Calling all local developers: Join us at the Googleplex for workshops, hackathons, and more!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 at 1:39:00 AM

In the next two months, we'll be holding several events at the Googleplex that we want local Geo/Javascript developers to attend. First, we have our Google Geo Developer Series, kickstarting on Wednesday, Feb. 20th with a hands-on workshop on "Quick & Dirty KML Creation" led by Mano and me. The series will continue on each Wednesday through early April, and will feature a few speakers from the community as well (like John Coryat's Feb. 27th talk on "Creating Custom Maps"). For those not in the area, each event in the series will be videotaped and available on Youtube after. Visit this website for more information and registration.

Then, on February 29th, we'll be hosting a Google Developer Hackathon focusing on our Javascript API offerings: Google Gears, Google AJAX Search/Feeds, Google Gadgets, and of course, the Google Maps API. The hackathon will start with brief intros of the APIs, then after a brainstorming session, we'll break up into groups to code some mini-apps. It's a great opportunity for people who want an excuse to write some fun code and ask Googlers questions at the same time. Check out the calendar invite for more details and the registration link.

Finally from May 17th to 18th, Google is happy to be hosting this year's WhereCamp, the unconference for geohackers. It was hosted at Yahoo! last year and attracted more than 200 programmers, opinion leaders and geo community people. We look forward to seeing what kind of hackery this year's crowd has up their sleeves, and what they have to say about the current state of "mapping 2.0." Get more information at the WhereCamp wiki.

And yes, we're fully aware that most of you are not in the local area. We'll do our best to post everything we can online, and to look for good opportunities to hold events elsewhere. Make sure to check out our developer events map mashup to find events local to you or post ones that you know of.