Per week again on sixth December we noticed Islamabad internet hosting a gorgeous, sunny day and the biggest IT conglomerate in its very premises because the Google Builders Group Islamabad, a community-backed by Google hosted it’s 4th annual DevFest this 12 months with over 1000+ attendees as a conclusion to DevFest season in Pakistan at Centre for Worldwide Peace and Stability (CIPS), NUST.
The day began off with a really heartfelt and the primary & greatest unique #WomenTechmakers Breakfast Reception that includes a really shifting #IamRemarkable session, an initiative by Google to empower girls and underrepresented teams and have fun their achievements within the office and past. The session catered 150+ girls from all walks of life who gathered beneath one roof to have fun their achievements & community with each other. The reception additionally included among the most inspiring and empowering lightning talks, revolving across the exceptional journeys of Ms Khursand Bayar Ali (Transgender Activist – Noutankey Productions), Momina Abrar (Progress Analyst – JazzCash), Noor Binte Aamir (Girls Techmakers Scholar). Their tales taught us that the journey is efficacious, however believing in your skills, your talents, and your self-worth can really empower you. As this session concluded the registrations for the principle occasion started.
GDG Islamabad made a number of efforts to make the occasion as inclusive as potential by having DeafTawk onboard to translate all talks in signal language for the deaf. The primary occasion kicked off with a welcome observe by Muhammad Bin Masood – Supervisor and Houziafa Khan,
Co-Supervisor – GDG Islamabad. They additional briefed the viewers in regards to the group that the way it goals to revolutionize the tradition of expertise in Pakistan by equipping the youth with cutting-edge technical abilities required to outlive in at the moment’s digital world. After the introductory video, everybody felt comfortably acquainted with the workforce and the notion of DevFest. The stage was then offered to Dr. Muazzam A Khan Khattak, Affiliate Dean – SEECS NUST, as he talked about how youth will really empower Pakistan via its honest efforts within the technological sector & make clear the position NUST is enjoying as an establishment to supply the youth with higher and brighter alternatives.
The vitality within the room was palpable as Saad Hamid, Neighborhood Supervisor Developer Relations – Google briefed the viewers about how necessary constructing a Progress mindset for Tech Management is. Subsequent got here up Saba Rasheed Malik from PWiC who shared a beautiful session on Love for the Neighborhood Constructing after which adopted probably the most anticipated session of the occasion the fireplace chat that includes Sardar Abubakar, Chief Digital & Technique Officer – Telenor Pakistan & Aamer Ejaz, Chief Digital & Technique Officer – Jazz, the place they answered among the main questions concerning telcos as game-changer and its impacts on the long run.
What adopted was an incredible Google Builders and #WomenTechmakers communities panel comprising of Eric Bhatti – Supervisor (GDG Kolachi), Haris Nadeem – Supervisor (GDG Lahore), Salman Saeed – Supervisor (GDG Peshawar), Ramsha Siddiquie – WTM Ambassador (GDG Lahore) and Irum Zahra – WTM Ambassador (GDG Cloud Islamabad) discussing how they’ve created a dent within the technological ecosystem in Pakistan and the way in future they plan to additional diversify this technique for most people. Following this was a really participating discuss on Google API’s in Jazz World by Mian Talha – Head of Digital Merchandise, Progress & Startup Ecosystem, Jazz. This was adopted by a legendary networking lunch offering the attendees with an incredible networking atmosphere.
After lunch, there was an thrilling session on Google Native Guides – delivered by Aiman Saeed, Artistic Lead & WTM Ambassador – GDG Islamabad. Adopted by a really attention-grabbing session which was an entire deal with for all of the gaming fans as Jawad Mian, Senior Developer – Google Seattle mentioned the intricacies of recreation improvement together with Cloud Anchoring, Augmented Faces, Google poly, Agones. The stellar planner got here up subsequent bringing some new vitality to the dialogue. The panel was moderated by Makkiya Jawed, Board of Director – Sehat Kahani and included Saif Arshad, Director CARE – S&P International, Saquib Ahmed, Nation Managing Director – SAP Pakistan and Shahbano Hameed, Director Company Options – Easypaisa. The panel mentioned the way forward for digital in Pakistan and how briskly we are able to obtain #DigitalPakistan.
With VR/AR being the discuss of the city, this occurred to be the very session everybody eagerly waited for as Tashfeen Ul Haq, Unreal Engine Developer & Umer Saleem, Information Scientist – VisionX demonstrated the utilities of AR/VR past gaming and leisure. Subsequent up was a really productive session with Google Developer Consultants like Aqsa Kausar, Google Developer Skilled (Machine Studying) & Mashood Rastgar, Google Developer Skilled (Internet Applied sciences) as they shared their journey with the viewers and supplied some pointers on methods to change into a GDE your self.
The guts of the occasion was the very wonderful Kahoot session that rejuvenated the viewers after an extended day and raised their enthusiasm to a complete new degree for the upcoming classes which included Google’s Go programming language by Jawad Sadiq, Backend Engineer – KeepTruckin, Fixing Accessibility Points – Utilizing #Tech4Good by Faaiz Arbab, CEO – AYECo and Fast Prototyping with Firebase by Eric Bhatti from GDG Kolachi. The ultimate talks have been delivered by Talha Waheed, Assistant Common Supervisor – SWVL which revolved round Leveling Up Transport in #DigitalPakistan. And the final session was delivered by the newly appointed Google Developer Pupil Membership leads in Pakistan – Ali Naqi Rizvi, DSC Lead – Quick Islamabad & Saba Kalsoom, DSC Lead – CEME NUST.
Plenty of workshops and codelabs have been additionally carried out such because the Sport Designing Workshop in affiliation with IGDA Pakistan and was delivered by Furqan Qureshi (Senior Sport Engineer – we.R.play), Firebase Workshop by Mariam Aslam (CEO & Founder – Testify), Google AMP Workshop by Mashood Rastgar (Google Developer Skilled – Internet Applied sciences), Digital Advertising and marketing Workshop by Imran Gazali (Digital Media Strategist), Ultimate Resume Workshop by Ayesha Imran Khawaja (Assistant Supervisor HR – HUM Information) & Deep Studying with Pytorch by Umer Javaid (Information Scientist – Sixsense). The day got here to a halt with an incredible efficiency by Auratnaak that prompted a spark within the crowd ending every thing completely.
The theme of the occasion was #DigitalPakistan intricately designed to deal with the issues brought on by the digital divide in Pakistan as a result of GDG Islamabad believes that collectively we are able to discover the correct digital strategy that may trigger Pakistan’s digital revolution to happen at a a lot quicker price. The occasion was backed by among the most outstanding companies out there corresponding to Google, S&P International, Bentley, Payoneer, GitHub, DEMO, Careem, KNCT, PASHA, SWVL, Bookme.pk, NUST, ACM, NEC, VisionX, Girls Techmakers, Roomy.Pk, DeafTawk & our media companions PTV Community, HUM Information, CityFM89, StartupGuide Pakistan, ProPakistani and Readability.pk who helped us amplify our outreach and characterize Pakistan on a nationwide degree.
All in all, it was an incredible tech competition with gleeful attendees setting a benchmark for the long run. Comply with the highlights of this occasion over right here.
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