Google I/O Extended event comes to Charleston

Eric Wages of Google’s Berkeley County data center is helping to organize Google I/O Extended 2015. It’s aimed at local software developers and coders.

When Google holds its annual I/O conference on the West Coast, the Internet search giant will offer a free “extended” version in downtown Charleston for techies who want to catch the action from afar and partake in some fun of their own.

Google I/O Extended 2015 is set for May 28 at the American Theater at 446 King St.

It takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. An after-party also is planned for participants, said Joe Dwyer, organizer for Google Developers Group Charleston.

The agenda includes workshops where attendees will get to toy with Google products such as Chromecast and Angular, Dwyer said.

The remote lived-streamed portion will feature sessions and keynote addresses from the actual conference in San Francisco.

So far, Dwyer said, he’s been getting 10 to 15 RSVPs per day from people planning to attend.

“There is a large, active dev community throughout S.C. and especially in the Lowcountry,” Eric Wages, site operations manager for Google’s data center off Highway 52 in Berkeley County, said in a statement. “We’re hosting Google I/O Extended so that Googlers, along with those in the local tech community, can come together and meet other coders and participate in a few code labs — all while watching some of the keynotes from Google I/O in San Francisco.”

Google Developers Group Charleston, the Charleston Digital Corridor and the College of Charleston are among the sponsors of the event.

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Google I/O Extended will take place a week after the digital corridor’s {CODESHOW}SE 2015 tech conference. Ernest Andrade, director of the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation, called it “a terrific one-two punch for professionals from Charleston’s software dev community anxious to find out the latest and greatest offering from Google.”

“Plus, I understand there will also be some kids at the event, which is a terrific way to get them interested in STEM and career paths that bring them into Charleston’s software industry,” Andrade added.

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