Google Technology User Group Chicago Kicks Off

The first Google Technology User Group meeting in Chicago kicked off on Friday July 10 at Google offices on 20 W Kinzie, Chicago. Although it was sponsored by Google, the meeting talks and discussions were not restricted to Google technologies. Everything from Google AppEngine, iPhone development, and Twitter apps were fair game. That said, Google technologies were definitely the main focus. Many talks showcased how easy it was to get a web app up and running using Google technology. A ragtag group of developers, students, entrepreneurs, and business folks totaling around 80 showed up. The event was organized by Uki Lucas from the Revere Group (right across Roundarch offices) and consisted of 9 talks. Here were the topics:

  • GData, Guice, Google collections
    Gregory Kick (Google.com)
  • Project hosting on Google Code
    Nathan Ingersoll (Google.com)
  • GWT and Google AppEngine, Photo Carousel example Widget
    Jordan Beck (Revere Group)
  • Facebook for Google Web Toolkit
    David Wolverton (Revere Group)
  • Maven2 dependencies with Google Web Toolkit
    Trevor Skaife (Revere Group)
  • Google Friend Connect for Google Web Toolkit
    David Wolverton (Revere Group)
  • Building mobile applications with Android
    David Lo (Revere Group)
  • Building application with iPhone
    Phil Wodarczyk (Revere Group)
  • How to Build a Viral Twitter Application
    Pek Pongpaet (Roundarch)

All in all, I thought it went really well. People were really engaged and I’m already looking forward to the next one. No plans have been made as to when it will be but consensus was that it will probably be a quarterly event. It’s great to see a strong developer community interested in cloud services and sharing knowledge in general.

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