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Ann Arbor Spark

Cross Platform or Native – The Expert Panel Discusses Whens and Whys

Monday, May 06 2019 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

As sure as mobile tech evolves, cross platform tech evolves. Every so often, we need to take a breath and discuss the latest. There are newer and more mature platforms available – Xamarin, Titanium, Flutter, React Native, PhoneGap, Ionic (?), and more.

Cross platform development promises a lot. However, this is not a binary decision based on one or two factors. Many variables play a role in a good decision making process:

• Can you really save money developing in cross platform?
• Is it faster?
• Can cross platform apps really deliver on UI/UX like native platforms.
• What are the development skills that are available to you?
• What do you anticipate your support requirements being?
• Are you open to compromise?
• How can you validate the credibility/legitimacy of a platform and a vendor?

Decision makers and developers should be able to discuss these options intelligently and with a more robust understanding of how to approach the question.

Rather than a brawl (which I was so hoping for), we’ll have experts to help you get to your decision point comfortable you’ve chosen the right path for your project.

Join us! on May 6th at 6:30 for our panel of experts to discuss how, why, and when to consider cross platform development as an alternative to native development.

Our panel:

Rob Kerr:
Rob is an independent consultant/developer with a broad range of experience in backend development, database systems, cloud platforms, and payment systems. He has moved in to mobile solutions in a big way and has an impressive portfolio to show for it. He is conversant in iOS and also cross platform development.

Scott Weber:
Scott is an Android expert and is currently working at Expedia. Scott is a co-organizer of the GDG Ann Arbor Meetup and is an in-demand speaker locally and regionally.

Eric Shapiro:
Eric is a long-time Mac and iOS developer based here in Ann Arbor. He is currently Director of Development at AppVision, a mobile application security company, and maintains a consultancy at Relium Corporation. His most popular apps have been Weather Underground’s signature weather app and WunderMap.

Ryan Lanceaux:
Ryan takes a break to join us from his busy contract/consultancy life. Ryan is expert in React Native, but has skills in a number of platforms and brings a fresh perspective to any technical situation.

Join us! Bring your questions for Scott, Eric, Ryan, and Rob. Get a couple of pieces of pizza, a drink, and enjoy.


Arbormoon Software: 120 E. Huron, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


6:30 – 7:00: Food and Networking
7:00 – 8:00: Introductions followed by The Panel with Q&A at the end.
8:00 – 8:30: Networking

120 East Huron Street
Ann Arbor