We had a combined meeting of Women Techmakers Fresno and GDG Fresno at Ideaworks in downtown Fresno at 1755 Broadway. It was an amazing update in what is available for many in the community from this community non profit. We spent more than hour going over their facility and finished with a demonstration of sumobots and the coding mechanisms available. Members brought their children and old and young saw what was possible.
At the end of the meeting we had the opportunity to buys kits for only $50.00. More kits are available just contact them about how you may get yours.
Our August meeting emphasized wearable technologies present by Csaba Toth at Bitwise South Stadium.
Csaba attended Wearable Tech Con recently and shared what he learned during those 3 days. He brought many samples and showed what we can expect in the future in the wearable market. Wearables, the topic, has connections to Google from multiple perspectives.
July 16th 2016 members met for a busy Saturday at Bitwise South Stadium where food and refreshments accompanied a varied program starting in the morning and running into the afternoon on Progressive Web apps.
Attendees watched the keynote and sessions from a recent Progressive Web App conference. Everyone followed a prepared code lab series at their own pace.
The event started at 9 AM and the event finished around 3 PM. Lunch (by RawFresno.com) and lots of swag was provided.
Attendees used their laptop if they participated in the Code Labs.
Three of the GDG Fresno organizers attended Google I/O this May. Both Csaba Toth and I (Mark Simonian) were first timers. We were all impressed with the venue at Google at their stadium. Early streaming of the event shows the crowd of 7,000 attendees at the amphitheater. We all came back with very positive feelings. The meeting at Bitwise Stadium on June 2nd was lead by Rio Waller and Csaba who recounted the many highlights. We encourage you to view the I/O meeting streamed on YouTube with every talked captured. I will follow up this first note with more detail later.
Here is a terrific video summarizing the amazing success of the April 9, 2016 WTM event at Bitwise Stadium South https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUzkig1NIMs&edit=vd
Last evening at Bitwise South Stadium interested attendees came to hear James Cha discuss Google's Vision API. We got to see a successful demo of the tool to analyze images.
Per Google: "It enables developers to understand the content of an image through an easy to use REST API."
We saw it quickly classify images into categories. It also finds and reads printed words within the images. It is still in Beta and you are advised not to use this in real time usage on mission critical applications.
Rio Waller also mentioned the upcoming Women Techmakers International Women's Conference coming on Saturday April 9th. It will run from 10 am to 3 pm with some special guests from Google. The event will be at Bitwise South Stadium. WTM Registration
Last evening 1.21.16 in American Ambulance conference room 3 the room was full with .Net and GDG Fresno members listening to a talk by Csaba Toth. Food provided by American Ambulance filled grateful folks and at the end a few won some nice gifts. A frequent speaker at both groups Csaba reviewed history and demonstrated data visualization with Google tools to help users for Web site development.
Michael Twohey hosted and there was representation by GDG Fresno President James Cha and Rio Waller VP.
There are some locals events coming up for both groups and these were described.
Yes we met the Fresno County librarian Terrance McArthur who spent some of Sunday afternoon describing the programs at Fresno County Public Library. It wasn't about Dewy Decimal System but the amazing tools and services that GDG members might utilize by using their library card. This writer picked up a new card at the event since I hadn't used mine in 50 years.
Rio Waller and Victoria Solomon led the group and reviewed some of the upcoming events including the Hour of Code likely December 8th at Fresno City College. There is a planned event for WTM for 2016 in March but only early announcement was mentioned without a time or day.
The best thing I heard Sunday was the free access to www.Lynda.com. There are so many coding language modules available for the interested person who wished to expand their skills on coding. Also they have services for grants and grant writers through affiliation with library tools. This was a meeting well worth attending.
We spent an hour and a half Thursday evening at Pelco with many of the active participants and attendees talking about their experience and perspective on our event at Fresno City College. We shared a little pasta and chocolate cookies and talked. The consensus was that this year we had the best event in our three year history.
First we wish to thank the many sponsors who helped finance our non profit to put this on. We are very grateful to the tremendous volunteers who made this event memorable.
At our November 5th meeting we looked deeper into that DevFest day to find out where we excelled and where we came up short. First the venue was right on a lovely Saturday. We had around 350 register yet the number coming was about 100 short of that total. We planned for a group up to 400 so the food was more than enough with some minor delay at lunch. Many made the most of extra time in the line chatting about the day and other topics. We don't have any survey to convey the individual experience so we had to share what each of us saw and heard. Even though the food was great we will look at better methods to make sure people will be feed efficiently. We hope to find a better tool also to monitor attendees experience and we will work on that during the year.
One conclusion is that we need to do this again in 2016. We have tentative date of Saturday 22nd October 2016. We expect that it will be at the same location at Fresno City College. We believe the speakers were first rate and hope to get feed back from them about their experience with the attendees and DevFest itself.
The tee shirts were a big hit and attendees regularly asked to get their hands on them although we held tight until the prizes were distributed at the end in the mid afternoon. The audience seemed excited with many getting useful technology and hardware they could use. Thank you sponsors.
Traffic was better managed with attendees directed to their meeting with well placed signage. As with many events some left each talk early but it wasn't the mass shifts we saw the year before. Some will recognize that the talk wasn't right for them and leave yet most talks were well attended. There is still analysis about which topics were most useful yet the majority were well received.
Check in went smoothly and some attendees continued to arrive even at noon although the meeting started around 9 am with breakfast snacks and drinks available.
There was some struggle with the Wi-Fi link with many having difficulty getting access. This is a target for improvement and there are some ideas how to solve that problem. The location is well lined with bricks and metal so even some telephone signals are blocked. The challenges of a historic location and structure.
The Googlers were a big hit and they seemed to enjoy their experience and interaction with the audience. Many young students attended too and even though they were beginners some topics were familiar to them so better communication about expectation and their options will be high on next year's list of things to do. Also the rooms seemed to fit the needs of the speakers with better prep for speakers so less downtime for the actual talk and labs.
One point many professionals mentioned was regarding those topics especially designed for their benefit. Topic designers always should consider the end results in their labs and topics. What is the proposed finished goal and how can we point out those important steps to get there. This should be an issue with every speaker and lab.
All in all last night we were pretty happy with the DevFest 2015 and we hope those that attended will consider coming back for 2016. We need to think about our new event logo and start planning for a more successful event with focused professional topics and encourage local youth to participate. See you next year and stay tuned for our next event Hour of Code.
On November 5th our Google organizers plan to review all the pieces of the recent DevFest 2015 program at Fresno City College October 17th. This was the best produced and program rich event ever for GDG Fresno and neighboring GDG groups.
Multiple Googlers and experts made up part of the faculty and local experienced users completed the faculty roster. Well over 350 registered for the event enjoyed the program with breakfast snacks and a terrific lunch. Those attendees staying picked up a shirt to mark the day and some won prizes donated by supporting businesses and individuals.
Rio Waller, a technology professor at Fresno City College, and James Cha, a software developer at Pelco Schneider-Electric, discusses technology in the Central Valley, and we are checking out Google Glass!Read More
One of the early meetings captured a diverse membership.Read More
GDG Fresno DevFest
Fresno City College, Fresno, CA
Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 9:00 AM
It was a huge success with 200+ students, professional and interested parties learning about the latest technologies and coding.
Google Developer Group Fresno Blog will provide the latest updates and news about our community of coders, designers, and developers. The discussion will concentrate on applications and programs that work with Google products, our members activities, and recommendations from our members. We will start with a reprise of our past blogs to develop an archive from our prior website.