Google organizes gMalaysia 2012
Over the past two days, Google organized a Google Day for the very first time in Malaysia. g|Malaysia brought together business professionals, government officers, students, lecturers, and developers together for a two-day event filled with Googliness at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
Day One: Business and Government Day
The first day targeted business professionals, government, and entrepreneurs with three different tracks covering AdWords, AdSense, getting businesses online with Google Apps, Google Business Groups, YouTube, and much more.
The event started with a keynote from Google Malaysia’s Country Manager, Sajith Sivanandan, who engaged the crowd with an insight into the powerful data Google has.
The day continued with more talks and discussions on getting businesses online with the powerful tools that Google provides. Among the topics covered were advertising with Google, Google+, YouTube, Google Apps and Google Maps API for businesses.
The crowd was also introduced to Google’s WebAcademy, a certification program which will be launching in Malaysia, and Google Business Groups, which is a community group that gets business professionals together and provide a platform for them to exchange knowledge. There was also a Start-up panel discussion with Bill Chin of MDec, Tham Keng Yew of Socialwalk and Reza Razali of Terato Tech, while moderated by Mike Bikesh of iTrain.
Day Two: University Day
The second day was designed for university students and lecturers with topics covering Google Apps for Education, University Programs by Google, Internships and much more. The day started with sessions by several Googlers on how technology has evolved as well as Innovation at Google.
The full-house hall was treated to videos and demos of the innovative products that Google has developed such as the driver-less car, as well as Google products that have been localized in Malaysia such as viewing KL traffic situation on Google Maps, and using Google Translate to translate to Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.
Students who attended g|Malaysia were given talks on the Google Student Ambassador program which just started in Malaysia this year, as well as interning at Google. There was also a Google Intern from Google London that came to speak on her experiences in interning at Google and the interviewing process. The Student Ambassadors also came up to share their experiences.
GDG DevFest KL
Besides g|Malaysia, there was also DevFest organized for developers by the Google Developers Group (GDG) Kuala Lumpur. There were sessions ranging from Android to HTML5. About 600 developers attended this event.
There were also sessions covering the APIs Google provides such as the Google Maps API and Google Places API. Developers were also taught how to create great apps that can get featured on Google Play.
g|Malaysia and DevFestKL were great events organized by Google that was certainly filled with exciting talks and discussion, and gave a platform for developers and business professionals to network. I certainly can’t wait for it to be organized again next year and I’m sure most people who attended the event would feel the same.