Monday, December 30, 2013

Student Developers Day 2014 Pre-Event Survey

GDG Philippines is organizing a Student Developers Day in Manila next year (around the first quarter). To help us plan the event, please fill up and share the form at

Saturday, December 7, 2013


GDG Philippines turned 6 (on November 19) and +Eiji Kitamura, Chrome Developer Advocate ,was in town so we organized Chrome Dev and GDGPH Anniversary GeekUp last November 29, 2013.

We started the meetup with a video from +Van Riper and +Adriana Cerundolo from the Google Developer Relations Team in Mountain View.

The meetup was held at Globe Corporate Showroom. After Eiji's talk about Chrome Dev Tools, +Jomar Tigcal  presented the history and future of GDG Philippines. +Anne Michelle Santos,  Developer Relations Manager of Globe Labs, also gave a talk about their newly launched APIs. Gino Tria +Gino Tria of +Collabspot presented their entry to the Google Cloud Developer Challenge.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

GCDC Workshop Wednesdays

Google recently launched the Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013. Google Cloud Developer Challenge (GCDC) is a "contest designed to motivate and reward entrants who develop applications that are based on Google's Cloud Platform that are original and relevant to the region in which they live".

Two of the winners last year are from the Philippines: Collabspot Notetaker and Events KIT. The deadline for the first round submissions is on November 21. Submission will be opened on October 22.

To prepare those who would like to join the competition, GDG Philippines is organizing a series of workshops called GCDC Workshop Wednesdays at (6:00-9:00 PM) at Globe Corporate Showroom (Ground Floor, Valero Telepark, # 111, Valero Street, Makati City) [Map]

Below are the schedule so far:
We'll be announcing additional workshops soon. Signup forms will be available starting tomorrow. Add GDG Philippines Google+ Page in your Google+ circles for updates.

Update: Thanks to everyone who attended our #GCDC #WorkshopWednesdays. Here is the link to the Hangouts on Air of our workshops: Good luck to your entries to the Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013! Thanks also to Globe Labs for sponsoring the venue.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

GDG DevFest Philippines 2013

It's DevFest season once again! GDG Philippines is organizing GDG DevFest Philippines 2013 on September 17 at Alphaland Southgate Tower. What is a DevFest? DevFests are community-organized events that provides the opportunity for developers to learn about Google technologies and other developer products. This event is free; but slots are limited, so sign up early! To register and get more details about the event, visit our events website at (Registration will be opened soon!) We'll be posting updates there and on our Google+ Page so add us in your Google+ Circles.

Note: We're still finalizing the agenda and the list of speakers! We'll be posting updates on our events site and on our Google+ page.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pre-Startup Weekend Manila Bootcamp

Startup Weekend is coming back to Manila this August! GDG Philippines is organizing a Pre-Startup Weekend Bootcamp to help participants prepare for the weekend.

Pitching 101 - Stefano Fazzini / TwitMusic
Project Management - Ann Jacobe / Shoephoric
Business Model & Customer Development - Kenneth Reyes-Lao / WeddingLabs
Publicity and Social Media - Ros Juan / Movent
Teamwork - Riela Antonio / Ventee
Technical sessions include AppEngine, HTML5, and Maps CodeLabs. We're also giving away $1000 worth of AppEngine credits, details to be announced during the bootcamp!

If you would like to join us, please register at Also, check the Google+ Events page at

GDGPH Friday Night Geek Out: The Internship

Watch the most anticipated geek movie of the year, The Internship with fellow GDG Philippines members at Greenbelt 3.

Five GDGPH members will also get a chance to win two movie tickets each. To join, add GDG Philippines in your circles and post in the Google+ Events Page your most memorable internship experience until 12:00 noon of August 15, 2013. We'll be announcing the winners in the evening of August 15.

To learn more about the movie, visit

Note: We'll be posting on the events page the specific time and cinema, as soon as details are available.

Friday, July 26, 2013

GDGPH: Apps Promotion and Monetization Meetup

In the Philippines, hackathons are happening left and right. Filipino developers have produced a good number of application for both web and mobile across the different platforms available. However, the biggest concern is that most of these developers don't get the traffic that they serve and don't earn from the application they have work so hard to develop.

With this concern in mind, +GDG Philippines and +GBG Makati organized the Apps Promotion and Monetization Meetup last night (July 25, 2013) at +Commune in Makati City. Out of the 44 developers that have signed up, we have confirmed only 20. These 20 developers were picked because they either have an app idea or they already have an app out there.

After serving dinner to the participants (talk about the really delicious Chicken adobo!), the meetup started with +Rosario Juan, a social media expert, owner of +Commune, and Community Manager of +GBG Makati, discussed about tips & tricks on how the developers could promote their application. Ros' presentation is available through this link.

Ros Juan of GBG Makati and Commune
These was followed by a talk by Howard Dy Go of Mochibits, a game development company. Howard shared with the participants the realities of apps monetization and how monetization should rule their development. His slides are available here.

Howard Dy Go of Mochibits
There was also an open forum after Howard's presentation when developers asked their questions to the speakers and when the other participants shared their thoughts, as well.

+Anne Michelle Santos of +Globe Labs shared on how people monetize from web applications and said the closing remarks for the meetup.

Thank you +Commune and +Globe Labs for making this event possible. Thank you so much to Ros and Howard for sharing your time, knowledge, and experience to the community. Lastly, thank you to all the developers who made time for the meetup and we hope that you got a better idea on how you could promote and monetize your apps.

Thank you to all those who attended the meetup!

Photos are taken from +Reymart Canuel.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

GDGPH: GBG-GDG Philippine Transit App Challenge Bootcamp

Last July 13, four bootcamp for the Philippine Transit App Challenge were organized by the different Google Developer Group and Google Business Group across the Philippines. There was a bootcamp in Cagayan de Oro City (organized by +GDG Cagayan de Oro and +GBG Cagayan de Oro), Cebu City (organized by +GDG Cebu) and Bacolod City (organized by +GDG Bacolod and +GBG Bacolod).

In Manila, +GDG Philippines together with +GBG Quezon City+GBG Makati+GBG San Juan and +GBG Pasig organized the GBG-GDG Philippine Transit App Challenge Bootcamp in the Orange and Bronze Software Labs, Inc. office in Makati City. There were 30 attendees to the event with one team sure of joining the PTAC already.

The event started at around 10:00 AM with Ms. Patricia Mariano from Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) discussing the objective of the challenge as well as the available public data from DOTC. Her presentation is available through this link.

Ms. Patricia Mariano of DOTC
After the session of Ms. Mariano, +Pol Faustino from Orange and Bronze discussed about code management using Git. The users learned the basic of Git as well as the best practices on how to better manage their codes during the contest period. His presentation is available through this link.

Pol Faustino from Orange and Bronze
This was followed by a session by Camille Zapata, a freelance user interface and user experience expert, on quality user interfaces. One of the evaluation criteria of the challenge was quality interface, thus the attendees of the bootcamp learned what it means to have a quality UI. Her presentation is available through this link.

Camille Zapata a freelance UI expert
During lunch, the participants used the time to ask their questions to the speakers.

+Pol Faustino personally teaching the attendee on how to use Git during lunch

After lunch, +Edge Dalmacio, co-founder of, discussed and demonstrated the power of Google App Engine. He showed how to deploy applications in GAE and discussed the pricing model.

Edge Dalmacio of

The next topic is Google Maps with +Lorenzo Dee as speaker. Enzo is the co-founder of together with Edge. He showed the different html and Javascript code necessary to show direction from Point A to Point B and shared their application which uses both GAE and Google Maps. His presentation is available through this link.

Lorenzo Dee of

The last topic for the day is about tips and tricks on how one could promote their application. One of the evaluation criteria for the app challenge is public voting, thus, we invited social media guru and GBG Makati Community Manager +Rosario Juan to discuss with the developers the different ways they could promote their app.

Ros Juan of GBG Makati

The video recording of the bootcamp is available in the YouTube Playlist below:
Note: we're still trying to upload the rest of the bootcamp.

Thank you everyone who attended!

Thank you so much to all the participants who joined us in the boot camp and hopefully you create applications that would help solve the transit problem of the government. Thank you so much to all our speakers for sharing your time and knowledge in making this event possible. Lastly, Thank you +Orange & Bronze Software Labs for supporting our event in such short notice.

After the 13th of July, the bootcamp was also organized in other key cities across the country: Zamboanga City (by +GDG Zamboanga), Baguio City (by +GDG Baguio and +GBG Baguio), Ilo-Ilo City (by +GBG Iloilo with +GDG Bacolod), Zamboanga City (by +GDG Zamboanga), Davao City (by +GDG Davao and +GBG Davao), General Santos City (by +GBG General Santos), and Bontoc, Mountain Province (by +GDG Halsema). With these series of bootcamp, the Google communities hope to inspire, motivate, and equip the participants with the right tools and ideas in helping address the transit problems of the Philippines.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The New Google Maps Meet-up

Last July 12, 2013, Google Developer Group - Philippines with SmartDevNet organized the New Google Maps Meet-up in Smart Jump Experience Center.

The meet-up started with GDG Community Manager +Jomar Tigcal  giving an overview about what the community is, what GDG does, and what are the past and upcoming events of +GDG Philippines. Most of the 40 participants were students and it was their first time to attend a community organized event.

The attendees during the meet-up

This overview was followed by GDG Community Manager and Geo-Advocate +Wayne Manuel. He discussed the New Google Maps. Wayne was using the huge touch screen television/monitor in Smart Jump Experience Center to show the participants the new Google Maps. He also shared the different ways the Maps API can be used depending on the need of the app or site.

Wayne Manuel

Also, during the meet-up, +Carlson Orozco presented his application called which uses Google Maps and Google Maps API. The app is a Philippine location-based classified ads.

Carlson Orozco presenting his app called

Group Picture with all the attendees
Thank you so much SmartDevNet for hosting us and the support to GDG. Thank you to all those who attended the event and see you on our next meet-up!

Friday, July 5, 2013

GDG Philippines July Events

July will be a busy month for GDG Philippines. We have three events this month: a Maps meet up, a bootcamp for the Philippine Transit App Challenge, and an Apps Monetization meetup.

Google Maps Meetup

Have you seen the new Google Maps which was anounced in Google I/O 2013? We're having a meet up about it and the Maps APIs on July 12 (07:00 PM to 09:00 PM) at Smart Jump Experience Center, Megamall. This event is sponsored by Smart DevNet. For more details about the meet up, check out the Google+ events page.

GDG-GBG Philippine Transit App Challenge Bootcamp

Joining the Philippine Transit App Challenge? GDG Philippines, GBG Quezon City, GBG Makati, GBG Mandaluyong and GBG San Juan brings you the GBG-GDG Bootcamp. We have arrange the topics that will help you get ready for the challenge. This event will be on July 13 from 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM at Orange and Bronze Software Labs, Inc. (3rd Floor, CJV Building, 108 Aguirre Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City) For more details about the bootcamp, check out the Google+ Events page.

Apps Monetization Meetup

In collaboration with GBG Makati and Globe Labs, we will have an apps monetization meetup on the last week of the month. In this meetup, we'll have talks about various ways on how you can monetize your apps. We're still finalizing details about it as of now. We'll be updating this post as soon as we we have the details.

To be more updated about GDGPH events, check our website, add our Google+ Page in your circles, follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook Page.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Google I/O 2013 Extended Manila

GDG Philippines organized Google I/O 2013 Extended Manila at Center Stage Family KTV & Resto Bar (Jupiter Street, Makati City) from 8:00 PM of May 15 to 03:00 AM of May 16, 2013.

+Jomar Tigcal +Celine Marie Barrozo, and +Wayne Manuel, the organizers of the event gave introductory talks. Jennifer Cho, developer relations manager of Tapjoy talked about monetizing apps while representatives from Smart and Globe also gave some talks. The show-and-tell began afterwards. The following apps were presented: Tripid (Michael Ngo Dee), Whack a Bunny Game (Tony Martinez), Portable Student Record Sheet (Victor Avila), e-Leksyon 2013 (Trina Florencio), Tudlo (Vince Loremia), and RideIn (Rai Escarez). We also had a few minute hangout with  +Anne Olvido, who is in San Francisco for Google I/O. After the show-and-tell, we started watching the keynote.

Google I/O 2013 Extended Manila was sponsored by Google, Tapjoy+Globe Labs+SMART DevNet, Kickstart, and Ideaspace. The other I/O Extended events in the Philippines were held in BaguioBacolodCebuCagayan de OroDavao, and Sagada.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Google I/O Extended

Can't go to San Francisco for Google I/O 2013? Get the I/O experience by attending Google I/O Extended events being organized by Google Developers Group worldwide. In the Philippines, there are seven (7) Google I/O Extended events: ManilaBaguioBacolodCebuCagayan de OroDavao, and Sagada.

The Manila I/O Extended event, will be held at Center Stage Family KTV & Resto Bar (Jupiter Street, Makati City) from 8:00 PM of May 15 to 03:00 AM of May 16. Slots are limited so register now here. We will be sending out confirmation emails in the next days.

Aside from watching the keynote and sessions live, we'll also have a show-and-tell of apps. Take the awesome opportunity to connect with other local talented developers and watch the keynote and other sessions live. See you there!

Update (May 9, 2013): We will be closing the sign-up for Google I/O Extended Manila. For those registered, please wait for a confirmation email to ensure your slot within the week.

The Manila I/O Extended is supported by:

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Save the Date: Pre-Startup Weekend Bootcamp!

April 20, 2013
10am to 6pm (Doors open at 9am)
MINT College, Taguig (Map)

UPDATE 04/16/2013: 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.

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.
  • Google Technologies: AdSense, HTML5, AppEngine, Maps
We'll be talking about a whole bunch of stuff, including...

Building a Business for the Web & Your App - Cathy Candano, Strategic Partner Manager, Online Partnerships Group, Google SEA
Maps API - Wayne Manuel, GDG PH Community Manager, Geo Advocate, and MapMaker Global Competition Winner
Voice API - Michelle Santos, Developer Relations Manager, GlobeLabs

Is this event free?

Yes, the bootcamp is free! Should you wish to attend Startup Weekend on April 26 to 28, 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 namelocation, and the last GDG event you attended.

Rebates will be given during Startup Weekend Manila.

Also, Google is offering startups $1,000 of credit to start building applications on Google App Engine. Apply for App Engine for Startups at We'll be discussing the program in detail (including the GAE verification code) during the event.

Event Sponsors

We'd like to thank everyone who made this bootcamp possible: GoogleStartup WeekendGlobeLabs, and MINT College!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

GDG Devfest Women Philippines

GDG Philippines organized GDG Devfest Women Philippines last March 9, 2013 at Globe Corporate Showroom, Valero Telepark.

For other details about the event, check the website at or check the Google+ events page at

The event was made possible through our sponsors Globe Labs and QSR.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

GDG Baguio and PSITE organize Android and Google Maps API v3 Workshop

To help equip and update students with android and Google technology, the Google Developer Group (GDG) Baguio +GDG Baguio in partnership with the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE) conducted a seminar-workshop on android programming and Google Maps API v3 at the University of Baguio on February 9, 2013.

+Marcial Jr. Pua, Software Engineer from Orange and Bronze Labs discussed the Basics of Android Development; he encouraged participants to build task applications that are beneficial to the modern technology and will serve as a tool for improvement. Meanwhile, GDG Baguio community manager +Reymart Canuel introduced the Google Maps API, a web service that lets you render and customize Google maps into your website.

A total of 62 participants from six different universities and an Information Technology company joined the workshop which includes University of Baguio, Saint Louis University, AMA Computer College – Baguio, Benguet State University, STI College Baguio, University of the Cordilleras and Texas Instrument.

Vladimer Dagdag, 4th year IT student in University of Baguio coding a Google Maps API v3 script during the workshop.
“My knowledge about Android that I learned a year ago was refreshed and it definitely served a kick start to learn more about developing mobile apps” +Lea Malanum, participant from the University of Baguio said during an interview.
The said event is co-sponsored by Globe, Globelabs, Orange and Bronze labs and the University of Baguio.

Written by +Chino Chow

Edited by +Reymart Canuel

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hack for Fun

Hack for Fun. Hack for Love.

On February 9-10, GDG Philippines is organizing a different kind of hackathon. Hack for Fun is the first hackathon of GDG Philippines for the year 2013! Join us as we hack fun apps and win special prizes. All you need to do is use any Google Technology and combine it with another API or platform. Register with your friends, colleagues, or special someone.

The hackathon will be from 9AM to 9PM of February 9 and 9AM-3PM on February 10 at Globe Corporat'e Showroom, Valero Telepark (111 Valero St., Salcedo Village Makati City). To signup for the event, register here. We will be sending confirmation email in the coming days.

This event is also supported by Globe Labs

Events pages:

See you there!

Post-Event Update

More than twenty attendees participated in the event. They produced 7 apps. The winning apps are <3 by Alron Jan F. Lam, Lordd Michael N. Lazaro and Richmond Ivann C. Liclican; Half-eaten Food by Bryan Zarzuela and Nicole Antonette del Rosario (Second), and Yatta! by Ino Gamalindo (Third). Prizes include Android plushies or teddy bear, gift certificates, Android USB and Globe Tattoo sticks. We also gave special awards.

Hangouts on Air:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

First Meetups of GDG CDO and GDG Halsema

Last Saturday (January 26), two of the newest GDGs (Google Developers Group) in the Philippines, GDG CDO and GDG Halsema had their first meetups.

GDG Cagayan de Oro had their first meetup from two to six in the evening at Dynasty Court Hotel, Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao, Philippines. Around 86 participants attended the meet up. For photos and other details, check the Google+ events page.

GDG Halsema had their first meetup from eight to twelve in the morning. Twenty six attendees joined the meetup at at Mountain Province State Polytechnic College. For photos, please check the Google+ events page.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

GDG Cebu To Stage First 2013 Meetup

GDG Cebu is thankful with the overwhelming support that it has received from its supporters, sponsors and members. 

 As an opening salvo for the new year 2013, Cebuano GDGers will open the year with a Karaoke Night that will unveil future plans and events of the community. 

Here are the details below:

More information about the event can be found here:
When: January 26, 2013 (Event Starts at 7PM) 
Where: Amnezia SuperClub, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines 
Who: GDG Cebu Community Members (Since we are working on a limited budget, we can only accomodate up to 25 members only for this event) 
Registration Form: 
Blog  Post: 
Official Event Page:
Please RSVP by signing up here:

Follow us by joing the the GDG Cebu Community or Follow us at Twitter @gdgcebu for twitter updates. You can also email them at gdgcebu[at] .

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

GDG Zamboanga - January 2013 Meetup

We had an awesome year for GDG Philippines last 2012 and GDG Zamboanga Chapter is so excited to start the year with 2 events this month!
  • Google Maps API & Google+ Workshop
    Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 1PM-5PM
    Venue: e-Learning Center, Zamboanga City
    Google+ Event Page
  • GDG Zamboanga Pizza Party
    Date: Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 6:30PM-9PM
    Venue: Mr. Bean Cafe, Catribo Complex, Zamboanga City
    Google+ Event Page
Please RSVP by signing up here:

Please add us to your Circle on G+ at and Follow us on Twitter @gdgzambo for more updates!

We will be sending out confirmation emails next week, Thursday, January 17, 2013. Thanks to Globe Labs for the support!

Looking forward to see you there! Happy New Year!