The Lowdown

One part conference, one part celebration.
Join us for an incredible day to hear how the brightest minds in mobile are using PhoneGap to accelerate and optimize their mobile development strategy. You’ll hear from industry experts all ready to share tips and best practices, experiences with coding and performance, and the latest mobile trends. Meet members from the PhoneGap team, hear the latest PhoneGap news, and find out what’s coming next!

Already have native apps at your organization? Come to PhoneGap Day to learn how to still use native controls for your app while leveraging webviews for the main content to make editing and updates easier and to enable your marketing team and other non technical users to update your app.

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10+ Sessions,
15+ workshops.

Hear from industry leaders and attend targeted workshop sessions to get some hands-on training with the PhoneGap team and other experts from the mobile community.

Spend time with good people with brilliant minds.

Network and share ideas with PhoneGap developers from around the world and gain valuable insight for your next project.

Ski day for all attendees.

What's a trip to Utah without some skiing? After a jam-packed day of learning and coding, wind down on Utah's famous mountains and experience "the greatest snow on Earth".


  • Eric Alli

    Web Designer, Developer, and Musician

    Eric is a San Francico based designer & engineer who enjoys building useful products for niche spaces and sharing his affinity for music and art.
  • Alex Blom

    Partner, Isle of Code

    Alex is a hacker who works with Ember, Ruby & Go. He is a Partner at Isle of Code, a Toronto based agency focused on Ember, and using Ember in PhoneGap & iBeacon contexts. Prior, Alex was building a browser extension based startup in Ember (morse).
  • Michael Brooks

    Senior Software Barista, Adobe

    Orphaned as a child, Michael Brooks was raised by his elderly Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Academically gifted, he displayed an uncanny affinity for Computer Science with speciality in signal processing and computer vision. While attending a developer meetup at the age of 26, Michael was bitten on the hand by a radioactive Nitobi employee, empowering him with the company’s proportional open source belief, community, and ability to ship products. Now disguised as mwbrooks and teamed with Adobe, Michael slings between vim, GitHub, Twitter, and IRC to protect the innocent, confront evil, and make PhoneGap & Apache Cordova a safer framework for the future of application development.
  • Raymond Camden

    Developer Advocate, IBM

    Raymon is a 42 year old married father of six living in beautiful Lafayette, Louisiana. His primary technical focus is on the MobileFirst platform, web standards and client-side development. Most of his time is spent writing, researching, or presenting. When he's not behind a computer, he's an avid XBox/PS4 player, he enjoys movies, and he reads like crazy.
  • David Frahm

    Product Creator, Sworkit

    Mobile and frontend developer focused on Ionic SDK and AngularJS apps, with a strong background in UX, Agile, eXtreme Programming, and startup growth. Living in the Midwest and contributing to the world.
  • Dean Haddock

    Managing Director, StoryCorps

    Dean Haddock is the Managing Director of Digital & Technical Innovation for StoryCorps, the national oral history project--one of the largest collections of human voices ever assembled--and popular NPR/PBS broadcast. He and his team design and build apps, websites and other platforms to further StoryCorps' mission of recording and preserving the stories of everyday people across the US and around the world. Most recently Dean led StoryCorps' 2015 $1m TED Prize initiative to build a mobile app and platform that anyone can use to record and archive oral history interviews permanently at the Library of Congress. He is a Nieman Foundation Visiting Fellow, a Knight Foundation Prototype Fund awardee, a two-time Google Fellow to the Personal Democracy Forum and a civic hacktivist.
  • Ryan Hanna

    Director of Engineering, Sworkit

    Ryan began learning to code online in 2012 and grew his side project into a top Health and Fitness app with over 10 million downloads. He is also a co-organizer of in Brighton, England.
  • Mike Hartington

    Front End Developer, Ionic

    Mike is a front-end developer who has used Ionic since its alpha. As Ionic’s developer advocate, Mike manages the Ionic Forum, serves as a resource to developers, and writes technical documentation. When he’s not working, you can find him relaxing with a beer and guitar.
  • Shawn Jansepar

    Engineering Manager, Mobify

    Shawn loves to hack both on the front-end and back-end, with a heavy focus on the user experience. When he isn't hacking, you likely find him playing hockey/video games, eating, or travelling. Shawn has a BSc in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
  • Anis Kadri

    Software Engineer, Adobe

    Anis is a Software Engineer at Adobe. He works on PhoneGap and Cordova full-time and has been contributing to the project since its early inception. Lately, he’s been interested in trying to introduce PhoneGap solutions to the enterprise world.
  • Bruce Lefebvre

    Computer Scientist, Adobe

    Bruce is a programmer at Adobe focused on bringing Experience Manager and the open web together. As a member of the mobile R&D team, he’s most recently been focused on the AEM + PhoneGap integration. When not at his desk he can usually be found outside on his bike..
  • Simon Macdonald

    Senior Software Engineer, Adobe

    Simon has over fifteen years of development experience and has worked on a variety of projects including object oriented databases, police communication systems, speech recognition and unified messaging. His current focus is contributing to the open source PhoneGap project to enable developers to create cross platform mobile applications using Web technologies. Simon’s been building web applications since the days they were written using shell scripts and he still has nightmares about those dark days.
  • Loki Meyburg

    Product Guy, Mobify

    Loki is also the creator of Stacker, an open source project to kickstart the development of iOS apps. Previously he was the first employee at Medeo, a medical startup, that was acquired in 2014. Graduated with Honours in Business and Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.
  • Martin Poschenrieder

    Founder, testmunk

    Martin has been working in the mobile industry for most of the past decade. He began his career as an intern for one of the few German handset manufacturers, years before Android and iPhone were launched. After involvement with several app projects, he soon realized that one of the biggest pain-points in development was mobile app testing. In order to ease this pain, he started Testmunk. Testmunk is based in Silicon Valley, and provides automated app testing over the cloud.
  • Brian Rinaldi

    Developer Content Manager, Telerik

    Brian is the Developer Content Manager at Telerik where he helps the Developer Relations team create top notch content for the developer community on the Telerik Developer Network. He is also co-editor of Mobile Web Weekly.
  • Ryan J Salva

    JavaScript Developer

    JavaScript developer, Apache Cordova committer, Visual Studio program manager, CrossFitter, sci-fi connoisseur and whiskey enthusiast. With over 15 years of experience in software development, it’s hard to find a corner of the web where he hasn’t worked, but the important thing to know is this: Ryan is a passionate storyteller with deep insight into market forces, technology, user experience and design. Today, he owns tooling for cross-platform mobile app development at Microsoft. Tomorrow, the world.
  • Holly Schinsky

    Senior Technical Evangelist, Adobe

    Holly Schinsky is working with the PhoneGap team at Adobe and currently focused on mobile development using PhoneGap, HTML/CSS and JavaScript. She has 17 years experience in software development including Java, Adobe Flex/AIR and ActionScript in addition to her recent hybrid mobile work. Holly’s latest focus is on developer advocacy and education via her blog, samples and workshops. In her free time she’s usually found driving a carpool, running or hanging out with her family.
  • TJ VanToll

    Senior Developer Advocate, Telerik

    TJ VanToll is a front-end developer, author, and a senior developer advocate for Telerik. TJ has over a decade of web development experience, including a few years working on the jQuery team. Nowadays, he spends his time helping web developers build mobile apps through projects like Cordova and NativeScript. TJ is @tjvantoll on Twitter and tjvantoll on GitHub.


We’re changing up workshops this year so you can choose your own adventure. We’ll have great content going all day where you can choose from three different workshop tracks depending on your interests and skill-level. We’ll have something for everyone whether you’re a PhoneGap beginner or a seasoned expert.


  • 8:30am-9:00am - Registration and breakfast

  • 9:00am-9:15am – Michael Brooks “PhoneGap kick off”

  • 9:15am-9:55am – Eric Alli “Mind the Gap: Supercharge your PhoneGap workflow”

    Developing a complex and sustainable PhoneGap app can present many challenges. As your app grows, a seamless development workflow is crucial. Can you efficiently deploy and test in different environments? What are your pain points when implementing new functionality? How can you organize all the facets of your app with minimal effort? Mind the gap focuses on some of the ways you can create a development workflow that automates these inefficiencies, boosts scalability and most of all, preserves developer sanity.

  • 9:55am-10:15am – Martin Poschenrieder “Automated App Testing: A pain or cure?”

    At testmunk we have been working with many popular apps by helping them ship better apps faster. We have automated testing for various Phonegap/Cordova apps (as well as others), allowing for quick detection of layout issues and crashes.

    In this talk I'd like to touch on some of the testing challenges developers/QAs come across due to today’s large device and OS fragmentation, and how automated testing can ease some of these issues. I will also show some examples of how developers can quickly set up their own automated tests and run them on a large set of devices

  • 10:15am-10:35am – Shawn Jansepar and Loki Meyburg (Mobify) “Finding the sweet spot - blending the best of native and web”

    Choose the best technology for the job. Too often projects begin as hybrid apps, but switch to native for performance reasons. But it’s almost never the case that all features of your app need to be fully native. Today, many apps such as Amazon, Basecamp, Yelp and more take a blended approach. We'll guide you through case studies of how we build high performance apps that blend the best of native and web and highlight lessons we've learned along the way.

  • 10:35am-10:45am – BREAK

  • 10:45am-11:05 – Mike Hartington (Ionic) “Ionic: Version 2 and Beyond”

    “Ionic 1.0 has enabled many web developers to become mobile app developers. With the arrival of Angular 2 and its changes, and with ES6 being finalized, development has been improved yet again. How will that impact Ionic?

    In this session, we’ll compare Ionic 1 and Ionic 2 and go over what we've learned, what improvements we're making to Ionic, and how easy it will be to develop apps with Ionic 2.”

  • 11:05am-11:30am – Dean Haddock “Story Corps case study”

  • 11:30am-12:10pm – Alex Blom “PhoneGap Applications with Ember: Lessons learned”

    The benefits of hybrid applications are obvious (less code, simpler code, iterate faster). Developers often make quick pace, boot their app and then hit a wall trying to make it 'feel native'.

    This talk will discuss lessons learned & optimization techniques from having built many apps with Ember & phonegap. While this talk uses Ember & Ember packages, the tools and techniques discussed generically apply to any Phonegap application.

  • 12:10am-12:30pm – TBD (Masa Tanaka)

  • 12:30pm-1:20pm – LUNCH

  • 1:20pm-1:40pm – Ryan J. Salva (Microsoft Visual Studio)

  • 1:40pm-2:20pm – Jed Watson

  • 2:20pm-2:40pm – Ray Camden “When the heck is 4/8/2016?”

    This talk will cover basic internationalization, globalization issues with Cordova apps. I'll talk about the Globalization plugin (and how to work around the async nature of the plugin), the Intl class, and other options. Also, I'll discuss why you should give a damn as a developer.

  • 2:40pm-3:00pm –

  • 3:00pm-3:30pm – Bruce Lefebvre “PhoneGap Enterprise and Adobe Experience Manager”

  • 3:30pm-3:45pm – BREAK

  • 3:45pm-4:15pm – Ryan Hanna “Build and Market Your App: Small Team Success”

    This talk will provide the tools and methodologies to help any solo developer or small team build and then market their app to ensure it has the best chance for success. We'll take a transparent look at the early beginnings of Sworkit to where it is now. From a single developer to a team of 10 employees, and from 10 downloads to 10 million. This talk will be a combination of the development and marketing lessons learned and implemented along the way.

  • 4:15pm-4:55pm – TBD

  • 4:55pm-5:15pm – Shazron Abdullah

  • 5:15pm 5:35pm – TJ VanToll and Brian Rinaldi (Telerik)

  • 5:35pm-6:00pm – Panel

  • 6:00pm-8:00pm – Pub mixer and networking

Ski Day

After the conference, join us on Saturday, January 30th for a PhoneGap ski day on Utah’s famous mountains. More details to come!


We’re hosting PhoneGap Day at the beautiful Adobe Lehi Office.

3900 Adobe Way
Lehi, UT 84043


Need a place to stay in Utah? We have room blocks available at:

The Courtyard Marriott in Lehi conveniently located right across I-15 from the Adobe Lehi office. Book online here.

The Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City located 30 minutes north of the Adobe Lehi office. Book online here or call 1 (800) KIMPTON and request a reservation as part of the Adobe Systems Incorporated block.

If reservations are not needed, please cancel 24 hours prior to arrival.


Interested in sponsoring? Email Jen Gray at

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