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.