On 17 October, the fourth annual conference GDG (Google Developer Group) DevFest Voronezh organised by Google and DataArt in collaboration with Voronezh State University was held in the auditorium of the VSU main building.
Aleksandr Shashkin, the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, addressed the participants with a welcoming speech and wished everybody to exchange experience and to work fruitfully and efficiently. After that the audience proceeded to the main part of the conference. The first speaker was Denis Neklyudov, an alumnus of the Faculty of Computer Sciences of VSU, Google Developer Expert for Android. He spoke about Android Marshmallow – the last version of the mobile operating system. The leader of GDG Moscow, the founder of the community Google Apps for Business Aleksey Isachenko delivered a report on the topic "Google Apps for Work – Automation Experience"; a co-founder and the Executive Director of Manufactura, Downtown.ru and Drez.ru Dmitriy Provotorov familiarised the audience with the Google Material Design work. The Technical Director of Surf Vadim Kotov reported on the topic "Android Data Binding", and the Headhunter company representative Maksim Yudin presented the Android Design Library work and spoke about the material design implementation. Other leading IT experts also made their reports within the framework of the conference and shared the most up-to-date information on the Google developments with the audience.
Creative Science, a group of young VSU researchers, cheered the conference participants with their show of scientific experiments. Moreover, within the framework of GDG DevFest Voronezh Denis Neklyudov conducted a workshop on the topic "Adding Runtime Permissions Support to Your Application".
Denis Neklyudov shared his impressions of the conference:
"It is very important for me to come back to the auditorium of my home University but in a new role – as an employee of the leading company and as a conference speaker. GDG DevFest Voronezh always offers very interesting up-to-date reports. I also think that it would be really great if one of the speakers was a foreign expert who would read a report in a foreign language. Next year I will try to make it a reality."
We were also able to talk to Konstantin Fedutinov, the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, who gave us an insight into the reasons why Voronezh State University had been chosen to host GDG DevFest Voronezh:
"The conference programme had a very well-chosen list of experts – the speakers covered a wide variety of Google technologies in their reports. This year the number of registered participants reached almost 500 including University students and alumni, lecturers, and staff members of IT companies. Google technologies are in high demand now, and their variety is really wide – starting from mobile device programming to embedded systems' programming. In this context it is worth mentioning a VSU mobile application which is now being developed by the University students and master's degree students and one of which versions will be available for Android. I am certain that the conference will be of use in this area as well. VSU has been cooperating with Google and DataArt for many years. During this time the University has become not only a venue for GDG DevFest but also a centre for the top IT conferences which are held in our region. It is often Voronezh State University that the leading IT companies choose as a venue for such conferences. It is due to the following reasons: firstly, VSU is the main alma mater of IT-personnel in the region, and secondly, all the University services put a lot of effort into conducting such conferences at the highest possible level."
One of the GDG DevFest Voronezh participants says that it is not his first time at the conference, and the event has always met his expectations.
Nikita Pometov, a third-year student of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics shared his experience:
"I liked the speakers who worked at a fast pace, you can ask them questions you are interested in during their presentations. At the same time it is really great that these people can not only talk about some theoretical aspects but also show some examples from their work experience. The conference reports partially help my with my studies and vector further exploration of programming,"
At the end of such an informative day the organisers summarised the results of the conference and awarded the most active participants.