Nokia, Canonical, CNN, the Qt Project and much more at Qt Developer Days

Published Wednesday October 26th, 2011
14 Comments on Nokia, Canonical, CNN, the Qt Project and much more at Qt Developer Days
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Today over 900 members of the Qt community shared, learned and experienced the entire expanse of the Qt universe on day two of Qt Developer Days Munich.

The enthusiasm was high as we kicked off the tech track and Qt in Use sessions, with developers already asking us when they can have another look at the presentation slides online! (The answer is that we expect to begin adding them after the San Francisco event BTW)

Developers arrived early to register, and hit the keynote sessions at 09:00.

Nokia SVP Developer Experience and Marketplace Marco Argenti opened the show with a rousing keynote that delved into Qt, Nokia and the future. It was warmly received, as it showed the continued Nokia commitment to Qt and the Qt ecosystem.

Also extremely well received was the surprise gift Marco had; a shiny new Nokia N9 for a large number of attendees (following a random selection process).

Canonical Director of Engineering Rick Spencer took the stage to share some of the current and future Ubuntu story, talking about the Qt-based Unity 2D desktop, and the role Qt plays in their development strategy.

The keynote also featured valuable open source project insights, particularly topical given the recent launch of the Qt Project and we look forward to further advice and guidance from our friends at Canonical as we move Qt Project forward.

Louis Gump, Vice President of CNN Mobile followed Rick’s keynote with a thought-provoking overview on how the global news giant CNN sees mobile within its strategy, and the way they used Qt on Symbian to expand their reach.

The longest keynote of the day was the final one, presented by Qt Chief Architect (and Qt Project Chief Maintainer) Lars Knoll.

Talking at length about the Qt Project, Qt 5 and coming technology such as QML 2, he sent the audience off into the break on a high as he provided some glimpses of future ideas, and showed how to contribute to Qt under the new structure of the Qt Project.


A long but very productive day wound up with a highly sociable happy hour function and then dinner with the Qt team, both sponsored by Gold event sponsor KDAB.

The dinner was an amazing concept, and a lot of fun. Dispensing with the traditional sit-down format, the meal (which was very good) took a back seat to the entertainment – a Qt carnival with a touch of Oktoberfest, with amazing activities for attendees to try. The sight of Qt developers stuck upside down on a Velcro wall, swinging giant hammers at a sideshow-style strength tester or crouching on a human roulette wheel until they were flung off was an absolute highlight.

The conference powers on for one more day, and we’ll be back soon on this blog with a show wrap from Daniel Kihlberg.

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Geraldo says:

Any news about Qt in Series 40 phones?

Titan says:

If Qt is really open gov, I suggest Qt to support WP7. Would you accept?

laborer says:

>Any news about Qt in Series 40 phones?

Why do it? Nokia plans to abandon this platform. Therefore, Qt and Symbian has different roads.

Titan, Qt is open gov. WP7 and the Nokia phones are not. So even if you write Qt support for it. And even if it is integrated into Qt, it would be utterly useless.

Geraldo says:

> Why do it? Nokia plans to abandon this platform. Therefore, Qt and
> Symbian has different roads.

Nokia plans to abandon Series 60/Symbian. Series 40 (or whatever the successor) is the core for the “next billion” strategy. But Nokia tells nothing clear about this.

Thorbjørn says:

Thanks for a great event. I learned a lot. I almost feel bad about my previous postings in here. (But it should be noticed that they are pointed at the Trojan@Nokia – I know that you at Nokia do a great job – I am just not happy about one person at Nokia – and that is the CEO)

I was really happy with the event. Food was not from a 5 stars restaurant – but it was good/OK. And of course it is hard to be happy about having a red dot (and lack of knowledge that a red dot + free software donations could (maybe?) have given something similar?)

It is a kind of funny that Qt soon will run on Andriod and iOS – but not on WP7. Nokias own framework can cause a problem for Windows Phone. The only thing that would make sense was that Nokia very soon made sure that Qt officially supported WP. (I just don’t know if Elop will continue his MS-work and ignore the problem – or listen to simple logic and do what is best for Nokia)

Thorbjørn says:

The event seriously showed that Qt has a future – with or without Nokia!

Indigo Jo says:

I’ve noticed that the N9 is the flagship Nokia model in Scandinavia — does that mean Nokia plan to produce any other Meego handsets and keep developing the platform? It seems odd that they would promote a moribund platform so prominently, even if only in their home territory and not worldwide.

xavysp says:

I love Qt for Android the next generation, nokia and wp7 are stop

qtnext says:

Qt for Android alpha 3 is here ! Next billion is here !

Dmitry says:

>>It is a kind of funny that Qt soon will run on Andriod and iOS – but not on WP7.

It will be very funny, if discovered that the agreement between Nokia and Microsoft have a point – Nokia has no right to develop their own development tools for Windows Phone and must give preference to MS-Silverlight or other MS-tools.

Thorbjørn says:

I can’t believe that nobody from Nokia answers you … Yes, N9 is the flagship in a big part of EU – and yes it is cool (probably the best smartphone) – and it is better than WP (which e.g. does not has the feature wireless hot spot). I was demoed a N9 at the dev days – and I really liked it.

The only reason I hesitate to buy it is due Elop and the fact that it is very likely to be both the last MeeGo and the limitations of where it is sold. It seems unlikely that there are big plans about the future MeeGo at Nokia.
(Elops says so directly – repeating his ‘mistake’ on saying the same about Symbian)

Elop is a MS Trojan … and it is unclear why Nokia holds Qt
(but as I wrote – with or without Nokia Qt has a future! – and I still have a naive hope the Nokia board will join all their wisdom and do what every person with an IQ above 80 would do (i.e remove Elop at once) … 99% of all the worlds individuals could have made a better agreement with MS than the one he came with … – He for sure never played the ‘I can also go with Android’ against his friends – but he for sure can return to MS with a very high pay after working for them as Nokia CEO …)

The only thing I am unsure about is if it would change anything if N9 was sold a lot – but I really doubt that since Elop is doing everything he can … for MS …

0x4e84 says:

Thanks Nokia for clearly showing that you still care about your developers.
Thanks for the team of Qt enthusiasts (from Nokia and partners) who have organized an amazing event.
Your motivation is contagious, keep it coming! 😉

@Thorbjørn: your conspiracy theory ranting is out of place here… 🙁

Thorbjørn says:

‘@Thorbjørn: your conspiracy theory ranting is out of place here…’
Why? And at the very least you could be kind enough to point out why it is a ‘conspiracy theory’? (Is it also a ‘conspiracy theory’ that 2+2 equals 4? – where are your arguments?)

Yes, Nokia currently still cares about Qt – but I won’t give Elop the credit for that. I simply find it strange that Elop kills MeeGo while he should want to sell the N9 in the stores. These lack of Qt support on WP is also a strong hint. Come on – Windows Phone 7.5 is nothing but a modified Windows CE and technically easy to support!

Don’t you think somebody or many in Nokia might agree with me? (but obviously can’t say that kind of things ….)

Like you I will still give a seriously thanks to many at Nokia for doing very good things for Qt and it was a great event. Thanks! Keep up the good work. The only think I consider to back upon is considering buying an N9. A great product – and a big sale might make things difficult for Elop.

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