Hashcode 2019 Edinburgh Schedule

Registration is free of charge and will close on 26th February 2019. You pick your team and programming language, and Google picks an engineering problem for you to solve.

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2019 Schedule

  • Registration opens: Jan 3, 2019
  • Registration closes: Feb 25, 2019
  • Online qualification round: Feb 28th, 2019 (17:30 to 21:30 UTC)
  • Online qualification round: results announced: March 4, 2019
  • Final round: April 27, 2019

Join our team: https://hashcodejudge.withgoogle.com/#join-team/4696825072189440/JSo2Yck3dArZHDRD-tkSsvKjeD7rlyCtzZehP9dIdos

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Google provides free face-to-face career and business coaching in Scotland. Google Digital Garage provides free courses on everything from search to social media, to help you grow your confidence, career or business.

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Code of Conduct

Event Code of Conduct & Anti-Harrassment Policy

GDG Edinburgh / Community Group is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive event experience for everyone regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. GDG Edinburgh / Community Group takes violations of our policy seriously and will respond appropriately.

All participants of GDG Edinburgh / Community Group events must abide by the following policy:

Be excellent to each other. We want the event to be an excellent experience for everyone regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. Treat everyone with respect. Participate while acknowledging that everyone deserves to be here — and each of us has the right to enjoy our experience without fear of harassment, discrimination, or condescension, whether blatant or via micro-aggression’s. Jokes shouldn’t demean others. Consider what you are saying and how it would feel if it were said to or about you.

Speak up if you see or hear something. Harassment is not tolerated, and you are empowered to politely engage when you or others are disrespected. The person making you feel uncomfortable may not be aware of what they are doing, and politely bringing their behaviour to their attention is encouraged. If a participant engages in harassing or uncomfortable behaviour, the event organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the event with no refund. If you are being harassed or feel uncomfortable, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event staff immediately.

Harassment is not tolerated. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: verbal language that reinforces social structures of domination related to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category; sexual imagery in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; offensive verbal language; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Practice saying “Yes and” to each other. It’s a theatre improvise technique to build on each other’s ideas. We all benefit when we create together.

This policy extends to talks, forums, workshops, codelabs, social media, parties, hallway conversations, all attendees, partners, sponsors, volunteers, event staff, etc. You catch our drift. GDG Edinburgh / Community Group reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from, any GDG Edinburgh / Community Group hosted event (including future GDG Edinburgh / Community Group events) at any time in its sole discretion. This includes, but is not limited to, attendees behaving in a disorderly manner or failing to comply with this policy, and the terms and conditions herein. If a participant engages in harassing or uncomfortable behaviour, the event organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the event with no refund.

Our event staff can usually be identified by special badges/attire. Our zero tolerance policy means that we will look into and review every allegation of violation of our Event Community Guidelines and Anti-Harassment Policy and respond appropriately. Please note, while we take all concerns raised seriously, we will use our discretion as to determining when and how to follow up on reported incidents, and may decline to take any further action and/or may direct the participant to other resources for resolution.

Event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing discomfort or harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Exhibiting partners, sponsors or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to this policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment. Participants and exhibiting partners or sponsors disobeying this policy will be notified and are expected to stop any offending behaviour immediately.

Why this policy is important

Harassment at events and in online communities is unfortunately common. Creating an official policy aims to improve this by making it clear that harassment of anyone for any reason is not acceptable within our events and communities. This policy may prevent harassment by clearly defining expectations for behaviour, aims to provide reassurance, and encourages people who have had bad experiences at other events to participate in this one.

License and attribution

This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.

This policy is based on and influenced by several other community policies including: Ohio LinuxFest Anti-Harassment policy, Con Anti-Harassment Project, Geek Feminism Wiki (created by the Ada Initiative), ConfCodeofConduct.com, JSconf, Rust, Diversity in Python, and Write/Speak/Code.

Google Digital Garage Edinburgh

Twenty years ago today a small company started with the idea of organising “The world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”.

They had no idea that when they began they would come to be one of the biggest companies in the world and one of the most powerful the planet has ever seen. From their original idea they have moved into maps, web browsing, phones, tablets and just about everything in between.

Now Google is offering free digital marketing course in Edinburgh – to make sure your business is making use of every part of the online world through the Digital Garage lessons in Scotland’s capital.

Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Centre MSP and Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, is opening the Google Digital Garage, where expert coaches will work to deliver Google’s goal of helping 100,000 people in the UK find a job or grow in their career through digital skills training over three years.

The lessons run from getting started with Google Ads, Google Analytics, social media, building an online shop and how to connect with your customers through email.

Each of the subjects is broken down into different sections meaning you can take the learning at your own pace. But once you have completed the full series then you will have earned yourself the Digital Garage Certificate of Online Proficiency in Edinburgh.

Research shows that 90% of new jobs in the UK require digital literacy, yet according to the Digital Economy Business Survey , just one in four businesses in Scotland feel their employees have the skills to meet their digital needs and two in five Scottish employers have vacancies in tech roles.

Scotland’s Digital Technology Report shows that three in 10 Scottish businesses sell goods or services online, proving an opportunity for local business to make more of the fast-growing digital world and become more visible to target markets.

The Google Digital Garage has already trained 250,000 people across the UK, helping tens of thousands people find a job or grow their career, and supporting thousands of businesses to grow.

Launching the event today, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: “Too many people still see technology as something beyond their reach – like learning a foreign language or mastering a musical instrument. But in truth, with support it can be picked up and improved upon very quickly.

Tech and the digital economy is going to be vital if we are going to achieve economic growth in Scotland over the coming years.

Anyone can pop in or register online to take part in free coaching at g.co/scotlandgarage.

Introducing the Mobile Sites certification, for web developers

Mobile now devices for over half of all web traffic, making performance on small screens more important than ever.

Despite this increase, a recent study by Google found that the average time it takes to load a mobile landing page is 22 seconds. When you consider that 53% of mobile site visitors will leave a site if it takes more than three seconds to load, it’s clear why conversion rates are consistently lower on mobile than desktop.

Website visitors now expect their mobile experience to be as flawless as desktop, and the majority of online businesses are failing to deliver.

With this in mind, we’re introducing the new Google Mobile Sites certification. Passing the Mobile Sites exam signals that you have a demonstrated ability to build and optimize high-quality sites, and allows you to promote yourself as a Google accredited mobile site developer.

Through codifying best practice in mobile site development, we hope to improve the general standard of mobile design and speed, and make it easier to find the best talent.

What the exam covers?

To pass the exam, you’ll need to show proficiency across mobile site design, mobile UX best practice, mobile site speed optimization, and advanced web technologies. We’ve put together a study guide that covers everything you’ll need to know.

What are the benefits?

We know that a lot of web developers are doing great work on mobile sites – this certification is a way of promoting them to a wider audience. Being certified means being recognized by Google as an expert in mobile site optimization, which will make you more accessible and attractive to potential clients looking for a good match for those services.

The certification will display on your Partners profile, helping you stand out to businesses looking for mobile site development, and can also be shared across social media.

How to sign up

Are you living in Scotland? Check out GDG Edinburgh on meetup to get started. To take the exam, please click on the Mobile Sites certification link and log in to your Google Partners account.

The exam is open to all web developers globally in English and, once completed, the certification will remain valid for 12 months.

Chris Hohorst, Head of Mobile Sites Transformation