Monday, December 31, 2012

GDG Philippines in 2012

The year 2012 is about to end and it's time again for our yearend blog post. This year has been one of the busiest year for us. We've had a lot of events and a lot of changes. Below is a slide summarizing our activities for 2012:

Plans for 2013

We're hoping 2013 will be another great year for GDG Philippines. As of now, we're planning on different events for the first quarter: a not-your-typical hackathon on February and a major event on March. For the rest of the year, we're planning at least 1 hackathon, hopefully another GDG DevFest event, and regular meetups and talks.

Thank you for joining and supporting GDG Philippines. See you again next year!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Geekup Party

GDG Philippines will have it's Christmas Geekup Party on December 22 from 4-7PM at Payroll Hero (14th Floor, Picadilly Star Building, 27th St. cor 4th Ave. Bonifacio Global City).

We'll have a P themed Geekup from Programming to Pasta, Pica-Pica, Pizza to Pamasko for the PabloPH survivors in Mindanao. We highly encourage the attendees to bring any kind of pamasko (from towels, blankets, old geek shirts, books, notebooks for kids, canned good and etc) to win limited Google and Android items.

To signup for the event, please register here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sanitation Hackathon 2012

In cooperation with World Bank's Water and Sanitation Program, GDG Philippines will be organizing a Sanitation Hackathon on December 1 and 2, 2012. It will be held in Manila, Baguio, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao and Zamboanga. This hackathon is free!

Sanitation Hackathon is a social good hackathon that aims to develop open technology for sanitation challenges. Sanitation development is important in the well-being in the development of the individual, community and the country. It not only has an impact on health but also on economic development.

In the Philippines, there are still sanitation challenges and problem - including but not limited to access to clean toilets and education - that needs to solved and the winning tools developed during this hackathon will be used to overcome this challenges.

For the Manila hackathon, the venue will be at Globe Valero Telepark (111 Valero Street, Makati City). Registration will be opened in a few days. For more information about the hackathon near you, please wait for the official announcements from the respective GDG.

Update: To register for the Manila hackathon, signup here. We'll be emailing the participants additional details in the next days.


Grand Winner: Team Comfort (Corden Malinao Naraga and Edith Naraga)

1. S Access (Jenina Chua, Angelo Bruce Magpantay, Ralph Vincent Regalado, & Thomas James Tiam-Lee)
2. Spotless (Carlos Gavino & Kimson Wong)

1st Place: SanTrack
2nd Place: A-Toilet!
3rd Place: SaniCheck

1st - Team Comfort (Corden Malinao Naraga and Edith Naraga)
2nd - Team Bangan (Edyl I. Templado)
3rd - Trash Scheduler by Team Innovations (Lord Dalinas and Prynce Comiso)

1st - MAI Team: “SaniStation” (Sanitation Station)
2nd - TeamUC: GARMIS (Garbage Management Information System)
3rd- FortLayer!: Garbage Maintenance

1. TrashIt
2. Waterwatch
3. Waterhole

1. Bomb Squad
2. Street Cred
3. Loo's Clues

You can also watch the video of the announcement of winners(via Hangouts on Air) here. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to our everyone who participated! We would also like to thank Globe Labs for hosting the Manila hackathon and for sponsoring the internet connection in the 6 cities.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pre-Startup Weekend Bootcamps: Cebu and Davao

After a very exciting quarter in Manila, the GDG folks are off to Visayas and Mindanao to help participants prep for Startup Weekend!

We are bringing our tried-and-tested formula to Cebu and Davao! Talking points include:
  • SW: What happens in SWM? What's the agenda? Is there a schedule we should follow?
  • Pitching: What's it like? Should I pitch? What should I have in my 60 second pitch? What should I include in the final Sunday pitch?
  • Teamwork: How are teams formed? If my idea isn't picked, should I leave or join another team? Team culture starts on day one. Don't screw it up.
  • Development Process: Design guidelines, Adopting a "good enough for the weekend" philosophy

Both bootcamps will cover similar topics, including guidelines in pitching, marketing, creating business plans, Android, and how Google's tools can help speed up the development process.

Wanna see pictures? Check out what happened during the Manila bootcamp.

To make it even more worthwhile, please bring your laptops, extension cords, internet sticks, and lots of energy!

Pre-Startup Weekend Davao Bootcamp
November 3, 2012 / Doors open at 9am
Ground Floor, CVA Building, Davao City

Pre-Startup Weekend Cebu Bootcamp
November 10, 2012 / Doors open at 9am
Quest Hotel and Conference Center, Cebu City

We'd like to thank everyone who made this bootcamp possible: GoogleStartup Weekend, and GlobeLabs!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Save the Date: DevFestBCD on November 5th!

We've just turned a year old, and we're celebrating with a DevFest!

Folks in Bacolod and nearby areas (Iloilo and Dumaguete folks are welcome too!), better clear up your schedules on November 5th! We'll be firing up the registration page starting next week, so stay tuned.

For event updates, check out the DevFestBCD blogTo get updates on GDG Bacolod, you can visit the chapter site, or subscribe to the mailing list. You can also find us on Google+Twitter, and Facebook.

Friday, October 19, 2012

GDG DevFest Cebu 2012

After the successful GDG DevFest Philippines last August 4, GDG Cebu will be hosting the first GDG DevFest Cebu on November 7 at Quest Hotel & Conference Center. There will be talks and demos on different Google Developer Technologies. The event is free but slots are limited so register now! For more information, check out

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Geek Girls Unite!

Time to strut those heels, girls! GDG Philippines is happy to announce its first ever Geek Girl Meetup!

The event will be a great venue to bring together women who are passionate about technology in a traditionally male-dominated field. This is also a part of Google and the Google Developer Group's commitment to promote diversity and encourage women to excel in technology.

We will be joined by strong women in tech, including lady Googlers Merci Niebres, Janet Yoon, and Aileen Apolo, as well as Minette Navarette, President of Kickstart Ventures.

Please join us on Tea Party Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Globe Telecom Showroom, Valero Telepark, Valero Street, Salcedo Village in Makati City. The event starts at 6:00 pm.  To register, please fill out the form at

Big hugs go out to GlobeLabs, Kickstart, and QSR for making this event possible!

Pinay geek girls rock! See you at the meetup!

Monday, October 8, 2012

GDGPH at La Consolacion College Mendiola

Last Saturday (October 6), GDG Philippines were invited by Benjamin Caruncho III to La Consolacion College Manila. Community managers Anne Olvido, Chelle Gray and Jomar Tigcal, as well as Geo Advocate Wayne Manuel attended the event. Anne talked about Google Developers Groups (GDGs), Google Docs, Google Forms, Google+, and other Google technologies. Chelle then discussed Google Business Group Philippines and "Thesis Ideas: Where to start?" In the afternoon, Jomar talked about Android Apps development. Wayne did a talk about Google Map Maker and conducted hands-on mapping sessions after.

The events page is available in Google+ while the notes can be viewed here.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Congratulations to the Map Your Town Competition winners!

In case you haven't heard, mapping volunteers all over the country have kicked off a very ambitious plan to hold at least 80 mapUps in just a few months in order to build a better Philippine map. GDGs and mapping volunteers organized mapUps all over the country: Baguio, Pangasinan, Cebu, Bacolod, Dipolog, and Gensan just to name a few. Some RERs even hiked all the way to Sagada!

We'd like to thank everyone who participated, and we hope you'll continue mapping your towns and cities. Through this initiative, your updates can provide assistance to travelers, visitors, even locals, so that nobody gets lost in the Philippines. That makes traveling more fun, right?

After reviewing all the entries, ten mappers contributed the most number of edits. The top 10 mappers will get a netbook each.  For the top mapper, aside from winning a netbook, Google will be donating P100,000 to a public school of his choice.  Congratulations, Reynard Navarro of South Cotabato!
  1. Reynard Navarro
  2. Kiril Van Aguilar
  3. Stephen Kenneth Eliserio
  4. Jerome Locson
  5. Balbino Guerrero
  6. Eulogio Empio
  7. Bjorn Aguilar
  8. Grace Sojor
  9. James Lloyd Atwil
  10. Pepito Carillo, Jr.
You will be individually contacted in the coming weeks regarding your shipping details, so please check your emails.

Want see how some of the maps look like now? Take a look!





General Santos


Related links: Map Your Town Competition Details / Google MapMaker

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Pre-Startup Weekend Bootcamp in Manila!

UPDATE 09/22/2012: Bootcamp Party Mode is ON! Click here to join.

UPDATE 09/15/2012: TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT! We will not be sending any more tickets. To all confirmed registrants, see you tomorrow!

UPDATE 09/15/2012: Regular tickets are now sold out! At this point, we will be sending tickets to registered Startup Weekend Manila attendees only.  Please add yourself to the waitlist so we can manually send you a ticket.  Once we send it out, you need to respond within 24 hours in order to secure your slot.

We're cooking something up (again) with Startup Weekend!

September 22, 2012
10am to 6pm (Doors open at 9am)
MINT College, Taguig (Map)
Register Now!

What Startup Weekend's Partnership with Google Means

By harnessing experts from local GDGs, Pre-Startup Weekend bootcamps will focus on teaching people about Google technologies like Android, AppEngine, HTML5, and different Google APIs that can help them work faster and be more productive during their Startup Weekend project.

During a Startup Weekend there isn't a lot of time for attendees to learn and implement new technologies. By leveraging experienced and knowledgeable members to teach Startup Weekend attendees, we can teach developers new technologies, platforms, services, or APIs.

What can we expect from the Bootcamp?

During the bootcamp, we will be covering everything you will need to survive the Weekend. Talking points include:

  • Intro: What happens in SWM? What's the agenda? Is there a schedule we should follow?
  • Pitching: What's it like? Should I pitch? What should I have in my 60 second pitch? What should I include in the final Sunday pitch?
  • Teamwork: How are teams formed? If my idea isn't picked, should I leave or join another team? Team culture starts on day one. Don't screw it up.
  • Project Management: Thinking behind Lean Startup methodology, SCRUM boards and sticky notes
  • Development Process: Design guidelines, Adopting a "good enough for the weekend" philosophy
  • Google Technologies: Android, HTML5, AppEngine, Maps


     9:00am - 10:00am / Registration
     10:00am - 10:30am / GDG & Startup Weekend Intro
     10:30am - 11:00am / Pitching 101
     11:00am - 12:30pm / Business Canvas
     12:30nn - 1:30pm / Lunch Break
     1:30pm - 3:30pm / Android (Track 1); Django on AppEngine and HTML5 (Track 2)
     3:30pm - 4:00pm / Snacks
     4:00pm - 5:00pm / Practice Pitching
     5:00pm - 5:30pm / Designing for Web & Mobile
     5:30pm - 6:00pm / Closing

What do I need to prepare?

Please bring your laptops, usb/wifi internet sticks and extension cords. Also, depending on the technical session you wish to attend, we would recommend downloading all the necessary IDEs, packages, etc. from the developer sites:

Did we mention we're giving out schwags to those who come early AND prepared? ;)

Is this event free?

Yes, the bootcamp is free! However, should you wish to attend Startup Weekend on September 28-30, please head on over to the Startup Weekend Manila registration page.

How will GDG members benefit from this partnership?

Just like before, GDG members get 20% rebate on Startup Weekend tickets! Please send an email to to request for instructions. Don't forget to include your name, location, and the last GDG/GTUG event you attended.

Rebates will be given during Startup Weekend Manila.

And finally...

We'd like to thank everyone who made this bootcamp possible: Google, Startup Weekend, GlobeLabs, and MINT College!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

GDG DevFest: Until next year...

First off, we'd like to thank everyone for coming to the first community-organized DevFest in the Philippines. We hope you had fun!

We're quite at a loss for words and did not expect awesomeness to happen --- turnout was much better than expected given the horrible weather, plus #DevFestPH trended on Google+ and Twitter!!! THANK YOU!!!

Attendees started to trickle in at around 8am...

... for the 9am hangout out with Christine Songco-LauTimothy Jordan and Stephanie Liu

Keynote by Nelson Mattos, Vice President of Product & Engineering for Europe and Emerging Markets

Innovation at Google by Sebastian Trzcinski-ClĂ©ment...

...and Samuel Cheung.

Pinoy Googlers Dan Delima (App Engine Bootstrapping) and Cathy Candano (AdSense)

JM Ibanez of CodeFlux on HTML5

Aaaand that's a wrap! :)  For more photos and event updates, you can visit the GDG Philippines Google+ page.

We'd like to know what you think! Comments? Requests? You can shoot us an email at We're also on Twitter and Facebook.

Monday, July 16, 2012

GDG Devfest and g|philipppines

GDG (Google Developer Group) Philippines, will be hosting the first GDG DevFest on August 4, 2012. This community organized event promises to be an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the recent developments in Google Developer Technologies and to connect Pinoy developers to Google Developer advocates and engineers. There will be introductory and medium-level sessions on best practices for using Google technologies like AppEngine,Web Services, HTML5 and Android. To know more, visit the official blog at

Also, on August 3 and 4, Google is bringing the first annual g|Philippines in Manila. We're looking forward to engaging with this growing community of students, professors, business leaders, and entrepreneurs who are as passionate about technology as we are. The first day will be Business, Marketing, and Entrepreneur Day while the second is University Day. For more information, visit the site at

The events will be at Asian Institute of Management Conference Center, Benavidez Street, Makati City. See you there!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Map Your Town Competition - Philippines

UPDATE 07/04/2012: We have moved the deadline in order to accommodate the increasing demand for more mapUps. Please note that the new competition deadline is now August 31, 2012.

Early this quarter, more than 500 active mappers and volunteers joined forces across the Philippines in a series of Google Map Maker events that explored the benefits and fundamental steps toward building even more beautiful country maps.

The events kicked off with a Map Maker workshop in Manila, where Advocates and Regional Expert Reviewers worked alongside budding mappers. Their enthusiasm carried over to three Map Maker Summits is Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, where the Filipino mapping community focused on the ways an accurate country map can lend itself to improved community planning, disaster preparedness and tourism.

We have a very ambitious plan to have MapUps in 80 cities across the Philippines and would like to dedicate this activity for Philippine Tourism. Focus will be given on:

  • Tourist spots
  • Airports/Ports/Bus Terminals
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Police Stations
  • Malls / Business Establishments
  • Pasalubong Stores
  • Barangay / City Halls

To kick things up a bit, we will be awarding the top mappers in the country! Please make sure you read the mechanics below for details on how to join the Map Your Town Competition.

For updates, to request for a MapUp or to conduct one in your area, please visit the Mapping the Philippines site at


  1. Interested individuals must register at
  2. This contest is only open to individuals based in the Philippines.
  3. The Map Your Town competition shall start on May 16, 2012 and end on August 31, 2012. Only approved edits during this timeframe shall be considered eligible.
  4. MapMaker Advocates and Regional Expert Reviewers are disqualified from the individual contest.
  5. The top 10 mappers in the Philippines will be awarded with netbooks.  
  6. For the mapper with the most number of contributions in the Philippines, PhP100,000 will be donated to a public school in his/her hometown.

GDG Zamboanga: July & August 2012 Schedule of Events

GDG Zamboanga is going to be busy this July and August 2012. We have a number of events lined up and we're excited for it!

July 2012
August 2012
  • Dipolog/Dapitan City MapUp  (August 10, 2012)
  • Ozamiz City MapUp  (August 11, 2012)
  • GTUG/GDG Zamboanga 2nd Anniversary  (August 20, 2012)
We will be updating this list from time to time so please check us back soon.  Looking forward to see you in our events!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Google I/O 2012 Extended Manila

Can't attend Google I/O 2012? Want to know what's the latest from the event? Join us on our I/O Extended event on June 27 from 6:30 in the evening to 4:00 in the morning of June 28.

The venue will be announced soon as we finalize the details.  If you want to join us, sign up here. Slots are limited so we'll be sending confirmation emails next week. See you there!

The venue will be at  Payroll Hero, 14th Floor, Picadilly Star Building, 27th St. cor 4th Ave. Bonifacio Global City.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Google Apps Challenge Meetup

Are you participating in the Google Apps Dev Challenge 2012? Or do you want to know more about Google Apps and Drive APIs? GDG Philippines is organizing a workshop/hackaton on June 23, 2012 (from one in the afternoon to six in the evening) at the CodeFlux Office.

Those who are interested to join this event should sign up now here. See you there! And if you are joining the competition, good luck!

Due to public request, the GApps Developer Challenge Wokshop will have a hackaton but it will be moved to July 6 7:00 PM to July 7 7:00 PM.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Fire Up Your Computer: The 2012 Google Apps Developer Challenge

Google recently announced the Google Apps Developer Challenge, where developers across the globe will be put to the test to find new and innovative ways to use Apps Script, Apps and Drive APIs. 

Developers in 6 regions across the world will win prizes that include Chromebooks and up to $20,000 USD with additional prizes for all-student teams!

Interested? All you have to do is build and submit an amazing application in one of these categories:
  • Enterprise / Small Business Solutions
  • Social / Personal Productivity / Games / Fun
  • Not-for-Profit: Education / Water / Food & Hunger / Health
  • The Challenge is open to developers worldwide except in select countries/regions
  • Your app is not publicly available through the Google Apps Marketplace, Chrome Web Store or any other website prior to August 24, 2012.
  • Make sure to include a functionality that would enable the judges to fully test-drive your app.
  • You can only form a team of up to three people.

Please visit the Google Apps Developer Challenge site for a complete rundown on the competition. For full details on eligibility, make sure you read the Terms and Conditions.

To help Pinoy developers jumpstart the development process, GDG Philippines will be running workshops and hackathons all over the country. Space is limited, so make sure you register early.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Want FREE tickets to Google I/O?

Calling all Startup Weekend (Manila/Cebu) alumni!

If your startup was built on Google Technologies*, then Startup Weekend wants to hear from you! *means that they are an integral part of your product or service, not that you use Gmail for email.

Google, as a Galactic Sponsor for Startup Weekend, will be giving away four FREE Google I/O passes to the Startup Weekend community. For those who don't know, Google I/O is an annual developer conference.  This year's tickets were sold at $900 a piece and were sold out in 20 minutes.  For more details on the event, head on over to the Google I/O site.

So how do you get a chance to win one of these coveted tickets?

First. Create a 60-second video containing the following info. You can allocate ~20 seconds each per section.

  • About your team
  • About your startup
  • Why you should go to Google I/O

Then upload it to YouTube. Tip: you can leave it as “unlisted” instead of “public” if you don’t want the world to see it.

Second, fill out this application.  You will be asked a few questions about you and your startup. No need to worry about information getting leaked --- these details will only be seen by the Startup Weekend Core Team. Make sure that you can provide the following details:

  • A one-sentence elevator pitch
  • What makes your team a cut above the rest
  • Major technologies your product is built on
  • Your main focus
  • Who will be attending *please discuss this internally among your team.

Startup Weekend will be contacting the lucky winners during the first week of June. Best of luck to everyone!

*Note that this is a worldwide contest, and 4 tickets will be given away for free.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Pre-Startup Weekend Cebu Bootcamp

Google, being the Galactic partner of Startup Weekend, tasked the local chapters of Google Technology User Groups (GTUGs) or the Google Developer Groups (GDGs) to work together with the local organizers of the Startup Weekend to do a Pre-Startup Weekend Bootcamp.

So last Saturday, May 5, 2012, the GTUG/GDG Philippines Community Managers collaborated with the Startup Weekend Cebu organizers and conducted a bootcamp which was held at the ILC-AVR, University of the Philippine - Cebu in preparation for the upcoming Startup Weekend Cebu event this coming May 11-13, 2012 . Close to 50 developers and designers attended the bootcamp with the aim of helping them develop their non-technical and technical skills on building their Startup Weekend Cebu project.

Mark Abella, lead organizer of Startup Weekend Cebu helped us open the bootcamp by giving a brief overview of what to expect this coming weekend during the Startup Weekend Cebu event. Vanessa Orendain, heading the Google Business Groups (GBGs) Philippines did a quick introduction about the group and followed by giving a talk on Pitching, Marketing, and Monetization. A short time was also allotted on practice pitching. Anne Olvido, GTUG/GDG Bacolod Community Manager, gave a short overview on what the GTUG/GDG Philippines community busy with recently.

Technical talks then followed. Albert Padin shared about HTML5 Development, Rico Sta. Cruz discussed on Turning Ideas into Buttons, and lastly the Android Development talk which yours truly presented with Jomar Tigcal and Anne Olvido.

We would like to thank our sponsors - Google, Startup Weekend,  Globe Labs, University of the Philippines - Cebu, and CebuInIT. Thanks as well to those who attended and helped out to make the bootcamp a success!

Looking forward to see you this coming weekend! Good luck to all!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Pre-Startup Weekend Workshop [Updated]

As part of our ongoing partnership with Startup Weekend, we are organizing a series of talks for you to prepare for the event.

We know that during a Startup Weekend event there isn't a lot of time to learn new things. You come in with the tools you have in your belt, and you do the best you can with those. But sometimes those tools aren't enough, which is why we're running this pre-Startup Weekend bootcamp.

For the Manila leg, we’ve prepared technical (Android, HTML5/ Chrome Apps/ Google App Engine) talks as well as non-technical (Pitching, Marketing, Monetization) talks to help prep you for the Weekend. We will then be off to Cebu to talk about Android, HTML5, Google App Engine, and Design. All GTUG/GDG members are invited, please use the registration links below.

In case you haven't see our last post, GTUG/GDG members get 20% discount on tickets! To request for the discount code, please send an email to

Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Schedule, Registration and Venue

Manila Bootcamp
This is a whole-day workshop, on April 14th, 2012. Doors open at 8:30am.
To register for the Manila event, please visit

MINT College
1030 Campus Ave, 2F CIP Building
McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Google Maps Link:
Official Website:

Cebu Bootcamp
This is a whole-day workshop, on May 5th, 2012. Doors open at 8:30am.
To register for the Cebu event, please visit

ILC-AVR, Administration Building
University of the Philippines - Cebu College
Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City
Google Maps Link:
Official Website:


Please bring a laptop and usb/wifi stick (+ extension cords) with the "Getting Started" software requirements, depending on your preferred topic.

App Engine:

Event Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors 

 Venue Sponsors

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Map Maker Summit Mindanao

After the Map Maker Summits in Manila, Visayas and Luzon, it was Mindanao's turn last April 21, 2012. Map Maker Summit Mindanao was held at STI College General Santos City. Almost 140 participants from Mindanao areas attended the event. There were IT professionals, bloggers, students, teachers, and even policemen and policewoman, and a nun.

If you have photos of the summit, please feel free to share it to us.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pre-Startup Weekend Manila Bootcamp

GTUG/GDG Philippines, with the Startup Weekend Manila organizers, conducted a Pre-Startup Weekend Bootcamp last April 14, 2012 at MINT College. Pre-Startup Weekend Bootcamps are part of the partnership between Startup Weekend and Google. These bootcamps are designed to help prepare the Startup Weekend attendees by giving them technical and non-technical talks.

To open the bootcamp, Jomar Tigcal, commmunity manager of GTUG/GDG Philippines and Vanessa Orendain of Google Business Groups Philippines introduced GDG and GBG, respectively. The topics discussed in the morning were Startup Weekend Overview (Christian Besler), Elevator Pitch 101 (Jonathan Lansangan), Business Plan (Art Ilano) and HTML5 / Chrome Apps / Google App Engine (Alfred Gonzales and his PinoyTuner team). In the afternoon, Startup Weekend alumni Rafael Oca, Kit Yee, Riela Antonio shared their experience and gave some tips. Rico Sta. Cruz also discussed Turning Ideas into Buttons and Charo Nuguid talked about Android .

Some of the pictures of the event:
If you have pictures, you may share it to us.

Thanks to our sponsors Globe Labs, QSR, and Mint College and to everyone who attended. See you at the Startup Weekend!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Photowalk in Laoag and Vigan

Calling all photographers (professional/amateur)! Want to learn how to share your photos through Panoramio and Google+?

The Department of Tourism is hosting a photowalk on April 18, 2012 in Laoag/Vigan. Here's the agenda:

6:30am Registration
6:45 - 7:30 am Overview of Google+ and Panoramio
7:30 -9:00 am Photowalk
9:00 - 9:30 am coffee break
9:30 -10:30 am Photowalk
10:30 - 11:00 am head back to base
11:00 -12:00 break and upload photos

To join this free event, please register here.

*Please bring your camera and laptop (so you can join the hands-on session).

Friday, April 13, 2012

Laoag/Vigan Pilot MapUp

The Department of Tourism and Google have partnered to improve the accuracy of Google Maps in over 80 provinces around the Philippines, so as to help tourism and disaster preparedness in the country. The Department of Tourism is hosting a pilot mapUp for Laoag and Vigan on April 18, Wednesday.

Schedule is as follows:
1:30pm Registration
2:00 - 2:30 pm Overview of Google Map Maker
2:30 - 4:00 pm Mapping/Moderating
4:00 - 4:15 pm Snacks
4:15 - 4:30 pm How to Conduct your own MapUp

Please register here if you wish to join. Kindly bring a laptop as well.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Startup Weekend Philippines

Registration is now open for Startup Weekend Manila and Cebu!

What's more, GTUG members get 20% off on tickets! To request for the discount code, please send an email to

Monday, March 26, 2012

Google Map Maker Summits

To kick off the mapUps for tourism and health establishments, we are inviting mapUp organizers and mappers to attend the Google Map Maker summits in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao!

Here are the schedules:
April 12, 2012
For more details and to register, check out

April 14, 2012
For more details and to register, check out

April 21, 2012
General Santos City
For more details and to register, check out

For more announcements, please join the Mapping the Philippines mailing list and follow the page here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Google Map Maker Manila Workshop

AM: Google Map Maker
PM: Google Map Maker Moderating, Panoramio and SketchUp

Speakers: Map Maker team

When: March 17, Saturday
Registration: 8:30am
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Session Starts Promptly at 9:00am
Venue: Makati

Slots are limited so sign up now here. For more details please join the Philippine Map Maker Community mailing list at

Due to limited slots, we will be sending confirmation mails to attendees one week before the event.

Update: The venue will be at Asian Institute of Management Conference Center

Monday, March 5, 2012

IT Olympics 2012

GTUG Philippines community managers Jomar Tigcal and Chelle Gray were invited as judge in the Android Apps Development Contest in the Intercollegiate IT Olympics 2012. The event, which was organized by the College of Computer Science of University of Makati (UMAK) was held last March 1 at the Mini Theater in the Admin Building of UMAK. Aside from them, the other judges were Alfred Ocon, the developer of the Pinoy Henyo Android App and an alumnus of UMAK; and Ronillo Ang, the developer of the BlueMine Android App.

There are two categories for the Android Competition: Game and Productivity. Four Android apps were submitted and presented, two per category. The apps in the Game category are Mnemosyne, a multi-player Memory game with a twist, and Bartendroid, an alcohol drinks mixing game (This app was started during the GADC Manila). For the Productivity category, the apps are TechnoDock, an app that can launch apps for easier access, and Monchi, a parental monitoring app for their student childrens.

The winners in the Android Competition are Jerone M. Altura, Jerard Joseph M Buencamino and Daryl Edward R. Dela Cruz of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Mnemosyne) for the Game category and Louis Michael Concepcion and Gabriel Antonio Aguila of University of Makati (Monchi) for the Productivity category. The Android competition was just one of the IT contests held that day. Others include Research Project, Digital Electronics, PC Assembly/Disassembly, Computer Networking, Java Programming contests.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

GADC Manila and Bacolod

In the weekend of February 17-19, 2012,  GTUG Philippines, along with eight other GTUG and Android user groups in South East Asia, participated in the Global Android Dev Camp 2012. There were two legs in the Philiipines: Manila  and Bacolod. Forty developers and five mentors attended GADC Manila in CodeFlux office (Makati City) while 35  attended GADC Bacolod in Colegio San Agustin.

At the end of the 48-hour hackaton, eleven apps were presented in Manila and 6 in Bacolod. The Android apps presented in Manila were Lemon Tracker, TaksiDroid, San Tayo, ScrabbleLITZ, JediForce, Knockout, mRTrackr, Bartendroid, Kalawakan Fighters,QoSMe and ShareYourItinerary. For Bacolod, the apps were Educate My Baby, SMSEncrypter, Elemental Fusion, USLS College Wars Game, global clock widget and NamNam.

The winners of the Globe Labs Choice Awards are LemonTracker, Share My Itinerary and mRTracker. They were given a cash prize of twenty thousand pesos (PhP 20,000.00) gross of taxes, and a chance to pitch to Globe Management and partners to commercialize the app to a larger and regional market. Anne Michelle Santos awarded the prizes. She also gave Globe Labs Special Award to QoSMe, JediForce, Elemental Fusion, and College Wars. They will receive two seats/tickets to Startup Weekend Manila on April.

The winners of Smart’s Awesomest App Award are USLS College Wars Game (GADC Bacolod) and Share your Itinerary (GADC Manila). They will receive 5 Netphones each. Paul Pajo, Smart’s Developer Evangelist, also gave Smart's Jury Prize to TaxiDroid for using ApplaudCloud.

A Cloud Fone Ice and some Globe Labs shirts were also raffled off during the event. Mark Joseph Garrovillas won the Ice+. The event was made possible through the following sponsors: Globe and Globe Labs, Smart, QSR, Cloud Fone, Airphil Express, Colegio San Agustin, CodeFlux and of course Google!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

GTUG Philippines Show-and-Tell Meetup 2012

Like last year, our first activity for 2012 was a show-and-tell meetup of apps developed using Google Technologies. It was held at Orange and Bronze office last January 31. Erwan Mace from Google Singapore also joined us in this meetup. Here is the list of those who presented their apps:
Some pictures of the event can be found here. Thanks to everyone who attended. Our next event is the Global Android Dev Camp 2012. For more details, visit this blog post.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Global Android Dev Camp in Manila and Bacolod!

Think global. Hack local. 48 hours straight.

From February 17 to 19, we will be building awesome Android apps. If you already have a great app concept, bring that idea with you to the event. Even better, bring along anything you have prepared ahead of time (sketches, designs, mockups, etc.) and use the time and information provided to develop your idea into a working application, then share it with the world. At the end of the event, we'll invite you to share your application with the group, or maybe upload a video for everyone to see.

What do participants need? Android developers and designers will be at the event to help you learn Android and write your application. Participants need to bring their own laptop and app ideas.

Who Are Invited? Architects. Developers. Designers. Testers. Anyone who would help out during the development process, really. Imagine an event where you could build an app from conceptualization to launch in 48 hours. Of course, it helps if you come prepared, armed with research and design, but we're open to first-timers.

We will be sending confirmation emails to attendees one week before the event.

For more information, please visit the GADC Blog.

To register, please select your preferred site: Manila / Bacolod

*Credits: Global Android DevCamp webkit from Marie Schweiz, updated by Welborne Laguinday.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Bacolod GTUG Weekend: January 2012

Join us on Saturday, January 14th, 2-5pm at Kuppa Coffee and Tea as we (formally) introduce GTUG to Bacolod! I say "formally" because we've had two Mapping Parties last year --- one to introduce MapMaker to Negros Occidental LGUs, and another at the University of St. La Salle for the benefit of the Philippine Red Cross.

Then, we will be dropping by Colegio San Agustin to chat with CS and CE majors about Mobile Applications Development.

What makes a killer app? We ask Chelle Gray and JM Ibanez, co-founders at CodeFlux, how mobile applications are built from the ground up.

Richard Grimaldo, Technology Chief at Vibal Publishing, will talk about how the company has evolved from publishing textbooks to developing interactive books for young kids.

After developing your applications, now what? How do you market and monetize? Michelle Santos, Developer Relations Manager at GlobeLabs will be joining us via Hangout to discuss monetization options, as well as a brief overview on how the organization can help out the developer community.

For those who'd like to join us at the meetup, you can fill out the form here. Big thanks to GlobeLabs for sponsoring the meetup and Colegio San Agustin for inviting us!

Two events in three days. Quite a load? Nah. Of course, we're reserving Sunday for an entire day of foodtripping. Want a preview? Check out this blog entry from DessertComesFirst.

Drooling now? Fly in and join us at the next meetup! We'd be more than happy to give you a tour of the city. Be prepared though, cause you'll definitely gain 3 pounds in 2 days. ;)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Show-and-tell meetup

We will be having our first meetup for the year on January 31 (7-10PM) at the Orange and Bronze office (Penthouse, CJV Building, 108 Aguirre St., Legaspi Village, Makati City) [Map]. It will be another show-and-tell meetup of apps built using Google technologies, especially those made last 2011.
Now is your chance to demonstrate your cool apps and attract more users. You can also attend to see apps made by Filipinos and support them. If you are interested to attend, fill up this form.