Christopher is an Australian programmer from the Tasmanian city of Hobart. He’s worked in mobile development, focusing on Android, and over the last year has been knee-deep in backend web development with Django. Christopher is strongly interested in developing the Australian and International Python communities: he was director of linux.conf.au 2017, is on the organising committee for PyCon Australia. He’s a past board member of Linux Australia, and has been a fellow of the Python Software Foundation since 2013.
In his spare time, he enjoys presenting on Mobile development at Open Source conferences, and presenting on Open Source development at Mobile conferences.
Paris is co-founder of Secret Lab Pty. Ltd., leading production and design efforts in the mobile game and app development space. A frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and training sessions, Paris enjoys discussing engineering, product development, design and other facets of the mobile and game development worlds. Recent conferences include Apple Australia’s /dev/world/2011 in Melbourne (and 2008, 2009 and 2010), a keynote at CreateWorld Brisbane 2010 (and a speaker in 2009 and 2011), IxDA’s Interaction 11 in Boulder (March 2011), XMediaLab Location-Based Services in Malmo, Sweden (January 2011), a tutorial and a session at OSCON 2011 and many others.
Paris founded and led ithinkitworks P/L from 2001 to 2008, spearheading product development and design efforts on a variety of platforms including desktop Linux, Windows, Mac OS, Palm OS, Windows Mobile/Pocket PC and others.
Paris is also a highly experienced software developer, product and project manager. Key experiences include Objective-C/Cocoa on the Macintosh and iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad platforms, Java on Blackberry and Google Android and C# on Windows Mobile. Open GL ES and Unity are also favourites.
Paris recently spent 2 years leading Meebo Inc.‘s mobile strategy; Meebo is one of the world’s fastest growing consumer internet companies and is based in Mountain View, CA. Paris is currently working on his next book, this time with O’Reilly (Learning Cocoa with Objective-C Third Edition), whilst working towards the completion of his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction.
Jon Manning is the cofounder of Secret Lab and has worked on apps of all sorts, ranging from iPad games for children to instant messaging clients. He frequently finds himself gesticulating wildly in front of classes full of eager-to-learn developers. Jon has written a whole bunch of books for O’Reilly Media (and previously Wiley) about iOS development and game development. He recently completed his PhD, in which he studied how people manipulate the ranking systems of social media sites; this means that he literally has a doctorate about jerks on the internet. He wrote Yarn Spinner, an interactive dialogue system, which was used in the 2016 indie game Night in the Woods. Jon can be found as @desplesda on Twitter.
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