About the GDG platform
The GDG platform is a membership level within the wider Google Developers Community Groups program and it offers tailored support to organizers of local GDG chapters.
GDGs are local groups of developers who are specifically interested in Google products and APIs. Each local group is called a GDG chapter and can host a variety of technical activities for developers - from just a few people getting together to watch our latest videos, to large gatherings with demos and tech talks, to hackathons.
Google Developers supports and recognizes GDG chapters, but doesn’t own or manage them.
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A GDG is...
Run by passionate individuals in local developer communities
A group to share ideas and network with fellow developers
A place to learn about Google technologies and development tools, as well as what local companies and developers are doing with these technologies
Focused on developers and educational technical content
Open to and free for all interested
A GDG is NOT...
Run by a corporation
A place to hear sales pitches
Focused on end users or consumer content
A closed group
A group to discuss business topics (this is covered by the GBG program)
StandardOrganizers of any developer group
GDG PlatformOrganizers of GDG groups
Meetup contentTemplate agendas, slides, event formats, speaker notes, content bundles (curated 1-pagers with all you need to know about a product and/or topic), and more to help you run events for your community more effectively.
|Can use / modify for meetup use||Can use / modify for meetup use|
Event seriesSeasonal meetup events, competitions, and hackathons authored and sponsored by Google Developers.
|Access to event series||Access to event series with priority support|
Financial sponsorshipsMonetary contribution from Google Developers.
|Can apply||Can apply on a priority basis|
Speaker recommendationsSupport to find speakers for your events.
|Can request||Can request|
SwagBranded physical items to give out to meetup attendees.
|Can request design templates for meetups||
Can request design templates for meetups
Organizers of top performing GDGs are rewarded with GDG branded swag
TrainingCommunity management webinars, videos, and deep-dives into specific technologies.
|Can access most content and join all webinars||Can access all content and join all webinars|
Early access programsExclusive preview and access to unreleased Google products.
|Available upon request and review||Available to all GDG organizers|
CoachingSupport to grow your group and as an individual leader.
|Can request||Available to select GDG organizers|
NewsletterMonthly newsletter with top news from the community, upcoming events and trainings, and spotlight stories from organizers.
|Can subscribe||Can subscribe|
Group directoryDirectory of all groups viewable to the general public.
|All GDG chapters are listed|
Case studiesWritten and video stories about our top organizers, GDG chapters, and events.
|Can submit / be featured||Can submit / be featured|
SummitsExclusive training and networking events for members hosted by Google Developers.
|Can be invited to attend select regional and global summits||Can be invited to attend select regional, global, and GDG-only summits with Google speakers|
BrandingLockups to be used in activities related to the program.
|Can request Google Developers brand endorsement for individual meetups but Google Developers branding is not required||Can use GDG platform official branding, including custom GDG chapter lockups|
Platform managementDedicated support and infrastructure managed by Google Developers, including:
|Available to all GDG organizers|
Event sponsorshipsMonetary contribution to help attend select events organized by Google Developers like Google I/O.
|Limited access||Priority access|