The Google Dev Fest Harare kicked off yesterday with varied highly engaging presentations from web based and mobile based application developers and entrepreneurs.
The biggest and annual event for Google developers saw its highest attendance which included developers, entrepreneurs and students from local universities and colleges.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Speaking to the organizer who is also the Sadc mentor for Google Developer Groups Andrew Sithole after the event he said Google Dev Fest was meant to bring software developers together
“The Google Dev Fest is the biggest and annual event for Google developers for Google developer community world wide. Its a season whereby large events are run by the google developer community.
“The Google Developer groups are just communities of software developers interested in knowing whats new or understanding in depth some of the features and facilities brought up by Google Developer Technologies,” he said.
The organisers said they had the best attendance record this year compared to the previous Google DevFests.
“We have over 80 people that’s the biggest number we have ever had since 2013 at Harare Institute of Technology where so many students came. Ever since that one, we have never had such a big response from the people like the community without the students.
“Right now it has amazed me because we have a very few students inside and we have the real developers and real entrepreneurs coming in speaking and sharing what they have. So i would say its really a big thing to me. I think that’s the best we have done so far,” he said.
Various speakers ranging from developers, and entrepreneurs shared their experiences and knowledge on how trending technologies can be used to assist Africans.
“We have technologies like Firebase, Google Play Store, and Progressive Web Apps, so there are the main technologies. We had speakers that spoke on entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe and the ecosystem.
“I believe that our participants should be ready to go out there and become successful entrepreneurs and successful tech startups that help raise Zimbabwe’s GDP and help raise everyone’s standard of living with their technologies,” he added.
Some of the notable speakers included RoadRules co-founder Tawanda Chikosi and Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp founder Irene Chikumbo. They imparted their knowledge on the journey of a startup.