October 30, 2014

GDG DevFest Philippines 2014



It's DevFest season once again! DevFests are community-organized events that provide an opportunity for developers to learn about Google technologies and developer products.

We at GDG Philippines organized GDG DevFest Philippines 2014 last October 24. It was held at Henry Sy. Sr. Hall at De La Salle University, Manila. This year, GDG DevFest Philippines was bigger and we had some new features, especially the Code Labs and the Sandbox.

Sandbox

We had booths for GDG Philippines and our sponsors. In the GDG Philippines booths, we demonstrated and asked the participants to try the Android Wear smart watches (LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, and Moto 360), Cardboard, Chromecast. Most of the time, I was here.

Code Labs

We also organized hands-on code labs aside from the technical talks. We had four tracks for code labs with two technologies each track: Android, Polymer, AngularJS, Google App Engine, Design Thinking and Paper Prototyping, Google Maps API, Appscript, and Game Development with HTML5.

Technical Talks

We had two tracks for the talks. The one in the plenary included Material Design, Game Design, Designing for Mobile, and Ingress. The other track included Google Analytics, Google Compute Engine, and Android. There was supposed to be another track but the other speakers are not available.

Google for Entrepreneurs Week

This year's Google for Entrepreneurs (GFE) Week event in Manila was also held during GDG DevFest Philippines 2014. GFE Week is an annual, global celebration of innovators and entrepreneurs. There was a panel of experts and entrepreneurs who will talked about different Google tools for supporting businesses, followed by a Q&A, and networking session. It was held during the afternoon.

The Aftermath

We had more than 472 attendees for GDG DevFest Philippines. This was the highest number of attendees so far for a GDG DevFest Philippines event. There were more than 25% female attendees this year too.

Photos, slides, and more details about the event can be found in the Events Website and in the Google+ Events Page. Thanks again to our speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees!