GDG Cloud Sydney Meetup Apr 2024

Mantel Group Kasna, 580 George Street, Sydney, 2000

GDG Cloud Sydney Meetup is back in April! Join us for an evening of interesting technical talks. If you're recruiting for a role or seeking a role, we have some dedicated time for that. Don't forget to come along and promote/share.

Apr 9, 7:30 – 10:15 AM


Key Themes

AIBuild with AICloudDataGeminiMachine Learning

About this event

GDG Cloud Sydney is back for a meetup this April! Join us for an evening of interesting technical talks.

Come Hire!

There are 10 minutes dedicated to the meetup for hirers to advertise their recruitment and for job seekers to promote themselves to those hirers.

This meetup is in the in-person format, there are no plans to stream the event*


This meetup is organised in partnership with Mantel Group. They harness technologies that transform business operations in the real world. With capabilities spanning Cloud, Data, Digital and Security, they merge emerging technologies with innovative design and industry expertise to enhance your business. With deep technical specialisation and as leading Amazon, Google and Microsoft cloud partners, the depth and breadth our solutions offer is unparalleled. Mantel Group is your partner for end-to-end digital transformation.

Ranked in Australia's top 10 Best Workplaces by Great Place To Work Australia for four years in a row, we are people-focused and uphold strong values. Our culture champions trust, empowerment, and diversity, with a lean structure that emphasises collaboration, direct communication and equity.

Our other partnership is with Dented Code.

"Dented Code teaches coding skills that you need to become a full stack developer and help you advance your career, pursue your dream job, or enjoy the freedom of life as a freelancer." - Learn more on their website.

We will also give out 2 licenses from JetBrains 1-year subscription to any of JetBrains' IDEs with a raffle. You can use the 100% discount code on CLion, DataGrip, DataSpell, GoLand, IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, PhpStorm, PyCharm, ReSharper, ReSharper C++, Rider, RubyMine, WebStorm, or dotUltimate.


Talk 1: From Idea to Reality: Bootstrapping My Side Project on Google Cloud By Anish Shrestha

In this talk, I will share my journey of deploying my side project as a B2C SAAS to production on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). I'll cover how I leveraged various GCP services like Cloud Run, Cloud Build, Load Balancer, Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, and Cloud Scheduler to build and deploy microservices (what I like to call macro services) for authentication, file handling, payment management, and ML service for image processing.

I'll dive into architecting these services, integrating machine learning models, and implementing features like user auth/registration, file uploads, a credits-based payment system, and AI-driven image generation with pre/post-processing. I'll share lessons learned, best practices, and tips for building complex, AI-driven applications on GCP, including optimising costs, ensuring scalability, and overcoming deployment challenges, especially for new products.

I aim to provide some insights into shipping an AI-powered application to production using GCP services, enabling them to bring their innovative ideas to life by leveraging GCP.

Talk 2: Freemium LLM Showdown: Gemini Pro vs. ChatGPT By Kushal Pokhrel

We all know that, the freemium large language model (LLM) landscape is heating up! Powerhouses like Google's Gemini Pro and OpenAI's ChatGPT are pushing the boundaries of AI capabilities given to us all users for free, or is it?. But with each model boasting unique strengths, which one reigns supreme? This talk dives into a head-to-head comparison of these titans, analyzing their performance across various dynamic properties. Join us in this talk as we explore their strengths and weaknesses, ultimately revealing which LLM might be the perfect fit for your needs.

Event Schedule:

5:30pm - Event doors open

6:00pm - Introduction and hiring connect for those hiring/wanting to be hired (5 for each group and every individual gets 1 min max)

6:15pm - Talk 1: From Idea to Reality: Bootstrapping My Side Project on Google Cloud By Anish Shrestha

06:45pm - Talk 2: Freemium LLM Showdown: Gemini Pro vs. ChatGPT By Kushal Pokhrel

7:30pm - Raffle for the 2 JetBrains IDE licenses

7:45pm - Event end



Tuesday, April 9, 2024
7:30 AM – 10:15 AM UTC


  • Geshan Manandhar

    Simply Wall St.

    Sr. Software Engineer

  • Gary Lou


    AI/ML Technical Lead

  • Katharine Russell

    Simply Wall St

    Software Engineer

  • Adhish Panta


    Senior Cloud Engineer


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Dented Code

Mantel Group logo

Mantel Group

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  • Gary Lou

    Community organiser

  • Geshan Manandhar

    Simply Wall St.

    Community organiser

  • Roshan Ghale


    Community organiser

  • Katharine Russell

    Simply Wall St

    Community organiser

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