I'm One of the First Recipients of a Ara Phone and I'm Attending the 2nd Developers Conference At Google HQ on Wednesday. AMA Questions or Concerns About Project Ara!
TLDR - Heard about Ara through Reddit. Stayed up late watching sci-fi and drinking lots of beer, thinking about how a modular device and store would look like. Was selected, and now I'm giving back to Reddit. AMA on Project Ara.
Was browsing Reddit a little over a year ago and saw an interesting article about a Alpha program for Project Ara called dscout. It's an app, and basically Google invited the Internet to detail their concerns and desires for a modular phone. One mission was to build our own Ara phone out of crafting supplies.
Over 90,000 people participated from dozens of countries, only 102 were selected. I was one of the first 17 chosen at the last Dev Con. I believe they chose me for my love of building computers and comparing these future modules to current computer hardware labeling (660ti, r8-290x, i7 4770k, etc). Plus I predicted many aspects of Project Ara before the first Dev Con. Like various sizes for the endoskeleton or platform (small, medium, large) and the ability to use various modules in any port or socket. Plus, I focused a lot on how a family might interact with a modular phone. Like creating a case for multiple platforms and modules to rest in, since each module is technically a choking hazard for small children.
Basically, I told myself I'd overachieve this bitch through lots of sweat and weed. They told us to build one prototype, I built four. Every single question or mission I wrote paragraphs instead of sentences. Then after I was selected, I made it my mission to inform Reddit about Project Ara. In fact, I'm trying to make /r/ProjectAra the number one area for all Ara related information. I'd say our wiki is the only one of its kind regarding a list of all known and suspected companies developing for Project Ara.