Twitter announced a series of mobile developer conferences to be held around the world, as well as its first app contest, as it looks to drive use of its Fabric developer tools.
The Flock tour will see Twitter’s developer advocates and engineers cover the US until the middle of February before branching out to London on 19 February, followed by Berlin (26 Feb) and New York City (11 March).
It will then visit Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangalore and Sao Paulo in the spring, with the southern hemisphere penciled in for the autumn.
“We believe the next great app can come from anywhere so we are going everywhere we can to help you learn how to use Fabric to build great apps,” Twitter said in a post on its Developer Blog.
The company also announced Hatch, a global app developer contest.
Ten finalists will present their ideas at a Hatch Gala event in San Francisco in July, with the winner meeting Twitter executives with opportunities to meet potential investors and receive cash for their project.
Twitter said many developers have started to use the various Fabric ‘kits’ aimed at tackling app challenges around stability, distribution, revenue and identity.
It announced some updates to the Fabric Kits, including the addition of share links and crash-to-tester identification to the Beta distribution tool and a self-service app installs tracking feature.
The advertising-focused MoPub Kit gains the ability to support rich media ads in banners and interstitial ad units.