Android Things Hackster Contest

Android Things Hackster Contest

Posted by Dave Smith,
Developer Advocate for IoT

Android Things
lets you build professional, mass-market products on a trusted platform, without
previous knowledge of embedded system design. With Android Things you get a
turnkey hardware solution and an easy-to-use software development platform based
on Android Studio and the Android SDK — making it easy to build designs that
scale to production. Android Things is currently in developer preview and we’d
love to see what you can build with our
latest release
.

Today we are announcing a contest with Hackster and NXP for developers to
showcase their use of Android Things with other Google developer platforms.
Project ideas should be added to Google’s Hackster.io Community by
including Android Things
as a software component, then registered through the contest page.

Idea Submissions

Submit your project ideas starting today. Ideas submitted by September 29, 2017
are eligible to receive one of 120 Pico Pi i.MX6UL Kits to use in the final design. During this phase, projects do
not need to be complete; we just want to see your amazing ideas! We are looking
for concepts in the following categories:

  • Smart Home
  • Robotics
  • Smart City
  • Industrial IoT / Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Entertainment

Project Submissions

Final projects must be submitted by Oct 31, 2017. Your project does not need to
be one of the chosen recipients of a Pico kit to be eligible for the grand
prize. Winners will receive support from Avnet, Dragon Innovation and
Kickstarter to take their ideas from prototype to production. See the contest page for more
details.

We are eager to see the projects that you come up with. More importantly, we’re
excited to see how your work can inspire other developers to create something
great with Android Things. To learn more about the benefits of Android Things,
watch the recording from the Bootstrapping IoT Products with Android
Things
webinar. You can also join Google’s IoT
Developers Community
on Google+, a great resource to get updates, ask
questions, and discuss ideas.

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Google and Ideas United Launch Program to Support Inclusivity in Game Design

Google and Ideas United Launch Program to Support Inclusivity in Game Design


Posted by Daraiha Greene, CS Education in Media Program Manager, Multicultural
Strategy, and Kate Brennan and Mathilde Cohen Solal, Google Play

Today, we are thrilled to announce Infinite Deviation: Games. Infinite Deviation is an
initiative created by Google Computer Science (CS) in Media and Ideas United in order to
tackle issues of representation by bringing creativity and computer science
together in unexpected ways — ensuring that representations of computer
scientists are inclusive of women, people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community,
people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups. Last year, Infinite
Deviation produced a series of narrative
short films
to dispel stereotypes in computer science and is excited to
collaborate with Google Play to bring the Infinite Deviation program to gaming.

Currently only 23%
of people in the gaming industry identify as women
and only 3%
of game developers are African-American
. From ensuring women are represented
in video
games
to giving young girls the chance to create
their own games
, Google Play is committed to bringing new, diverse voices to
gaming. The program gives game designers from all backgrounds the chance to
pitch an original mobile game concept and have it developed, published, and
promoted in partnership with Google Play. Applicants can submit their mobile
game concepts until October 9.

The top three ideas will be chosen by a panel of industry experts and designers
will receive the resources and support they need to bring their games to life on
Google Play. Games will be judged on creativity and innovation, as well as their
ability to tell original stories that resonate with underrepresented audiences.

Participants must have less than two years of professional game design
experience in order to be eligible. For more information on the program,
including how to apply, you can visit InfiniteDeviation.com.

By promoting original games that resonate with underrepresented audiences, we
hope the program creates more favorable perceptions of computer science, bust
biases, and nurture acceptance through an activity many enjoy.