Missing Out on BABBQ16.

So for anyone who has ever followed me on Google+ or come across this blog within the past couple years… you know that I absolutely LOVE android. Even now after having an iPhone 6s as my daily driver for nearly a year; my favorite and first love (as far as mobile operating systems are concerned) is Android. As a result, one of my favorite annual conventions to attend has been the Big Android BBQ by IDEAA. I’ve been to the BABBQ a few times and it seems to get better every year (weather impending). It’s great for both developers and enthusiasts because they try to make sure that there’s a bit of something for everyone.

 I always enjoy the food, fun, learning and even a bit of the networking/socializing… which says a lot for an introvert like me. There’s just something about being around like minded people that makes me feel a little more at home and comfortable in the environment. I think somewhere between 85-90% of the people I’ve met IRL from Google+ have been from attending these events and I’ve formed some great friendships along the way.

Unfortunately this year I will not be able to attend and its a major bummer because I feel like I need to go back to make up for last years experience. In 2015 I was under the weather for the majority of the event so I spent a lot of time in my hotel room. I was also dealing with some personal issues due to it being my first year without my mom. Upon realizing little things like not being able to call her when I got into the Dallas area or telling her about the experiences and souvenirs I’d picked up… I slipped into a mini depression. I ended up going from my usual introversion to all but curling up in a corner.

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Big Android BBQ, I’m Ready!

Most people that know me and even a few that don’t, know that I’ve always been an “Android Enthusiast” don’t get me wrong I’m not one of those Android or nothing people… I have an iPad mini that I love dearly and I’ve previously owned an iPod Touch with no complaints. But today I’m not worried about talking about anything Apple related (or for any other brand either).

So what is the Big Android BBQ? if you want the full back story you’re more than welcome to visit BigAndroidBBQ.com but it’s a great annual event for Android developers, enthusiasts, companies and even press to all get together and discuss… well, what else? ANDROID in all its awesomeness.

A wondrous 2 1/2 day geekfest where you get to hang out with people who share common interests and learn about new things regarding the platform and well as new products. Not to mention the giveaways that many of the Sponsors do as well.

This year marks the milestone 5th year that the BBQ’s been going and I’m anxious to get there. I’ve gone once in 2012 and it was an absolute blast!  I came home with quite a few goodies or “swag” rather and even got to meet the awesome Tha Phlash who is not only an amazing designer of custom icons but quite a talented artist in general.

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