On February 24 2018, the Bonny Island chapter of Google Developers Group (GDG) was officially unveiled by GDG Country Mentor, Hanson Johnson.
The event which took place at the Omega Fire Ministries opposite Navy Base Bonny Island, had in attendance developers and tech enthusiasts.
Ume Abraham Kalu and Igbani Izuchukwu were officially made known as GDG Bonny Lead and Co-lead organizers respectively.
Speakers at the event were Mr. Hanson Johnson – GDG Country Mentor, Gino’s Osahon – GDG Lead Port Harcourt, Samson Goddy – Board member, SugarLabs.
Hanson in his presentation shared the vision of GDG’s, how far Google Developers Communities have come in Nigeria and membership benefits.
He emphasized the need for developers to consider the business aspect while building applications or working in projects. “Don’t just do tech, do business”.
Samson Goddy, inspired and motivated attendees when he shared his journey as a developer. He equally explained how to contribute to the tech community.
Gino Osahon – Lead Organizer GDG Phc, went technical as he introduced the attendees to beginner developer tools for developing android applications. “Community is here to help you become an expert in outward development as all the resources and tools you would require are made available” he said.
In closing, Ume Abraham Kalu, Lead Organizer, GDG Bonny Island, encouraged and advised the people to embrace the community as they are here to bring out the best in them. He equally told the attendees to remove every atom of fear regarding to becoming a developer. He made it known to them that being a member of GDG will give them a great opportunity to turn their dreams into reality using Google technologies while Co-lead, Igbani Izuchukwu assured the developers that “the community is a family and we encourage team work”.
Google Developer Groups
Google Developer Groups are local groups of developers who are specifically interested in Google products and APIs. Each local group is called a GDG Chapter and today there are over 120 active developer communities across 25 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
They can host a variety of technical activities for developers – from just a few people getting together to watch Google latest videos, to large gatherings with demos and tech talks, to hackathons.
GDG Bonny would also be hosting a Study Jam on the 31st of March. Interested participants can register through their website.