Tuesday, March 12, 2013

DevFestW Philippines: Only the Beginning

Last March 9, 2013, GDG Philippines organized the first-ever DevFestW Philippines in Globe Corporate Showroom, Valero Telepark, Makati City.

More than the really cute and delicious cupcakes and line of Google product tarps, the event was filled with excitement and inspiration as our speakers share their experiences about the industry and their respective expertise.

DevFestW Cupcakes
Google Product Tarps
Registration opened at around 8AM with the men GDG Managers manning the booth and giving away our morning snack. As the hall is filled-up with around 100 women and 20 men, the participants became excited about the contest of taking the most picture for the Google+ events page.

The event started with a welcome video message from Stephanie Liu and Adriana Cerundulo explaining what DevFestW aims to achieve.

This was followed by a welcome from GDG Bacolod's community manager Anne Olvido.

Anne Olvido , GDG Bacolod Community Manager
Minette Navarette gave an inspiring talk about the start-up scene in the Philippines and how the participants could participate and be a part of it.

Minette Navarette, President, at Kickstart Ventures

This was followed by a talk from Deng Ching-Mallete about her journey as a female developer contributing in OpenSource projects.

Deng Ching-Mallete, Technical Architect at Exist Software Labs
Combining the start-up talk from Minette and developer experiences of Deng, Ria Lu shared her insights on how she manages her very own start-up company.

Ria Lu, President/CEO at Komikasi Games and Entertainment, Inc.
Before going for lunch, Globe Labs Developer Relation Manager, Anne Michelle Santos thanked the participants and organizers for being part of the event and introduced the app demo of LooLoo.

Anne Michelle Santos, Developer Relations Manager at Globe Labs
Just in time for lunch, our photo booth arrived wherein the participants had a great time using the Google props!

GDG Philippines, Bacolod, and CDY Managers
The afternoon sessions were divided into two: the non-technical track and technical track.

Technical Track
  • Android session via Hang-out with Madiha Chan
  • Jumpstarting Android development with Michie Ang
  • Go Lang with Charo Nuguid
  • Python in Google App Enginer with Micaela Reyes
Non-Technical Track
  • Careers in IT for Non-IT with Claire Arguelles
  • Google Analytics with Marie Lu
  • Usability and UI Design for Web and Mobile with Camille Zapata
  • Basic of HTML5 with Renee Talabucon

It was a knowledge sharing session between the speakers and participants as they actively ask question about the topics being presented. After the first two afternoon sessions, participants and speakers enjoyed the cupcakes!

Before ending the event, we announced the winner of our event contest! The prizes were 5 8GB Android USB for the 2nd to 6th place winners, who will post most pictures in the Google+ Events page and for the 1st place winner it's the big Android plushie.

The winners were (the judging happened at around 5:15PM and the number of pictures as of that time were counted):
  • Matt Lebrun  with 14 pictures
  • Aci Catagrena with 33 pictures
  • Mariane Suba with 38 pictures
  • Joan L. Castillo with 72 pictures
  • Noreen Daypuyat with 79 pictures
  • Monique Almario with 92 pictures
GDG Community Managers with the winners
By the end of the event, everyone got a DevFestW shirt and one Android plushie. For more pictures please visit our Google+ Events Page.

Thank you so much to all our participants, organizers, speakers, and sponsors for making this a successful event!
This is just the beginning of what GDG Philippines has planned for the rest of the year, not only for women but for all the developers out there. See you in our next event!

*All image in this blog is taken by our official event photographer Lightpipe Photography.