Google Developers Group Goa held the Women Techmakers event on March 13, 2014. While we expected a participation of 150, we were overwhelmed to see 285 participants at the venue, making it the biggest GDG Goa event till now. Further, all the participants were females. The only males present at the venue were from the organizing team. We also had senior female faculty members and female industry professionals attending the event.
The event started with an informal inauguration and cultural displays to welcome the participants. This was followed by an introduction and description of the Women Techmakers event. The event was split into technical and non – technical sessions.
The technical session consisted of a session on the Google Cloud platform. The advantages and applications were discussed. While we were hoping to have a codelab session on this topic, it was not possible due to the time constraints. We also had a session on CSS3 animation by Josan Astrid Dometita from Philippines. The participants were indeed excited to interact with a developer from outside India. Also the Google+ social network was discussed.
The non-technical sessions consisted of advancements of women in the technical field. Some local women entrepreneurs also shared their experience. We also had faculty members motivating the students to pursue programming and other computer technologies. On the whole, the speakers were flooded with questions. There were many spot prizes for participants who shared their experiences in the technical field. We had some participants who took to the stage and gave some beauty tips and other social well-being tips to the attendees. The lunch hour was pretty awesome, with all the participants from the various colleges meeting new people and asking questions.
Thank You +Adriana Cerundolo +Uttam Tripathi +Shrey Malhotra +Chelle Gray +Josan Astrid Dometita
for all the support #GDGGoa #gdgindia #womentechmakers #WTMGoa