On Saturday, Google India hosted our very first Google Developer Day in Bangalore. Developer Day is a platform for developers from all over to come together to share ideas and discuss Google APIs with some of our engineers.
From chats about how developers could use OpenSocial to build social apps across networks, to discussions of Google App Engine, which provides a fully-integrated development environment for anyone to build and scale apps on the internet, Developer Day was full of lively conversations and exciting possibilities for the hundreds of developers who gathered at the event from across the length and breadth of the country.
Prasad Ram, the head of our R&D center in Bangalore, kicked off Developer Day with the keynote. Titled Client, Cloud and Connectivity, the talk revolved around what Google is doing for developers, why we're doing it, and why developers should care. He emphasized why Google is interested in making the client more powerful, making the cloud more accessible, and making connectivity more pervasive and usable for developers. His key message - that the web is the preeminent platform of our time; it's OUR platform and together, we can move it forward - set the tone for the rest of the day.
Developers from all over India had the chance to mingle with one another, and talk with Googlers about how Google products can help to power their applications and online content. Lalitesh Katragadda, creator of Google Map Maker, gave an introduction to Maps API, which bridges the information asymmetry and addresses the needs of the community, local commerce and economic development. Anirudh Dewani, Developer Programs Engineer, talked about Google Web Toolkit, which helps developers to write applications more quickly and easily, while Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, Product Manager and Anupama Dutta, Senior Software engineer, shared details on the Indic API – exploring details of transliteration and translation services that were recently launched.
It was great to see the developer community coming together to explore exciting possibilities for the future. An open web on which developers can build new and innovative apps is truly a beautiful thing.We made a short video to recap the day, which will be up shortly, alongside the keynote and the rest of the content on the Google India YouTube Channel. For all those who could not make it, stay tuned to see all the session content - presentations and videos - in the next few days here. But for now, you can check out some pictures from the event here.