Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Google on Sunday 11th March

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  • Google Developers LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Hackathon

    The Google Developers LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Hackathon returns to SXSW this year with even more epic proportions. Spend the day with a team building Lego race bots controlled by Android leading up to the ultimate rumble that evening.

    - 10am LEGO® kit distribution begins
    - 10am - 8pm Hardcore hacking
    - 7:30pm 30-minute warning, race order is assigned
    - 8pm Let the rumble begin!

    The Rules
    - Each team gets 1 LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit. There will be additional LEGO® pieces available.
    - Each team must build with the pieces given at the event — thus no outside parts, modifications, or LEGOs will be allowed! No exceptions!
    - You'll need to bring your own laptop for hacking, but we'll have plenty of power and WiFi.
    - You can use any programming environment you prefer.
    - Teams should bring their own Android device.
    - Teams must use an Android device and the MINDdroid control app to remote control the robots throughout the obstacle course.
    - Teams must use the MINDdroid software.
    - The goal is for teams to get their robots from start to finish of the obstacle course in the shortest amount of time.
    - No more than 30 teams can enter.
    - No more than 4 people per team.
    - Bots can not be larger than a shoebox.
    - Bots must stay within the designated course.
    - Robots must be race ready by the scheduled race time.

    At 10:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Rainey St

  • Google Village

    Get a glimpse at Google’s view of the future. Visit the Google Village on Rainey Street. Details at google.com/events/sxsw.

    At 11:00am to 10:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Rainey St

  • No Wallet? No Problem. Enter Mobile Payments.

    by David Berkowitz, Jeff Miles, Jaymee Johnson and David Messenger

    The days of having that lump of a wallet in your back pocket or forgetting your wallet at home are over. Consumers around the world could generate as much as $50 billion in sales through NFC-based mobile payments by 2014, according to Juniper Research. Google already has merchants like Macy’s and The Container Store is using Google Wallet, powered by NXP’s secure NFC chips, to increase engagement and offer deals to consumers. And Austin, our very own home of SX, is among the initial launch markets of ISIS’ NFC-driven mobile commerce trial. American Express, while recognizing the value of NFC, currently sees the technology as smoke and mirrors because it’ll take several years before the possibility of mass adaptation because of the limit and requirements of its reach. American Express’ stance is that the mobile payments ecosystem needs to look at products that are technology agonistic and as open as possible. Hear from panelists across the mobile payments ecosystem about the challenges of increasing adaption of this new technology and how to address them.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Salon J, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • CSS.next: Current Experiments, CSS4 and the Future

    by Divya Manian, Elika Etemad, Boris Zbarsky, Lea Verou and Tab Atkins

    In this panel, you will get to ask questions and be informed about the state of CSS, where we are at, what is pending, what we can look forward to, to some of the working group members who are hard at work to implement the various specs.

    We will also be discussing the support for CSS4 specifications, what we can expect in the future and how it will be useful for web developers and designers. Here is your chance to ask the experts and implementors at the cutting edge of CSS on what to expect and how to use the new technologies now.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Ballroom A, Austin Convention Center

  • Google Developer Hangouts

    by Chris Broadfoot, Rachel Shearer, Josh Livni, Jonathan Beri, Roman Nurik, Jarek Wilkiewicz, CLC, Chris Wilson and Paul Irish

    Need to debug your code? Wondering about the latest SDK release? SIGN UP for 15 minutes of one-on-one time with product experts from the Google Developer Relations teams. Come armed with your code snippets, questions, curiosity, and hangout with the Googlers who know the products best.

    SIGN UP here: http://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/t...

    For Developer bios: https://www.google.com/events/sx...

    At 1:00pm to 5:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Rainey St

  • A Brief History of the Complete Redesign of Google

    by Michael Leggett, Nicholas Jitkoff, Evelyn Kim, Jon Wiley and Chris Wiggins

    In the summer of 2011, Google completely redesigned nearly all of its applications to be more focused, elastic, and effortless. For the first time in Google’s history, hundreds of millions of users could use a suite of products – from Search and Maps to Gmail, Docs, and Calendar – with a unified, modern look and feel. Join the designers who led the effort for war stories and lessons learned in bringing beauty to Google’s flagship products.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Ballroom BC, Austin Convention Center

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