Moving the Web Forward at RIAction & BarCamp Singapore

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | 2:22 AM

The week of 2nd March 2009 was a busy one for the developer community in Singapore.  Google was fortunate enough to participate and speak at two events focused on innovating on the web.  

RIAction was the first event of its kind to be held in Singapore and focused on the latest trends in the Rich Internet Application space.  It brought together speakers from Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and the wider RIA community to share their insights with 300 attendees.

Vinny spoke on how to distribute RIAs to reach a huge audience for free using iGoogle, Gadget Ads, OpenSocial, and Google Friend Connect.  You can view and download a copy of his presentation here.  Keep an eye out for videos and presentations from the event at the RIAction website.  Vinny also spoke on the Maps API for Flash and demonstrated various examples in Flash and Flex.

Check out the RIAction website for videos and presentations from all the talks.

Barcamp Singapore came on the heels of RIAaction. Barcamp describes itself as "an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment". Over 250 developers and entrepreneurs were out in full force for an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction.

Chandra and Jack hosted sessions that revealed the "unknown" side of Google's offerings. First they offered a run down of almost all of Google's APIs. With 64 APIs to cover in 15 minutes, this was a rapid fire session. Jack then introduced OpenSocial and spoke about what it is and how to get started.  

Finally, Chandra presented Tales of Online Marketing.  He shared three stories from the trenches that highlighted the importance of being driven by data and analytics, using Google Analytics and Google Website Optimiser, when it comes to maintaining and enhancing your web presence.

Check out Barcamp Singapore for links to writeups and presentations from the day.

It was a pleasure to be invited along and be a part of these events.  We got to speak to many enthusiastic developers and entrepreneurs working on some very interesting initiatives.  As the web moves forward, it is heartening to see that the Southeast Asian developer community is leading the way in so many fields.   Don't forget to keep up with the news in the region by following our Solutions for Southeast Asia and APAC Developer blogs.

Posted by Chandra Raghavan, Jack Tiistola, and Vinoaj Vijeyakumaar, Google Southeast Asia