Announcing the winners of the Dutch Chrome Web Store competition

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | 3:40 AM

Earlier this year we announced the start of the Dutch Chrome Web Store app competition.  It finished on August 28th and we have finished judging the entries.

With the recent announcement that the Chrome Web Store is open many more countries across Europe including the Netherlands, we would now like to announce the winners of each of the categories.

Productivitywatkosteentaxi created by Sander Dijkhuis and Kleis Krebbers is a useful little app that lets you know how much a taxi ride in the Netherlands should cost.

Entertainment and Games: Het RGB Spel (The RGB Game) by Q42 is a colour matching game.

Education: EHBO created by Jelle Prins, Wouter Vegter and Sander Hahn.  It is an educational app that shows you what to do in case of a medical emergency.

We would like to congratulate each of the winning entries.  Each winning entry will receive a Chromebook shortly and should go on to great success in the Chrome Web Store.

Thank you to everyone who entered.


We would like to also thank our judges: Henk Jurriens (Dutch GTUG), Lee Boonstra (eFocus) and Mike Lee (Appsterdam).

Correction: Updating the names of the Productivity winners.

Posted by Paul Kinlan, Chrome Developer Advocate

Developer Relations DoES Liverpool

Monday, August 1, 2011 | 2:17 AM


The primary goal Developer Relations team is to meet and work with developers and businesses and to foster relations within the tech community.  Over the past year the majority of my developer advocacy work has been based in and around London (as well as some other rather beautiful European cities).

We want to work where the developers are, especially those outside of London.  Starting this week we have a desk at the newly founded DoES Liverpool co-working and maker space based in the heart of Liverpool where I will be working a couple of times a week.

DoES Liverpool
This is just a small first step in our efforts to engage with more developers across the UK and will give us the chance to start working more closely with developers and businesses in the North of England.

We will be running “office hours” where you can come in and talk to us about your projects and how you are integrating with the Google Developer platforms and we will also run and speak at local events.

If you are a business or startup in the North of England and you want to talk about the Google Developer platforms then get in touch with me, if you are a tech event organiser get in touch with me and if you have an awesome app built on the web or with the Google Developer platform get in touch with me.

We are keen to hear your thoughts and suggestions as to how we can better serve the UK developer and tech scene.  A great way to get in contact is to leave a comment on G+.





Geo on the Road: The 2011 European Google Geo Developer Roadshow

Friday, June 3, 2011 | 6:29 AM


Developer Advocate Mano Marks recently stopped by in Europe for a whirlwind tour on the Geo APIs.

I started to write up a description of every event I attended in the last two weeks, but it became a book not a blog post, so I’ll keep it simple and list the events in order:
  • Paris GTUG


Including one of our youngest GTUG members playing on the new Samsong Galaxy Tab:

Berlin GTUG members at the awesome c-base site:


Prague Android Devcamp

Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 10:52 AM


Filip Hracek, Czech-based Developer Advocate .

















And how did it all turn out? Over 150 developers hungry for new information met in the full auditorium, many interesting discussions were held during the breaks and the community of Czecho-Slovak Android developers was thus perfectly united. The whole event received very positive feedback that has already convinced us now that we will definitely consider organizing another event next year.

Posted by Michael Mahemoff, Google Developer Relations

Interactivism: Accessibility Hack Weekend in London

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | 5:03 AM

This is a guest post from Naomi Gummer, from the Google UK Policy Team.




Are you free on 17th-18th June 2011? If so, come join us at LBi’s offices in Brick Lane, East London, for a two day brainstorming and open source hackathon that will bring older users together with the best student developers, Googlers, designers and other social innovators in crack teams to hack a better web that overcomes the barriers that stand in the way of older people accessing the web.

  • Do you have a great website or app idea for older people that you’re keen to hack up?
  • Are you a student developer who wants to put your skills to the test, and maybe get the chance of some support and cash from Google while you’re at it?
  • Or would you just like to help out, whether you are a developer, designer, and older person or just interested in getting involved?
It will be an ideal opportunity to gain experience, show off your skills, meet great people and possibly even have your idea taken forward for further development.

Those who attend will work together in (up to 10) teams to develop solutions and at the end of the two days a winning team will be chosen by our panel to win a bunch of Google tech prizes.  

Participating students (and ideas) will be eligible to apply to be a part of Google’s summer Interactivism award programme. While the recruitment process is separate from the hack weekend itself, catching the eye of one of the Google team during the two days certainly won’t harm your chances.

Please register your interest and/or submit your idea
HERE by 31st May 2011.

We will contact you by 3rd June to let you know whether you have been chosen to join us for Interactivism - Accessibility Hack Weekend on the 17th and 18th June 2011.

Chrome and HTML5 at the New Poland GTUG

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 6:16 AM

The developer community in Poland has been growing rapidly, and there's been interest in creating a Polish GTUG, and this has now happened. The first GTUG event took place last week, an evening about HTML5 and the Chrome Web Store. This was followed up by a hackathon several days later. We're pleased to say there are now volunteers helping to get the GTUGs started in four cities: Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan, and Wroclaw. If you'd like to take part, please head over to the GTUGPL Google Groupl and sign up.

The GTUG events were organised by local marketing manager Ola Kalinowska and the fledgling GTUG. Chrome Developer Advocate Michael Mahemoff visited Warsaw to participate in the events. He also gave a talk on HTML5 History at the Warsaw University of Technology, and visited the newWarsaw OpenCoffee meetup, and visited some local developers.

HTML5 and Chrome Web Store: Presentation Evening



Similar to events in other cities recently, we combined presentations on HTML5 and the Chrome Web Store with messages from the local developer community.

You'll find slides from Mike's HTML5 and Web Store talks here:
HTML5 slides
Chrome Web Store slides

Dan Franc, who has been instrumental in the Czech GTUG, visited Warsaw and explained the concept of GTUGs and how to take part.



Borys Musielak, founder of film website Filmaster, talked about their experiences developing mobile apps and issues remaining with mobile HTML5.

Michal Budzynski talked about the uplcoming HTML5 Game conference in Warsaw, OnGameStart.

HTML5 and Chrome Web Store: "Hakaton"

The theme for "Hakaton" was "Creative Science", although it was explained that the theme would be interepreted liberally! The objective was to have a live HTML5 app in the Web Store by the end of the day, and the accomplishments were excellent. Judging was not an easy task, given how many ready-for-use apps were developed in the space of just 7 hours hacking.

The winner was a Screen Reader extension, which uses the audio tag to read aloud the current text (backed by a text-to-speech server), and canvas to render an animated speaker as the text is read out. Congratulations Paweł Psztyć and Wojtek Kaliciński!



Second place was a fun nature simulation inspired by the Game Of Life. RGBCreatures lets you drop creatures and food into an ecosystem and see what happens. A great use of HTML5 canvas and audio by Jan Kolibabski, Tomasz Netczuk, and Adam Sawicki.



Third place was a demonstration of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle disguised as a contest and game. It was not only working and submitted to the store by the time demos took place, but also presented with a polished homepage and surrounding content. A polished effort from Jakub Kucharski, Paweł Szymański, Łukasz Pełszyński, and Bartek Sejwa.



There were many more great presentations on the day. You can see the full list of apps here. A special thanks to the BRAMA group at the Warsaw University of Technology for hosting the event and providing excellent technical support throughout the day.

Congratulations also Michal Budzynski, who won a free ticket to the GeeCon conference in Krakow for being the most helpful participant. Michel shared his HTML5 and graphics knowledge with members from other teams. Thanks to the GeeCon organisers for offering the ticket.

Google Apps for Education at Loughborough University

Friday, April 8, 2011 | 8:08 AM

Posted by Michael Mahemoff, Google Developer Relations