4 countries, 4 DevFests - On the road with DevFest Southeast Asia

Saturday, November 15, 2008 | 8:53 PM

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Google's Developer Relations team was recently in Southeast Asia to conduct a series of DevFests.  The tour covered Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and ended on a high-note in Manila.  In each city the team covered OpenSocialMaps APIsGoogle App Engine, and how to integrate all 3 solutions together.  There were also talks on uses of OpenSocial by the event's partners: GlobanteXo PlatformFriendsterHi5, and e27.

As a Googler based in Singapore, I was very excited by the news that DevFest was coming to the region.  It goes a long way towards nurturing an ecosystem of Web 2.0 developers in Southeast Asia.  Not only did the event introduce Google APIs to new and experienced developers, but it also taught them best practices on programming for Web 2.0, social applications, and cloud computing.

There was great turnout of over 300 attendees for each event, and the enthusiasm of the developers was refreshing.  Developers shared their projects on stage in Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila.  We observed first-hand the innovative nature of developers in this region as they showcased Android applications and innovative maps mashups for countries that did not yet have great map data.

Overall it was an enlightening tour as we met developers across the region and learned more about what they are doing.  I am extremely confident in stating that this region offers a lot in terms of Web 2.0 development and innovation.

You can view photos and videos from the event here.  Keep an eye on this blog and the APAC Developer Blog for announcements of future events.  There are plenty more to come, and we would love to have you there.

If you attended the event, we would appreciate your feedback in the comments below.

Before we leave you, here is a video of one of the musical interludes at DevFest Manila (if you're interested, the original Thriller in Manila can be viewed here).