While a major locus of socializing has moved to the web, human beings remain geolocated. This makes the world of social networking and maps inherently attractive to each other. In 2011, Google released the Google Places API and the start of the Google+ Platform, which along with the Google Maps API together make for some powerful new geo combinations.
Places gives access to Google’s constantly updated index of millions of places around the world. Stores, libraries, restaurants, bars, landmarks, and 125 different categories give a rich wealth of location information to developers creating social apps. The Google Plus platform includes sharing from the Hangouts
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to combine the rich information of Google Maps and Places with the power of people on Google+. We’ll cover topics such as:
Mano joined Google’s Geo API team in 2006. He helps people all over the world develop and deploy their content in KML and Google Maps, working with large companies, small startups, and international aid organizations. Before coming to Google, Mano had an eclectic career that involved getting a Masters in History, a Masters in Information Management and Systems, and working as a data manager in social service and public benefit organizations for over a decade.
Julia Ferraioli is a Developer Advocate working on Google Compute Engine. She helps developers harness the power of Google’s infrastructure to tackle their computationally intensive processes and jobs. She comes from an industrial background in software engineering, and an academic background in machine learning and assistive technology.
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