, and entrepreneurs.  We ended up joining a team to help build an app merging the mobile and social spaces, (sound familiar?)  and supporting another two-person team to create a fun, image-sharing iPad app developed using Corona SDK. Shannon Clark and Curtis Schofield made Mosart, a way to display your photos or art on the iPad.  The app was complete with multi-touch, and didn’t have a single line of code written before 2:00pm on Saturday. Despite that (and with no prior experience in Lua or Corona)  Shannon and Curtis were able to put in a full night of coding and have a working


Corona Meetup from this past weekend

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This past Saturday, Ansca Mobile was invited to lead a Bay Area workshop on iOS and Android development with Corona. We were thrilled to show the packed house of developers (from beginners to seasoned vets) how to use the newest Corona features.  The entire Ansca Mobile team was on-hand to provide insight about the toolkit to the new class of Corona developers, and help them with their own specific coding questions afterward.  Those who stuck around until the end got to partake in some “show and tell” with their app creations — the best ones received App Store gift prizes! Thanks to everyone who came out, and special thanks to Michael P. Wang of the Silicon Valley iPhone/iPad Business Meetup group for organizing the event.


Corona Workshop in the Bay Area This Saturday!

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This week, not only are we launching new versions of Corona, but we’re also showing you how to use them! On Saturday, September 18, we’ll be leading a “Beginning iPhone/iPad App Development with Corona” workshop at Northwestern Polytechnic University in Fremont. Our very own CTO Walter Luh and senior engineer Evan Kirchhoff will be running the show, so rest assured you’ll be getting top-quality instruction! Be sure to check out the Meetup page for more details, including RSVP info and a list of software t0 have pre-installed before coming. Admission is $20, to cover the space rental. We only have a few more spots left, so don’t wait to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!


Bay Area Video Game Development Meetup reveals demand for Corona developers

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Last Tuesday, the Ansca Mobile team was at the Bay Area Video Game Development Meetup in San Francisco, talking to developers and showing off a preview of Corona Game Edition. It was great to see the thriving community that exists in the Bay Area around the meteorically rising game-building industry. The most eye-opening experience of the night came from the various game development studios that were in attendance. A few of them came over to the Ansca Mobile booth asking if we could provide them with developers who they could contract to create games with Corona! They elaborated that Corona’s fast turn-around time and rapid, on-device prototyping were especially attractive to them, from a business perspective, and that working with Corona would allow them to


Ansca at iOS 4.0 Development Training Camp (slides now available)

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Over the weekend, Chia and I headed down to Mountain View to speak at the iOS 4.0 Developer Training Camp, put on by the Silicon Valley iPhone/iPad Business Meetup group. Ansca was also one of the day’s sponsors, and the main topics for my session were iPhone provisioning and App Store submission. The turnout was quite high, and it was a great audience: mostly experienced developers who were new to the iPhone, but all highly engaged by the subject. Apple’s iPhone Provisioning Portal, along with the general problem of setting up your environment and signing certificates, is a notorious trouble spot for new iPhone developers. In fact, a good chunk of our customer support here at Ansca consists of resolving Apple setup issues that technically