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Google launches world's first Developer Space in Singapore HQ

By PY Ho - on 25 Feb 2019, 9:00am

Developer Space @ Google Singapore

Software developers in Singapore now have a new space to gather!

On 22nd February, Google launched the world’s first Developer Space right here in Singapore. Situated in Google Asia’s headquarters, this 7,200 square feet workspace aims to connect developers around Singapore and Southeast Asia and helping them leverage on Google technologies and resources to advance their technical capabilities.

Google Cloud Managing Director (Asia Pacific), Rick Harshman (in foreground), and Developer Ecosystem Programme Manager, Sami Kizilbash, showing Minister S. Iswaran the Google Developer Space.

Not to be confused with yet another startup incubator or accelerator, this space is developer-oriented; the doors are opened to developers. Think of it as the community space in Block 71, or the various cafes surrounding tech start-up launchpads, with the additional benefit of resources and training programs, all within Google's office. 

Developer Space also supports events organized by various community groups, such as Women TechMakers and Google Developer Groups. Community groups and various partners can also book Developer Space to host developer-related events.

A huge portion of the Developer Space is catered for hosting talks or workshops.

The Developer Space also has meeting rooms for breakout sessions.

On the other side of the Developer Space, you'll find a huge lounge area. This being Google, snacks and beverages are available to facilitate individual thinking or group discussions.


What can developers expect?

Developers can participate in a wide range of workshops and training programs. One of these is the Machine Learning bootcamp, where developers learned the fundamentals of machine learning and how to use Tensorflow to apply their knowledge. 

Developers also have the opportunity to network with Google developer relations team, where they can seek advice or insights on using Google technologies.

Participants in the Machine Learning Bootcamp. This global series was piloted in Singapore, and Google looks forward to training another 800 developers here by the end of this year. (Image source: Google)