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!