Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Labels: developer meetup
On a dark November evening, there were some dazzling minds at work at the first meeting of #Geomob (aka the London Geo/Mobile Developers Meetup Group) which we were delighted to host here at the Google London office. The group was put together by a freelance developer, Christopher Osborne, who came along to our Google Developer Day at Wembley back in September.
The evening kicked off with half an hour of chatting with friends old and new. Following the informal beginning, we heard three thought-provoking talks by Gary Gale (Head of UK Engineering, Yahoo! Geo Technologies) who spoke about Yahoo! Fire Eagle, Nick Black, left, (Founder, Cloudmade) who discussed "Five Things Online Maps Can't (Yet) Do", and finally Andrew Grill (Mobile Advertising Evangelist and owner of the London Calling blog), who gave his thoughts on Mobile Advertising Trends.
All three speakers prompted lively discussions which highlighted the huge amount of activity and interest in the Geo/Mobile space (and how much of it's happening right here in London!).
Chris has assembled a fantastic, extremely knowledgeable and diverse group of people, and turn out for the first event was excellent: almost forty developers, including people from Yahoo!, Microsoft, Open Street Map, the Financial Times, as well as smaller startups and freelancers. Congratulations to him on an excellent first event. There are more photos and videos from the night on his Ning page - and if you're interested in coming along to future events, why not sign up?
We're always looking for opportunities to hang out with the Developer community. If you're already running a meetup or thinking of putting one together, drop us a comment below; we'd love to join your events. We look forward to hosting and attending more of these evenings in the months to come.
See you next time!
Customer Solutions Engineer