Friday, June 3, 2011

Start Your Engines! Google App Engine Hackathon in KL

On June 18th - 19th 2011, GTUG Kuala Lumpur and Python Malaysia group will be holding a App Engine developer hackathon at F-Secure R&D Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Learn about Google App Engine

The goal is to have developers building applications atop the Google App Engine platform. The event will include presentations on the major new features of Google App Engine and how to mashup App Engine with other web services.

Ikai Lan from Google Developer Relations team will be on hand to help and to answer questions throughout the event. You will also be supported by the developers from the community.

About Ikai Lan

Ikai is a Developer Programs Engineer working on Google App Engine. Prior to Google, he worked as a software engineer building social and mobile applications at LinkedIn. Ikai is an avid technologist, consuming volumes of material about new programming languages, frameworks or services, though more often than not you'll find him advocating pragmatism over dogma in the solutions he proposes. In his free time he enjoys the California outdoors, winning Chinese language karaoke contests and playing flag football. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he watches in anguish as his favorite sports teams implode season after season.

When and Where?

The event will be held at F-Secure, Bangsar South in Kuala Lumpur, on June 18th from 10am to 4pm on June 19th.

F-Secure Malaysia (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Block 3A, Horizon, Bangsar South,
No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

What's the schedule?

Saturday, June 18 2011
0800 - Registration & breakfast.
1000 - Presentation by Ikai Lan from Google Developer Relations team.
1100 - Presentation by developers from F-Secure.
1130 - Presentation by a representative from CodeAndroid Malaysia.
1200 - Team formation.
1300 - Hackathon begins.

Sunday, June 19 2011
1300 - Hackathon ends.
1400 - Presentation by developers.
1500 - People’s choice awards.
1600 - Breakout sessions. Go home.

This is the general guideline for the 2 days and we’ll play it by ear.

Build With Us, or Build Your Own

The hackathon is mainly aimed at developers. We will use the information shared at the event to build up a working Google App Engine application throughout the 2 days 1 night, which you can code along with us. On the other hand, if you already have a great idea for what to build, bring that idea along. Even better, bring along anything you can prepare ahead of time (sketches, designs, web page mock ups, etc.) and use the time and information provided to develop your idea into a working application, then share it with the world.

Space is limited, so sign up now! Note: Facebook confirmation will not be used for final registration into the event. We will need you to RSVP your attendance.

Contact Nazrul Kamaruddin at nazrul at gtugs dot org for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Code In?

App Engine is the suggested development platform - which means you can code in Python or Java - you can build your application on anything you want, as long as it's somehow using the Google stack. If you're a Ruby fan, check out jRuby. If you want PHP, you might want to try Quercus, which runs PHP on Java.

You can also use a wide range of Google tools and APIs for the creation of new applications, from its App Engine platform to services like Maps, Search and Android.

What Do I Need?

We will provide facilities, power, food and refreshments and experts to help you learn to use Google App Engine and write your application. Just bring your laptops, ideas and enthusiasm to complete the mix. Plus anything else you need to build an app (iPone or Android, books, etc). You can download development environments for App Engine. Best place to be prepared is at Google Code site.

Who Owns the Code I Write?

You do. Unless you're using something that belongs to someone else. We would like to take a few screenshots of promising projects and share them with the developer community. Also, we would like to highlight the people's choice of applications.

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