We’re back from Qt Developer Days 2011 in Munich, Germany. What a great show! For those of you who werent’ there here is a small recap of what happened from our perspective. First, some pictures
Both Marius and I were presenting in Munich. Marius dissected the code of several of our apps, and explained how QStateMachine makes your life easier. The talk is available here:
I talked about Necessitas, Qt and Qt for Android and basically explained how you publish Qt apps on the Android market. That talk is available here:
Now we gotta work to catch up on other projects!
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Time flies when you’re having fun, and we’ve had lots! It’s been year since we started Cutehacks. Here is a short summary of what we’ve achieved, and what we’ve learned – the good stuff and the bad stuff.
For the executive brief, check out the video below.
- Formed a legal company
- Got an office and bought hardware
- Got an accountant, lawyer, designer etc.
- Published 4 Symbian apps
- Yr.no for NRK
- Telenor Faktura for Telenor
- WiMP for Aspiro
- Fly for ourselves
- Made our Symbian apps run on Maemo, MeeGo and Android as well
- Contributed a bit to Qt for Android
- Created a UI prototype on Win/Mac/Symbian for a client
- Went to Qt Developer Days, Qt Contributor Summit, MeeGo Summit, Akademy, SEE, etc.
- Consulted for ad-agencies and printing companies
- Stayed at five star hotels – for FREEEEE
- Got 3 minutes on national TV
- Got mentioned on lots of mobile sites
- Started a tech-startup-network-club-thingy
- Got tattooed
- Got paid
Three things we’ve learned
“If you set yourself goals, you will actually reach them”: When we started Cutehacks we said that an ideal project for us would be to develop the WiMP client. One year later, we actually achieved that. We’ve also worked towards getting our apps running across multiple platforms – this is also starting to happen.
“Ask and you may receive”: We’ve gotten free hardware, new projects and invitations to talks – simply by asking for it.
“The only constant is change”: Wow, this one has definitely been true for us. We didn’t see 2/11 coming – but once it did, we’ve simply had to adjust and move on.
Some advice for software startups
- Use LinkedIn
- Use Twitter
- Use YouTube
- Use Google Apps (Mail, Documents, Calendar)
- Use Github (or similar)
- Use WordPress (or similar)
- Use a professional accountant
- Use a professional designer
- Present at conferences
- Say Yes more than No
- Build up your IP
- Act professional
- Use your network
- Ask for things
- Get an office
- Always look for new projects
- Experiment with new technology
- Get signed contracts
- Always go to a meeting prepared
- Do it
Here is a video of two apps developed by Cutehacks: Yr.no
running on Android 2.2 and Symbian. These native apps were originally written for Symbian but run great on Android as well:
Using Qt for Android (more specifically Necessitas and Ministro), the amount of code changes we had to do were minimal. This shows the power of Qt – it truly is cross-platform. Too see these apps running on MeeGo and Maemo as well – check out this video.
None of the apps above are available in Android Market yet. Be assured we’ll tell you when/if that happens