Building Apps in Developing Markets with HTML5

Jeffrey Burtoft (Microsoft)
2:15pm–2:45pm Tuesday, 04/21/2015
Location: Salon 12/13/14/15
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Mobile Phones are changing the way business is being done in many developing nations and the development of mobile apps are connecting people and companies in new and exciting ways. HTML5 is increasing the technology of choice for many of those developers. In this session we’ll look at the topic from three perspective:

What are the App Models and how do they work. Web Sites vs. Web Apps, hosted apps or packaged apps … It can be quite confusing even for seasoned web developers. We’ll explore the different app models, and the platforms and tools we use to support them.

Why HTML5 works so well. The same features that draw many web developers to HTML5 are the same features that make it work so well in developing nations:

  • Low cost of entry, no need to buy a special IDE or SDK
  • Run and develop on low cost hardware
  • No developer accounts needed for the web
  • Open source provides powerful code for low or no cost
  • Cross platform, build once run anywhere

How we can continue to enable this in the future. We’ve done great so far, but there is more that needs to be done to remove barriers:

  • Moving faster on standardization
  • Enabling globalization in our features and frameworks
  • Pushing back on proprietary solutions (non-interoperable code)
  • Development of key building blocks (standards and frameworks)
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Jeffrey Burtoft


Jeff Burtoft is a Web App Advocate at Microsoft and a devoted supporter of the JavaScript/HTML5 community. He loves Web Standards, JavaScript and 1980’s skateboarding videos. Additionally, Jeff is co-author of HTML5 Hacks (O’Reilly Media) and is a founding blogger of Jeff can be found on twitter @boyofgreen.

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Deepak Anand
04/27/2015 12:37am PDT


Can you please post the slide deck