Guest Bloggers

Alan Gough has been involved in the software industry for over 25 years, mainly writing software for large insurance and investment management companies using technologies from Assembler to C#. Alan is also the founder of Retrofit Productions, the creator of Level Director, a third party tool which helps app developers create complex screens and levels with ease. In today’s piece, Alan writes on Level Director tool and discusses how with a few clicks, the tool can take developers' design ideas from paper to the mobile world....

From August 17-18, 2013, more than twenty people grouped into six teams and participated in the Rio Mobile Hackathon, an event focused on mobile app and game development with Corona SDK. The event took place at the 21212 Accelerator HQ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With teams coming from a variety of cities, the hackathon brought together people with a common interest in mobile technology and entrepreneurship. Participants varied from Computer Science students to game studio employees....

Paul Symons has worked as a Digital Marketer for 15 years and currently works as the head of digital for an agency. He recently took up app development as a hobby to continue his learning. Paul's recent release, Plasma Pig was awarded App of the Week by Corona Labs in June 2013. In his guest piece, Paul writes about the lessons he learned on generating a profit in a competitive market and on developing for the sheer enjoyment of making games....

Lauren Feldman is a product manger at PlayHaven, the leading business engine for mobile games. One of her responsibilities is to work with PlayHaven's team of engineers on the development of partner plugins. PlayHaven offers developers flexible tools to intelligently manage player acquisition, engagement, and monetization. For more information, please visit www.playhaven.com....

Laura Tallardy lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with her husband and their spoiled dog. She wears skinny jeans and works on digital dressup dolls all day, but swears she’s not a hipster. She just released her sixth Corona SDK powered app, Ballet Fashion Show, a ballerina dress-up game for girls. Her other apps Mermaid Fashion Show, Princess Fashion Show, Fairy Fashion Show, Mermaid Princess Puzzles and Fairy Ballerina Puzzles are also available on iOS and Android. Laura's guest piece on making money as an indie app developer has been republished with her permission from The...

Kurt Bieg is the founder of Simple Machine, a one-man indie game studio. From coming up with unique game mechanics to coding to writing the music, Kurt runs the show with the goal of bringing unique experiences to unexpected audiences. Kurt's recent Tomb Breaker game was recognized as New and Noteworthy by Apple and was selected as a Corona App of the Week in May 2013. In his piece, Kurt shares how he created the mystical doors seen in Tomb Breaker....

Kyle Yamamoto is the co-founder of MochiBits, an independent game studio. While originally working with Cocos2D, the team switch to Corona SDK to take advantage of Corona's cross-platform capabilities. To date, Kyle and co-founder Howard Go have build and published 11 mobile apps. Kyle recently participated in CoronaBlitz, a 4 hour coding challenge put on by Corona developer Andrew Potozniak. In today's piece, Kyle writes on his experience participating in his first-ever game jam. Check out all the CoronaBlitz entries in our forum....

Philip and Tobias Schneider are the creators of Columbus Little, an app that lets kids discover the world in a playful way. Philip and Tobias are currently running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for Columbus Little. This is the second piece in a two-part series on crowdfunding an app. The first piece covers turning an app idea into a working prototype, while today's piece covers the campaign itself....