Googlers are everywhere this summer

Sunday, June 26, 2011

June and July are especially packed with conferences this year and Googlers are hitting the roads to organize, speak at and participate in conferences all over the world.

Earlier in the month over the June 17-19 weekend, Google was pleased to host a gathering of GCC developers in our London office. The informal working meeting was organized by Diego Novillo and Ian Taylor with assistance from Cat Allman to discuss current/future work and coordinate efforts.

Members of the Open Source Programs Office were in Portland, Oregon last week at Open Source Bridge. Open Source Bridge is a conference for developers working with open source technologies and for anyone interested in learning the open source way. During the conference, Google hosted a BoF session one evening for all students, mentors and anyone interested in learning more about Google Summer of Code.

Also last week, a gaggle of Googlers including Alex Martelli and Wesley Chun descended on Florence, Italy for EuroPython, the official European conference about the Python programming language. The conference completely sold out this year.

This week, Googlers will be heading to Porto Alegre, Brazil to speak at FISL (International Free Software Forum), the largest free software event in Latin America from June 29 - July 2.
Jeremy Allison, OSPO team member and co-founder of Samba, will be speaking on “The State of Samba” Wednesday, June 29th at 10am.
Carol Smith, OSPO team member and Program Manager for Google Summer of Code, will be talking about the Google Summer of Code program on Wednesday, June 29th at 4pm. She'll include statistics and interesting tidbits from the previous 6 years and some interesting changes we've made to the program for this year.
Andrew Gerrand, Google Developer Advocate for the Go Programming language, will be presenting a talk Thursday, June 30th at 9am on “Writing Simpler Code: Programming in Go.” His talk will demonstrate how you can use Go to write elegant, reusable, and correct programs. Later that day at 3pm, Andrew will host a tutorial titled “Get Started with Go”.
Next month many Googlers and open source enthusiasts will be converging on Portland, Oregon for the largest open source conference, OSCON, held from July 25-29 at the Oregon Convention Center. We will have another post in the next couple of weeks with a comprehensive list of all of the Googlers speaking at OSCON. We hope to see you at an event soon!

By Stephanie Taylor, Open Source Programs