Monday, July 25, 2016

Google I/O 2016 Extended Bulacan

First in Baliwag, first in Bulacan. The Baliuag University had been set to host the first occurrence of Google I/O 2016 Extended Roadshow Bulacan, organized by the Google Developers Group Philippines. GDG Philippine is a group of enthusiastic Filipino developers interested to collaborate and learn more about new technologies. GDG Philippines’ this year’s six legged roadshow series reckon Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Subic, and Palawan.

The Extended Roadshow Bulacan is a free event however it is limited to three hundred slots only. The participants and delegates needed to sign up and register online which officially opened on June 14 and was closed a week before the event.

The event committees assembled and began setting up the physical arrangement while the sun started to rise at six o’clock in the morning. The stage, banners, computer laboratories, technical and sounds, registration area, and booths namely PayMaya, Grab, USAID, Photobooth were already prepared before the clock ticked at the time of registration. 

The BU Cultural and Sports Center began accepting participants, comprising of diverse students and professionals from different backgrounds, at eight o’clock. An hour after, the programme formally took off with the opening prayer, followed by the singing of the “Imno ng Pamantasang Baliuag.” Baliuag University’s Dean Elizabeth Roxas warm-welcomed the participants, delegates, and guests while Ms. Jonah Mananghaya of GDGPh discussed the House Rules, Agenda, and Instruction for the Prizes. Keynote was addressed by GDGPh Community Manager, Mr. Ralph Vincent Regalado, before giving the stage to the first speaker. GDGPh Communications Manager, Ms. Cristine Chen, who happened to be the Master of Ceremony as well, enthusiastically talked and shared her wonderful Google I/O 2016 experience with the audience after conducting a fun “Trumpets Challenge”. She was followed by Mr. Jomar Tigcal - GDGPh Community Manager, who introduced Android’s new innovations while Firebase’s innovative updates were presented by the last speaker, Ms. Joyce Guiao, a Freelance Mobile Developer. The Sponsor Talk was also exhibited by the Ms. Chen before everyone heartily had their buffet lunch.

The clock showed a one o’clock when the four breakout sessions simultaneously took off. The participants and delegates could freely choose from these four workshops, one of which is the CodeLabs: Android Nougat, held at ITB 401. This workshop tends to introduce the basics and new updates of Android’s latest version. Close to ITB 401 is the ITB 402 where CodeLabs: Progressive Web Apps took place. It was in ITB 303 where Ms. Guiao further demonstrated the trends on Firebase for Web. The fourth workshop session was conducted in the plenary itself, which focused mainly on Design Thinking.

The workshops went on for a couple of hours before all the participants and delegates gathered back to the main venue. Having come up to the event closing, a raffle was drawn and cool prizes were given to the ten winners. The event successfully ended with picture takings and distribution of Google I/O Shirts before a pack up was called at around four o’clock in the afternoon.

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