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GVSU to host Google software developer conference

Posted on June 09, 2014

A local version of Google’s international software developer conference will be held at Grand Valley State University June 25-26.  

Live sessions from the international conference, held in San Francisco and attended by 5,000 people, will be broadcast at the Google I/O Extended event on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Speakers from the local software industry will also give presentations.

Google I/O Extended Grand Rapids
June 25-26
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center
Pew Grand Rapids Campus

The conference is free and open to 200 people. Registration and a schedule is at

Computing professor Jonathan Engelsma, who helped organize the event, said the local software industry is thriving, and events like this build community among local software developers and help promote Grand Rapids as an important hub of software development activity.

He said Google platforms and technologies are becoming increasingly important tools for software developers at both large enterprises and small startup companies. “It’s a great opportunity for local developers to keep a pulse on where Google is going and for local companies to share and showcase their software development expertise,” he said.

The event is sponsosred by Grand Valley's School of Computing and Information Systems, with support from Atomic Object, CQL, Gordon Food Service, VerifyValid, OST, Netech, Steelcase, Michigan Labs, Mutually Human, Spectrum Health Innovations, Software GR and TEKSystems.

For more information, contact Jonathan Engelsma at or (616) 331-2049.

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