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Have YouTube, will travel: Thai creators head to global meet-ups
Friday, July 29, 2016
As part of our series of interviews with people across Asia-Pacific who use the Internet to create, connect, and grow, we spoke with Thai creators John Winyu of Spokedark.TV and Code of TigerCryChannel. They’ve just returned from the U.S. where they took part in the YouTube Global Creator Summit in New York and
in California, respectively. Read on to hear about what they learned, what surprised them, and how they were inspired by their newfound YouTube experiences.
For more information on how to get started as a YouTube creator and how to grow your channel, check out the revamped Creator Hub at
, currently available in 23 languages.
Code shouting for joy at VidCon; John Winyu’s selfie from the Creator Summit
How long have you been making videos on YouTube?
My show started back in 2011. I wanted to have a show that represented myself but without the limitations of TV channel ratings—so I found YouTube. It was a space for people with ideas who want to share them for other people to follow. We see YouTube as a huge online TV station where we can have our own programs and make a career out of it. We’re happy to continue doing what we love.
I made my first YouTube video under the name TigerCry in September 2012. It was really passion that ignited my idea, fueled by YouTube as a platform for anyone who doesn’t otherwise have the opportunity to present their ideas on free TV. YouTube makes our dreams and ideas come true.
Code with folks from the YouTube team
What expectations did you have, and what were you hoping to achieve from your trips?
Before I arrived at the YouTube Creator Summit in New York, I thought it would be as big as
. But as it turned out, it was a very intimate gathering of creators from the U.S., Australia, Japan, and Korea. I learned a great deal from successful creators, and we even planned some collaborations which we will shoot in a few months.
In contrast, I thought
was going to be a small event, but it turned out it was a whole city of YouTube creators and fans in one place. It was really eye-opening to meet so many creators from around the world there for three days. I also had a meal with my favorite creators. We shared ideas which gave me the inspiration to create new content.
John Winyu with fellow YouTube creators
What were some of the highlights of your trip?
I was thrilled to meet PewDiePie, who has the most YouTube followers in the world. I talked to him for half an hour and invited him to visit Thailand. He not only accepted but asked what we can do together. I also met Casey Neistat who documents what he sees or does everyday—his work is a great inspiration for me. He was so active: he walked, ran, went up and down stages just to capture video the whole time. This made me feel the vibrancy of his life, and that he has fun with what he creates.
John Winyu with Japanese creator Asahi Sasaki and British-Korean creator Josh Carrott of Korean Englishman
What were you most surprised by?
The Creator Summit freed my creativity and led me to new perspectives. Meeting those creators from around the world also dissolved something that had boxed me in before. When I uploaded a video the first day after I returned, I could feel the freedom of my ideas flowing.
Code’s crew with Johanna Wright, Product Management VP at YouTube
What is your hope for the Thai creator community?
Thailand has some of the most avid YouTube audiences in the world, but the majority of YouTube viewers watch established programs rather than independent creators. So I’d like to see more support for independent creators, giving them the confidence to create more great content.
Now that YouTube has launched its online Creator Community, Thai creators have a great place to go to share ideas or advice. Online creators are unique, unlike other business owners. The online community gives us opportunities to share ideas amongst each other and come up with solutions, as well as share easy access to resources.
All aboard! Now Jakarta commuters will know when their bus is actually arriving
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Starting today, commuters in Jakarta will be able to get real-time bus information. We’ve teamed up with Transjakarta to add real-time information about routes and schedules for corridors
1 through to 12
on Google Maps, so it’s easier for people in Jakarta to plan their trips.
For example, the next time you’re planning a trip between Bintaro and Sudirman, you can simply type in the two locations to get information about which bus to catch. In addition to bus routes and numbers, you’ll be able to see when the next bus is arriving at your stop and an estimation of how long your trip is going to take. If your bus is delayed, Google Transit will automatically update the times. Routes that have real-time information available are marked in Google Maps in green.
Google Transit is also available on Google Maps for Android and iPhone. Simply search for where you want go and Google Maps will show you how to get there via bus from your current location. With the new version of Google Maps, you can also compare different public transport options to work out when you need to leave to arrive at your destination on time.
We’re working to bring real time information to more routes and more cities soon. We hope that the launch of real time updates to Transjakarta buses will make it easier for Jakartans to plan their next bus trip and enjoy more of what the city has to offer.
Posted by Suren Ruhela, Director, Google Maps
Summer road tripping in Japan with Android Auto
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
School’s out for the summer and while some plan way in advance, others are still thinking about ways to entertain the family during the holiday months. If you’re in or headed to Japan, you're in luck. The good ol’ family road trip just got a lot more exciting now that
has come to Japan.
like Audi, Honda and VW, sold in Japan are already equipped to run Android Auto in country. With Android Auto you get the best of the Google services you love like Search, Maps and Google Play Music straight to your dashboard. When you connect your Android smartphone to the car navigation system or display audio, the app will be displayed on the vehicle’s screen. All you have to do is install the
Android Auto app
on your phone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later, and voilà, you’re off!
Gone are the days when you switched between your phone screen and your dashboard
While the kids might be
in the back seat, you can access the best of your apps safely within the comfort of the Google experience—including music and navigation—without taking a finger off the steering wheel.
The journey begins now. Use Google voice to dial-up your friends hands-free and let them know you are on your way to pick them up.
Let your friend know you’re on your way to pick her up without touching your phone!
As any experienced road-tripper will know, once you’re in the car you will need a soundtrack to get you wherever you’re going. Being able to listen to the hits through music services such as
Google Play Music
without having to DJ by hand will bring a whole new level of fun to any road trip experience.
Stream your favorite tunes while you ride with Android Auto
Most importantly, safety is at the heart of every journey with Android Auto. Eyes-free technology like Google Voice and spoken directions combined with integrated controls (like steering wheel buttons) reduce interruption to your drive. It also means you can keep your eyes on the road without missing any of
Japan’s best carscapes
With your smartphone connected, you can use navigation apps, send messages, and phone contacts without having to fumble with your phone.
Hands-free navigation and voice controls with Google Maps
Android Auto first launched in the U.S. in 2015 and since then it has expanded to over 30 countries including Australia, New Zealand, India and now Japan with more than 100 car models supporting it.
Posted by Shinobu Nakao, Android Auto, Strategic Partner Development Manager
“The Searching Planet” exhibition at Japan’s Miraikan
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Opening today at the
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
in Tokyo — known locally as the Miraikan — is a new exhibit called “
The Searching Planet
.” Using the museum’s famed “
” earth-shaped display, this video art uses icons and graphs to show how people are searching the Internet all around the world. Geo-Cosmos normally shows scientific data about the earth, but “The Searching Planet” will provide a window into human behavior — our hopes, curiosities, and moments of surprise.
Most of all, the exhibit shows that despite our differences, the globe is often united in the same hobbies, interest in major news moments — and surprisingly, the same foods.
Pizza is the most widely searched food across the planet
Searches for [brexit]
If you can’t make it to the Miraikan, you can explore “
The Searching Planet
” as a Chrome Experiment on your phone or computer. For the next 10 days, we are giving away special Google Cardboards at the Miraikan as gifts, but if you have one, you can use your phone to view the site in 360-degrees.
Posted by Mai Fukue, Product Marketing Manager, Google Japan
Google Science Fair 2016: Meet the Community Impact Award finalists from Asia Pacific
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Update 19 July:
We're pleased to announce that
has won the Community Impact Award, Asia for his mobile GPS that helps keep fishermen safe from invisible maritime boundary lines. You can read more about his project below.
In addition, we're excited to share the Top 100 ideas selected by the judges, which are now in the running to become one of 16 Global Finalists later this year. These include
submissions from students in Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. Check out the full list of the 100 Google Science Fair Regional Finalists
Editor's note: This year, we're celebrating 25 innovative Community Impact student projects across the globe that solve community and health resource challenges with science. While we're featuring the finalists from Asia Pacific below, you can read more about all the finalists' projects on the
Google for Education blog
Google Science Fair
, we've invited today's brightest young minds to answer an important question: how can they make the world better through science, math, and engineering? We received thousands of extremely impressive answers to this question from over 107 countries this year, and we can’t wait to announce the winners later in September.
Before that happens, though, we want to recognize the projects that aim to solve tough community challenges like providing clean drinking water, keeping people safe from natural disasters, and fighting droughts. This year, we'll be giving not just one, but
regional Community Impact Awards: one for each top project that focuses on fixing a difficult resource problem across Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East & Africa.
Please join us and our partners — LEGO Education, Scientific American, National Geographic and Virgin Galactic — in celebrating the Asia Pacific region Community Impact Award finalists below:
Keeping Fishermen Safe at Sea
In Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,
was dismayed to hear how often local Rameswaram fishermen were captured and arrested for long periods of time due to making a simple mistake: crossing an International Maritime Boundary line it was impossible for them to see. Given the high penalties and impact to fishermen's livelihoods, Advay wanted to create an easy-to-use GPS system to send alerts when sailors approached maritime borders or when better fishing was available in another area. The system can also alert fishermen to dangerous weather conditions, so they can steer clear. Advay's invention is designed to work on any type of handheld mobile device, and he hopes that with it more local fishermen can avoid financial hardship and stay safe at sea.
Congo-ing Nuts: Making Dirty Water Clean
Like others in their local community in Singapore
Tushmitha (15), Nagajothi (15),
come from diverse backgrounds. All too aware of how difficult it can be for people across India and Southeast Asia to access clean water, the trio wanted to create a safe, economical water filter. The students realized that while textile mills are a significant source of revenue for new economies in many developing countries in the region, they can also leave behind water contaminated with chemical dyes used to color fabrics. For their project, the group created a filter using the porous walnut shell to extract Congo Red dye, a common fabric dye, from polluted water. To their delight, their filter worked, proving that this biodegradable and common agricultural waste product just might be the perfect material to make local water safe to drink.
Avoiding Landfills with Shresto Pads
Growing up in Pakistan and Bangladesh opened
eyes to the sheer volume of waste being generated by these densely populated areas, leading her community to host some of the world's largest landfills. Determined to find a solution to cut down on non-biodegradable waste, Saliha turned to a common personal hygiene item: sanitary pads. With the local economy booming with the sanitary industry, she knew it was only a matter of time before landfills would become overwhelmed with these products, which contain plastics and harmful chemicals. So, Saliha created a safer, chemical-free option made entirely of plant materials that will degrade in just two year's time. She hopes her new "Shresto" pads will help more local women feel comfortable while also making the environment safer for everyone.
The Next-Gen Greenhouse
hails from Kerala, India, a region known for beautiful tropical beaches and agriculture, specifically tea, coffee, and spice plantations. Given his community's dependence on farming, Airin was intrigued by a question: could he create a better greenhouse that could produce extra crops sustainably and remain safe for the environment? For his project, he created a greenhouse that recycles 100% of the carbon dioxide it produces. His design proved successful, quadrupling crop yields while also using less power, water, and money. Airin believes his greenhouse can help Kerala farmers increase their harvests and income while sparing the local air from pollution.
Forget Those Frozen Pipes!
In Shanghai, where temperatures can drop severely in winter due to Siberian winds, pipes can often freeze and burst, disrupting the community's access to water for hours or days at a time. While identifying a frozen pipe before it bursts is one path to solving the problem,
realized it was more important to identify a pipe that was about to freeze and adjust water temperatures before thet become critical. She set herself the task of creating an engineering solution to monitor local pipes that can automatically send electrical currents to adjust water temperatures as needed. Ying hopes her design will help her local community avoid plumbing disasters during the coldest time of year.
Tune into the Google Science Fair
on July 18th to find out which five young scientists will win their regional Community Impact Award! With the generous support of our partners, winners will receive mentors and scholarships to help them further their education and inspiring projects.
To keep an eye on the competition, follow along on
Posted by Andrea Cohan, Program Lead, Google Science Fair
Education and research
Next Journalism School 2015 winners: Meet Korea’s next generation of data journalists
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Editor’s note: We invited three participants of the Next Journalism School 2015 to share some of the highlights from their visit to the Google campus in Mountain View, California. The Next Journalism School is an annual program that was set up in 2014 to nurture our next generation of journalists and equip them with the skills they need in a digital era. If you’re studying journalism in Korea and are interested in joining the next cohort, applications open
today and close on July 24, 2016.
We were welcomed to Google’s Mountain View campus by the warm California sunshine, Korean Googlers and of course the green Android robot.
Successful news gathering and reporting today relies a lot on advanced technology and data analysis. This year, there were 60 graduates from the Next Journalism School, and three of us were fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley, where we got a first-hand look at some of the latest innovations in this field.
As 360 degree technology becomes more and more accessible, Google’s tools have made it easy to utilize VR imagery in journalism for a more immersive experience.
show patterns in search across topics and over time, enabling a new form of storytelling based on real-time data. While most of us turn to Google Search for answers, it’s also a great tool to give journalists answers and insight into what is top of mind for people around the world.
Accelerated Mobile Pages
optimizes content for mobile phones so pages load faster, making it more compelling for people to consume content on their handheld devices. Research has shown that readers will click away from a page if it takes longer than three seconds to load. So AMP is incredibly important for engaging readers with news content, particularly in countries like Korea, where
48% of news is consumed on mobile--the highest in the world
We met with Googlers who are passionate about tools that are making data journalism more accessible. From left to right: Inhyuk Seok and Donghwi Lee (software engineers on Google Search), Otavio Good (software engineer on Google Translate), Richard Gingras (Head of News), Brian Sullivan (Program Manager with Google Earth Outreach)
Along with getting first hand exposure to the many media tools available, the real highlight of our trip was meeting and speaking with Googlers who are passionate about the future of journalism. It was exciting to hear how Google nurtures innovation and innovative-thinking in their own workplace. It’s an environment where people are encouraged to try new things, with one guiding principle: focus on the user. We look forward to replicating a lot of this thinking as we return to our own day jobs, and bring some of the innovations that we learned about to our readers.
Posted by Lee Min-gyeong, Kim Hye-in and Yeon Da-hye
Mobile First World
Vietnam’s Divmob takes its games global
Friday, July 1, 2016
As part of our
of interviews with people across Asia-Pacific who use the Internet to create, connect, and grow, we spoke to Ngo Van Luyen, CEO of
, to find out how he grew his small Vietnam-based startup into a company that is now a global name in gaming. From a team of just five people in Ho Chi Minh City just four years ago, DivMob has grown to 40 employees and has over 40 million downloads across its various games, including the popular
Epic Heroes War
Where did inspiration to start Divmob come from?
I was working in France in 2011 when the Android platform was starting to become popular. I began to experiment and play around with building apps, and one of the apps I created went straight to the top of the U.S. downloads chart.
It might have been luck, but this is what inspired me: I saw with my own eyes how a single person like myself, or even a really small, independent company could create something that’s capable of becoming so popular online. It was simply amazing to realize that one seemingly small idea could gain such global reach. I knew when I returned home to Vietnam that there was so much more that could be done, and that’s why I set up Divmob in 2012.
What was your dream for Divmob?
Our goal has always been to have a great team that works together to make products which consumers all around the world will love and share.
What are some of the things that have helped you reach this goal?
Initially, most of our paid downloads were coming from the U.S. and Europe. People in those regions could easily afford the price of around one dollar for games they loved. But in places like Vietnam, a dollar is a lot of money — a dollar can buy you lunch!
When Google Play introduced a way to localize pricing, we were very excited. We’ve always wanted people in developing countries to be able to access our products at prices that work for them.
Through the Google Play Developer Console, developers like us can now easily offer their apps and games at prices that meet the needs of people at different price points in different countries. We had instant success because of this feature. In fact, we saw a 300% growth in daily transactions!
What has your biggest challenge has been?
Building a good team to build great products.
We started with apps for kids, then we branched out into gaming. This was an area we didn’t have much experience in, so we had to learn lessons hard and fast about recruiting the right team to reach that goal. It was tough in the early days as we didn’t have a very established name in the business.
We may have grown a lot since our early days, but our team still works together, eats together and even plays football together: we believe a great team is the best place to start.
What lessons have you learned along the way?
There are two key lessons that have stuck with me the most: work hard and be honest. To me, that’s the key to a successful, sustainable business.
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