Provo Silicon Slopes Next Google Fiber City - New NEXT, GDE Program Announced

Google Fiber—on the Silicon Prairie, Silicon Hills, and now the Silicon Slopes. Startup Weekend NEXT, helping entrepreneurs kick off at London Campus. Google Developer Expert (GDE) for YouTube API developers.

Provo, Utah's Mayor John Curtis announced that Provo is now going Google Fiber.

Google Fiber in Provo

"(W)e've signed an agreement to purchase iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city. As a part of the acquisition, we would commit to upgrade the network to gigabit technology and finish network construction so that every home along the existing iProvo network would have the opportunity to connect to Google Fiber," Google Fiber team stated.

Adding, it said, "Our agreement with Provo isn't approved yet--it's pending a vote by the City Council scheduled for next Tuesday, April 23."

"We intend to begin the network upgrades as soon as the closing conditions are satisfied and the deal is closed," the team adds.

Startup Weekend NEXT powered by Google for Entrepreneurs

In other news, Google for Entrepreneurs, announced a new "Startup Weekend NEXT," that will enable entrepreneurs to register for a comprehensive, five-week course developed by renowned entrepreneur and educator Steve Blank.

Kicking off at a London Campus, the NEXT using Google+ Hangouts, will train local instructors enabling entrepreneurs all over the world to launch and build their businesses.

"The curriculum, built around customer development and in-person interaction, helps entrepreneurs validate and modify their business models. And it lets them sit next to and work with established entrepreneurs and peers who've experienced the exact same challenges they face," Google wrote.

Startup Weekend NEXT will expand globally over the course of 2013.

Also, a new Google Developer Expert (GDE) program, designed to recognize the active and passionate YouTube API developers who make these outstanding contributions is launched today.

Each year, Google Developer Experts are selected for their existing accomplishments using Google technologies, their continued passion for these technologies, and their willingness to engage with and mentor other developers.

To learn more about what it's like to be a GDE, check out this interview with two of the 2013 YouTube API GDEs: