Developers with an interest in Project Ara will want to mark some new dates on their calendars. Google has just announced two new global developers’ conferences specifically aimed toward Project Ara and the module development kit. Version 0.2 is out and Google wants to make sure everyone is up to speed with the latest changes ahead of an anticipated 2015 launch.
These conferences help developers and hardware makers better understand Ara and how they can use the platform to start developing modules for the Lego-like phone project’s eventual release. This time around, Google will have two central locations from which they’ll run the conferences — one in Mountain View, CA on January 14th, 2015, and one in Singapore on January 21st, 2015. Beyond those central conference sites, there will be 3-4 additional venues where the conference will be telecast via satellite:
- Mountain View: Google offices in New York City, Buenos Aires, and London
- Singapore: Google offices in Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai
Folks at the central site will get full access to everything in person, but those at satellite locations won’t be subject to video alone — they’ll have staff from the Project Ara team available on-site for everything you need help with. Tickets will range from $25 to $200 depending on who you are and what you do. We imagine students will get a break more than anyone else as Google tends to hook that crowd up with significant discounts.
You’ll have to apply to attend at the Project Ara site here by November 26th 2014, and Google will be contacting you to let you know if your request has been accepted. They say you won’t find out any later than December 2nd so that should give you more than enough time to make travel arrangements in advance. Google also warns that they may exclude a location if developer interest isn’t high, though a promise that you won’t be left in the dark should quell any fears you may have.