Ambassador Spotlight: Laura Tallardy

Ambassador Spotlight: Laura Tallardy

laura-swag-photoPlease take a moment to welcome our latest Corona Ambassador, Laura Tallardy to the Corona Ambassador program.

Laura lives and works in Brooklyn, NY where she creates fun apps for kids. She has 21 apps published to the iOS and Android app stores as well as more in production. She has been using Corona since 2012 and worked as a freelance illustrator before apps came onto the scene.

“I had some coding experience from web development, and after some scouting around I found the best solution for developing apps cross-platform: Corona SDK,” said Laura. She also added, “The Lua language was fast and easy to learn, and thanks to Corona’s useful tools and plentiful tutorials I was able to quickly launch my my first app.”

That first app took Laura 6 months from start to finish: Mermaid Fashion Show. Since then Laura has collaborated with Corona SDK developer Scott Adelman to release multiple apps.

Mermaid Fashion Show“Since Corona makes developing and publishing apps so easy, it’s possible to say yes to fun project ideas with others and just see what happens.” She continues, “Corona offers a welcoming community. I’ve attended and spoken at Corona meetups in NYC, and hung out in the chat rooms and forums. I wouldn’t have gotten that first app out the door without the help of my #corona chat room buddies and the devs I’ve met at meetups.”

In 2014, Laura hosted #ShipJam along with Eric Kinkead. This Corona-based game jam let developers pick up a previously abandoned project and challenged them to finish and ship it by the end of the year. Laura and Eric set the rules, organized sponsors and prizes, selected judges, and ran a very successful game jam.

Laura has had some other noteworthy apps in her career including Cool Careers Dress Up which lets players dress up dolls in fun STEM-related professions. The app was featured in TechWithKid’s 2015 Best Picks app list. Her App for Dogs lets dogs create paintings on mobile devices using their nose and paws and was featured in the New York Times.

See all of Laura’s creations on her website.

As an ambassador, Laura will continue to reach out to developers to spread the word about Corona SDK and support developers already in the Corona community.

Thanks Laura!

Rob Miracle

Rob is the Developer Relations Manager for Corona Labs. Besides being passionate about helping other developers make great games using Corona, he is also enjoys making games in his spare time. Rob has been coding games since 1979 from personal computers to mainframes. He has over 16 years professional experience in the gaming industry.

  • Joe Kauffman
    Posted at 22:43h, 01 March

    Congrats Laura! Well deserved! 🙂

  • Thomas Vanden Abeele
    Posted at 00:51h, 02 March

    Hi guys,
    I was at the first annual Belgian Game Awards two weeks, followed by the only Belgian Independent Game Design festival called Screenshake. I can not say that I was disappointed that Corona was nowhere to be seen, because I’ve gotten used to the “We only do PR in the United States” mode of operation at Corona. Too bad – unless you feel comfortable just handing that slice of the cake to Unity.

    • Thomas Vanden Abeele
      Posted at 08:55h, 02 March

      I see now that I was a bit vague. First of all: well done Laure, and congratulations. Second, as stated above: how many U.S.-based ambassadors are there? And how many based elsewhere?

      • Charles McKeever
        Posted at 12:40h, 02 March

        Thomas, I think it is a disservice to our Ambassadors to say “we only do PR in the United States”. We have just under 100 Corona Ambassadors. The majority are in the U.S., where Corona Labs is based, but we also have people in Armenia, Belarus, Canada, Egypt, France, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, UK, and other places. These talented, hard working people promote Corona around the globe to local groups and individuals and we value every one of them.

        • Thomas Vanden Abeele
          Posted at 05:33h, 04 March

          I stand corrected Charles. I couldn’t get to your ambassador listing on the site, and remembered mostly a couple of U.S. ambassadors and events. Given the info, thanks for too doing stuff outside of the U.S. and my apologies.

    • Rob Miracle
      Posted at 17:18h, 02 March

      Trade shows are expensive and there are way too many to choose from. We were just as Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

  • Ale
    Posted at 07:54h, 02 March

    Well done Laura 🙂

  • Jen Looper
    Posted at 13:36h, 03 March

    Awesome to see Laura as an Ambassador! Well deserved. 🙂

    Posted at 11:26h, 04 March

    Welcome Laura. It is very important to see how Ambassadors have such diverse work of others. This is a factor that reassures us that Corona SDK is here to stay and will grow much. There’s nothing like it.

  • Antonio
    Posted at 13:26h, 04 March

    Congrats Laura,
    I remember when we met in Manhattan, NY. You shared your experiences using Corona with all of us and answered all of our questions. I’m very happy to see you as an “official” Ambassador for Corona and hopefully we’ll see more of your work in the future. Congrats one again.

  • Sergey Lerg
    Posted at 14:28h, 06 March

    Yay, Laura!