The Windsor Google Developers Group (GDG) is proud to host our third annual Windsor-Essex DevFest on Saturday, Nov 12, 2022 with the School of Computer Science at the University of Windsor - Odette Building. DevFests are Google sponsored software developer conferences that allow the local software development community to come together to network and learn about the coolest new technology out there.
Glad you asked! We are excited to host a small group of High School Students who will be learning to build and program ROBOTS and other cool electronic projects during the event. We have kept the cost to a low $20/student to attend and participate.
We have a local High School Computer Science Teacher helping us with the curriculum and leading the High School Track sessions.
Head of Customer Engineering & Architecture, Automotive - Google Cloud
CTO @ Smart Nora | Data Science & Machine Learning Executive | Professor @ Ryerson Data Science Program
Co-Founder, Tech at Omni Labs
Google Developer Expert for Cloud and ML
Cloud Security Architect
Senior Data Scientist and ML Research Engineer
President & CEO of WEtech Alliance
CEO & President at AlphaKOR
CEO of Vehiqilla Inc.
Junior Data Scientist
Finance Transformation Manager
St Clair College
The Mobile Dev
Software Development Engineer
University of Windsor
MSc in Computer Science Candidate
University of Wiindsor
Director of MBA Admissions
Raj Grover leads Customer Engineering and Architecture team for Google Cloud's Automotive business in North America. He is focused on driving innovation and transformation in the automotive industry by leveraging leading edge cloud technologies. His team has deep expertise in connected and software-defined vehicles, autonomous driving and ADAS, digital customer experience, industry 4.0, the industrial internet of things, and shared mobility. He has been a Michigan native for over 24 years and has more than 3 decades of leadership experience in Customer Engineering, Strategy and IT Management across multiple organizations.
Before joining Google more than 2 years ago, he spent 10 years at Cisco in various leadership roles, serving top enterprise customers in their digitization journey. His primary focus was on IoT, connected cars and other emerging technologies, automation and new consumption models in Cloud. He also spent 12 years at Sprint leading Consulting, Service Delivery and Business Development teams. Raj was recognized with Customer Empathy Award at Google, Manager Excellence Award at Cisco and as a President’s Circle Honoree at Sprint.
He earned his Executive MBA from Michigan State University and Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He currently lives in Troy, MI with his wife, son, daughter and a furry son.
Raj loves being outdoors (especially biking and beaches), watching sports, listening to podcasts and playing Tennis.He is passionate about giving back and is actively engaged in local organizations like Covenant House, Pontiac Dream Centers, Detroit Education Society, Michigan Indian Community Service and serves as the chair for Education activities at a local Hindu Temple in Troy.
I am an empowering tech leader who loves elevating technical people while mentoring them to unlock their true potential. My name is Bilgehan Erdem this is my leadership purpose.
I am currently the CTO of Smart Nora, the first non-intrusive snore prevention device that enables people to sleep in the same bedroom again, happily ever after... We are putting our efforts to continuously improve our proprietary Snore Detection algorithm to provide a better experience for our customers.
Prior to my current role, I worked as the Director of Data Science and Applied Research, Engineering Manager, Senior Data Scientist and Machine Learning Engineer roles.
I have a PhD, MSc, and BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering with 15 years of hands-on experience leveraging and managing Machine Learning projects (Digital Signal Processing, Natural Language Processing) and R&D programs.
I am also a member of Ryerson University Data Science Lab as a visiting researcher. I teach Advance Data Visualization, Informations Systems Analysis & Design, Python Programming for Data Science, and Intro to Data Science courses in Data Science and Analytics Master Program at Yeates Graduate School and R. Chang School Data Analytics Program.
If you want to learn more about me, you can probably meet me in one of the event of these societies that I am actively participating;
- IEEE Toronto Section
- Toronto Machine Learning Society
- Nature Inspired Computational Intelligence (NICI) Lab @ OnTech University
- Data Science Lab @ Ryerson University
- PMI Toronto Chapter
- Harware Club
- MaRS Venture Club & MaRS Hardware Exchange
Here is a quick link for how to pronounce my name;
As part of the Global Security Architecture Build team at Equifax, I help enable the secure transformation into Public Cloud, by evaluating, assessing, designing, and implementing security solutions.
Expert Data Science and Machine Learning professional (Ph.D.) bringing proven expertise in start-up environments. Successful leader and manager equipped with skills to handle high-level Data Analysis, Visualization, Predictive Modeling responsibilities. Skilled at meeting business requirements by performing Data Analytics and Machine Learning tasks. Focused on helping the business achieve short- and long-term goals.
Noah Campbell is a University of Windsor Gold LEAD Medallion Scholar in the Faculty of Science and the winner of the inaugural 2020 APMA Institute for Automotive Cybersecurity Young Cyber Achievement, 2018 WEtech Alliance YQG Young Professional/Student of the Year, the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Science Ambassador, Faculty of Science Teaching Assistant Excellence, and the University of Windsor Rising Star awards.
As a graduate of the University of Windsor, Noah holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Applied Computing with Distinction. As a student, he founded WinHacks, the region’s first ever post-secondary hackathon, and BorderHacks, a cross-border hackathon funded by the US State Department. Noah also founded the first of 25 Google Developer Student Club Chapters in North America at the University of Windsor and was the Chair of the 2019 Canadian Undergraduate Computer Science Conference. Beyond this, Noah also has held several positions within BlackBerry, writing training content used by 18/20 G20 governments and a variety of public-private organizations while championing many initiatives in our local community such as the BlackBerry Bootcamp program.
As the former Tech Community Program Manager for WEtech Alliance and Invest WindsorEssex, Noah made great strides in catalyzing digital transformation on our main streets by leveraging over $1m in support directly to small businesses. Noah also enabled workforce development in the tech sector through innovative events and engaging partnerships and worked to diversify our regional economy.
In March 2021, Noah joined WaveDirect to lead Government Relations and Strategic Projects where he secured over $21m in Government investment in connectivity, established and managed a developer operations team, and supported the development of innovative internal tools.
Extending from this opportunity Noah joined Touchless as Director of Government & Community Innovation as an early employee to a Toronto-based technology startup that has grown to be valued at $10m during his tenure. Touchless is focused on creating a more accessible, connected, and data-driven communities.
In July 2022, Noah returned to BlackBerry in a Technical Marketing role to highlight the importance of intelligent security, everywhere.
Noah is passionate about cybersecurity, supporting experiential learning, community building, and bilateral relations between the United States and Canada as a member of the Next Generation Leaders Network at the Consulate General of the United States in Toronto.
Godfrey Nolan is the president of RIIS LLC, a mobile development company based in Troy, MI. Specializing in developing mobile apps for drones, their client list includes some of the largest names in the drone industry. Godfrey is also the author of 6 books on mobile development and security, including "Agile Swift" and "Bulletproof Android". He has also been an adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy, LTU and SVSU teaching Android and iOS development.
Yvonne Pilon is the President and CEO of WEtech Alliance, 1 of 17 Regional Innovation Centres funded by the Province of Ontario. At the age of 24, she founded her first tech venture, AD2IT, and by the age of 29, she became the youngest female to lead a Regional Innovation Centre. Yvonne has close to 15 years experience in the tech sector with a core focus on growing companies and building a thriving entrepreneurial community. Yvonne recently took her love for tech to the airwaves as Host of the ‘Tech In The City’ podcast where she likes to consider herself the Carrie Bradshaw of tech. Yvonne was recognized in 2019 as a Top Social Media Influencer in Canadian Tech. Follow her at @yvonnepilon.
In 2020, Yvonne was selected as 1 of 48 young entrepreneurs to represent Canada at the G20 Youth Entrepreneurs’ Alliance hosted by Riyahd, Saudi Arabia.
Yvonne is a member of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) Board of Directors, member of the VENN Innovation Board of Directors, the Advisory Board for the Canadian Tech Network (CTN), the Advisory Board for FIRST Robotics Windsor-Essex, and a regional and cross-border economic development mobilizer in Windsor, ON / Detroit, MI.
Among the many awards and recognitions she has received, Yvonne is a proud recipient of the Leadership WindsorEssex Alumni of Distinction Award (2019), The Economic Developers Council of Ontario's (EDCO) Digital Influencer of the Year Award (2019), Windsor's Most Influential Women (2018), Windsor-Essex 40 under 40 Award (2018), Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional of the Year Award (2017), Biz X Magazine's "Powerhouse Professional of the Year" Award (2017), and the University of Windsor Alumni Association’s Odyssey Award (2012).
In addition to her leadership in tech, her passion for youth retention helped lead to the creation of YKNOT Windsor-Essex, a youth retention and attraction initiative that gained international exposure and the attention of Premier Wynne and saw the first ever Millennial-led Summit in Windsor-Essex, Windsor180, which gathered over 250 young leaders.
Today, WEtech Alliance and regional partners Invest WindsorEssex, St. Clair College and University of Windsor have come together to start Canada’s first automobility accelerator program, thanks in part to a $7.5 million investment from the federal government.
Over 34 years in the Technology & Innovation Sector. Enjoy developing long-term relationships for companies and organizations of all sizes. Provide strategic planning for their Innovation and Technology investment, disaster data recovery plans, web development, web marketing, custom software and Cyber Security.
Know as "The Connector" bringing professionals together to create opportunities for each other.
Specialties: Team of technical expertise in all facets of IT hardware, 24x7 support, web development, digital marketing, custom software development, data security/data disaster recovery.
Medha Muppala is a user interface designer, speaker, writer, and mentor with a background in computer science. On the professional front, she crafts delightful digital experiences and conducts usability audits & research. In her spare time, she helps early designers get started and thrive in their design careers.
Onorio is a developer for CoverMyMeds. He's been writing software for more years than he cares to admit.
In his spare time he loves to read, spend time with his wife and his dog and his cat. He also has a passion for birds and ornithology.
I have a 20+ year history of consulting primarily in the Quality Assurance space. Activities included teaching and mentoring adult learners using technical material in a variety of settings including in-person and remote sessions, consulting on best practices and implementation of various tools (Application Life Cycle Management (ALM), Unified Functional Testing (UFT), LoadRunner (LR) and WinRunner (currently discontinued). I hold a PhD (Computer Science) from Nova Southeastern University, Florida (2018), MSC (Computer Science) from Queen’s University (1995), and an MBA from Syracuse University (1997).
My dissertation and current research interests are related to AI, specifically reducing the cost and improving the accuracy of classifiers. My dissertation focused on medical diagnoses using Neural Networks and Decision Trees. I am currently working to expand those to other classifiers and non-medical classifications.
Professional Associations: IEEE, ACM, ASQ.
Technology enthusiast. Coder. Web Developer. Graphic Designer. Brand Builder.
Software Engineer at SkySpecs contributing to renewable energy asset management software.
BASc Electrical and Computer Engineer from the University of Windsor with an interest in big data, neural networks, and generally all things tech. Life-long learner trying to acquire new skills every day, always interested in the cutting edge of science.
Ali El-Sharif works as a professor at St. Clair College in Windsor, where he teaches Data Analytics and Cybersecurity.
Ali is currently co-authoring a book with Serg Masís and Nick Schmidt. The book title is “Building Responsible AI with Python - Identify, explain, and mitigate bias with hands-on code examples.”
Ali enjoys volunteering for GDG Windsor and encourages everyone to stay connected with this amazing community of developers.
A developer, traveler, and entrepreneur in the pursuit of a digital nomad lifestyle.
Founder and owner of The Mobile Dev-- a technology solution provider specializing in mobile-first application.
Hobbies include reading articles on Medium, attending Meetups, and sharing great memes.
I am a university professor working in the areas of strategy, technology and innovation management. My experience crosses a wide variety of disciplines including supply chain management, enterprise systems, platforms, and change management. I am not content to stay in the academic ivory tower; I like to interact with the real world where very little is outside the realm of possibility. I like working with industry, NGOs and public sector alike (and keep my finger on the pulse of the Windsor-Essex region where I live), usually thinking about process improvement, seeking out synergies, and finding the blue in blue ocean strategies.