First, what is a GTUG?
GTUGs are for developers who are interested in Google's developer technology; everything from the Android, App Engine, and Google Chrome platforms, to product APIs like the YouTube API and the Google Calendar API.A GTUG can take many forms -- from just a few people getting together to watch our latest video, to large gatherings with demos and tech talks, to events like code sprints and hackathons. However, at the core, GTUGs are focused on developers and technical content, and the core audience should be developers.
A GTUG is...
- Run by passionate individuals in the developer community
- A place to learn about Google's developer platforms and tools (developers.google.com)
- A place to see what local companies and developers are doing with these technologies
- Focused on developers and educational technical content
- Open to the public with a public membership
- A place to meet cool and smart people in tech :)
- Run by a corporation
- A place to hear a very salesy pitch at any time
- Focused on end users or consumer content
- A closed group
Everything check out? Okay then, onward!
Make sure you've checked the chapter list and see that no other chapters are in your area. (If there is one, great! Contact the organizer and join in the fun.)
- Decide on a short and catchy name. The de-facto standard that
ended up using is of the form <general location> GTUG. So if you
are located in Berlin Germany, it could be Berlin GTUG, or something
similar. The location doesn't have to be a city name, but, it should have a local meaning. For example, we have the Silicon Valley GTUG which has local meaning in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- As a general rule, you should not name your chapter after too large a region, like a state or country.
We're currently going through some changes in the program. During this time, we will not be accepting any new chapter applications. Please check back in December. Thanks!
Still have questions or feedback?
- Fill out a New Chapter Application and please include city and country for mapping purposes (it's pretty short, promise).
- In the meantime, check out the wiki for all the shared best practices and tips for running a user group.
Contact admin [at] gtugs [dot] org.