Google TV Hackathon (2.5 days)

Silicon Valley Android Developers Meetup
Sat, 21 Apr 2012, 02:00 - 04:00 (Add to calendar) GMT
(Exact location not available) , Santa Clara, US
20.0 USD

SVAndroid will host a Google TV Hackathon at Google Campus supported by Google TV DevRel

Thanks Google as our sole sponsor.

Note: Pre-registration required. No walk in please!


Friday, April 20, 2012 Kick-Off

19:00:00 Happy Hour & Social (With Food)

Team ideas announced in screen. Social time.

19:30:00 "Orientation(Live Stream to Global event)" "Google TV Overview(Live Stream to Global event)"

20:30:00 Team Pitches ~ 1 hour

11PM. Doors close

Saturday, April 21, 2012 Hacking

8:00:00 Breakfast

8:30:00 Short kick-off

10:00 am:  Google TV UX                         Christian Kurzke

10:45 am:  Montetization on Google TV      Ossama Alami

11:30 am:  Google TV on Google Play        Paul Saxman

12:15PM Lunch

17:00:00 midway hacking demo session  (happy hour) Q&A for rules and qualification or the contest late-night snack

18:00PM Happy Hour with Drink, Snacks (light food)

20:00:00 Developer Hangout

Note: overnight permitted at Saturday night.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 Hacking & Demos

8:00:00 Breakfast

8:30:00 Short kick-off - schedule review

9:00:00 Hack Lunch  (on your own) Hack

12:00 Lunch

1300- Teams can begin to submit final apps.
1300-1500 Teams testing Demo night Google TV setup.

15:00:00 snacks - organize for demos apk delivered

16:30:00 "Final Presentations - Panel /drinks&snacks(Live Stream to Global event)"

18:30 Happy Hour Drink, Snacks, and light food.

19:00:00 Award Ceremony

We also plan to make this event a global event using YT Live Streaming and Hangouts, and invite other GTUGs and ADGs to organize event at same time.

At this point, only London Android User Group is in.


  • 3 tracks:
    • New GoogleTV Apps
    • Port existing Web or  Tablet/Phone Android Apps to GoogleTV Android Apps
    • Multi Screen Apps
  • Office Hours

Speaker Bio:




Christian Kurzke

Developer Advocate





Christian is Developer Advocate for the Google Android Platform, and has recently been focusing on Android for Google TV. He is an Open Source enthusiast, committer in the Eclipse Foundation and has been working at the intersection of Linux and Java since the early 90es. Prior to Google, Christian worked in Motorola's Mobile Phone and Settop Box divisions. Before that, Christian was at SUN working on Java for Embedded Systems. He holds a Dipl. Inf. degree from Univ. Erlangen, Germany, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.


Ossama Alami









Ossama manages the Google TV Developer Relations team at Google, helping developers build applications for the "big screen" in the living room. He was previously the manager for Geo and Commerce Developer Relations teams and has also worked as a Developer Advocate focusing on the AdWords API and Android. Prior to joining Google, he has worked as a consultant and software engineer at Accenture, CSC and Oracle. He calls San Francisco, CA home and in the winter can be found snowboarding in the Sierras.




Paul Saxman







Paul Saxman is a developer advocate at Google focusing on Google TV.  He is passionate about immersive, interactive designs, social software, and lean, mean algorithms, and had been working on these since the 8-bit era.  Although he's a web developer at heart, Paul's deep interest in revolutionary platforms has brought him to Android and Google TV.


Prizes: For Mountain View, CA participants only.

  • Winners:
  • from Panel (3): One Sony TV and Two Google IO ticket per team
    • New
    • Migrated
    • multiscreen
  • from popular vote (1): Organized by SVAndroid. Cash prize: all ticket sales - direct cost.


Blake Krikorian

Blake Krikorian is a co-founder and the former CEO of Sling Media, a consumer electronics company that builds the highly acclaimed Slingbox.

The company was founded in 2004. It was purchased in 2007 by Echostar Communications for $380 million dollars.

Krikorian started his career at General Magic, which created the Magic Cap operating system for mobile intelligent communicators and Telescript, an agent-based network programming language for the emerging electronic marketplace (pre-Internet). At General Magic, Krikorian assisted industry-leading telecom and consumer electronics companies such as NTT, Sony, Mitsubishi Electric, Sanyo, OKI and Matsushita/Panasonic in creating and defining new products and partnerships.

In 1994, Krikorian co-founded the Philips Mobile Computing Group, which was funded by Philips Electronics. As group product manager, he built and co-led the team that defined, created, delivered, and marketed the award-winning Velo 1 Windows CE Handheld PC and its associated product line.


Mark Mangiola

Venture Partner, Canaan Partners Ventures

Mark Mangiola joined Canaan in 2001 after over 20 years in operational leadership roles in the cable and broadband industry. Mark invests in communications companies that are transforming the delivery of digital media, as well as new consumer content companies that meld entertainment with interactivity. An advisor to YouTube, Mark has a visionary outlook about how consumers will watch and interact with content in the future, having participated first hand in the early emergence of both cable TV and the Internet.

A super-connected industry veteran, Mark leverages his network to fill key executive positions at Canaan?s portfolio companies and helps them spearhead strategic relationships with industry-leading corporations. Prior to Canaan, Mark served as CEO of @Home Solutions, a division of [email protected] He was previously the President and CEO of Positive Communications and an Executive VP at KBLCOM/Time Warner.

When Mark is not thinking about how consumer-generated video will change the world, he is sprinting around a track. A passionate athlete, Mark coaches high-school and college track athletes and never misses a Meet of Champions track meet.

Frank Chen, Andreessen Horowitz




Frank is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he meets with entrepreneurs to evaluate investment opportunities, has a deep diligence on all post-term sheet investment opportunities (including declined opportunities), sources candidates for the talent network, and more.

Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, Frank was VP of products at Opsware (formerly Loudcloud) where he helped build and sell enterprise software. Prior to that, he was director of client services at Loudcloud where he ran data center operations for name-brand customers including Fox Sports, Nike, Fandango, and Blockbuster.
He also served as VP of products & UI design at, served as director of product management at Netscape and was a product manager at Oracle where he worked on interactive television. Earlier in his career, Frank was also a technical writer for GO Corporation.



This is a not-for-profit event.  All the income goes to the event cost (Anything not covered by our Sponsor Google) and prizes for People's Choice award(Well, this is another reason you should attend).

Official site for more details:

Online Participation:


Twitter: #gtvhackathon

Free ticket for the developers who are taking Google TV seriously:

Are you taking Google TV seriously? Do you have an App can be ported to Google TV? For developer who are,  we have 50 tickets to give away for the hard core Android developers.

To qualify, you must be one or more of the following

1 Part of winning team of any Android Hackathon  in 2011, including AnDevCamp 2011 by SVAndroid

2 Developer who has built great web, tablet, or Mobile Apps at App Store which can port to Google TV right away.


If more people qualify, first come, first served.

SVAndroid volunteer team reserves the rights to make the pick solely on our own judgement.


To apply for a free ticket:


For the rest, yes, you do need to pay $20. Its your commitment for the 2.5 days event to build something great, not for the folks who just want free food and good presentation.

Registration deadline at April 18, 2012Wednesday 5:00pm. Will take $40 registration fee if there is spot left after the deadline.

Refund: no refund. It will cost $20 more of my time to issue you a refund.


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