GDG DevFest 2014

Last weekend the biggest Google-related event took place in Ukraine — the GDG DevFest 2014! This event gathered under the one roof around 350 guests, which had a unique opportunity to listen to 25 brilliant speakers, participate in interesting workshops and join a full-day free-style hackathon!

We, undoubtedly, couldn’t miss this event and our Android Developers Roman Mazur, Michael Pustovit and Alexander Shapovalov packed their suitcases and left for Lviv on a coven of Google fans:)

As mentioned before, there were 25, or even more, prominent speakers from different countries, including Ukraine, France, Poland, Hungary and Turkey. It’s a great advantage that organizers invited many foreign speakers giving this year’s event a more international flavor.

Among a score of interesting presentations we would like to highlight the speeches of Wojtek Kalicinski (Android Wear UX at a glance) and Murat Yener (The whole Android ecosystem experience with wear and glass).

We are proud that Roman Mazur, Head of the Android/Java Unit at Stanfy, occurred to be a speaker on the DevFest for the second time. This year Roman talked about Android Loader and its usage problems that could be solved with help of Enroscar Async, which we are actively using in Android development at Stanfy. As the conference was hold in the Kinopalace Cinema it offered the biggest screen for Roman’s speech, which he has never used before for his public presentations:)

Continuing our trip through the hallmarks of the DevFest, we would like to draw your attention to a panel discussion called “Working for the Giant” with participation of David Ostrowski, Xavier Hallade, Svyatoslav Komakha and Sviatoslav Zalishchuk. Guests had the opportunity to hear different opinions about working for world-known companies on international teams and within multitask projects.

The first day of the DevFest included also interesting workshops with Michael Pustovit and Alexander Shapovalov’s taking part in them. Also we have to highlight Konrad Dzwinel’s workshop, where the presenter talked about browser performance, the way the java script code can be optimized and how to deliver a smooth experience to its users. Along with that, it was rather useful to listen to Valentyn Shybanov, who talked about Polymer components that allow for building easily staining sites according to Material Design.

The workshops were conducted in parallel with a full-day hackathon. Participants had an eight hours time span to implement redesigned UI to Material Design for one of the proposed applications. Roman Mazur, Head of the Android/Java unit at Stanfy, was among the contest judges.

Summarizing all the above mentioned, we can’t help saying that the DevFest was the brightest Google-related event happened this year. It provided the great opportunity to reveal fresh trends in Android development and present new platforms to guests so the latter could find many interesting and handy things they can possibly implement in their future work. See you on the GDG DevFest 2015!;)

October 28, 2014