Google Southeast User Group Meeting and Summit July 25-26

Ken Ingle, President of the Google Apps Southeast User Group, kicks off the meeting

Enjoyed this great one and one half day event at the Google office in Atlanta. Who knew the Google offices in Atlanta are located as easy walk right down the street from my office at Tech Square and just across the street from the 10th street Marta station? The event was a combined Google Summit for non Google Apps customers and a Southeast User Group meetup for current App customers. Attendees were there from all over the southeast.

Day 1: The first afternoon covered Google’s current upcoming feature release roadmap which I can’t revile due to an NDA. However I can say the remainder of 2011 is going to see some exciting new features in apps.

The end of this first day Ken announced that event sponsor, Cloud Sherpas, had donated three kegs of beer…and Google provided hot wings, quesedas, a variety of cheese, summer sausage, salami, grilled veggies, and more that I can’t remember. It was awesome to say the least!

Day 2: After an informative keynote panel in the morning of the second day the summit attendees split off from the user group to get a deep dive on Google App features while the user group members broke into groups for discussion of specific topics of interest.


Here are a few photos I took of the event.


From the back of the room showing ping pong, pool, and foos ball tables. Glimpse into the West Coast culture?


Networking event started around 4:30 with lots of food and beer. Shown here are the hot wings, quesadas, and beer on tap.
Back of the room


Well equipped guitar hero area







Building Facebook Apps at the Atlanta PHP User Group July Meetup

Jason Bouffard, Lead Facebook and PHP developer at Definition6, was the presenter at July’s PHP User Group meetup held at Strongbox West.  This meetup was completely full with over 50 php developers. Free pizza and soft drinks were provided by event sponsor Definition6. Jason’s talk covered his experience developing and launching a Facebook app, True Blood Immortalize. His very creative presentation is located online here.


July PHP Meetup at Strongbox West
Jason Bouffard, Lead Facebook and PHP developer at Definition6, presenting at July PHP meetup