Google schedules Project Ara Developers' Conference for mid-AprilAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Google's Advanced Technologies and Projects group is on a roll. After introducing us to its 3D map-making Project Tango smartphone last week, the Google ATAP today revealed details on the first Ara Developers' Conference.
As you might've guessed from its name, the Ara Developers' Conference is focused on Project Ara, the modular smartphone effort first announced by Motorola last year. The conference will take place April 15 and 16 and will be held online. It'll include a livestream and interactive question and answer session, meaning that anyone that wants to get involved can do so.
Google will also allow a "limited number of participants" to take part in the conference in person at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Attending the event in person will cost $100, or $25 for students.
This event in April will actually be the first in a series of three Ara Developers' Conference events and will center on the alpha release of the Ara Module Developers' Kit. That MDK, which is expected to be released online in early April, contains all of the specs and details that a developer will need to craft an Ara module. The actual Ara Developers' Conference will cover the current and upcoming features of the project, a briefing on the MDK and some prize challenges for developers. Google says that it will release a full schedule of events in the coming weeks.
It's been a while since we've heard anything about Project Ara, so it's nice to get an update from Google on the program, especially after its recent decision to sell Motorola off to Lenovo. While today's announcement doesn't reveal much in the way of new information about Ara, we do finally know that the Ara MDK will be released in a little over a month from today. That bundle of software ought to shed much more light on the project and allow developers to begin exploring Ara and developing modules of their own.
If you're interested in attending the Ara Developers' Conference, either online or in person, you can find the event registration form right here. Are you still interested in Google's Project Ara modular smartphone efforts?