Open Device Labs are a shared community resource for testing apps and websites on a variety of phones, tablets and other devices. Instead of only testing on the few devices we personally own, or shelling out for a slightly larger set of test devices, we can build a comprehensive set of devices to share.
Seattle's first ODL opens soon! There is a new coworking site for developers in Fremont called DevLocal. They have graciously offered to host the DevLocal Open Device Lab, and we will have an open house for the coworking site and this ODL on Wednesday, December 18th from 6pm to 9pm. If you'd like to attend, please sign up on their Eventbrite page.
After the 18th, the device lab will be available for free on an appointment basis for those not working at DevLocal. If you'd like to make an appointment, please email me at email@example.com. Depending on demand we'll build out a more sophisticated scheduling service later.
There is also a separate initiative to start an Open Device Lab at a downtown location. You can see what they are up to at ODLSeattle.org
If you have input, please add to this thread I have started on the device-lab group, ping me at @alanstearns on Twitter, or email me.