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Google launches second annual DevFest adding $20,000 cloud based competition

Google has revealed plans for its second annual DevFest season with the Google Developer Group [GDG] organised events taking in over 63 countries with a new cloud based challenge coming as part of the package.

GDG DevFest 2013 takes place over two different time frames with one running from 13 to 29 September and the other from 18 October to 10 November with more than 160 DevFests spread over the two periods.

“Each GDG DevFest will be inspired by and uniquely tailored to the needs of the developer community that hosts it. While no two events will be exactly alike, each GDG DevFest will at its core be powered by a shared belief that when developers come together to exchange ideas, amazing things can happen,” said Uttam Tripathi, programme manager on the Google developers relations team.

DevFests are community run events that sees developers hosting talks on a wide range of topics, participating in all day hacking events and giving each other pointers on various ideas.

“Across both seasons, GDGs plan to host more than 160 DevFests spread over 63 countries that are expected to reach over 30,000 developers. More than 20 countries will have their first-ever DevFest this year,” Tripathi added.

Google Cloud Platform Developer Challenge is another element of the DevFest season with the company inviting developers “to build locally relevant web applications that solve real world problems”. The challenge is to build a web application on the Google App Engine using a Google API.

Submissions, the first round of which runs from now until 22 October, are split up into six different geographical regions which are Latin America, Sub Saharan Africa, South East Asia, Middle East & North Africa, India, and the Rest of the World.

The competition offers a prize of $20,000 [£12,731] per category for each region with one category covering “Enterprise/Small Business Solutions, Education, Not for Profit” and the other taking in “Social/Personal Productivity/Games/Fun”. Google is also rewarding any all-female all-student teams that make it to the second round with $3,000 [£1,909].