Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Kontagent Co-Hosts Facebook Developer Garage San Francisco Tonight

Lazy and busy day, so dediced to just steal most of the content from my friend Justin Smith from InsideFacebook's posting to mention that we're co-hosting our first facebook developer garage in San Franicsco, more details below... hope to see you there (esp. if you're in town for GDC)!

There should be a packed house tonight at the San Francisco Facebook Developer Garage. The event, co-hosted byKontagent, will focus on Facebook Connect, social games, and advanced app metrics.

Over 600 people have RSVP’d, and there’s a full list of speakers scheduled to present (see the full list below). 

Here are all the details:

What: Facebook Developer Garage San Francisco

  • When: Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-9:30pm
  • Where: Hyatt Regency San Francisco
  • Address: 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA

Speaker Lineup and Topics:

  • Albert Lai (Kontagent co-founder/CEO) - Intros
  • Andreas Weigend (Data Mining Professor at Stanford and Former Chief Scientist at Amazon) - Keynote
  • Eric Ries (Kleiner Perkers, co-founder IMVU) - Metrics for social engagement
  • Jia Shen (co-founder/CTO RockYou) - Metrics of notifications
  • Jeffrey Tseng & Fredric Newberg (Kontagent co-founder/CTO & VP engineering) - Viral tuning beyond conversion
  • Josh Elman (Facebook) - Facebook Connect on Web & iPhone and others
  • Justin Smith (Inside Facebook & Inside Social Games, Advisor & Former Head of Products at Watercooler) - Social Gaming trends
  • Andrew Mayer (Media Shifters) - Casual gaming metrics applied to social gaming
  • Vikas Gupta (co-founder Jambool) - Virtual economy Ooptimization
  • Michael Hart (Netflix) - Netflix Facebook Connect metrics

Look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kontagent Hackathon Toronto

We're hosting a Hackathon this March 19th for all Facebook developers in Toronto that's interested in trying out and learning about Kontagent and analytics for Facebook.  The last one we held in SF was a fantastic, so we're hosting another one. This is the 2nd in a series that we'll be doing over the course of the year across many cities.  

We will providing consulting & instrumentation for Facebook App Developers that are using PHP and Rails!

This is a HANDS ON EVENT -- Please come prepared to hack (i.e. come with a laptop & access to your app) & get your app instrumented with free on-site support, software and feedback.

Students with FB Apps are welcome! 

Beers and Pizzas Avaiable.  

Looking forward to connecting with some Toronto FB Devs!  

There will be a capacity limit.  So please RSVP.  

Details and RSVP links are here.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Reminder: Kontagent Demoing at DemoCamp Today!

Looking forward to demoing Kontagent and reconnecting with some old DemoCamp friends and new commers alike.

Pretty amazing to think that DemoCamp is ver. 19.0 in Toronto.

I just found this link that speaks to the history of DemoCamp  (with an overly generous tid-bit of my contribution...).

Ironic story about DemoCamp was that it was really meant as a means for me to reconnect with the local community on a more regular basis, and an excuse to allow me to solict early feedback from my peers on BubbleShare during the earilest days of my previous startup.

Its now grown into 19th seperate events in Toronto due to David Crow, who has been the sole reason its continued to this day.

The concept which was a dervivied and insipred by BarCamp, amazingly the idea of DemoCamp has spread out to :

All of which were self organized (which I can take absolutely zero credit for).  Goes to show how great things can happen when you bring passionate people together that want to share their ideas and knowledge.

This is what we're hoping to do with more community events for the social network application development space, such as our Social Games Workshop and Hackathons (SF).

If there is sufficient interest, we'll also be launching a Toronto Kontagent Hackathon.  Please drop me a line here and/or directly if you're interested in attending one!