Sunday, August 9, 2009 | 10:09 PM
Google recently started a worldwide effort for local developer community building and promotion, and to facilitate the communication and information exchange among the developers. This program is the Google Technology User Group (GTUG). At the moment, more than seventy cities in thirty plus countries around the world has established local GTUG, more than half of them have started their first events.
The first GTUG in Beijing, mainland China , formally established its presence on August 1st. Its objectives are to provide a community for the developers in Beijing and its vicinity areas to gather together periodically to share knowledge and exchange ideas about open source, free software, open web standards, Google products, and web business opportunities.
At its first event on August 1st, Google Greater China President Kai-Fu Lee and China Open Source Promotion Foundation leader Mr. Kewei Song sent congratulatory notes to the event. Mr. Song also presented the current state of open source in China. Engineers from Google China and local developer communities presented OpenSocial introduction, Google Maps and Android. Attendees were satisfied with the opportunity to join this community event. Event attendee group photo are posted here.
Beijing GTUG hopes to see more web developers in Beijing and the surrounding areas join the group and promote web technology together. We welcome developer community leaders in other cities of China also start your own GTUG. Information about how to start a GTUG is here.
Bill Luan, Developer Relations, Google China