Join the GDG platform

All developers and those interested in Google technologies or in becoming a developer are welcome to join the GDG platform. Before getting started, read the “About” page to learn more about the platform.
EXISTING chapters keyboard_arrow_down

To become an organizer of an existing GDG chapter:

  1. Contact the current GDG organizer(s) of the chapter to express interest. You can get in touch via Meetup.com or in-person at one of the chapter events.
  2. If you don’t currently have a Meetup.com account, create one. Then, ask the current organizer of your chapter to add you as an organizer on their GDG Meetup.com page.
  3. Once you’re marked as an organizer, we’ll add you to our communication channels and email you a Non-Disclosure Agreement for your review and e-signature. This NDA allows us to share details with you about the GDG program and Google Developers initiatives.
  4. (Optional) Follow the Google Developers company page on LinkedIn.
  5. (Optional) Add GDG to your LinkedIn profile:
    1. Follow the GDG Showcase page.
    2. Add a Volunteer section to your profile.
    3. Type and add “GDG” under the Organization section.

      Note: If you still wish to list your participation under the main Experience section of your profile: only refer to your experience with the GDG program as being a “member”, not an “employee”; don’t list “Google” or “Google Developers” as your employer, or imply that you’re remunerated as part of your participation in the GDG program; only refer to the program as “GDG” or “GDG [your chapter name]”, not “Google Developer Groups”.

NEW chapters keyboard_arrow_down

To become an organizer of a new GDG chapter:

  1. Check the GDG directory to confirm there are no other chapters in your area. If there is one, contact the organizer(s) and join in on the fun.
  2. Read the Community Organizer Code of Conduct.
  3. Choose a name for your chapter that follows the GDG Naming guidelines.
  4. Submit the New Chapter Application Form. Make sure to include city and country for mapping purposes. Applications will be reviewed to ensure it’s a good fit:
    1. Applicant: is over 18 years old; has genuine interest in Google’s technologies and pure motive for starting a GDG; has a technical background, some experience with event planning and/or is connected to the local developer community.
    2. Requested location: doesn’t already have a GDG, and if it does, there is reason enough to start a new chapter; isn’t too large of an area (i.e. entire state or country); isn’t located in Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria.
  5. Once your application is reviewed, we’ll reach out via email to set up time to set expectations and answer questions. Note: If the application isn’t a good fit, we’ll still notify you by email.
  6. After your application has been approved, the next step is to set up your Meetup.com chapter page. If you don’t yet have an active Meetup.com account, create one with the email address where you want to receive Meetup.com-related notifications and support. After registering, follow the link in the verification email to fully activate your account. We’ll email you a code to set up and connect your Meetup.com to Google Developers's billing account.
  7. Once your Meetup.com page is set up and/or you’re marked as an organizer, we’ll add you to our communication channels and email you a Non-Disclosure Agreement for your review and e-signature. This NDA allows us to share details with you about the GDG program and Google Developers initiatives.
  8. (Optional) Follow the Google Developers company page on LinkedIn.
  9. (Optional) Add GDG to your LinkedIn profile:
    1. Follow the GDG Showcase page.
    2. Add a Volunteer section to your profile.
    3. Type and add “GDG” under the Organization section.

      Note: If you still wish to list your participation under the main Experience section of your profile: only refer to your experience with the GDG program as being a “member”, not an “employee”; don’t list “Google” or “Google Developers” as your employer, or imply that you’re remunerated as part of your participation in the GDG program; only refer to the program as “GDG” or “GDG [your chapter name]”, not “Google Developer Groups”.