Monday, 30 December 2013

GDG London in 2013

2013 was a busy year for us in London, seeing our team grow to larger than ever before and organizing the most events we've had in a single year. In annual tradition, I'll be looking back at a few of our highlights from the year - add your own in the comments!

We kicked off the year with one of our most ambitious events Design in Action, a two day mash up of designers and developers to work together to create better looking apps, with some of our favourite speakers giving talks on app design.

After a couple of meetups on Google+ Sign-in and Google Apps Script, we began preparation for our third I/O Extended event. As both myself and our new organizer Radek were both flying out to Google I/O in San Francisco, our remaining organizers in London joined forces with the Londroid group to put on a groundbreaking I/O Extended event, complete with Android chess, Chrome racing and an Ice Cream truck.

June became one of our busiest months with a quick succession of meetups on the Google Cloud PlatformGoogle Maps Mobile APIs and the YouTube APIs. After all that we were glad to have Hoi Lam join organization team and help run the meetups that followed.

We had a full house for our meetup Android for Game Developers, with a number of Google Developer Advocates joining us to give talks Android 4.3, Play Games and Google+ Sign-in.

Our next meetup was the very next day, with Mandy Waite from Google speaking on How (and why) to build your web site with Google App Engine.

As the 2013 DevFest season started around the world, we began our preparations for our own DevFest London 2013. Building on the previous year, we added a second track of talks, to cover a huge range of technologies from Android KitKat, WebRTC and Chrome DevTools to HTML5, AppEngine and Google+ - plus a lot of pizza, beer and burritos! On the second day we held our first ever code lab day, giving attendees an intensive hands on AppEngine and Compute Engine.

We had time for one last meetup on What's new in Dart Language with Chris Bucket before hanging up our GDG T-Shirts for the year.

We'll be announcing our first 2014 meetups shortly, so keep an eye on our Google+ page or register for our mailing list from our

With our largest team ever I think we can make this year even better, but we still need your help - please get in touch to let us know what you'd like to see. Interested in becoming an organizer? We'd love to have you on board, so let us know!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Meetup this week - What's new in Dart language?

Now that *Dart* version 1.0 is out, the language has stabilized, it's a great time to get building *real applications* in Dart. Dart's mission is to solve two key problems facing web developers and app users - that of structure and performance in complex web application.  
+Dart 1.0 has a rich ecosystem of tools, packages and tutorials and you'll see how you can get up and running with this familiar, easy to learn language.

When coupled with Web Components, a new way of building web applications by treating everything as an element you can use Google's Polymer web component project to build modular, fast Dart applications that run in all modern browsers.

Join us and +Chris Buckett at +Campus London to discover how you can make the most of Dart and its tools.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

GDG DevFest London 2013

The second DevFest London, part of the global GDG DevFest season. An exciting two days of Google Developer talks, hacking and fun things to try out, as well as plenty of free time to eat food, drink beer and and meet others developing with Google technology.

Friday, 1st November 2013 - Talks on Android, Chrome, Google+, Google Cloud Platform and fun activities.

Saturday, 2nd November 2013 - Hands on session / code labs on Google Cloud Platform. 

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Friday, 9 August 2013

Meetups next week: Android for Game Developers and App Engine

We have two meetups coming up next week, take your pick, or join us at both!

Android for game developers with Google

August 15th 19:00 at Skills Matter

Come along to hear the latest on Android for gaming developers from Google's Developer relations team. Find out more about Android 4.3, Play Games and Google+ Sign-in.

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How (and why) to build your web site using Google App Engine

August 16th 13:00 at Google Campus

Learn how to develop your site on top of Google's powerful technical infrastructure using App Engine.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Meetup This Evening: Dive into the YouTube APIs

Have you ever wonder how you can use YouTube APIs on your project? Or you're already using YouTube API and want to dive deeper into it?

Join us in Skills Matter this evening at 7pm to hear Jeff Posnick from the YouTube Developer Relations team walk through all the different playback, upload, discovery, and curation options available for both desktop and mobile applications as part of the YouTube API platform.

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Friday, 14 June 2013

Developing on the Google Cloud Platform with Java

Join us for an evening of talks about developing on the Google Cloud Platform with Java, organized by GDG London and London Java Community.

We'll start with a talk from Roman Kirillov a Software Engineer at Google, who will be discussing how to use Google Cloud Endpoints to build third party APIs on AppEngine.

The second talk will be from Mandy Waite a Developer Advocate at Google, who will be talking about the pros and cons of running JVM languages such as Groovy and Scala on Google App Engine

We'll be meeting in Skills Matter on July 10th from 18:30. Find more info and register from Eventbrite and drop your comments and photos on the G+ Event.

Friday, 7 June 2013

New Meetup: Dive into the Google Maps Mobile APIs

First off, a big welcome to Radek Simko, who joins GDG London from Prague. He was a superstar of the successful GDG community in the Czech Republic and we're really excited to have him on board in the UK.

If you're interested in developing for Android or iOS and use Google Maps API for mobile, we hope you'll be able to join us for our next meetup on June 25th at Skills Matter and dive into these APIs with Google Developer Advocates from Google Maps team.

Expected Agenda

18:30 - Registration & networking (pizza & drinks included)
19:00 - Talk from Google Maps Developer Advocate team
20:00 - Networking with Maps DA team and others (drinks included)

Find more info and register from Eventbrite and drop your comments and photos on the G+ Event.

We're hitting the ground running this Summer with another meetup planned for July 10th on the Google Cloud Platform and Java, more details on that one to be announced soon.