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AOP/Mozilla Hack Day: US developers would kill for London designer numbers

London turnout puts US development teams to shame, says Allen Gunn
Thu Oct 11 2012, 18:01
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THE INQUIRER managed to catch up with Allen Gunn, the executive director of technology charity Aspiration, to talk about the AOP/Mozilla Hack Day 2012 in London on Thursday.

Revealing his love of London, Gunn claimed that British software development firms are being spoiled by choice when it comes to developers.

"Here in London there is a designer for each development team. We have one team here today who have two designers. Development teams in the US would kill for that."

Designed to bring developers together the 2012 Hack Day event, sponsored by the Rubicon Project, is the second annual Mozilla developer festival and has reportedly seen a number of the same developers take part.

"We have lots of people returning from last year's Mozilla Hack Day, which proves its popularity," said Gunn.

Gunn clarified that this year's festival has a strong focus on mobile because it is a new, exciting but ultimately underdeveloped platform that is ripe for innovation.

Mozilla is fairly new to mobile software development, having launched its popular Firefox web browser onto Android in June.

Not content to stay on the sidelines, Mozilla has since announced intentions to release its own HTML 5 based mobile operating system. Its Firefox OS is tipped for release at some point in 2013, though details remain scarce. µ


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