Fiat 500 on EcoDrive and supermodel Jodie Kidd

Last year, a friend of mine asked if Linda Evangelista is a colleague of mine :D (I mean if she is an Evangelist working with Adobe). Unfortunately, Ben Forta doesn’t want to push our technology on the catwalk (I really don’t understand why, I mean what is wrong with a sexy technology to be on a catwalk?), and thus we don’t have supermodels, only super evangelists.

However, the guys from AKQA , who created the EcoDrive AIR applicaton for Fiat, can say that they are, for the moment at least, colleagues with supermodel  Jodie Kidd. Read the story here.

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Timisoara Flex Camp

This Saturday one dream came true: the first Flex Camp in Romanian city other than Bucharest (we had three camps in Bucharest in the past two years). Statistics of the event:

  • 110+ attendees (majority were students in Computer Science)
  • 32 pupils for the AIR Boot Camp
  • 6 sessions (four delivered by the three Romanian evangelists, two by people from Timisoara)
  • 7.5 hours

I very much enjoyed being there, presenting, talking with old friends from, and meeting new friends. A little while ago Alexandru Ghiura started the first Adobe User Group in Timisoara. If you want to find out more, just go to and search for Timisoara, and you will find the group’s page. If you are interested in Flex/Flash/AIR and you live in Timisoara, then I strongly encourage you to join the group (it doesn’t matter if you are a newbie or a senior Flash developer). Alexandru has some plans to start introductory courses on Flex (these courses will be free of charge).

The people from that helped us to convince the University of West to allow us to have our camp on their campus, deserve a lot more than our thanks! Depending on the people’s reaction, university support, and the local Adobe User Group, it is possible that we will come back with a new event this year.

And lastly, Cluj where are you?

Flash Platform day in Craiova, Romania

I have to take off my hat to the people from IT Six and the students from the local university in Craiova (a city in Romania), where we had a Flash Platform event today. Miti presented two hours session on the Flash Platform, and I did a two hour AIR Boot Camp. The attendees were all students.

IT Six organized the event. They offered their space (which was excellent), they gave us about 12 computers for the Boot Camp and a Sys Admin to install everything we needed. And of course we had coffee and  pizza. Thank you Mr. Sorin Gavanescu!

This is not the end of our collaboration, as we are planning to have some Connect sessions just for Romania in the near future. So keep an eye on my blog, if you are interested in attending some online sessions.

This was a nice surprise. Bravo Craiova! I certainly didn’t expect to find the level of support and large number of people interested in a technical event and in supporting it, especially because we have tried in much bigger university centers and much bigger cities with limited success.

PS. to all attendees: please get in contact with IT Six, they have the presentations and projects and they will make them available on the Internet. Also we will ship over there some Flash/Flex/AIR stickers soon. And if you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to send me an email (mihai dot corlan at adobe dot com).

Do you want to be a speaker at MAX 2009?

The call for sessions and labs for MAX 2009 is officially open. Anyone who wants to be a speaker at this event should submit their proposals here. The call for papers will be open until April 15th, 2009. By May 15th, 2009 we want to have all the speakers, labs, and sessions selected.

This year’s MAX will take place in Los Angeles, California on October 4th-7th 2009. See you there!