DevFest 2023 Greater Los Angeles

Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, 90046

Join us for DevFest 2023! We are excited to bring you fascinating content around recent announcements from Google including Generative AI, Web & Mobile Development, Cloud Technologies and more!

Dec 16, 2023, 12:00 – 4:00 AM


Key Themes

AIAndroidCareer DevelopmentCloudCommunity BuildingDevFestFlutterGoogle AssistantInclusionIoTMachine LearningNetworkingWebWomen Techmakers

About this event

Join us for an exciting in-person event at Plummer Park, Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA, USA. DevFest is a must-attend gathering for developers, tech enthusiasts, and industry professionals. Dive into a world of cutting-edge technology, network with like-minded individuals, and explore the latest trends in software development. From engaging workshops to inspiring talks by industry leaders, this event promises to be a hub of innovation and collaboration. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to expand your knowledge, connect with experts, and have a blast! Save the date and get ready for an unforgettable experience at DevFest Los Angeles 2023.

Brought to you by:

Google Developer Groups: Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Culver City, Los Angeles Android

Google Developer Student Clubs: Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State LA

Women Techmakers of Greater Los Angeles

Refreshments will be provided, and we will have exciting giveaways including Google products, so be sure to register today!

Event Schedule

We will have two tracks focused on either professionals or students, but everyone is welcome to attend either track.

Pro Track

4:30-5:10 Integrating Visual Communication & Storytelling by Vaishnavi Venkata Subramanian

Visual communication is using visual elements to get a message across, inspire change, or evoke an emotion. ~55% of our cortex is dedicated to processing visual stimuli. Here I am going to talk about how to create your visual user manual to highlight your values, mission, challenges and strengths.

5:10-5:50 Build Your Own GenAI Model by Vikram Tiwari

In this talk, we will discuss the basics of generative AI and how to build your own GenAI model. We will cover the following topics:

- What is generative AI?

- How do GenAI models work?

- The different types of GenAI models

- How to build a GenAI model

- How to deploy a GenAI model

I will also provide hands-on examples of how to build GenAI models using open-source tools.

5:50-6:30 3 Habits to Supercharge Your Career Growth by ​​Michelle Brenner

Professional skills are rarely taught in school, even though they are as critical to career success as technical skills. I will let you in on the 3 habits that have helped me and hundreds of mentees become superstar employees and fast-track their growth.

6:30-7:30 Insights from Women in AI

This panel will center on the experiences and leadership of women in the field of AI, providing an exploration of their journey. The discussions will discuss skill development and strategies for advancing careers. Additionally, the panelists will share insights on their efforts to champion diversity and inclusion within the AI industry. Given the present market challenges and opportunities within AI, our panelists will also shed light on their approaches to addressing current setbacks, preparing for the future of leadership in the tech industry, and actively fostering the next generation of women leaders in AI.


  • Aishwarya Dev, Women Techmakers Ambassador

  • Erica Chuong, Customer Engineer, AI/ML, Google

  • Sophia Orlando, Solutions Engineer, GitHub

  • Isabel Tewes, Senior Product Manager, Google

Moderator: Emily Anderson

Student Track

4:30–5:10: Adventures through LLMs: Tracing Origins & Charting a Safe Future by ChengCheng Tan

What are language models and how did they get so large? We’ll trace the evolution from humble rule-based systems to the cutting-edge large language models of today. Explore how transformers have revolutionized the field and discover the key factors that contribute to their effectiveness. Looking ahead, we’ll delve into how language models are used in technical AI safety research. AI has captured the world’s attention. Let’s better understand their incredible benefits as well as their potential risks.

5:10–5:50: BigQuery Studio and BigFrames: Unlocking the Power of Scalable Data Science by Jeff Nelson

BigQuery Studio and BigFrames are a powerful combination for scalable data science & analytics. Unify data management, analysis, and collaboration with BigQuery Studio’s intuitive interface. Scale data science and machine learning with BigFrames’ powerful Python API. Get deeper insights, faster.

5:50–6:30: LeetCode Interview Session by Bryan Bergo

In this LeetCode-style interview session, students will be given a coding problem to solve within a specified time frame. These problems can cover a wide range of topics, including data structures, algorithms, and problem-solving techniques. The goal is to assess the ability to write efficient and correct code under time constraints.

The individual who successfully solves the problem in the shortest amount of time will be awarded exciting prizes!

6:30–7:10: Run Your Web App on Google Cloud by Martin & Sequoia Omander

Once you have built your dynamic web using React, Angular, Vue or just plain Javascript, you want to deploy it to the cloud so all the world can see it. Martin and Sequoia will show how to do that with Google Cloud in a way that does not require any server configuration or maintenance.

7:10–7:40: Upping Your LinkedIn Game by Matt Kaufman

LinkedIn isn't a weird social media for work, it's a backdoor to getting an interview. Join us as we learn how to improve your LinkedIn profile and leverage it to getting an interview at that company you want to work for.

About GDG & DevFest

Google Developer Group DevFests are the largest Google related events in the world! Each DevFest is carefully crafted for you by your local GDG community to bring in awesome speakers, great topics, and lots of fun! While no two events will be exactly alike, each GDG DevFest will, at its core, be powered by a shared belief that when developers come together to exchange ideas, amazing things can happen!



Saturday, December 16, 2023
12:00 AM – 4:00 AM UTC


Doors Open, Networking
Pro & Student Track Tech Talks


  • Vikram Tiwari

    Omni Labs

    Co-founder, Tech

  • Jeff Nelson


    Developer Advocate

  • Vaishnavi Venkata Subramanian

    Electronic Arts

    Software Engineer

  • Michelle Brenner


    Senior Software Engineer

  • ChengCheng Tan

    Cheng2 Designs LLC


  • Martin Omander


    Developer Advocate


  • Sophia Orlando


    Cybersecurity Solutions Engineer

  • Aishwarya Dev

    Google Women Techmakers Ambassador

  • Erica Chuong


    Customer Engineer, AI/ML

  • Isabel Tewes


    Senior Product Manager


  • Emily Anderson

    Blue Shield of California

    Application Developer / Programmer


  • Marsha Swallow


    GDG Organizer

  • Matt Kaufman

    MK Partners

    GDG Organizer

  • Emily Anderson

    Blue Shield of California

    Senior Application Developer

  • Mariam Hussain

    Women Techmaker

    Women Techmakers Ambassador

  • Jason Jones

    Costco Wholesale

    GDG LA Team Member

  • Siena Aguayo


    Staff Android Engineer

  • Michael Sim

    GDG LA Android

  • Dhwani Vaishnav

    California State University Los Angeles

    Co Organizer

  • Gladwin Louise Cedeno

    WTM / GDG


  • May Wu

    UCLA Health