July 8, 2015

Google I/O 2015 Extended Pampanga

GDG Philippines went to Pampanga last Saturday (July 4) for Google I/O 2015 Extended Pampanga, which is in partnership with GBG Angeles and Pampanga Dev Group.

In the morning, we had a keynote (Paul Pajo), and talks about Google Cardboard (Benj Tupas), Google Translate Community (Celine Barrozo), Android Masters (Wayne Manuel), and short talks from sponsors. We also had booths for Android One and Google Cardboard.

In the afternoon, there were three break-out workshops: Design Thinking Workshop with Toni-Jan Keith Monserrat, Polymer and Google Maps Javascript API with Wayne, and Android Workshop with me. I talked about the Basics of Android App Development before facilitating a hands-on workshop.

The participants in the Android workshop

After the workshops, Wayne and I raffled off some Cardboards and tote bags, and closed the program.

The participants of Google I/O 2015 Extended Pampanga

Google I/O 2015 Extended Pampanga is the first leg of our Google I/O 2015 Extended Roadshow, a series of workshops and talks centered around the technologies announced during Google I/O 2015. On July 11, we'll be in DLSU Manila for Google I/O 2015 Extended Manila. Other legs include Batangas (July 18), Albay (July 25), Camarines Sur (July 26), and Cavite (August 1). Check http://ioextended.gdgph.org for details about the events.

July 5, 2015

Trip to Zamboanga

I was at Zamboanga City from June 25 to June 28. It was my second time there. The last time was a day trip when I was a speaker in GDG DevFest Zamboanga back in 2013.

From June 25 to 27, I conducted Android app development training at Universidad de Zamboanga.

On the first training day, I talked about Java and Android Basics and how to install and setup Android Studio. For the next days, our topics included Android app development and install/setup of JDK. On Saturday night, I joined GDG Zamboanga volunteers in their planning for their series of I/O Extended roadshows, the first one of which will be the day after.

I participated in GDG Zamboanga's Google I/O 2015 Extended event on June 28. In the morning, I talked about Google I/O updates, Google Cardboard, Google Developer tools and technologies, and Basic Android App Development. After the talk (and lunch), I went back to Manila.

Me talking about Google Cardboard (Photo from the Google+ Events Page)

Below is the Google Photo Story of my trip to Zamboanga:

June 26, 2015

Baguio Weekend

Celine, Gerardo, Mama Chelle and family, and I spent last weekend (June 20-21) in Baguio City. We arrived in the early morning of June 20 and went straight to Azalea Hotel to rest first.

We woke up early and went to the Centennial Building of University of Baguio (UB) for the Google I/O 2015 Extended Baguio (link). I talked about the new Android updates from I/O.

The slides I used in my talk during Google I/O 2015 Extended Baguio

In the afternoon, we facilitated code labs in UB's computer laboratory. Gerardo was supposed to do the code lab about Google+ signin in Android and I was supposed to facilitate the App Indexing Code Lab but due to technical difficulties, I suggested he do a basic Android workshop and I will do an advanced code lab (Unit Testing). These didn't really work out because the Windows computers do not want to cooperate. We shared tips and answered some questions. I also shared about an upcoming inter-school Android app development competition.

The participants of Google I/O 2015 Extended Baguio

After the event, we had dinner with the organizers and volunteers of GDG Baguio at 50s Diner (in ). Celine, Reymart, Mama Chelle, Gerardo, and I went to the night market before going back to the hotel.

The next day, we woke up early to go to the strawberry farm. We were able to do some strawberry picking. Afterwards, we went back to the hotel and rested. We then had lunch at Cafe by the Ruins before Celine and I went back to Manila.