To follow on from the last successful mapIT Developers' Day, held in October 2012, mapIT is looking at expanding its service offering across Africa and will be hosting its first Developers' Day in Nairobi, Kenya, on 25 March 2013. The event will be hosted in association with mapIT’s Kenyan partner, Integrat – a leading mobile aggregation services provider.
Leveraging cutting-edge HTML5 technologies, developers will learn how to “write once and deploy everywhere”.
The cross-platform APIs will allow for building applications that run seamlessly on tablets, smartphones and desktop devices. deCarta’s platform supports some of the largest LBS services in the world and is available as a cloud-based service or as a self-hosted solution.
With free access to the mapIT and deCarta API services during the development phase of the application, users of the LBS platform will have access to mapIT’s support team and 24/7 bespoke DevZone portal (developer.mapit.co.za), quality mapping data built on TomTom maps, and full control over individual content.
They will also be able to control the look and feel of the map experience through the flexible user interface (UI) library, which is highly customisable and allows users to design applications that reflect their individual visual styles of choice and brand through five different map styles.
Fleet and mobile resource management specific features will be covered, including pin clustering, draggable shapes, customisable polygons, exclusion zones, geo-fencing and highly configurable routing.
”Whether a developer needs, or is currently utilising, Web or mobile location-based services applications, this is the preferred technology platform, which will enable the user to easily white label any application across Africa,” says Etienne Louw, Managing Director of mapIT.
The event will be held at the Fairview Hotel, Upper Hill, Nairobi, Kenya, at a cost of $100 (Kshs 8 500), which includes lunch. Delegates will also be entered into a competition for the best application developed on the latest APIs. Delegates are requested to bring their laptops as this will be an interactive, full-day workshop and attendees will be given a USB with a licence key on it to access the deCarta platform.
The best two applications developed will each win a TomTom personal navigation device with map data for East Africa sponsored by TomTom Africa. Other prizes will also be announced on the day.
Places are limited, so to register, please e-mail your full details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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9:30 - 12:00: Web and Mobile Maps API
We will cover the fundamentals of maps, map overlays, routing, address search and other advanced LBS features, including local content search. We will also cover native and mobile LBS applications on several mobile operating systems and mobile browsers. We will also have three clients presenting on their applications.
12:00 - 13:00: Lunch
13:00 - 17:00: Interactive Developers Session & Competition
A licence key to access the deCarta platform will be provided. The time slot will be allocated to developing your app for the competition. mapIT specialists will be on hand to help.