DevFest 2019 - Agile, Sketching, UI, ML, Flutter, and more!

GDG Sacramento
Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 9:30 AM (PDT)

About this event

GDG DevFests are community-run events that can offer speaker sessions across multiple product areas, including hack-a-thons, codelabs, and more.

Food and drinks will be served thanks to our sponsors (light breakfast + lunch). Many Google gifts will be raffled out as well! (Google Home Hub, Mugs, t-shirts, etc.)

Our 7 talks and workshops schedule:

Talk - Flutter for Android Developers (Denis Neklyudov - 9:30 am)

Flutter became very popular among Android devs after release. But developers have many questions. With a new framework and programming language, they lost tools and approaches that they familiar with. No Retrofit, Room, Realm, DataBinding, RxJava and what architecture is the best for Flutter apps? This talk is addressed to answer Android developers questions to help them to enjoy creating production-ready mobile apps.

Workshop - You Too Can Be A Sketching Machine! (Rizwan Javaid - 10:40am)

Sketching is a crucial skill that spans all job titles. It helps with brainstorming ideas, iterating through concepts, and communicating our ideas to others. Whether working individually or in a group, our ability to sketch helps take the abstract ideas out of heads and into the real world. If you’re not comfortable sketching then there is little chance that your ideas will stick with you, your team members, and even your clients. Come prepared to do a fun, challenging, and inspiring sketching exercises so you can experience the power of sketching firsthand.

Talk - Using Machine Learning To Improve UI/UX (Milecia McGregor - 11:45am)

In this talk, attendees will learn some background on machine learning and algorithms and see examples of where TensorFlow.js can be used in real applications. By the end of the talk, attendees should have a good understanding of basic machine learning concepts and an idea of how they could get started with TensorFlow.js.

Workshop - How can we bring the Agile Mindset to places outside of software development? (Amber Vanderburg - 1:20pm)

In this chat, Amber will outline how we can bring the Agile mindset to places such as HR, finance, and marketing. This chat will provide new insights into how we can use Agile methods to transform our organizations.

Talk - Analyzing Twitter Data for Disaster Response (Avolyn Fisher - 2:30pm)

Avolyn Fisher is a Business Intelligence Developer and Analytics Consultant for VSP, she is also currently working on her Masters of Science in Analytics degree from Villanova University.

Talk details: This talk discusses the methods of Natural Language Processing and tokenization to better understand text, using these methods we will go over an example created for analyzing Disaster Tweets for several key natural disasters. This work bleeds into many subject areas and combines web scraping with NLP processes. The tools covered will mainly be software based but NLP can be applied via Python, R, and many other coding languages.

Talk - How to Change Career Paths in Tech (Milecia McGregor - 3:10pm)

Staying in a field you aren’t passionate about makes it hard to go to work. When you know you want to stay in tech, but your current position is driving you crazy it’s time to make some decisions. There are so many different roles you can do in the tech industry like, database administration, mobile app development, DevOps, front-end development, etc. You just have to pick one and commit to learning about it.

Talk - Embedded Platforms: Lessons from Google & Partners (Jeremy Glassenberg - 3:45pm)

Talk details: As popular web services extend their developer platforms for partners to integrate directly into their interfaces, design trends are forming from experiences in the world of embedded integrations. With Google Drive connecting tools like Balsamiq and ShiftEdit, Gmail enabling Docusign in their web and mobile UI, and Trello’s PowerUps, custom experiences powered by third parties are proving themselves to be a great way to improve one’s product and grow your business.