DevFest Nyeri 2015

Posted By: Ngesa Marvin On Friday, 13 November 2015


DevFest Nyeri 2015 was a great success. This is the 3rd Devfest Nyeri that has been organized (by GDG Kimathi University) since 2013 and we have always had awesome feedback from newbie developers and experienced developers as well. During this event, we had three 3 GDEs out of the current 8 GDEs in the Sub Saharan Africa and top notch professionals speaking. People travelled from all over the country to Nyeri, making a conference of interesting speakers, great topics, enthusiastic audience and fun. We averagely have an attendance of 140 attendees but this year the event brought together 180 attendees with collaboration from GDG Egerton and GDG Kabarak.

During this event, we had a single session which run the whole day with back to back presentation from different rock star speakers. The session started at 8:45 even before the keynote and ran until 7pm. 
An inspiring keynote was delivered by +Mercy Orangi, the Google program developer ecosystem manager, sub Saharan Africa. Mercy is one of the notable women leaders at Google in the SSA region. She discussed her career and shared her insights on how women can increase their participation in the technical field. She also talked about how startups in the region can be successful by building applications and businesses on Google's platforms.

Next on stage was our very own lead, +GDG Kimathi University Lead, +Kenneth Kinyanjui. Kenju is a Software Engineer with many hats. He is an entrepreneur, the GDG country mentor, and a Google Developer Expert in Cloud Platform. As a GDG country mentor, Kenneth has been helping build the Kenyan Google Developer Group Community across the country.  He talked about service workers, a script that browser runs in the background, separate from a web page, opening the door to features that don't need a web page or user interaction. He also touched on how to integrate a service worker into an existing application to make the application work offline.

We then had +Dario Mungoi on stage. He spoke on what it takes to become an Android ninja.
Dario is android developer Expert from Mozambique who started his android development path after participating as a designer on the first Taylor Ling (Re) Design contest back in 2013.

Thereafter, we had +Eugene Mutai on stage.  Eugene is currently a software engineer/consultant at Andela. He has also been a consultant for iHub Consulting in Nairobi, where he also leads the JavaScript community. He believes in sharing, and dedicates his spare time to share his experiences and web technologies knowledge wherever he can.

 DevFest Nyeri 2015 was such a top notch conference full of deep knowledge, inspiration and amazing energy. The event greatly helped to improve the Skill of developers. Resourceful links were also shared with developers to help them in future reference.


At the end of the event, we had several community updates before the closing remark by Kenneth Kinyanjui. 

And as our tradition, we took the following final photos: 


GDG Kimathi University would like to thank all the attendees, the speakers and organizers for being awesome. We are also grateful to Sponsors for all the support, and Dedan Kimathi University of Technology for hosting the venue for the event.

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