Caption: A photo of red, orange, purple, green, yellow, and blue wristbands that say “Connect Live DELHI 2018” placed on a wooden table.
The program began with a Googler Panel Discussion where team members from around the world came together on-stage to share their insights on Google Maps in India and how Local Guides continue to help others through their contributions. The panel was comprised of Sr. Program Manager Anal Ghosh (Hyderabad), Sr. Program Manager Nishant Nair (Singapore), Software Engineer Zhi Zhou (Tokyo), and was moderated by Program Manager Sonali Hasija (London).
Caption: A photo of panel moderator Sonali Hasija and panelists Anal Ghosh, Nishant Nair, and Zhi Zhou sitting on stage at Connect Live Delhi 2018.
The panel weighed in on India-specific Maps features like 2-wheeler navigation mode and the rise of 360 degree photos. Panelists even shared their personal favorite features on Maps like the ability to share lists with friends. Attendees then had the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback about the topics discussed.
Afterward, we welcomed Uma Raghuraman, a local food photographer and blogger, to the stage to share her tips on taking photos that capture the colors, textures, and personality of food.
Following the on-stage presentations, attendees divided into three groups to participate in a feedback session. They had the chance to share their opinions with fellow Local Guides and Googlers on how Google can better communicate with Local Guides, how Maps can empower us to travel safer, and how we can fill in the gaps that currently exist within the map.
Caption: A photo of Googler Sonali Hasija speaking into a microphone to Local Guide attendees sitting in the audience during a breakout session at Connect Live Delhi 2018.
We loved having the chance to hear directly from our Local Guides! This feedback will help us better serve the broader community.
The excitement continued with a Photo Walk through the Cyber Hub where attendees were able to practice their mobile photography skills in a few different settings. Each group stopped at a cafe, bar, specialty store, and an arcade to learn photography tips from local bloggers.
Caption: A photo of two people taking a photo of four shot glasses filled with different kinds of beer using their smartphones at Connect Live Delhi 2018.
We concluded the event back at The People & Co. with a happy hour and reception to continue the conversation and connections. There, Local Guides had fun taking and sharing some psychedelic photos from our Kaleidoscope Photo Booth.
Caption: A photo of a Local Guide using the Kaleidoscope Photo Booth at Connect Live Delhi 2018.
Connect Live Delhi was a full day of learning, feedback, and fun. What a great way to conclude our 2018 event series! Check out our Google Photos album to see the highlights from the event.
We look forward to what Connect Live has in-store for 2019. Stay tuned to learn more!