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!