Friday, May 24, 2013 | 2:20 PM
For the third year in a row, Google Kitchener-Waterloo hosted a Google I/O Extended event and welcomed about 300 from our local tech community to experience the magic of the Google I/O Conference in our own backyard. This year, we featured a full-day of live presentations, product demonstrations, streamed technical sessions live from San Francisco, and even an exclusive-to-I/O-extended game “Ship Wars: Reactor”.
“Ship Wars: Reactor” was a game where players graphically program a small crew of robots to provide fuel to run their space ship's power plant. The game was released exclusively to Google I/O Extended attendees, allowing players from all 8 Extended sites to compete against each other in real time. Getting the best score requires careful planning, timing and programming skills to make the robots as efficiently as possible! The talent and brain power in the Kitchener-Waterloo community really shone through in the competition when the overall winner was from KW itself. Well done!!
Our teams demonstrated a number of products and a real crowd pleaser was when we showcased Google’s new Pixel, which was developed in part by our engineers here in Kitchener-Waterloo. A testament to the impact that our small-yet-mighty engineering teams can have.
After the kickoff, we watched the live streamed keynote with our local audience participating in the excitement of all the announcements. After the keynote, and a quick “milk & cookies” break, attendees rotated through six blocks of technical sessions. A few of the noteworthy sessions included lightning talks on Chrome Apps and Chrome Mobile Apps, a deep-dive into the Pixel’s “point, touch & click” technology, and even a session on a lego robot programming organization!
We can only imagine what 2014’s I/O Extended at Kitchener-Waterloo will bring -- 2013 will be hard to beat!