Postcards from October Developer Events
by Julia Lam - November 3, 2009 at 12:55pm

We hosted six Facebook Developer Garages this month around the globe.

In Istanbul, Turkey, over 250 developers were joined by Facebook’s Justin Osofsky, who gave an overview of the benefits of implementing Facebook Connect, as well as development tools and strategies related to social gaming.

Over in Ireland, a small gathering of developers hosted their first Facebook Developer Garage Belfast and covered integrating with Facebook using PyFacebook.

In Venice, Italy, over 200 developers gathered to learn how to create Facebook applications and monetize on Facebook. They also hosted a lightning round of pitches to local VCs in an attempt to raise funding for Facebook development projects.

In one of the first Developer Garages in South America, over 300 developers gathered in Ecuador for the Facebook Developer Garage Guayaquil. They discussed how to optimize the Facebook APIs and how to implement Facebook Connect. They also showcased educational apps made specifically for the Ecuadoran people.

To the north in Canada, over 200 developers came together at the Facebook Developer Garage Montreal to learn more about Facebook’s crowdsourced translation through the Translations tool. They also explored how to use Facebook as a tool for social change.

The Facebook team closed the month hosting a special Facebook Developer Garage Palo Alto – Roadmap Edition. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, welcomed developers big and small to Facebook headquarters to discuss where Facebook Platform is headed. Ethan Beard, Director of Facebook Developer Network, walked developers through the Developer Roadmap and our plans for the next six months. If you missed the presentation, you can view it below.

If you'd like to host a Developer Garage in your region, please see our Developer Wiki to learn more about the program or check out the Platform Page to find more Garages near you. We look forward to seeing you at a Facebook event soon!

*Special thanks to our sponsor, Intel.

Julia, who manages Facebook developer events worldwide, can't wait to see who will hold their first Developer Garage next month.