Pakistan Software Houses Association supports GDG DevFestW 2013

Karachi, March 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): The GDG DevFestW was held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel, Karachi. GDG DevFestW where the W stood for women, was organized by Google Developers Group (GDG) Karachi, sponsored by Google and supported by P@SHA.

The agenda of the event was categorically divided into three slots:
Green (Beginners to Intermediate Developers)
Blue (Intermediate to Advance Developers)
Red (Non-technical and Technical)

The event started with the recitation of the Holy Quran followed by a welcome speech by the GDG Karachi organizers – Faraz Baig and Syed Shoaib. Next up there was a motivational speech by Badar Khushnood (Country Consultant at Google Inc.), who emphasized on cross-platforms while making games and apps to enhance monetization.

The Green slot began with the keynote speaker Madiha Chan (Software Engineer at Google Inc.), joining in on Google+ Hangout live from USA. She spoke about Android Development and mentioned how she found Android much easier than Objective C. The next speaker for the Green slot was Aditiya Gupta from Mumbai who enlightened the audience about Android security. Gupta has made his name as a mobile security expert and information security researcher.

During the lunch break there was a showcase of Android apps made by female developers. The participants also received certificates for displaying their work during the event.

The Blue slot was one of the most interesting sessions as Imran Mohiuddin (CEO, NexDegree) took the stage and talked about Performance Engineering. The useful and resource rich talk was followed by an interactive brainstorming and ideas sharing session with Google developers.

Lastly, the Red slot started with Imtiaz Noor Muhammad (Manager GBG Karachi) and Neha Saeed (Manager Projects – Asia Pacific for a North American Group company, Via Marketing Services) speaking about Ad-Words.

Just before concluding, there was an extensive panel discussion on Online Privacy and Online Career Opportunities. The panel included renowned speakers such as Jehan Ara (President of P@SHA), Sana Saleem (Director of Bolo Bhi), Fariha Akhter (TPS), Farzal Ali Dojki (CEO, NextGenI) and Maria Mahesar (RedBull). The panel discussion was very interactive and gave the audience an opportunity to shoot their queries and the speakers had plenty of interesting experiences to share with the audience in return.

Although Google was the main sponsor of the event, other sponsors included Red Bull which kept the speakers as well as the audiences charged up throughout the day; and Sam’s Cake Factory that won the hearts of everyone present at the event by giving away delicious Android cupcakes.

Badar Khushnood wrapped up the event with a closing speech, while Jehan Ara distributed a Google Chrome Box and Nexus Q as giveaways amongst two lucky members from the audience. To sum it all, GDG lived up to its traditions of organizing an extremely interactive and informative event and ensured that everyone took back some useful tips as well as created linkages within the community.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA)
Room 310, 3rd Floor, Business Centre
Block 2, PECHS, Main Shahrah-e-Faisal
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35418121

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