Last month Google announced what will likely become an annual event – a Google Developer Day that will take place in 10 cities around the world on May 31st. Bret Taylor, Group Product Manager for all of Google’s developer products shares with Ed Burnette of ZdNet a preview of what the Developer Day will be about, and why Google is doing all this in the first place.
What is Developer Day?
On May 31, Google Developer Day will open around the world. It’s Google’s first ever global developer conference. Google speakers will be attending all of them. Well over 1000 people signed up in Mountain View, and thousands more around the world.
That’s a lot more than you expected, isn’t it?
Yes, the original plan was to hold the California one on Google’s campus, but we didn’t want to have to turn people away so we moved it to the San Jose convention center. For those that can’t attend, we’ll be webcasting all the sessions live from San Jose and providing a YouTube channel with videos of sessions from around the world, so you can attend virtually. There will also be live blogging.
Will this be a yearly event, then?
I hope it will turn into a yearly thing, at all 10 cites. Developers are growing in importance at Google.
So what’s on the agenda?
There are two high level categories we’ll be focusing on: integration and reach.
Integration is how Google is exposing its infrastructure and scalable services. For example the Google Maps API and Google Data APIs. These are XML web services that let you use Google servers as a backend to your applications.
Reach means ways to empower developers to reach Google users. We have a whole lot of servers and lots of traffic. Developers want better ways to access that traffic. For example through the Google Gadgets API they can incorporate their products into the iGoogle personalized home page……