What to expect at the two Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka events in 2017

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In the world of tech, grueling all-nighters fueled by coffee are a norm.  But in just two short weeks, we’ll be pulling an all-nighter that will see more excitement rather than tiring work. Yes, it’s that time of the year again. It’s time for Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka 2017 once again. In case you’re lost, Google I/O is the annual developer conference Google organizes in San Francisco to announce their latest and greatest products.

Across the world, Google Developer Groups (GDG) and other independent parties, organize Google I/O Extended events to bring the tech community together. Its goal is to not only to stream the main I/O conference live but also share ideas within the local tech communities. Over the years, Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka has become one of the biggest events in the Sri Lanka tech calendar. However, this year there’s an interesting twist in Sri Lanka.

This year we aren’t having only one Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka. In 2017 we are having two Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka events. Yes, let that sink in for a minute. There are two events celebrating one of the biggest moments in the Sri Lankan tech calendar. So this begs the question, “Which one do we go to?” Let’s start off taking a look at the two events.

Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka by Mobitel

The first on this list is the Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka event organized by Mobitel. This event will be taking place inside Stein Studios, Ratmalana. We reached out to Mobitel to see what exactly there were cooking up. We learned that they will largely be sticking to the tried and tested formula for Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka. Of course, they’ll be adding their own unique twist to it. So you can expect more speeches from veterans in the tech industry alongside more interactive tech experiments.

Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka 2017
Image credits: Mobitel

Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka by Dialog and GDG

The second one on this list is the event organized by GDG alongside Dialog, which will be held at BMICH. What can you expect from this Google I/O Extended? The teaser video below pretty much answers the questions. Expect everything from demos of Google’s experiments to sessions by local speakers introducing new technologies.

So which one will you be heading to?

Ultimately, we decided to attend both events. Yes, you will see one half of the ReadMe team at BMICH and the other half at Stein Studios. Why? Because we think that Sri Lanka organizing two Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka events is a sign that our local tech ecosystem is growing. This is why we want to support both of these events and help them grow even more.

In the past, it was all too common to see our friends asking for a spare ticket to Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka. But this year there’s two Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka events. Hopefully, that means everyone interested will get a chance to experience the magic of Google I/O. So mark your calendars and get ready for that all-nighter. Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka 2017 kicks off on the 17th of May 2017.

Which Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka 2017 event will you be attending? Let us know in the comments below!

4 COMMENTS

    • Hi Shafraz,
      Wanted to check whether technology innovations will be showcased at the event and if so what is the date/time?

      Sarit

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