Announcing the 2016 Android Experiments I/O Challenge!

Curled from Android Developers Blog

Last summer we launched Android Experiments: a showcase of creative Android projects, and an open invitation for all developers to submit their own experiments to the gallery. So far we’ve seen some amazing work from the developer community – from live wallpaper, to watch faces, to interesting hacks of the IOIO board – and we want to see more.

Today we announce the Android Experiments I/O Challenge: a chance for your experiment (and you) to go to I/O 2016!

From now through April 13, you can enter by submitting your experiments to the gallery. The top three winners of the contest will receive a trip to this year’s Google I/O, and the five runner-ups will get the new Nexus 6P.

So what makes a good Android Experiment? It’s a project that utilizes the unique capabilities of the Android platform in an innovative way. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Creative uses of Android’s new or distinctive features
  • Projects that explore how we interact with our devices, in small and big ways
  • Unique visual aesthetics
  • Open source projects that inspire other developers
  • Surprise us – we want to see the amazing things you’re cooking up

All projects on Android Experiments are open source. If you’re not sure where to start take a look on the site gallery, dig in and get inspired.

We can’t wait to see how you’re combining code and creativity! Enter on today.

Google Science Fair 2016 is Here

#howcanwe make the world better with science?
Google Science Fair is the largest online science fair in the world, offering students the opportunity to pursue their interests in science and technology and win an award, scholarship and trip from Google. 

Students around the world have tackled some of today's greatest challenges in medicine, agriculture etc in the past and its now time for the 6th edition of Google Science Fair, calling on students from ages 13 to 18 to submit brilliant ideas for this year's event.
There will be a regional winner from MEA (Africa + Middle East) and it will be good idea to have the winner from Nigeria. All that is needed to participate is curiosity and an internet connection. The regional winner will be given $1,000 scholarship and mentorship to further develop his/her project.
Kindly share this information on your network,  social media channels and encourage participation from schools. Interested schools can fill this form.
Submission of entries have since started, and closes on 17th May, 2016.

Android Development for Beginners Live Hangout

Join us for this 90 minute live streamed event. During which time, our Android experts, Katherine Kuan and Lyla Fujiwara, will show you how to start developing in Android. They will also share tips and free tools that will help you begin your journey.

Katherine and Lyla will answer your questions about Android development and how you can get started without prior Android experience. To ask a question, just add it below as a comment and include the hashtag #StudyJamsLive .

Watching together with others is more fun! Create a viewing party for this Hangout in your community. It is simple, all you need is an Internet connection and a big screen. Questions from viewing parties will get priority.

If you are not in the Americas, you will be able to watch the video later. Just go to this Hangout 24+ hours after the live broadcast to watch the edited video.

Click on the link below for this.

BBC Collaborative Ideas Workshop

A team from BBC's connected studio will be holding Collaborative Ideas Workshop at the CcHub on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM(WAT)  to generate ideas for digital tools and products that better distribute News to African audiences, and increase the reach in ways that are relevant to these markets.
Successful teams will not only be paid to build pilots but will receive further resource and help to develop skills at an international level.
If this sounds interesting to you and you want to dive in, then see the details and registration links for the event here.  Also, please feel free to share this with friends who may be interested.

Do Android Dev? Google Wants To Work Closely With You

The Android studio team, led by Stephanie Saad is building  building a Customer Advisory Board that will work very closely with the team in order to build the best IDE in the world. 
We are looking for developers  (form small, medium and big companies, working on different verticals i.e utilities, games, education, travel, productivity etc.)who are building for Android and are willing to come to MountainView on January 15th to kickoff the program and work with the team throughout 2016. 
This includes not only getting early access to Android Studio releases but also a great opportunity to get your voice heard and suggest new features to Android Studio. 
We will invite select group of developers to meet in person with Android Studio engineers and product managers. All expenses (flight, hotel, etc.) paid of course!
If interested, and can come to Google HQ on January 14th-15th 2016, then please fill out this form and also help spread the word within your local developer communities.

Event: Building Realtime Apps with Firebase

How easy is it to build a cross-platform realtime application? Join us on Friday at 5.30pm and we will show you how to quickly build rich, collaborative applications that can serve millions of users on mobile devices using Firebase. And it comes with plenty of offline capabilities too.
Venue: Co-Creation Hub.
Time: 5.30pm to 7.00pm.
Date: This Friday October 30.
This event is free, but please register through the link below to join us on that day.
Join us!

Ask Me Anything with Emeka Afigbo – Program Manager of Developer Relations at Google

Join Emeka Afigbo –  Google Programme Manager for Developer Relations (in other words – the inside man  in Google for Developers in Nigeria and most of Africa) for the Ask Me Anything Session taking place on today at 5pm. 

Hello Radar community. This is Emeka Afigbo. I'm currently the Program Manager of Developer Relations at Google. For the past four years I have worked to help grow the Sub Saharan African tech ecosystem and it's been an interesting journey. I'm excited to be here. Ask me anything! . Needless to say, my answers will represent my views and not necessarily those of Google…or anyone else [:smile:]

Really, ask him anything. Got questions about becoming a Google Developer Expert or even a Googler or about some of the insightful articles on his blog or need some technical advice on stuff or want to know more about the plans over the next few months or just ANYTHING in particular? You can ask him right there and start dropping the questions now.

Google Product Launch in Lagos: Register Now!

Closing today and limited to the first 200 RSVPs, this is an invitation to a Special Product launch in Lagos by Google next week.
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                                        You're Invited

We have an exciting announcement to make and we'd like you to be there.
Google invites you to an afternoon of demo's, fun food and innovative conversation.

When: 18 August 2015
 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Somewhere in Lekki Peninsula. Details will be sent to invited guests
Please RSVP here no later than 10 August 2015

We look forward to your company


The Google Nigeria Team

Strictly by invitation only and limited to the first 200 RSVP's!


“GIT with the Programme”: This Saturday

This Saturday at the Co-Creation Hub, the Lagos GitHub Meetup  & Google Developer Group, Lagos will be hosting hands-on sessions on GIT for Beginners and Advanced Users.

This will be a hands-on event. You need to bring a laptop along to participate. 
There will be two separate tracks. The two tracks will be running simultaneously in two different rooms so there is something for every developer – whether you have been using GIT for version control  for years or if you have just started or if you have not yet started.
Beginners Track
– Introduction to version control, why it is necessary.
– Types of version control systems (centralized vs distributed)
– Installing git.
     – smartgit.
– Initializing repositories (git init)
– Basic commands:
     'git clone'
     'git add'
     'git status'
     'git log'
     'git commit'
– Branching (git branch) and why it is necessary.
Intermediate / Advanced users: 
– Traversing the repository using 'git log' options
– Understanding git objects – commits, trees and blobs.
– Basic usage of 'git cherry-pick'
– Git rebase (introducing interactive rebases)
– Git stash
– Git on the server (BitBucket, GitHub and private servers)
Date: Saturday August 1.
Time: 11am – 2pm
Venue: Co-Creation Hub, Sabo, Yaba.
Please remember that this will be a hands-on event. You need to bring a laptop along to participate.