Local IT community gathers at WOU

More than 200 people congregated at the WOU main campus for a one-day Google I/O Extended workshop today that was organised by Google Developer Group (GDG) and hosted by the University.

The speakers and participants at the Google workshop hosted by the University.

The speakers and participants at the Google workshop hosted by the University.

The purpose of the workshop was to sharpen the knowledge and skills of the local developer community, which includes IT professionals, web developers, mobile developers, designers, students, startup entrepreneurs, digital marketing manager, and copy writer.

When opening the workshop, WOU School of Science and Technology Dean Assoc Prof Dr Wendy Bong Chin Wei spoke about Digital Skills Gap and the Future of Jobs 2020. She highlighted the advent of smart devices, smart network, smart data and smart integration in global business trade and services, with innovative products and technologies like AIs, robotics, drones, 3D printing and self-driving cars.

WOU School of Science & Technology Dean Assoc Prof Dr Wendy Bong Chin Wei speaking at the opening of the workshop..

WOU School of Science & Technology Dean Assoc Prof Dr Wendy Bong Chin Wei speaking at the opening of the workshop..

The workshop kicked off with a presentation on Building Fast, Searchable Web with App-Like Experience by Vin Lim, Google Developer Expert (GDE) web director and the co-founder and CEO of Green Room, a leading mobile and web application development company.

Other topics included Building iOS with Flutter by Jason Seah, GDG organiser cum manager and software engineer in Green Room; What's new in Firebase by Lim Shang Yi, software developer at IdealHub; Need for Speed: Actionable Web Performance Optimisation by Jecelyn Yeen, GDE for angular and web technologies; and Being Data Scientist: The Facts & Myths by Dr Poo Kuan Hong, Principle machine learning engineer at ADA.

WOU’s Student Relations and Publishing Director Grace Lau (4th from right) with Dr Bong (3rd from left), Learning & Library Services Head Chew Bee Leng (2nd from left), Jason Seah (4th from left), Vin Lim (right) and others from the GDG.

WOU’s Student Relations and Publishing Director Grace Lau (4th from right) with Dr Bong (3rd from left), Learning & Library Services Head Chew Bee Leng (2nd from left), Jason Seah (4th from left), Vin Lim (right) and others from the GDG.

Google Developer Group (GDG) is a non-profit community of like-minded developers that host events every quarter annually to share experiences in developing applications with open-sourced technologies.