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Google organizes a digital event for game developers

In the breakout of the coronavirus, various events in the tech industry have had to be postponed or suspended. This destination was the same for the annual video-game developer convention, known as the Game Developers Conference.

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In the past month, the organizers of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) had to make the difficult decision to postpone the event, which would occur in March of this year. The conference had to be changed for August 3, 2020, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The decision has caused deep disappointment for many players in the video-game industry. Google has been one of the most disappointed because, for the Menlo Park company, this event is an opportunity to connect with the video game industry.

“I will do my own conference…”

In order not to want to, Google has decided to organize its own video-game developers convention, which does not mean that it will disregard sanitary precautions to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Google will host the Google for Games Developers Summit, a developer convention that will be completely digital and free. At this event, Google will announce everything it had in store for the GDC.

The Google event will kick off on March 23 at 9 a.m., Pacific time in the United States. From the first moment, Google will hold developer sessions for ten consecutive hours with content that is intended to be of help for participants to improve their video games.

Between the sessions that Google will keep, there will be success stories of industry leaders who have managed to overcome the challenges of video game testing, infrastructure, and launch for all platforms.

Google also prepares announcements about the development in Android, with tools that seek to improve the performance of large APK files, as well as improvements in the graphics and improvements in the analysis of the memory of the devices.

One of the points that cause the most expectations among the gaming community is Google’s advances in video game servers, which is currently an alpha product.

Support for the video game developer community

In solidarity with video game developers, Google is coordinating with the GDC emergency fund to sponsor and assist developers who had already invested in conferences to grow their video games.

Likewise, Google invites developers to use YouTube’s streaming services to carry out all kinds of events with its Live Streaming and Premieres tools, so they don’t want to share the progress of their developments.

The question remains which tool or product will be so exciting that Google cannot wait until August to present it. Whatever it is, the company stated on its developer page that its team had created solutions to drive the success of the developer community.

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TheVentureCity in Miami receives Latin American startups

While many Latin American startups point to Silicon Valley when scaling their businesses globally, Miami is slowly emerging as the ideal destination for Latin American companies. This city on the Florida peninsula has claimed in recent years its right to be considered an international tech hub with events that bring together Latin American entrepreneurs with venture capital. And this year, Miami has sponsored some of the great technology players.

To begin with, Softbank chose Miami as the headquarters of its Latin American Fund earlier this year. Now, Google chose the metropolis as the venue for the end of its startup acceleration program, Launchpad. This acceleration program of Google’s mission is to boost the startup ecosystem by supporting specialists, research, and the most advanced technology.

TheVentureCity was the endpoint of an immersion trip for startups chosen by Google, which began in Mexico, continued in Argentina, and now ended in South Florida. TheVentureCity is a new acceleration model that helps entrepreneurs achieve a global impact, intending to make the entrepreneurial ecosystem more diverse, international, and accessible to fair capital.

In this last week of the Google acceleration program, the nine startups participating in the program met with the startups of TheVentureCity’s growth program. This occasion served as an opportunity to share experiences, get closer to each other, and grow. As part of an extra benefit for the startups of both programs, TheVentureCity invited venture capitalists from the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

The manager of Google Developers Paco Solsona said that it was a dream come true to make this program in Miami possible for startups throughout Latin America. “It is an unparalleled occasion to show the amazing work that developers and entrepreneurs carry out in the region,” said the executive.

For its part, the CEO and founder of TheVentureCity Laura González-Estéfani said that the initiative consolidates Miami as an epicenter of innovation and entrepreneurship by bringing together companies that think beyond borders. “We believe that talent is equitably distributed around the world, but the opportunities are not equitable,” González-Estéfani mentions in the event.

Launchpad Accelerator startups come from a wide variety of Latin American countries, including Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and El Salvador. The companies that graduated this week were: 123Seguro, Al Turing, Apli, DevF, Hugo, Jetty, Jüsto, Odd Industries, and TransparentBusiness. The participating companies in TheVentureCity are Qempo, Cashier, ComigoSaude, Digital Innovation One, TheFastMind, eMasters, Alba, 1Doc3, Stayfilm, and Erudit. For the organizers’ consideration, “this international group of startups represents the talent, diversity, and richness of the continent.”

The main benefit of choosing Miami to host this program is to diversify thinking in the American technological ecosystem and keep the most relevant stakeholders informed about the challenges facing startups in the region. This event is the second time that Google and TheVentureCity partner to support startups. Last March, they also held the first Google Developers Launchpad Start event, a one-week version of the acceleration program in Miami.

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Events for developers in Mexico (November 2019)

In November, Mexico hosts different events for software developers. In these meetings, programmers can learn about the latest trends in the industry and find out about the news that leading companies have.

The topics discussed in these IT industry conferences range from the development of mobile applications to the management of cloud-based services. Learn more about these events here.

Huawei Developer Day 2019

Chinese tech giant Huawei presented its Developer Day 2019 in Mexico. In this event, the company introduced the services that currently allow more than 1.07 million developers to contribute directly to intelligent ecosystems.

Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) are tools created to develop a secure ecosystem considering all the usage scenarios of millions of Huawei users globally. This ecosystem is based on the base services of the Chinese company (HMS Core and its relevant functions) in addition to the services for developers.

HMS already benefits more than 500 million users worldwide, including more than 20 million Huawei ID users in Latin America.

Currently, 14 core capabilities of HMS (Core Capabilities), 51 services, and 885 APIs have been open to developers worldwide to provide them with the tools to develop applications for a connected future in all scenarios. By integrating HUAWEI Mobile Services developer software kits (SDKs), developers can use Huawei’s extensive and unlimited capabilities.

GDG Cloud MX

On November 11, the Google Cloud Developer Mexico community was attended by Benjamin Sánchez, a research scientist at the Google Brain team, and Antonio Guzmán, Google Developer Expert for Google Cloud and Developer Advocate at Xertica.

Benjamin talked about his current research, which focuses on smell recognition systems. At the meeting, Google experts spoke about what is AI, ML, and Deep Learning. They also mentioned what deep learning methods developers can use to predict, generate, and understand data in graph form. Finally, it was said how professionals could use these methods for a machine to develop a sense of smell.

Antonio offered a practical introduction to BigQuery ML, in addition to showing how ML models can be created, analyzed, and executed in BigQuery using familiar language like SQL in minutes and with minimal effort.

Singularity University Summit

Singularity University returns to Mexico after two years of success and surprising results in technology. The Singularity University Summit event brought the latest technological advances, trends in different industries, and the tools to place a business at the forefront and help entrepreneurs achieve exponential growth.

SingularityU Mexico Summit in Jalisco is a space specially designed to provoke conversations about the future; on global trends and technologies that include robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, nanotechnology, blockchain, energy, and much more. The event featured speakers who had not been to Mexico before, as well as innovative workshops led by the world’s leading innovation community. 

Singularity University (SU) is a global innovation and learning community that uses exponential technologies to solve the significant challenges of the planet and build a better future for all.

The collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations to learn, connect, and innovate with disruptive solutions using accelerated growth technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and biotechnology.

It is located at the NASA Research Center in Silicon Valley, with members from 119 countries and with more than 431 impact initiatives. The SU community is made up of entrepreneurs, companies, impact organizations, governments, investors and academic institutions that are driving positive changes in the areas of health, environment, security, education, energy, food, prosperity, water, space, resilience in the face of disasters, shelter and governance. 

OpenBanking, Fintech & Blockchain

The OpenBanking, Fintech & Blockchain Summit will be held on November 14 and 15 at the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City. In this meeting will be present Investment Funds, Fintechs, regulators, and bank leaders with international recognition. Among the topics to be discussed at the conference are digital banking, payment systems, credit, wealth management, crowdfunding, RegTech, RealTech, InsurTech, Blockchain, cybersecurity, and fintechs. Each speaker will share trends, challenges, and the different technologies that are being used in financial services to maximize profits, efficiency, and cost reduction.

At the Summit, entrepreneurs, regulators, and executives will contrast their experience and concerns in panels that will be focused on different areas of traditional banks against fintech. 

The idea of this event is to offer a few days of intensive training by key actors in the industry. They will teach and transmit methodologies that can be implemented in the short term by their institutions, businesses, and other services that they can provide to the entire banking ecosystem, digital payments, fraud, regulations, and other fields.

Among the participants of the event, there will be executives of e-commerce giants such as Amazon and Alibaba, as well as representatives of banks such as BBVA, Banorte, Santander, and Citibanamex.

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Google Launchpad Accelerator: Mexico

Los tutores que participan en el Google Launchpad Accelerator México comentaron su experiencia en el programa que está enfocado en ayudar a startups de toda Hispanoamérica.

El programa de aceleración del gigante tecnológico ayuda a los emprendedores a crear productos y tecnologías atractivas, escalables e impactantes. Hace una semana, Google le dio la bienvenida a diez de los emprendimientos seleccionados, provenientes de México, Argentina, Colombia y Chile. Estas compañías recibirán durante tres meses apoyo y programas de capacitación para superar sus desafíos en materia tecnológica. De esta manera, los emprendedores latinoamericanos tendrán las herramientas para poder convertirse en la próxima gran innovación.

En una serie de videos, el canal de Google Developers Latam en Youtube presentó a cada uno de los líderes que Google escogió para guiar a la próxima generación de la aceleradora de Google. Estos son:

Pablo Celsi, Head of UX de Despegar.com.

Celsi explica que su objetivo en la aceleradora es enteneder las necesidades de las startups y guiarlas para que cumplan con los estándares de la industria. Celsi recomienda a todos los integrantes del equipo de una startup entender el aporte que ofrecen en la empresa y, después, comprender el impacto de ese aporte. Por último, les recomienda la resilencia, que es la habilidad de recuperarse de la frustración del día a día.

Lesly Ross, fundadora de Quantified Ardor.

Ross menciona que la pasión hace funcionar a los negocios, pero son los números los que los hacen crecer. El trabajo de Lesly consiste en enseñarlas a las startups a guiarse por los datos. Ella menciona que no es suficiente observar todos los datos, sino que también es importante identificar los insights que tienen más repercusiones en la empresa en todos los niveles: compañía, equipo e individuos. Esto ayuda a la empresa en convertirse en una compañía más efectiva, más eficiente y a crear un ambiente de constante aprendizaje que permita el crecimiento.

Eran Paz, líder del equipo de ciencia de datos de MDGo

Eran Paz es un experto en Inteligencia Artificial y Aprendizaje Máquina. Él ha sido mentor en Google Launchpad por más de cinco años. Paz menciona que las compañías son cada vez más consientes del valor de sus datos. Sin embargo, estas no invierten mucho tiempo en colectarlo, o incluso ignoran qué deberían colectar. Sin una estrategia para colectar datos, las empresas deben hacer lo siguiente: 1) Empezar a colectar. Si no saben qué colectar, lo mejor es colectar todo lo que puedan. 2) Pensar a la largo plazo, como en el tipo de productos que pueden ofrecer en los próximos tres o cinco años.

Will Koffel, Head of Startup Ecosystem, Google Cloud Americas.

Koffel es desarrollador, emprendedor serial y CTO. Él trabaja en tecnología para el desarrollo de productos. Cuando su primera startup fue adquirida por Google Cloud, Koffel tuvo la oportunidad de trabajar en Google Cloud, pero con el ecosistema de startups. Google Cloud ofrece a las startups una de las plataformas más confiables, seguras y amigable para los desarrolladores para que puedan construir su infraestructura innovadora. Las startups del programa de Google reciben descuentos, créditos y soporte técnico para utilizar la plataforma. El servicio de cloud computing de Google ofrece una serie de herramientas para Big Data, implementaciones de AI y ML y mobile.

Crecer con Google

Las startups que participarán en el programa de aceleramiento de Google tendrán la oportunidad de aprender con líderes del sector cómo ayudar a crecer sus emprendimientos y cómo aprovechar las herramientas que tienen disponibles para mejorar las operaciones de sus compañías.

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Hey, Google. How can I have successful teamwork?

Google designed the FoundersLabs based on the experience that the company has accumulated for years. This initiative is now available to Latin American entrepreneurs. One of the last problems addressed has been how to form successful teams within a company.

FoundersLab is a one-day workshop developed by Google Developers. The company has spread the initiative in different cities in the region, such as Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Quito, Cali (Colombia), and Mexico City, always with the support of allies from incubators local. Events are usually made by invitation, but on the last occasion in Buenos Aires, an open call was made to the A3 business community, one of the local allies of Google. Google Developers hopes to replicate this model in more cities in the region.

How to form a successful team?

Building a successful team seems simple: if you put the best professionals to do their best work, the result will be the best possible product. Although the idea makes perfect sense, Google experts found that the equation was more complicated.

The magic formula is really to train managers to do their best work. In this way, it is possible to improve the performance of the work teams significantly. The Google People Analytics team reached this conclusion after years of work, where they investigated the performance of the groups within the organization.

All this accumulated knowledge supported not only by the experience within the company but also by the academic research of some of the best organizational psychologists in the world is now available to Latin American entrepreneurs thanks to Google FoundersLab.

In the FoundersLab workshop, the teams participated in several dynamics of interpersonal problem solving, communication, and coaching techniques that helped them focus on one of their main tasks as entrepreneurs: managing their teams. In the end, each of the founders took a series of functions to implement in their daily routines with their equipment.

“Focusing on the task and the product 120% of the time is a mistake because you have to focus on the human factor. And all the people who make up your startup have their problems, depressions, errors, etc. – explains Francisco Solsona, leader of Google Developers in Latin America. It is important, then, to understand them and be there to help them more comprehensively.”

The human factor, key to the success of a venture

The human factor depends mostly on your success or failure as entrepreneurs. According to a survey of risk investors published in 2013, 65% of startups that fail do so due to “problems with people,” while only 35% of these failures are due to product or market problems.

65% of startups that fail are due to problems with people

In addition to learning about Google’s experience in team leadership, workshop attendees also exchange experiences and ideas with each other. In a segment of the workshop, they all expose a problem they have in their startups and receive solution ideas from the rest of the group.

“One would think that, as they have just met, they would only bring trivial problems to the table. But we have to see that they discuss super personal problems or sensitive issues of their organizations, and the advice given is incredible,” says Solsona.

It is not only a moment to refine the interpersonal skills of the founders, but also with a better knowledge of who they are and what they are looking for as entrepreneurs and as people. As Tomas Lakub, founder of Simpleat, says, “the course made us give ourselves one day to think of ourselves as founders, think of the team, learn and think in the medium term.”

The keys to a good team

The People Ops team’s investigation concluded that there are vital points that make teams better:

  • Strictly define culture: What is your mission? How do you communicate? , etc.
  • Having a high-performance dynamic: That is, having a set of psychological and interpersonal skills that improve the ability to work in a team:
  • Psychological safety: have space to ‘take interpersonal risks’ and have divergent positions without fear of reprisals.
  • Dependability: being able to trust that each team member will do their part of the job.
  • Structure: clarity with the functions, procedures, and delivery times of tasks.
  • Meaning: clarity of the reasons why tasks are done. That is, “let people know why they do what they do,” explains Solsona.
  • Impact: clarity about what is expected to be achieved with the work.
  • Focus on people: Always keep in mind that the needs and interaction between team members is one of the most critical areas of running a startup.

What does your organization do to improve the performance of work teams?

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These are the 10 startups participating in the Google Launchpad Accelerator LATAM

After a multi-week selection process involving more than 120 startups in Latin America, Google chose the ten companies to support in the winter edition of Launchpad Accelerator.

Launchpad Accelerator Manager for Latin America Francisco Solsona announced the names of these startups last Friday in the Google Developers blog. These newly created companies come from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, and the United States.

Diversity in market segments

The diversity of the ten selected companies not only resides in their country of origin. These startups belong to different market segments such as banking and finance, professional services (legal, insurance, accounting, human resources, marketing), hospitality, automotive / transportation, retail, electronic commerce, construction / real estate, among others.

The selected startups are: 

  • 123Seguro (Argentina): A digital insurance agent that offers a combination of insurance comparison, transparency, and advisory services. It is the leader of the Argentine market and is available in Chile and Colombia.
  • AI Turing (Colombia): Supervises the commercial strategy for PPC companies through AI models, and helps them strengthen their business strategies.
  • Apli (Mexico): A recruitment automation solution based on conversational AI. 
  • Casai (Mexico): Properties fully furnished and designed with the best services and operations for the client, is marketed through Airbnb.
  • DevF (Mexico): This EdTech Startup promotes inclusion and accessibility. They use agile education programs that develop digital + soft skills, and then connect these people with job opportunities in the technology sector and industry.
  • Hugo (El Salvador): Hugo is a technology, delivery, and transportation company based in El Salvador that operates in Central America and is rapidly expanding in LATAM.
  • Jetty (Mexico): Jetty is a private collective transport application with routes optimized to bring people from home to work and back. They offer an income and operations management platform and works to improve the travelers’ experience while they travel.
  • Jüsto (Mexico): This startup is a 100% digital supermarket. The company works to lead the transformation of the supermarket industry and give Mexican households access to higher quality products with time and money savings.
  • Odd Industries (Chile): This platform helps its clients obtain, decrypt, and distribute information. They create data using proprietary hardware, such as robotic cameras in situ, process images along with other data sources. They use machine learning algorithms to generate metrics that help make decisions in real-time.
  • TransparentBusiness (USA): Platform designed to help its clients increase the productivity of freelance collaborators, allow coordination and monitoring of the workforce and provide real-time information on the cost and status of all tasks and projects 

Launchpad Accelerator Winter Edition

The winter edition of the Launchpad Accelerator, a program focused on startups in the growth stage from throughout Latin America, will last three months. This acceleration program will take place from October to December 2019.

“The selected companies have passed a rigorous evaluation process of more than 120 startups throughout Latin America.”

Francisco Solsona, Manager of Launchpad Accelerator for Latin America

The ten startups will now have the opportunity to prioritize and solve problems of their companies and products. They will receive the support of dozens of mentors and speakers on business issues; marketing, branding and public relations; organizational culture, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, Google Adds, Google Cloud and Android Play, among other technologies. Also, they will have the support of different Google teams, which will help them boost their growth, infrastructure, management, and leadership in a short and intense time. 

“The ten selected companies represent the best of the talent, ability, and willingness of Latin American companies to solve problems in the region,” said Solsona.

Entrepreneurs participating in the program will have the opportunity to learn from the best to scale their products, overcome technological challenges and establish a connection with entrepreneurial networks in the region and Silicon Valley, to consolidate the growing generation of innovators in Latin America. 

This initiative, developed in partnership with Centraal and TheVentureCity, responds to the need to consolidate a robust ecosystem of Latin American startups for the rest of the world. This task brings significant benefits for the community, such as the creation of new jobs, as well as a positive social and economic impact.

Hispanic entrepreneurs: from the United States to Argentina

“To carry out this program for all Spanish-speaking countries from Mexico to Argentina, including the Latino community in the United States and the Caribbean; It feels like a dream come true, because it gives us the opportunity to attract attention to the great work that Latin American entrepreneurs and developers are doing, ”said Francisco Solsona, manager of Google Developers in Latin America.

With the support of Google, these teams will have the opportunity to work with international experts, exchange experiences with local entrepreneurs, and recognize market opportunities over three months. They will have three weeks of face-to-face work, or bootcamps, to be held in Centraal Ciudad de Mexico, Google Argentina in the city of Buenos Aires and TheVentureCity campus in the city of Miami.  

At the end of the program, these startups will be part of the prestigious international alumni group of Google Launchpad Accelerator, where they will join other Latin American companies of global scale such as Quinto Andar, Telemedicine Portal, Creditas, Platzi, Konfio, Ualá, La Haus, Kichink, Compare Online, Cloud Store, and Miroculus, among others.

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Women developed Actions for the Google Assistant

As part of International Women’s Day 2019, Google organized the annual Women Techmakers event, which seeks to recognize the role of women in technology.

This year, Actions for Google sponsored the event to give technical workshops. In these code labs, the participants could learn the fundamental concepts to develop Actions for Google Assistant so that hundreds of new actions were created in these classes.

Actions for Google Assistant allows users to interact with their smart devices with voice commands to get recipes, listen to news or answer frequently asked questions.

Learn more in the video.