So you want to start a GDG...

What is a GDG?

Google Developer Groups (GDGs) are for developers who are interested in Google's developer technology; everything from the Android, App Engine, and Google Chrome platforms, to product APIs like the Maps API, YouTube API and Google Calendar API.

A GDG can take many forms -- from just a few people getting together to watch our latest video, to large gatherings with demos and tech talks, to events like code sprints and hackathons. However, at the core, GDGs are focused on developers and technical content, and the core audience should be developers.

A GDG is

  • Run by passionate individuals in the developer community
  • A place to learn about Google Technologies and Tools for developers.
  • A place to see what local companies and developers are doing with these technologies
  • Focused on developers and educational technical content
  • Open to the public with a public membership
  • A place to meet cool and smart people in tech :)

A GDG is NOT...

  • Run by a corporation
  • A place to hear a very salesy pitch at any time
  • Focused on end users or consumer content
  • A closed group

Everything check out? Okay then, onward!

  • Make sure you've checked the directory and see that no other chapters are in your area. If there is one, contact the organizer and join in the fun.
  • Please also read the Community Guidelines before proceeding.

Chapter names

Decide on a short and catchy name. The de-facto standard that we ended up using is of the form GDG <general location> . If you are located in London, it could be GDG London, or something similar. The location doesn't have to be a city name, but, it should have a local meaning. For example, we have GDG Silicon Valley which has local meaning in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As a general rule, you should not name your chapter after too large a region, like a state or country.

Submit application

  • Fill out a New Chapter Application and please include city and country for mapping purposes (it's pretty short, promise).
  • In the meantime, check out the wiki for all the shared best practices and tips for running a user group.

Still have questions or feedback?

Contact admin [at] gdgroups [dot] org.

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