Malaysia to get Google’s g|Day on steroids

  • Targeting three communities: Developers, IT pros and business users
  • Also announces worldwide developer competition

Malaysia to get Google’s g|Day on steroidsGOOGLE Inc will be hosting a much expanded g|Day in Malaysia in October, as part of its efforts to grow the Internet community here, says its vice president for emerging markets, Nelson Mattos.
“We have hosted g|Days in Malaysia before, but they were largely focused on developers. However, we feel that for this part of the world particularly, we have to address all three communities: Developers, IT professionals and business users,” he says.
Mattos, who is on a one-month tour of Google’s South-East Asian markets, says that g|Days have also been held in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, but the Malaysian g|Day would be the first in the region with the expanded scope.
Declining to name a targeted number of participants, he adds that the g|Day would be focused on engaging and training these three communities on the latest web technologies.
“For example, we would train developers on how to create new services; IT professionals would be trained on how to deploy web technologies in the enterprise – the dos and don’ts learned from other countries, for example; and business users would be trained on how to take advantage of web technologies to boost their business,” he says.
Mattos says that the training would not be restricted to Google’s own technologies, but also include HTML5 and open source technologies.
“We haven’t finalized anything yet, but we will engage the Internet community here to find out what they want and what they need,” he says. “This will drive the agenda at g|Day.”
Global competition
Google has also just announced a worldwide competition for developers, which would include prizes for different regions.
The 2012 Google Apps Developer Challenge will have developers finding new and innovative ways to use Apps Script, Apps and Drive APIs to build apps.
“I would love to see a Malaysian finalist,” says Mattos.
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