Digia to host Qt Developer Day in China

BlackBerry and Jolla join Digia as top sponsors to further drive Qt usage in China

[Beijing], April 25, 2013 — In response to the rapidly growing use of the Qt cross-platform application and user interface development framework in China, Digia has announced that it will host its first Qt Developer Day in Beijing on June 6, 2013. The event will include various presentations and workshops on Qt hosted by Digia and main sponsors BlackBerry® and Jolla.

Qt’s ability to help create compelling applications with rich graphics and velvet-like animations and then deploy them across multiple platforms with ease has led to it being used by over 500,000 developers worldwide. Anyone targeting desktop, embedded or mobile platforms – or, most likely, a combination of these – will recognise the benefits of being able to develop quickly and then deploy to other platforms simply by recompiling. This allows users to meet the twin aims of reducing time to market and maximising return on investment. The recent adoption of Qt by BlackBerry® for its BB10 Cascades™ development framework and by Jolla for its Sailfish OS SDK (software development kit) has added further momentum to the growth of Qt use.

Qt Developer Day China, which will be held at the Chang Fugong Hotel in Beijing, will include keynote speeches from Tommi Laitinen, Digia SVP on Qt and Digia’s future strategy, and Lars Knoll, Digia, Qt CTO and Qt Project Chief Maintainer focusing on the current status and planned roadmap for Qt together with two parallel tracks of technical sessions. The latter will cover introductions to Qt 5, Qt Quick and the Qt Creator integrated development environment, providing information relevant for those interested in desktop, embedded and mobile application development. There will also be dedicated sessions on Qt for BlackBerry 10 and the Jolla SDK and Qt for embedded and mobile development including Android & iOS. Technical staff from Digia’s Chinese operation will host the technical tracks along with expert speakers from BlackBerry and Jolla.

Mike Zhou, Developer Advocate at BlackBerry said, “The BlackBerry 10 platform has been very well received by developers around the world. Developers who use Qt are able to create very rich and fluid native applications for the BlackBerry 10 platform. There is an insatiable demand from BlackBerry customers for apps, and the new platform presents an exciting opportunity for developers in China ahead of our planned launches.”

Stefano Mosconi, CTO at Jolla added: “We wanted to provide developers with the best tools to give them the opportunity to create the best apps for our Sailfish mobile platform. Given our roots in MeeGo it was a natural choice to go for Qt to support our UI and include Qt Creator in the Sailfish OS SDK." Sami Pienimäki, VP Sales at Jolla continues: "As we see enormous potential in China, both as a market for handsets and also as a source of application development, we were very pleased to be able to join Digia and participate in the Qt Developer Day China.”

A full agenda, registration and further information can be found at the Qt Developer Day China 2013 information site. http://qt.digia.com/cn/qtdevday .

For more information:

Katherine Barrios
Digia Plc
+47 95 14 64 14
katherine.barrios@digia.com

About Qt

Used by over 500,000 developers worldwide, Qt is a full framework that enables the development of powerful, interactive and platform-independent applications. Qt applications run native on desktop, embedded and mobile host systems, enabling them to deliver performance that is far superior to other cross-platform application development frameworks. Qt’s support for multiple platforms and operating systems allows developers to save significant time related to porting to other devices.

Qt is created by developers for developers where making developers’ lives easier is top priority. It provides an incomparable developer experience with the tools necessary to create amazing user experiences. Qt is platform agnostic and believes in making sure that all developers are able to target multiple platforms with one framework by simply reusing code. Qt gives freedom to the developer. Code less. Create more. Deploy everywhere.

About Digia, qt

Digia is responsible for all Qt activities including product development and commercial and open source licensing. Since March 2011, Digia Plc, the Helsinki-based services and consulting powerhouse listed in the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki exchange (DIG1V) has been the commercial licensor of Qt. In September 2012 Digia acquired the full Qt business from Nokia. Digia operates in China, Finland, Germany, Norway, Russia, Sweden and USA.

Digia’s goal is to provide desktop, embedded and mobile developers and companies with the most powerful cross-platform UI and application framework. Together with its licensing, support and services capabilities, Digia, Qt operates with the mission to work closely with developers to ensure that the projects are deployed on time, within budget and with a competitive advantage. http://qt.digia.com

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Developers who use Qt are able to create very rich and fluid native applications for the BlackBerry 10 platform. There is an insatiable demand from BlackBerry customers for apps, and the new platform presents an exciting opportunity for developers in China ahead of our planned launches.
Mike Zhou, Developer Advocate at BlackBerry
Given our roots in MeeGo it was a natural choice to go for Qt to support our UI and include Qt Creator in the Sailfish OS SDK.
Stefano Mosconi, CTO at Jolla