Throughout April, we've been excited to share a mixture of Facebook Platform developer events with our community.
To coincide with the launch of the Open Stream API, Facebook hosted a Technology Tasting event at our headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Developers and entrepreneurs stopped by to hear us discuss the Open Stream API, and some of them demonstrated their own initial implementations. We also revealed more of our openness initiatives while enjoying delicious food and fine local wines.
Meanwhile, the Facebook Developer Garage program had an international focus this month, with four Garages hosted throughout Europe and Asia. The Facebook Developer Garage program serves as a forum to share information and ideas among developers and build together using Facebook Platform.
Over 100 developers gathered for the Facebook Developer Garage London, which focused on monetization. They listened to a panel of advertising representatives present the benefits and diverse choices across the advertising spectrum on Facebook. Facebook Connect for iPhone was also a popular topic with Playfish presenting how they had built their iPhone integration.
At the Facebook Developer Garage Barcelona, over 200 Facebook developers connected online and offline to learn about the technical aspects of building a Facebook Connect implementation. Facebook’s Brent Goldman led these sessions in tandem with Spanish developers. For those less technical in the room, Spanish developers organized a concurrent track focused on good user experience on Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect.
In nearby Milan, Italy, more than 250 developers welcomed Italy’s first Facebook Developer Garage. Facebook engineer, James Leszczenski, demonstrated the technical pieces used to create a Facebook Connect implementation. Italian developers also hacked together their own apps to participate in Italy’s App Contest.
To close the month, New Delhi hosted its second Facebook Developer Garage with over 75 developers gathering to discuss the theme of ‘Facebook in every walk of your life’. Facebook’s David Ellis and Ghassan Haddad shared details of internationalization on Facebook Platform. Filmmakers, brand managers, and media tycoons also presented their experiences of how Facebook and Facebook Platform have revolutionized communications in their work and life.