Steve Elfman, president of Network Operations and Wholesale for Sprint, Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America, and Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer, directors of Developer Relations for Palm, will be leading keynote addresses during the conference. Their keynotes will focus on the relevance of Sprint’s truly open initiatives and what that means for developers. In addition, Android team members and technical subject matter experts from Google(TM) will lead developers in an in-depth technical discussion.
"Our objective with the 2009 Open Developer Conference is to create a forum for mobile app developers and those who develop apps for the desktop to get a taste of what’s possible for them using the tools that Sprint’s developer program provides," said Len Barlik, vice president of Wireless and Wireline Services for Sprint. "With today’s operating system platforms, powerful new devices - from handsets to embedded devices - and the strength of the Sprint Now Network and 4G, the opportunities are limitless."
More than any other carrier, Sprint provides access to the APIs that enable developers to create rich, innovative applications. In addition, Sprint invests in technology and processes that enable developers to have access to important capabilities unique to the Sprint network and hundreds of APIs, including location-based services and presence.
The event is Sprint’s ninth annual developer conference. This is the first year the conference is open to the entire developer community. HTC and Sprint will give developers at the Sprint Developer Conference the opportunity to be among the first to own an HTC Hero. The first 400 developers to arrive at the HTC coding lab on Oct. 26 will receive a HTC Hero with one month of Sprint service. To qualify, developers need to show their laptop with the Android development environment (1.5) installed and ready for the hands-on lab session. HTC will give away a number of additional HTC Hero devices at its booth throughout the conference. To be eligible to participate in the HTC coding lab and receive a HTC Hero, participants must register to attend the Sprint Developer Conference at http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2009. Participants who register two attendees at $350 each will receive a complimentary pass for a third attendee.
Sprint Open Developer Conference sponsors are Premiere sponsors HTC and Palm; Platinum sponsors Acision, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM / Blackberry, Telenav and Clearwire; and Gold sponsors AirWatch, Cisco, EA Mobile, Handmark, Marvell, Nuance, Openwave, Panasonic, Prosyst, Real Networks, Sun Microsystems and Verisign.
Sprint is committed to helping the developer community offer mobile content and applications to its customers when, where and how they want them:
About Sprint Nextel
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Jennifer Walsh Kiefer, 913-794-2950