Attending Google I/O 2016

May 2016

Developer conference Google I/O 2016 was held near Google's global headquarters in Mountain View, California and I was lucky enough to be awarded a ticket and travel scholarship through WWCode.

I found the conference a fantastic experience with sessions including VR technologies, interactive fabric and gesture-controlled computer interaction.

One the sessions I most enjoyed was 'Machine Learning and Art' from the Google Cultural Institute. Mario Klingemann, who has also previously worked with British Library Labs data, discussed applying machine learning to cultural collections: both for classifying/organising images where metadata is lacking; and computer-generating visual art. Cyril Diagne then talked about visualising/mapping cultural collections using neural networks.

Cyril Diagne's visualisation of cultural collection artwork

I also attended the annual Women Techmaker's dinner, held the evening before I/O.

Google's Women Techmaker Dinner

The After Hours party was amazing fun with interactive experiments, artworks and games exploring the intersection between code and design (including 3D painting in VR and music visualisation from the Chrome Music Lab).

3D painting using a virtual reality headset