May 11, 2015

I/O 2015 and I/O 2015 Extended

Google I/O 2015 will be on May 28-29 at Moscone West in San Francisco, California. Google I/O is Google's annual developer conference, where they share the latest products and technologies.

If you won't be able to go attend I/O in person, you can watch the sessions live from the event website or you can attend one of the I/O Extended events near you. GDG Philippines is organizing Google I/O 2015 Extended Manila on May 28-29 too at Globe Corporate Showroom, Valero Telepark, No. 111 Valero Street, Makati. For registration and other details, check out our blog post and add GDG Philippines in your Google+ circles.

The schedule for Google I/O 2015 is now available at The schedule for the live-streamed sessions can be found here (Day 1) and here (Day 2)

April 22, 2015

Help Me

Last weekend (April 18-19), Celine and I joined Accenture Technology Talks & Hackathon 2015. The theme for the hackathon is public safety.

After fifteen hours of hacking, we were able to finish our app, Help Me. It is an emergency button application that allows you to send an SMS to your specified contact person with a click of a button. The message contains your last known GPS coordinates, as well as the nearest known place. The app will also continuously send SMS until you tap the "I am Safe" button.

Help Me Android App

Help Me also has an Android Wear app. You can use the wearable panic button application to send emergency SMS from your Android Wear Device. We were able to test this on Moto 360 and LG G Watch.

Help Me Android Wear App

You can download Help Me on Google Play Store. Let us know if you have comments and suggestions to the app.

March 16, 2015

7-Eleven Run 1500

After a 16 k run in 20-Miler Run 2015 and a 10k run in Condura Skyway Marathon 2015, I ran 16k in 7-Eleven Run 1500 on March 15, 2015.

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7-Eleven Run 1500 was organized by 7-Eleven in anticipation of the opening of its 1500th store in the Philippines. Held in Filinvest City and Skyway, the run includes 500m, 3k, 5k, 10k, 16k, 21k, and 42k categories.

The route was good. There were a lot of sports drink in the hydration station compared to other running events unfortunately, in the last kilometers before the finish line, there were only a few stations and some of them already ran out of water or drinks. There were also no free bananas for runners.

Aside from the loot bag (which just contain the finisher shirt and a biscuit), there were a lot of freebies from sponsors. Del Monte even has free towel and back massage for 16k finishers. Most of these booths are okay except for the finisher kit claiming which was very disorganized. There were only 1 booth for all the finishers and there was no system at all. Everybody will be queueing for this and the organizers should have known that. I don't understand why this happened. Also, I am not sure if ther finisher shirts are supposed to have sizes or they are one-size-fits-all; fortunately, mine fits well.

According to Runtastic, I ran 15.95 km in 1:58:10.

(My 16k run at 7-Eleven Run 1500)

I was already able to have three runs in just three months! I just need one more to achieve my goal of 4 runs this year.