BACOLOD CITY – One of the biggest gatherings for developers and developer communities is happening right here in Bacolod at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central on 16 November, this Saturday.
Devfest 2019 host and GDG Bacolod’s community leader Rhix Rojas said there is an expected 250 to 300 participants for this year’s event with a good number coming from the professionals.
What is in store for participants come Saturday?
A lot – from code labs (or hands-on workshops), lectures from certified experts identified by Google, as well as training sessions from speakers with topics primarily focused on Google technology.
One goal is to provide latest technology and local developers will have direct access to content and resources provided by Google.
“We invited Google Developer Experts, certified experts in the field… and we are happy that we have speakers who are locally-based,” he told DNX.
The goal of the DevFest, as with all the past fests in other countries, is to “empower” local developers, as well as recognize the importance of having a developers community.
Rojas sees the need to grow the local developers’ communities and hopefully become burgeoning hubs the way they are in the nation’s capital, where almost every technology has a community-run by programmers assigned to that area.
Rojas’ dream is to put Bacolod on the map – literally, thanks to digital tech – by hosting events that would make the city one of the most happening when it comes to resources, and access to tech information.
This year’s DevFest in Bacolod will be a whole day affair, with plenary, breakout, and parallel sessions depending on one’s interests. The main keynotes would be handled by Google Developers Group, the GDG Cloud Manila, and the Women Techmakers.
Topics in the afternoon would comprise of these major three: cloud computing and machine learning, web technologies and android, and Women Techmakers.
These topics would have their own breakout sessions based on specific topics.
The speakers are: Marie Ariessa Lane Ko, software engineer and mentor in Stacktrek Enterprise, as well as part-time instructor at Central Philippine University Software Engineering department; Brian Tan Seng, co-founder and CEO of 98Labs, as well as co-organizer of Google Cloud Developer Community (GCDC) Manila;
John Dave Duenas, founder of HYBrain, “a leading Software Company revolving on HealthTech, that has developed MEDtrix a fully integrated Healthcare ERP System that is on its Phase 3 using Artificial Intelligence for Predictive Analytics on illness/disease susceptibility”, Alona Giga, a Software Development Manager connected with Skyswitch,
Julius Uy, leader of Mobile Apps and TV engineering teams in Rakuten Viki, Singapore, with projects that involve brands such as Siri, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Google Play Instant Google Home, Chromecast, Chrome OS, and Smart Displays; Trisha Gayle Duron, a front-end developer at BAEast who specializes on E-Commerce site development using Magento platform;
Dairin Janagap, a Software Developer at Spartanum with extensive experience is C#, VB, Laravel, Android and MaterializeCSS development and co-owner of Bitronics,
Nathu Nandwani, is a full-time security consultant in Vantage Point Security Singapore as well as a Microsoft Certified Professional, a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in C#, a Cisco Certified Network Associate in Cybersecurity Operations, a CREST Practitioner Security Analyst, among others; Ruben Canlas Jr., a co-lead of GDG Cloud Manila and the Agile Coach of Manulife Philippines;
Chang “John” Yu Chuan, an Android Engineer from Taiwan and work on Viki, engineering center based on Singapore who loves to code and share, specific software design and architecture.