Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Summary: GDG Devfest Philippines 2013

One GDG Devfest Philippines. 367 Attendees. 15 Technical Sessions.

More than 350 attendees during the GDG Devfest Philippines 2013

After 3 months of planning, GDG Devfest Philippines 2013 came to a close at around 5:30 PM last September 17, 2013 (Tuesday).

The Morning
Registration opened at exactly 8:00 AM with the developers lining up at our registration booth being managed by volunteers from the DevCon. After registering and getting their badges for the day, everyone gets to enjoy the morning snack and free coffee from +Commune and the Philippine Coffee

People lining up for the free coffee!

At exactly 9:00 AM, +GDG Philippines Community Manager +Wayne Manuel opened the activities with a Google Hangout with +Christine Songco Lau. She is the Program Manager for Developer Relations in Southeast Asia and is also responsible for running some of the Devfests in the previous years.

Chelle Gray giving the opening remarks

After the Hangout, +Chelle Gray welcomed the developers to the first of eight Devfests happening all over the country. She also introduced our keynote speaker for the day, +Ammar Ibrahim who talked about innovation, specifically innovation at Google.

Ammar Ibrahim, Product Lead for Emerging Markets in Google delivering the Keynote

This was followed by a Q&A Talk Show style about Technopreneurship with +Ron Hose. Questions from the participants were also entertained and answered by Ron. After this very fun and creative Q&A, +anne olvido shared about her experience during the Google I/O.

Q&A with Ron Hose about Technopreneurship
GDG Bacolod Community Manager shares her Google I/O Experience

Just before lunch, the team from SplitmediaLabs, headed by it's CEO +Henrik Levring demonstrated their application that uses YouTube API.

Henrik Levring, CEO of SplitmediaLabs sharing about YouTube API

The attendees lined up for lunch at the buffet table covered with Google color table cloth. We even had Kitkat for dessert!

Participants enjoying their lunch!

The Afternoon
At exactly 1PM, three simultaneous technical sessions were happening. Below is the summary:
Google App Engine talk by Edge Dalmacio, Senior Software Engineer
from Orange and Bronze Software Labs, Inc.
Google Drive Realtime API talk by Brian Tan Seng, CEO of 98Labs
Howard Go, Founder of Mochibits, sharing on Developing Mobile Apps for the Global Market

Lorenzo Dee, Co-Founder of Haybol.ph, shares about Google Maps API
Jessie Evanglista sharing about AngularJS
Basic of Go Language by JM Ibanez

This was followed by a 30-minute break for everyone to enjoy the glazed and Kitkat donuts topped with GDG mint logo. Everyone was also amazed by the huge Android Kitkat cake that was displayed.

Huge and heavy Android KitKat cake!

 The sessions resumed at exactly 3PM with the following topics:
Loretta Tioiela, Co-Founder and CTO of Nhuke Labs shared about Women Technopreneurship

Bryan Carl Chug, Founder and CEO of Aestrea Software Development
sharing about Google+ Signin.
Josan Dometita, GDG Cagayan de Oro Community Manager, shares about HTML5.

Carlos Castano shares about Google Chrome
George Vanous, Founder of Any.TV shares about YouTube API
Reymart Canuel, GDG Baguio Community Manager, shares about App Script

By 4:30 PM, everyone went back to The Tents for the application demo of Project NOAH and Bootleg Radio. Our nationwide sponsor +Globe Labs was also given the time to thank the organizers and participants of the GDG Devfest. Lastly, to close the program we have +Aileen Apolo who got emotional when sharing how the community she started have grown.

Ms. Aileen Apolo closing the program for GDG Devfest Philippines 2013

Before going out of the venue everyone got a free shirt! For more pictures kindly check here and here.

GDG Devfest PH 2013 Shirt for everyone!
#autoawesomed photo of the #devfestph participants

We would like to thank +Google, +Google Developers+Globe Labs, #Freelancer, and #QSR for making this event a huge success. We also extend our deepest gratitude to all the speakers who shared their time and expertise to all those who attended. To the participants, we hope you were able to learn a thing or two with all the sessions we have prepared for you guys. Lastly, to all the organizers and volunteers, you were amazing! Thank you for making this event organized and possible.

Below are the links to the seven other Devfests happening in the Philippines: