Friday, September 12, 2014

My Google Community Summit Experience

I was fortunate enough to represent GBG Cagayan de Oro during the Google Community Summit Asia 2014. It was held in Sri Lanka and it was absolutely an amazing experience.

It was my first time to attend a summit this huge. There are many stories and memories that I could share. But, I can summarize them into these three.

Connecting with other managers



The summit was attended by the GBG and GDG managers of Asia. There were also Google Developer Experts. Not only did I get to connect and know some of them, I also had a multi-cultural experience. It was amazing. Talking to these people with different cultures widened my knowledge of the world.

Empowered and inspired


The summit was filled with keynotes, conferences, discussions and brainstorming. There was an overflow of brilliant ideas and I was there consuming every bit of knowledge I could get. I definitely learned a lot of things and I am very excited to share them with our local business community here in Cagayan de Oro.

A mini vacation



Aside from attending the summit, we were able to take some sidetrips in Bangkok (Thailand) and Colombo (Sri Lanka). These sidetrips only lasted for a few hours. But, they were absolutely enough to make this whole experience worthwhile.

I would like to thank my community manager, Jon for giving me this opportunity to represent our community in an Asian Summit. In case you do not know, I am the co-manager of the Google Business Group here in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.

Also, props to Google for organizing events like this. It definitely empowers the awesome communities that they have already built.

This was definitely an experience I will never forget.

Carlo Borja is the Head of Online Marketing for Time Doctor, a time tracking software for remote teams. He is a full-time telecommuter, a digital nomad and a coffee junkie.

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