Now having a Google T-shirt and a 200$ cloud credit isn't the biggest deal but it's surely worth 45 minutes, isn't it? Yeah, that's exactly how long you need to invest to have that coveted Google developer T-shirt and that too without any coding. The best thing? It's open for individuals from both coding and non-coding backgrounds.
Google Assistant Developer program is an initiative by Google (Obviously) to encourage developers to contribute on Google Assistant (again obviously). Google have been constantly improving the program and they're expected to make major changes in the near future, so look out for them. Now you can contribute in different ways, you may develop a trivia game for the users to play or a personality quiz or a travel assistant. Whatever you may like, these are the numbers of projects that Google let you make.
Now most importantly, these projects can be made through two methods, one requires coding skills and one doesn't. Obviously the apps made through the first method can be made more complex in its functioning than the apps made through the second method. But I'm here to help you achieve the goal with minimal efforts and time, so I'm going to use the first method. Ready? Here we go:
Step One: Visit this webpage.
Step Two: Scroll down till you reach this window.
Now you can go for any of the above four options, for now I’m going with Trivia. Click on the “Build A Trivia Action” and proceed to this window.
This is the complete documentation about how to make the Trivia action on Google assistant. I strongly advise you to read this thoroughly to understand the process as this might also help you in future.
Anyways, as I’m here for the lazier one.
Click on the “Actions Console” option highlighted in blue on the current window. Go on to Add a new project. Assign a name to your project as per your liking. This is the new window which would open up once your project is created.
Scroll down till you see the option “Templates”, click on it to proceed.
Again you have four different options, for now we’re going with Trivia. Proceed by clicking on it.
Firstly, you will be given three different options for the voice which would host your game, you can proceed with any one of them.
Now the real deal starts, where you would have to submit the actual content of your game. You will be required to fill in your questions along with their respective answers and few wrong options. You may also add a follow-up fact/stat about the answer, which would be provided to the user after he/she has answered that particular questions, rightly or wrongly. You may also add different levels or Categories to you Quiz.
Detailed instruction about all this is given here.
Important Note: To be eligible for the Google T-shirt and a 200$ cloud credit, the Actions project must be in good standing at the time of Google review. Actions projects created using templates must have at least 50 unique questions if building with the trivia or flash card templates. For Actions built with the personality quiz template, the Action must have at least five traits with at least three questions per trait and at least five outcomes. These must be your original work. If you cease to have any publicly deployed Actions projects, you will no longer be eligible for the Community Program.
Once you’re done with it, give yourself a pat on the back because you’re done with the hard thing, now you only have the formalities to deal with. Next up comes the fun part, the simulator, where you’re given a chance to test your own app, that’s the really cool thing. Now comes the formalities, In the Deploy section,
You can let the Location targeting and Company details be the way it is by default, until you do have a company or a marketing idea.
For the Surface Capabilities, it totally depends on what kind of app you’re making, but for the basic app, you can again let it be at default.
And now my friend it’s Done, you just have to Release and submitted for the review and just cross your fingers and wait. Most probably you will get an approval within an hour. But you would have to wait till it's approved and you're eligible for the community program, all of which would be contacted to you through an email and would take around a day or less than that to complete.
But Launching your first Action to users is half the battle. This community program is here to support those of you who put the extra effort to build high-quality Actions that are starting to get traction from users globally. When you reach the following milestones with your Action:
Google hasn't given any exact cutoff number for any of these milestones yet. Though, it is said to be updated in near future.
If at least one of your Actions projects reaches one of these three milestones:
So don't just stop here, keep working hard and enjoy all these exclusive perks offered by Google. Good luck.