An attendee’s recap of DSC Southwestern Nigeria Joint Workshop

Last week Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Google’s Developer Students Club (DSC) FUTA chapter hosted a joint workshop which featured talks from DSC leads in tertiary institutions across south-western Nigeria, Komal Sandhu, Global Developer Community Program Manager for DSC, Solomon Awosupin, Developer Training Program Manager for DSC across sub-Saharan Africa and Dr Thompson, Staff Adviser, DSC FUTA. In this post, I will do a recap of the event and highlight key moments in no other of how they happened 😃.

The technical talks 🔥

The event which started at about 11am kickstarted with an opening keynote from Benjamin, the host DSC lead who outlined the importance of the workshop and welcome the 40+ attendees. In no time, the attendees were set for the first round of technical talks. Again, it was the hosts setting the tempo of the talks with Audu Jacob, Mobile Technology Team Lead at DSC FUTA giving an overview of the power of the recent Android Architecture Components with Firebase. This was followed by talk sessions of comparing Google’s new mobile development kit, Flutter and React Native by Nintes, DSC Lead at Lead City University and Overview of building PWAs by Benjamin, the host DSC Lead. Leke, DSC Lead at OAU Ile-Ife and Michael, DSC Lead at AAUA Akungba rounded off the talk sessions by demystifying Containerization with Docker and Geolocation on Android respectively.

Jacob, Mobile Technology Lead at DSC FUTA speaking on AAC with Firebase
Leke of DSC OAU talking about containerization with Docker

The motivating and feedback talks

“Every dream is valid” , those were the words of Solomon who narrated his journey into tech and his personal experience so far working at Google in a bid to motivate the developers in attendance. For me, that was the biggest take-home from the event 💪. Komal came up next to obtain feedback on how Google could improve how DSCs were being run across the world in an interactive AMA-kinda session open enough to accommodate questions and suggestions from all attendees including the DSC FUTA staff adviser, Dr Thompson who had opinions to give. She assured the attendees of Google’s keenness to work on the feedback and deliver a better program within coming months 👍.

L-R Komal and Solomon during the feedback session
DSC FUTA Staff Adviser, Dr. Thompson giving her talk

The networking, pictures and JOLLOF sessions 😋

For someone like me who’s a pioneer for the #WeComeForTheRice gang 😆(mind the camels 😃), these three sessions were my three best parts of the event knowing fully well that I’d have the chance to network with people 😄, take a few pictures since I’m pretty anti-pictures and more importantly have my hands on the power-giving Nigerian jollof 💃. The event ended on a high note with pictures and enough GBEDU.

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With ❤️ from Deji, Mobile Technology Instructor, DSC FUTA.

PS: If you’re a student of a tertiary institution in sub-Saharan Africa or Asia reading this and you’re not a member of Google’s DSC in your school, join already! If DSC isn’t in your school, champion the cause of bringing it to life there!