DevFest Northeast 2021 - Free Online Event

DevFest is an annual tech conference covering topics that are important to the tech community. It is a worldwide celebration and testament of the impact of Google Developer Groups on developers with the goal to help developers learn and connect as a community by exploring how to use Google technology to accelerate local economic impact.

Nov 13, 2021, 5:00 – 10:00 PM


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About this event

Join us for DevFest Northeast 2021!

This year GDGs of the Northeast region will be joining forces to connect our local communities and learn together!

Free online event. Stay tuned for our agenda!

Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm EDT

Brought to you by:

• GDG Capital Region
• GDG Lawrence
• GDG Cloud Boston
• GDG Bronx
• GDG Android Boston
• GDG Hudson Valley
• GDG Manchester, NH
• GDG New Haven

Agenda (EDT):

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Intro and Welcome

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Samantha van der Merwe

Talk Title: Data Science in Production with Shiny

Speaker Bio: Samantha van der Merwe is a Data Science Tech Lead at Kantar. She has a strong technical background having a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Statistics. Her expertise lies in helping Data Science and Analytics teams build and deploy their solutions at scale. In addition to this, Samantha provides career support and mentorship to women who are aspiring Data Scientists through her online platform and YouTube channel. She is passionate about using Machine Learning to solve some of the world's toughest social challenges.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Mark Díaz

Talk Title: Responsible AI Feedback Session - participate in an Ethical AI feedback session with Google's Responsible AI team. Enter a raffle to win a prize for sharing your feedback!

Speaker Bio: Mark Diaz is a Research Scientist, Ethical AI at Google. He focuses on social bias and the use of algorithmic technologies to analyze human behavior, particularly the behaviors of underrepresented social groups. Most recently, he's focused on values and biases embedded in natural language datasets.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Break

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Dan Sullivan

Talk Title: From Certification to Dream Job: 10 Tips for Passing Google Cloud Certification Exams and Getting Real-World GCP Experience

Speaker Bio:

Dan Sullivan is a Principal Engineer with PEAK6 Technologies and a software architect with extensive experience in data architecture, data science, machine learning, stream processing, and cloud architecture. He is the author of the official Google Cloud study guides for the Professional Architect, Professional Data Engineer, and Associate Cloud Engineer. Dan has created a range of online courses for cloud computing, data science, data modeling, and data architecture.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Frank van Puffelen and Paul Ruiz

Talk Title: Firebase, Flutter, and Android Q&A with Paul and Puf

Speakers Bio:

Frank van Puffelen (or Puf) is an engineer for Firebase at Google. He helps developers build extraordinary apps that use Firebase as their back-end. If you've ever asked a Firebase question on StackOverflow, you've probably met Frank already.

Paul Ruiz is a Developer Programs Engineer with Android Partner DevRel out of Boulder, Colorado, in the US and has a background in Android and IoT development. Outside of work he is wrapping up an MBA, gardens, woodworks, makes movie props, and is a member of a Star Wars costuming charity where he volunteers at events as various movie characters including an Imperial Snowtrooper, X-Wing Pilot, or Tusken Raider.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Raffle / Wrap-up / Closing Remarks



Google offers 3 Google Nest Hub Max (value $229 each).


O’Reilly offers 5 ebooks/books for our raffle and to all attendees 30 days full access to their online learning platform (value $50 each).

Atria Institute of Technology

Atria will offer the license to all our attendees. Atria Institute of Technology is partnered with Coursera - the leading online learning platform in the world. As a part of this program, you will have free, long-term (life-time) access to high-quality online learning on Coursera and you can enroll into Unlimited Guided Projects & 1 Course per year.


AICamp offers two AICamp courses (value $299 each)

Instructions to join this meeting



  • Frank van Puffelen


    Firebase Engineer

  • Paul Ruiz


    Developer Programs Engineer

  • Dan Sullivan

    PEAK6 Technologies

    Cloud Architect and Data Scientist


  • Anna Nerezova

    Analytics and Optimization Consultant


    Flutter GDE, GDG Lawrence Lead Organizer and GDG Mentor for the Northeast


  • Elizabeth Mezias

    Outside, Inc.

    Android Engineer

  • Linda Kovacs


    Software Engineer

  • Lukas Karlsson

    GDG Cloud Boston

    Cloud Architect / Developer Advocate

  • Eva Sofianos

    GDG Bronx


  • Rainer Paskiewicz

    Information Technology and Services

  • Yulia Ovchinnikova




  • Doug Parsons

    Sunrise Labs

    GDG Organizer

  • Sarfraz Ahmad

    Insulet Corporation

    GDG Organizer

  • John Hornijas

    Dibolix Technologies LLC

    GDG Organizer

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