For the past 2 years, being in GTUG has been an amazing journey for me. More importantly, it has been amazing to meet the people that I’ve met, helped (hopefully), inspired (hopefully), and have come across along the way.
My main highlight was my first trip to Google I/O this year. I wish I could write a longer post about this experience, but I’m leading a triple agent life = product manager by day, freelancer/startuper/advisor/mentor/lover by night, evangelist by the weekends with GTUG & Codeandroid; I’m just too tired to write a comprehensive one.
But I do like to share some things I learned from being the 1st GTUG in Southeast Asia to one of the most active in Southeast Asia. The only concern I have: is how long can I last? Anyhow, here’s what I’ve learned so far…
- Never depend on Google on everything you want to do for your GTUG. Be it for sponsorship, speakers or what not. They can and will help you the best as they can. But they can’t do everything or be everywhere. The best thing I’ve learned was to be independent. Help comes. Just not in the way & how you wanted it to be. This is when you need to innovate ;)
- Always and always make the people/developers in your GTUG community (or other kinds of developer groups) feel special. They are your most important asset in growing the gospel that you are carrying as a GTUG organizer. They are the coolest people you would have ever known! They are to me!
- Be relentless and persistent in what you’re trying to achieve & grow. My goal was (and still is!) to create a healthy & striving developer ecosystem in my country. I think I’ve done enough with trainings, free workshops, free meetups, free advise, free ideas and healthy criticism to stir up the community. Be a firestarter.
- Last thing I learned: don’t depend on Google for everything. Depend on the people in your community, depend on yourself. Things will get better.
To finish things up, thank you to Christine Songco, Stephanie Liu, Vinoaj Vijeyakumar, Jason Costa (Xoogler), Hanson Toh, Wesley Chun, Timothy Jordan, Daniels Lee, Bob Aman, Pamela Fox (Xoogler), David McLaughlin, Ikai Lan, Sajith, Derek Callow and other Googlers for the support. I really appreciate it. Very much. Please drop by KL!
Thank you to Krish (Singapore GTUG), Ohm (Bangkok GTUG), Azaman (Brunei GTUG), Agus (Indonesia GTUG) and other GTUG organizers in Southeast Asia for making a big effort to stir things up in this region. Thank you to other GTUG organizers for all of the funny things you say in mailing list. Nonetheless, the effort you guys have made to making GTUG the most awesome community organization in the world is indispensable.
As for celebrations, I kind of celebrated our 2nd year anniversary with an impromptu Google App Engine 24 hours hackathon in June with Ikai Lan from Developer Relations team. It was real fun! But that belongs to another post.
Read about the hackathon from Ikai’s blog!
Last but not least, thank you developers for changing my life :)