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Spiffy! I wonder if this means it is time for a refresh of the +Google Developer Groups brand identity. What do you think +Adriana Cerundolo? =)
 
An in-depth look at the new Google brand identity. g.co/design/google-id 
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I love that idea. Change is good.
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Nice Forbes article by +Jono Bacon
 
Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman weighs in on the rapidly growing scene of "makers" and tech hackers. How is this emerging technology opening new doors?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonobacon/2015/08/19/a-mythbuster-and-more-discuss-the-rise-of-the-makers/
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+Alex Russell on how to get rid of vendor prefixes (and still keep the Web platform moving). This is what Chrome is going to use, and hopefully other browsers will follow.

The solution will raise some eyebrows, so I purposefully don't summarize it here. Read the whole article to see how the other approaches were considered, and rejected.
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until u r under Apple umbrella 
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"Introducing the Citizen Equality Act of 2017"
by +Lawrence Lessig 
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As some have pointed out, it is spelled Marshmallow and not Marshmellow. Turns out, we named our yellow lab Marshmellow on purpose because his coloring was like a toasted Marshmallow, but, he had such a Mellow disposition. =)

#AndroidMarshmallow   #DogMarshmellow  
 
Go behind the scenes with #NatandLo as they watch the #AndroidMarshmallow sculpture take shape +  learn more about Android’s tasty naming tradition → https://youtu.be/eVKuAmEVrhc
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I was honored to coach the son of a colleague on a +TEDx  talk on such an important subject as overcoming bullying. Josh, a sophomore at +UC Berkeley  is a true leader - setting a good example of how to use compassion and humanity to change his relationship with bullies, while overcoming a disability: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmrdTjZeWKQ
‪#‎StopBullying‬ ‪#‎TEDx‬ ‪#‎GoBears‬ ‪#‎BeTheChange‬
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Worthwhile read for developers to better understand the design constraints when designing for Android Auto.
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Polymer summit schedule is up! Check at all the amazingness that we will bestow on the universe!

https://www.polymer-project.org/summit 
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We are launching another way to use Hangouts today.  From our new site you'll be able to take advantage of the best of Hangouts in the browser, along with an inspiring image to get you through the day. Check it out and let us know what you think.

https://hangouts.google.com 
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Best part of the Alphabet announcement ...

... is it's a great excuse to play this song.

https://youtu.be/ho7796-au8U?t=15s

Best overheard comment about the new company:

"So, I guess the employees of #Alphabet will be called Characters."

https://abc.xyz

#AlphabetInc   
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Michael Jackson was always an amazing dancer. Love his rhythm and confidence at this young age.
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Undefinable Me, Undefinable You

A really amazing and inspiring +O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) keynote given by Keila Banks. Listen to her thoughts on labels, as they apply to her and the world at large. And maybe, join her in being undefinable.

#UndefinableYou  
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People Development
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meta-community building, mindful leadership
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  • Google
    People Development, 2015 - present
    In my second dream job at Google, I am applying my meta-community manager experience to building communities of mindfulness practices for well-being change at every Google office in the world.
  • Google
    Developer Relations, 2010 - 2014
    I focused on helping developers succeed using Google technology. My team within Developer Relations focused on developer community programs at a global scale. In particular, my primary area of focus was supporting the global network of 550+ Google Developer Groups (GDG) in more than 100 countries. A network that I personally grew from less than 200 GDGs in about 50 countries at the time I started.
  • HP, Metaphor, Apple, Taligent, Adobe, Icarian, VeriSign, Krillion
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Silicon Valley
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Wisconsin - Boston
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Silicon Valley Geek, Hatha Yogi and Serial Community Organizer
Introduction
Van Riper has a Bachelors in Computer Science from MIT. Van has more than 20 years of experience as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. He was a core member of the engineering team at Adobe that built the award winning Adobe PageMill web authoring program. Since 1999, he has focused on developing web applications in Java.

Back in April of 2003, he was the founder and still is co-leader of the Silicon Valley JUG with more than 4000 members. In May of 2008, Van was selected by his peers in the Java developer community as a Java Champion. Back in January of 2008, he was the co-founder of Google Developer Group Silicon Valley that has grown to 7000 members.

In December of 2010, Van joined Google Developer Relations as a Developer Community Advocate. His official title was Global Program Manager for Google Developer Groups (GDG). There are 550+ active GDGs in 100+ countries to date. These groups are holding local developer meetups at a rate that is averaging upwards of 15 meetups on a daily basis. You can find your nearest local GDG chapter in the GDG Directory.

In January of 2015, Van moved into People Development at Google. He now leads the effort to build communities of mindfulness practices for well-being change at all Google offices in the world.

From 2007 onward, Van has also been a member of the core organizing team for Silicon Valley Code Camp. This is the largest free community organized Code Camp in the US and possibly in the world. We had almost 3000 attendees in 2014.

Finally, Van is the lead organizer of the annual West Coast Community Leadership Summit (AKA CLS West) and a member of the core organizing team for the annual International Community Leadership Summit.

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  • MIT
    Computer Science, 1976 - 1980
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