Retrospective: Google I/O Extended Phnom Penh 2014

Google I/O is an annual developer-focused conference held by Google in San Francisco or California. Google I/O features highly technical, in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as AndroidChromeChrome OS, Google APIs, Google Web ToolkitApp Engine, and more. Google I/O was officially launched in 2008 with the “I” and “O” stand for Input/Output, and “Innovation in the Open”. The format of the event is similar to that of the Google Developer Day. This year’s conference Google I/O 2014 was hosted in San Francisco from 25-26 June 2014.

Google I/O 2014 in San Francisco

Google I/O 2014 in San Francisco

Google I/O Extended is celebrated everywhere in conjunction with the live event hosted in San Francisco. Here in Cambodia, Google Developer Group Phnom Penh (GDG Phnom Penh)  collaborated with Google Business Group Phnom Penh (GBG Phnom Penh) to organise the first ever Google I/O Extended Phnom Penh that was held on 25th June 2014 from 6:30PM-2:00AM at Khmer Surin Restaurant.

Participants Google I/O Extended Phnom Penh

Participants Google I/O Extended Phnom Penh

The event saw around 109 participants in attendance, many of whom were employees from various technological companies, IT professionals and NGOs who were excited to be part of  great experience from this first event in Cambodia

Here is a  breakdown of that evenings activities:

6:30PM – 7:00PM: Registration of participants.

7:00PM – 8:00PM: A lavish buffet dinner that saw many people from the various NGOs and tech companies networking with each other over a spread of great food.

Networking Dinner

Networking Dinner

8:30PM – 8:45PM: Mr.Kong Somvannda (GDG Phnom Penh Manager) and Mr.Pich Viras (GBG Phnom Penh Manager) welcomes all the participants in his Opening remark.

Welcome Opening remark

Welcome Opening remark

8:45PM – 9:00PM: Mrs.Greta Greathouse (Chief of party Development Innovations) Kickstarts the event with the topic of Innovation in Technology for the Development of Cambodia

Mrs. Greta Greathouse presenting about Innovation in Technology for the Development of Cambodia

Mrs. Greta Greathouse presenting about Innovation in Technology for the Development of Cambodia

9:00PM – 9:20PM: Mr.Abu A.Majeed (ICT Specialist Information Safety and Capacity Project) sharing on the topic of Innovation in Information Security.

Mr. Abu A.Majeed present about Innovation in Information Security

Mr. Abu A.Majeed present about Innovation in Information Security

9:20PM – 10:20PM: Brainstorming sessions on the different topics pertaining to Innovation in Technology.

Group discussion

Group discussion

After the group discussions were completed, each group came up on stage and started presenting their conclusions in hopes of  winning an awesome prize.

10:20PM – 10:30PM: After the intense brainstorming sessions, everyone got to enjoy a light refreshment of BBQ Chicken that brought them more energy to get through the night till we got to see the Live Keynote from Google I/O Conference being hosted from San Francisco.

Food Refreshment

Food Refreshment

10:30PM – 10:45PM: Mr.Sarin Supheakmungkol (Country Engineering Consultant at Google) brought us an inspiring session about Google and Cambodia. In his session he explained, how Google Products have been contributing to Cambodia’s development. We even saw some new Google products that were recently featured in Cambodia such as: Google Translate , Google street view in Cambodia and Google Street View Angkor.

Mr. Sarin Supheakmungkol present about Google and Cambodia

Mr. Sarin Supheakmungkol present about Google and Cambodia

He also highlighted the various events that were supported by the Google community in Cambodia such as: DevFest Phnom Penh 2013, Startup Weekend Cambodia, Google Map Maker GeoWalk and Map Up , Dart Flight School : Phnom Penh CodeLab, Women Tech Makers and GBG Women Entrepreneur on the Web.

Mrs. Suy Channe present about Women and Technology

Mrs. Suy Channe present about Women and Technology

10:45PM – 11:00PM: Mrs. Suy Channe (Regional Lead at InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia)  gave a rousing speech on the topic of Women and Technology. In this session she explained about how women can contribute on Technology sector in Cambodia.

Before the live keynote officially started, the organising team got together to take a group photo with participants so everyone had a nice memento to remember the day by.

Group photo of Participant Google I/O Extended Phnom Penh 2014

Group photo of Participant Google I/O Extended Phnom Penh 2014

11:00PM – 12:30AM: Finally it was time for what we are waiting for. Everyone got together for the countdown to the last minute of Live streaming Keynote from Google I/O Conference in San Francisco. During the streaming of the live conference, the organizers’ whipped out even more BBQ chicken for the special occasion, which was a good move since everyone had fun enjoying their chicken while watching the stellar live event, that’s why Food and Technology can connect together on a social level!

Live Keynote from Google I/O Conference hosting from San Francisco

Live Keynote from Google I/O Conference hosting from San Francisco

The opening keynote presentation really demonstrated Google’s ambition to take its mobile OS everywhere; from your car, to your body, to your television, and even into your workplace. We saw a preview of Android L,which was released with a fresh new design. Material design as Google calls it, adds some new depth features, support for 64 bit resolution, and an enhanced notifications system that will help people interact with their applications in powerful ways without ever launching the app itself.

Android L Presentation at Google I/O 2014

Android L Presentation at Google I/O 2014

The keynote also featured Android Wear that will support various screen configurations, be it circular or square in nature. We saw this action on the LG G smartwatch, which featured an always on display that supports notifications via vibrations as well as voice command capabilities. An inbuilt touchscreen display lets users swipe vertically across it to see notifications from various apps. Users can even set voice notifications that automatically sync to their phones!

Google is also coming to your TV with Android TV. Just imagine your TV like it were another Android screen. The interface is extremely sleek and has a very simple UI that reacts to your usage patterns. The key behind this innovation is to keep the Android TV experience seamless across devices. Better yet, you can use your Android Wear watch to navigate the options on your TV, which mirror the options on your tablet. To top it all off, Android TV includes full Google Chromecast support meaning you can go to someone else’s house still stream your videos and music from  there.

There are many more remarkable innovations that were covered during the keynote of course but we’ve covered most of the bigger announcements in this article.

To conclude, Google I/O Extended Phnom Penh was a smashing success that brought an enlightening experience to everyone in attendance with the amazing live streaming of Google I/O Conference as well as a presentation from local speakers. The aim of Google I/O Extended Phnom Penh was always to bring more fun to everyone. From the scrumptious networking dinner to the fun-filled lucky draw, the event gave everyone a chance to meet with new people who have share the love of technology and innovation.

You can discover more the full conference of Google I/O 2014 here:

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Edited by : Immanuel Sak Hoi