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+Joan Halifax​ speaking at Wisdom 2.0 last month. Sharing these high quality recordings of great talks from the conference are a real gift to the community at large. Thank you +Soren Gordhamer​ and +Wisdom 2.0​.
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Google Code Jam 2015

We’re halfway through #CodeJam2015 registration with just about two weeks left before the Qualification Round kicks off on April 10th @19:00 UTC. If you love coding or want a fun way to improve your skills and have a chance at winning $15k USD and a trip to Seattle, WA register now at:

http://g.co/codejam
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"If you want to fall in love with your life, treat it like someone you love."
When we start practicing this with simple things -- everyday things that aren't emotionally charged -- we make it easier to do when we need help with big things, or when we need to be vulnerable about big things. Asking other people for help isn't be...
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+Van Riper Thanks for sharing this!
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What I want to know +Douglas Crockford​​ is why there is a dodgerblue and no giantorange? ;-)

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Which do you like better: magenta or fuchsia?
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Thanks +Sarah Tsui for capturing this happy moment at the recent +GDG Silicon Valley meetup earlier this month. I almost forgot how much fun it was hanging out with +Adriana Cerundolo and you when we all used to work together supporting +Google Developer Groups.

The #GDG Community Rocks!
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More power to you sir. +Van Riper 
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Google Summer of Code 2015

University students can apply now!
 
University students, applications are now open for Google Summer of Code! Accepted students will put their academic skills to good use by working on an open source software project over the summer.

#GSOC #OpenSource
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Google Developers Launchpad

"With new events, improved courses and an expanded mentorship network - Startup Launch is now Google Developers Launchpad. We’re changing our program name to emphasize how you can use our resources as a launch pad to scale and monetize your app business."

Via +Chukwuemeka Afigbo​​​​​​​​​
 
New name, new events, new courses, new dress - Startup Launch is now Google Developers Launchpad. Check out new resources, like a getting-started Launchpad Online video on Google Analytics for your app (and our new site) at g.co/launchpad

Read more about our recent events, and hear from some of the thousands of startups we’ve helped, in our blog post announcement about the change. http://goo.gl/TvPf3B

#Launchpad   #GoogleDev
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Bazel is the build tool that Google has been using and has released as open source.

Having used the internal version of this for the past almost 4 years, I have to say I'm so thankful I can use this in my open source projects!

Time to put BUILD rules in cpp-netlib I think... :)
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Having lots of fun and meeting great people at #devfestmn  in Minneapolis-St Paul. Here the audience is asking my manager +Roy Geva Glasberg to "please approve Martin's expense report". After that we did a great session on "Aspirin for the Developer Soul" using Google developer tools.
Thanks +Lloyd Cledwyn, +Stephen Fluin, +Stefanie Trimble  +Jeff Williams for organizing this amazing DevFest with 26 tech sessions!
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Meaningful project at Google working with someone as awesome as +Stephanie Liu​, it just doesn't get any better than that. Calling all mechanical engineers out there...
 
Okay, I've been a little radio silent since I switched to the Energy team at Google, but it's been a pretty incredible experience being in a small organization at Google again. It's full of smart, passionate people working on various ways to attack the energy problem (which, of all the problems humanity needs to solve, is probably the biggest one. It's all Mad Max up in here in 15 years if we don't figure this out). 

And it being small now, means we have to grow it larger - so I just wanted to call out some of the open positions in the team. Let me know if you're interested in any of these, or know great people. 

My small sub-team is looking for a senior mechanical engineer: https://www.google.com/about/careers/search#!t=jo&jid=68145001&
 - you'd get to work with me! and be on a small project that's still prototyping and designing a lot

Other projects on the team are also looking for Product Managers, Software Engineers - both FE and BE, as well as a data analyst (MatLab/R is good to know). No external postings for these other than general SWE/PM pipelines, but let me know if you're interested and I can get you some more info. 

On the investments team (they've signed $1.5+ billion in renewable energy projects) is looking for Deal Leads:
https://www.google.com/about/careers/search#!t=jo&jid=100325001&
https://www.google.com/about/careers/search#!t=jo&jid=85425002&


 
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Because life can seem like a never-ending stream of “to-do” lists:
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Beware the Slides of March

If anyone's in the area on Thursday night and looking for something to do...

I'll be representing Google in this geek-comedy version of a sports tournament: Speechless Madness.

For anyone that caught Speechless at a public show, or at last year's Google I/O, or at the Big Android BBQ, you know the deal.

For everyone else, imagine a cross between improv, standup, and a tech presentation. Now add a competition, where representatives from Google (Go Team!), Zynga, Adobe, and AirBnB will go head to head to figure out who will take home the [virtual] crown for the first ever Speechless Madness tournament.

C'mon along. It'll be fun.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speechless-march-madness-319-tickets-15843713975
Beware the slides of March! Speechless celebrates MARCH MADNESS with it's own FINAL FOUR! 4 Companies: GOOGLE VS ZYNGA VS ADOBE VS AIRBNB in an all out battle for supreme improvised POWERPOINT dominance! These 4 companies will hold private Speechless battles on their own campuses throughout Feb and March, to pick one champion per company to make it to the final four competition here in SF @ Public Works. Come share this unprecedented event ...
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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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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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