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Google TechTalk

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Thanks to Andrew I was able to snag a slot at the recently held Google TechTalk, which was held in Makati last Monday, November 19. This event was organized by Philippine Google Country Consultant Aileen Apolo. Two Filipino American Googlers from the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA, Jay Aguilar and Franklin Naval, visited the country to promote awareness about some of the tools and resources Google has made available for developers.

The topics they discussed include iGoogle and Google Gadgets, OpenSocial, Android (which I blogged about before), the Google Summer of Code (c/o Ruben Canlas, who is a mentor for the program), and working at Google. Personally, I’m a wee bit disappointed with the lecture since they haven’t presented anything new that you won’t be aware of even if you follow Google-focused blogs and news. But I would say that the exposition of creating a Google Gadget for iGoogle was quite informative though lacking an actual demo. (But I might probably create a gadget or two just for the heck of it as a result of this talk.)  :)

During the Q&A portion, I asked about whether Google has any plans of tackling Brad Fitzpatrick’s Social Graph Problem and how OpenSocial doesn’t seem to have anything to do with it. Expectedly, Jay and Frank were unable to expound on it because they were not directly involved with the OpenSocial team in Google.

Anyway, I was able to meet up with a bunch of old acquaintances like my U.P. batchmate Joel and orgmate Jem, and newly introduced bloggers like Jon Limjap and Arpee Lazaro. Juned, AJ, Markku, Dax, Karla, and Janette were also there.

Unexpectedly, the blogger events mainstay Clique Booth graced the event. See the wacky pictures!  :D

Aside from the sticker and bookmark Google freebies, I managed to get me one of them highly coveted Google t-shirts! Yay!  :D

Anyway, here are more coverage of the event:

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On 2:26 a.m., 22 Nov 2007, Joel D. wrote:

The talk was to shallow and seemed to be targeted to beginners and not developers. I agree that it was a disappointing event.

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On 3:09 p.m., 22 Nov 2007, mae wrote:

I was there too with my officemates  :D Saw you, but you were busy talking to someone else so I didn’t approach you hehe  :P

Have to agree, it was rather shallow (and kinda boring too, heh) waaaaa nanalo ka ng shirt I’m so envious  :( samin si karla yung nanalo eh T_T

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On 5:51 p.m., 23 Nov 2007, seav wrote:

@Joel, yup, it was too shallow. I guess we developers expected too much for an event. But it’s a start; there has never been any development-oriented Google activity in the Philippines before, only marketing-oriented ones.

@Mae, you were there? Hehe. I guess I was too busy mingling around. There are plenty of other Google-sponsored events in the future; I’m sure you’ll get your chance to grab a Google shirt. Hehe.  ;)

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On 2:57 a.m., 24 Nov 2007, Andrew wrote:

Hey, thanks for the link. I’m sure that as we go along we’ll see more advanced workshops from Google. In the meantime I recommend that you join the Google Group for Pinoy developers.

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On 4:56 p.m., 27 Nov 2007, seav wrote:

@Andrew, yep, I’m expecting better seminars/talks in the future. Hmmm, I think I’ll join the groups when I’m creating my Google Gadgets. Not right now. ;-p

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On 11:03 a.m., 10 Dec 2007, randell wrote:

Got a shirt too! Found a stub under the seat to my left. LOLZ

Shallow indeed. I think they weren’t THAT prepared.

Thanks for the link!

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On 11:58 a.m., 11 Dec 2007, seav wrote:

@Randell, which shirt did you get? I got the Goooooogle one. Hehe.

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On 12:17 p.m., 11 Dec 2007, randell wrote:

I got the Google Developer Day shirt. The Goooooooogle one was too large for me.

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On 4:02 p.m., 29 Dec 2007, seav wrote:

@Randell, I still haven’t tried wearing my shirt (I have to wear it in a geeky event, to make others envious, hehehe), so I’m not sure if it’s too large for me.  :p

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