On 9 September, the annual IT specialists’ conference GDG DevFest Voronezh 2017 took place in the auditorium of Voronezh State University. Eleven speakers, including three Google developer experts (from Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Singapore) delivered their reports. Their presentations were dedicated to various topics – progressive web apps, the Internet of things, computer-aided learning, virtual reality, business analytics, and others.
GDG DevFests is a global event. Annually, about 30,000 followers of Google technologies gather in different parts of the world to meet their colleagues and exchange experience. This year, over 500 people from various regions took part in the conference which was held in Voronezh.
As usual, the organisers of the event were Google, DataArt, and VSU. Short welcoming speeches by DataArt HRM Director, Elena Fedorova, and the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, Aleksander Shashkin, were followed by the first part of the varied conference programme.
The most interesting news from Google which had been presented at Google Developer Days Europe and Google Developers Experts Summit 2017 was reported by Google Developer Expert Android and IoT (Singapore) and Android podcast presenter, Denis Nekludov, who is also a graduate of Voronezh State University.
Felipe Nascimento de Moura, Google Developer Expert from Porto Alegre (Brazil) raised the topic of cutting edge web-applications that allow using a classical stack of web technologies to implement web applications on mobile devices. The report was in English. However, the audience demonstrated a high level of proficiency with the language and they asked questions and made comments in English. A Google technical solution consultant from Moscow, Sergey Pugachov, talked about the current situation in the area of web standards from the perspective of a developer. It was another report in English. An engaging speaker from the Czech Republic, Google Developer Expert in virtual reality, Nik Page, captured the audience’s attention: he explained how virtual reality experiences can live up to our expectations.
The second part of the programme started with the talk by an embedded expert IoT from DataArt, Nikolay Khabarov, who introduced the audience to Android Things. The talk became a harbinger of the IoT hackathon that was held for both beginners and experienced developers on the second day of the conference. The next reporter was an independent Android developer from Moscow, Sergey Ryabov, who acquainted young programmers with Kotlin and Kotlin Stdlib. A part and parcel of the Google supported conference was a talk by DataArt business analyst, CMMI certified specialist, Margarita Olshanskaya, who is also a member of Google’s international IT programme for women Women Techmakers. She explained who business analysts are and what they do.
The conference concluded with an invitation for the audience from the leaders of GDG and WTM Voronezh, Elena Fedorova and Sofia Lyateva, to join technical societies.