Jan 30th, 2012

Various Google Technology and Android User Groups around the world are joining hands to organize the first ever Global Android Dev Camp from the 17th to 19th of February. As mentioned on their website, the idea was first discussed at last year’s Google I/O.

“After hashing things out during the GTUG Barcamp @ Google I/O 2011, it is time to get it organized!

Format: Each GTUG/Android User group holds an Android Dev Camp at the same time.

  • There is one global registration site like RHOK or SFD.
  • 15-Minute Hangouts held by API, library providers every two hours.
  • There can be local teams as well as international ones.
  • 48h Coding (maybe with some tutorials in between)”

I’ll be participating at the one organized by the New Delhi GTUG, and will share all the interesting work. At the same time, we’ll try to create some manner in which those of you, who participate at the other GTUGs, can share the news from those locations too.

For those who aren’t aware about them, hackathons are a lot of fun: developers spend a significant amount of time (most commonly 24 hours) collaborating in teams to create something that could, possibly, go on to become something big. Some notable results in the past include Iris, which gained popularity for being Android’s answer to Siri, the cross-platform messaging service GroupMe, and even the Timeline feature on Facebook.

As the sticker on the back of my laptop says, “Innovation trumps sleep. Always.”