November 18, 2017 was the day the sun stood still and all roads led to Nu Streams Conference and Culture Centre, developers from all across South-West Nigeria came together to meet under one roof.
The event was a huge success, with over 500 developers from states across South-West Nigeria in attendance. You could feel the youthful energy and can-do spirit flowing across the room. The reception was superb, at the entrance to the venue, guests were welcomed by some beautiful hosts who guided them through registration and handed over GDG Swags afterwards.
Femi Taiwo opened the stage by speaking about the Developer community and how its members can benefit from the opportunities that lies therein. He gave examples of individuals that have gotten opportunities at home and abroad due to the activities they involved themselves in in the tech community. He made mention of the likes of Christian Nwamba (@codebeast) , Moyinoluwa Adeyemi (@moyheen), Ire Aderinokun (@ireaderinokun), Prosper Otemuyiwa (@unicodedeveloper) and Adewale Abati (@ace_kyd). I would recommend his slides to anyone willing to learn the benefits of being in the developer ecosystem.
Hanson Johnson took to the stage afterwards, as the Google Developer Groups Country mentor he spoke on how the group evolved over the years to what it is today. He spoke about how the Google Developer Group was formerly known as Google Technology User Groups (GTUG)and also how the team is working on a new group for the individuals interested in business. To learn how you could start a developer group in your community click here.
Next a woman took to the stage and gave what I would tag “A speech full of impact”. Theodora Ishola is the Head, Community, Partnership and Marketing at Olotusquare, at the DevFest she spoke on the Role of Women in the tech community and how to get started. She spoke on how the ladies can get themselves actively involved in the ecosystem, while making mention of female CEOs of big brands in the tech ecosystem she spoke on the skills each of them made use to get to such positions. I would recommend her slides to every lady with an interest in the tech community.
The team from GitHub were on ground to sensitize the audience on the new additions coming up on the repository hosting platform. They answered questions from the audience on problems encountered while using the platform. The Github team came around courtesy Ingressive who were fully on ground as well and gave free tickets to the High Growth Africa Summit which held in Lagos the week after.
What came up after was what everyone had been waiting for, the splitting of the audience into 2 tracks: The Web/Cloud Track and the Android track.
The Web/Cloud track
The Android track
Stephen Afam-Osemene spoke on “ Payments with Africa’s Talking”.
And it was a wrap, the event ended up with selfies and group photos with each participant leaving with more knowledge and a bag filled with GDG and Github swags.
The GDG DevFest 17 wouldn’t have been as successful as it turned out to be if not for the support of some group of individuals. The GDG Ibadan team would love to use this medium to appreciate everyone that spoke and was involved in the planning. We say a big THANK YOU!
- GDG BELLS University
- GDG FUNAAB
- GDG Covenant University
- GDG Lagos
- GDG OAU
- GDG Osogbo
- GDG Unilorin
- GDG LAUTECH
- GDG Grace Poly
- GDG Unilorin
- GDG UNILAG
Event Planners: Lautitia Azur
Media: Tonye Photography
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