Organized by Google Developers Group (GDG) Zamboanga and supported by Google Inc., the first DevFest in the city was held on December 13, 2013 at Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar. The festival was jampacked with more than 300 Computer Science students and afficionados from the city and schools such as Western Mindanao State University, Universidad de Zamboanga, Ateneo De Zamboanga, AMA Computer University, Systems Technology Institute (STI) College, COMTECH Institute, Pilar College, Polytechnic College, and Claret College of Isabela. It is the first Devfest held in Zamboanga, and it is also the last DevFest in the Philippines for the year 2013.
What are DevFests then?
DevFests are community-run events that provide the opportunity for developers and I.T. enthusiasts to learn about Google developer technologies and platforms.
It was a whole-day event of speaker sessions, Q-and-As, and Globe-Google freebies. The festival was graced by a group of prominent speakers led by Jerome Locson the Program Manager for the Philippines of Google Apps Support Program and founder of GDG Zamboanga. He was the Keynote speaker and he focused on Google Developers Programs and App Script. Albert Padin the Co-Founder at Sym.ph and CEO & Founder at SpellDial, introduced Google App Engine and Python and got a lot of rave reviews from the audience while Michelle Santos Developer Relations of Globetelecoms wowed the crowd with the latest from Globe Labs. On the otherhand, Jomar Tigcal GDG Philippines Community Manager, presented UI Designing: Android UI/UX Best Practices to the enthusiastic crowd.
|Albert Padin the Co-Founder at Sym.ph and CEO & Founder at SpellDial|
With the success of GDG-Zamboanga's DevFest, there is no doubt in our minds that the youth of Zamboanga are ready to move forward and do their part in rebuilding the city. A perfect Christmas gift to lift the spirits of the Zamboanguenos and help them look towards a brighter future.
GDG Zamboanga would like to thank +Google, +Google Developers, City Government of Zamboanga, Universidad de Zamboanga: University Communications Office, E-Learning Centre Inc., TESDA-ARMM ZC Language Skills Insitute, G-Events Especialistas, Bar Code, and Safety Enterprises.
|GDG Zamboanga Volunteers together with the speakers|
Let us not forget our lovely ladies, Yolynne Medina ( +Yolynne Medina ) and Grace Sojor ( +grace sojor ), GDG Zamboanga Community Manager and Co-Manager, who spearheaded the event together with GDG Zamboanga’s volunteers. Cheers for a job well-done!