Android Fortnightly by GDG Lagos

Android Fortnightly by GDG Lagos

It’s 2016, the year of smart phones. The number of Android OS users in Africa keeps rising exponentially. Here is data, if you need convincing.



It’s also the year Android developers need to do more than build apps that just work. We need to start considering that our users have low-end devices with limited hardware resources and poor internet connectivity. A lot of them also have pre-L devices. Here’s more data to back that up.


Whether or not your users still enjoy using your apps is totally up to you then. They deserve the best experience possible irrespective of their kind of device. They deserve beautiful apps with interesting transitions that are not heavy and doesn’t consume a lot of their data. It’s entirely up to you, the Android developer, to deliver that to them.

Instead of just talking about it, the GDG Lagos team is working on greatly increasing the level of skill and knowledge of Android developers in our ecosystem and for the next two months we would like to run a weekend series on Android development (and soon after Web) using best practices, introducing new tools and much more. This series will hold every two weeks. We plan to measure the impact of the programme in the months following it and make the program better based on feedback from the participants.


At each of the series, we plan to have between 30 and 50 developers. We will also carefully and rigorously select the attendees based on their current skill level, interests and previous interactions to ensure we have the maximum possible impact as far as this sort of events go. Each event will be 3 hours long. Each event will have one speaker. Each event will go in-depth into any of the topics covered.


All our speakers are going to come from within the community as we hope to increase the visibility of good Android developers we have. Based on the projected impact on the community, after the two months is up we hope to have a Call for papers and open up the speaker slots to any interested developers in the region. We want speakers we might have missed out on and has built or is working on something awesome and wants to share the process with the community.


Our vision is to make more Android developers in the region care about the apps they build and make them proud enough to want to talk about it. We want to read more stories about how the strategies they took to optimize app performance for their users while following best practices and latest Android technologies.

We can only have our fingers crossed as we hope that the impact of this program will increase the quality of apps coming out of Lagos.

The first session holds on July 23. Register here

The Quick Guide to Watching Google I/O 2016


Every year since its first event in 2008, Google has organized “Google I/O” as a large software developer-focused conference in San Francisco, California. Google I/O features highly technical, in-depth sessions and demos focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web and mobile technologies such as Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google Cloud Platform Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, Firebase and much more.

This year is no different. Google I/O 2016 is a three-day event running from May 18th to the 20th with tons of sessions on each of them, cutting across multiple platforms, products and innovations.

Many of the sessions [view schedule] will be streamed live and you can join in by going to

Use the filter button on the far right to drill-down to the kind of sessions you are interested in.

Here’s a link to see a list of sessions which will be streamed live.

There’s also a “+” button beside each session – if you want to be notified when the session starts. So you don’t have to stick around all through waiting. Awesome!

All other sessions are being recorded and will be made available in the coming weeks on the Google Developers Channel on YouTube.

You can also follow the hashtag #io16 on Twitter

In June, the GDGLagos will be hosting its I/O Extended Event to learn more, try out and experiment based on the content from this I/O event. We will be sure to let you know once everything is set for this event.

In the meantime, join the livestream!



#GCPNext Today: Getting Started with Machine Learning

If you have not already signed up for this event, you should because it just got more exciting!
We will be having a session by Farouq Oyebiyi,  engineer at Konga, focussed on Machine Learning and using it to predict customer behaviour, make forecasts and recommendations. He has years of experience to back this up and has built predictive models to help Insurance companies predict users who will buy a quoted policy, forecast sales and also predict stock returns. He joins us truly with a wealth of experience today.

Farouq will be taking us through the fundamentals during his session titled “Machine Learning: The Basics”.

Event kicks off at 5.30pm but the doors are open by 5pm.

Come in early. Pick up a thing or two, courtesy Google as you step in.

We are almost out of seats and the registration form will be closed as soon as that happens.

Visit now to register for this event
Date: Thursday May 12
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: CCHub (6th Floor), Sabo Yaba.

Event: GCPNext – Coming Up This Thursday

Kindly join us this coming Thursday as we go over highlights from the GCPNext event, the basics of Machine Learning, explore the latest in cloud technology and showcase different solutions that have been built using tools and platforms recently released.

Tools we will review include Cloud VisionCloud Machine Learning API and Tensorflow.
Attendance is free but there are limited seats. Registration is required.

Visit now to register for this event
Date: Thursday May 12
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: CCHub (6th Floor), Sabo Yaba.

Google Science Fair 2016 is Here

#howcanwe make the world better with science?
Google Science Fair is the largest online science fair in the world, offering students the opportunity to pursue their interests in science and technology and win an award, scholarship and trip from Google. 

Students around the world have tackled some of today's greatest challenges in medicine, agriculture etc in the past and its now time for the 6th edition of Google Science Fair, calling on students from ages 13 to 18 to submit brilliant ideas for this year's event.
There will be a regional winner from MEA (Africa + Middle East) and it will be good idea to have the winner from Nigeria. All that is needed to participate is curiosity and an internet connection. The regional winner will be given $1,000 scholarship and mentorship to further develop his/her project.
Kindly share this information on your network,  social media channels and encourage participation from schools. Interested schools can fill this form.
Submission of entries have since started, and closes on 17th May, 2016.

Android Development for Beginners Live Hangout

Join us for this 90 minute live streamed event. During which time, our Android experts, Katherine Kuan and Lyla Fujiwara, will show you how to start developing in Android. They will also share tips and free tools that will help you begin your journey.

Katherine and Lyla will answer your questions about Android development and how you can get started without prior Android experience. To ask a question, just add it below as a comment and include the hashtag #StudyJamsLive .

Watching together with others is more fun! Create a viewing party for this Hangout in your community. It is simple, all you need is an Internet connection and a big screen. Questions from viewing parties will get priority.

If you are not in the Americas, you will be able to watch the video later. Just go to this Hangout 24+ hours after the live broadcast to watch the edited video.

Click on the link below for this.

BBC Collaborative Ideas Workshop

A team from BBC's connected studio will be holding Collaborative Ideas Workshop at the CcHub on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM(WAT)  to generate ideas for digital tools and products that better distribute News to African audiences, and increase the reach in ways that are relevant to these markets.
Successful teams will not only be paid to build pilots but will receive further resource and help to develop skills at an international level.
If this sounds interesting to you and you want to dive in, then see the details and registration links for the event here.  Also, please feel free to share this with friends who may be interested.

Event: Building Realtime Apps with Firebase

How easy is it to build a cross-platform realtime application? Join us on Friday at 5.30pm and we will show you how to quickly build rich, collaborative applications that can serve millions of users on mobile devices using Firebase. And it comes with plenty of offline capabilities too.
Venue: Co-Creation Hub.
Time: 5.30pm to 7.00pm.
Date: This Friday October 30.
This event is free, but please register through the link below to join us on that day.
Join us!

“GIT with the Programme”: This Saturday

This Saturday at the Co-Creation Hub, the Lagos GitHub Meetup  & Google Developer Group, Lagos will be hosting hands-on sessions on GIT for Beginners and Advanced Users.

This will be a hands-on event. You need to bring a laptop along to participate. 
There will be two separate tracks. The two tracks will be running simultaneously in two different rooms so there is something for every developer – whether you have been using GIT for version control  for years or if you have just started or if you have not yet started.
Beginners Track
– Introduction to version control, why it is necessary.
– Types of version control systems (centralized vs distributed)
– Installing git.
     – smartgit.
– Initializing repositories (git init)
– Basic commands:
     'git clone'
     'git add'
     'git status'
     'git log'
     'git commit'
– Branching (git branch) and why it is necessary.
Intermediate / Advanced users: 
– Traversing the repository using 'git log' options
– Understanding git objects – commits, trees and blobs.
– Basic usage of 'git cherry-pick'
– Git rebase (introducing interactive rebases)
– Git stash
– Git on the server (BitBucket, GitHub and private servers)
Date: Saturday August 1.
Time: 11am – 2pm
Venue: Co-Creation Hub, Sabo, Yaba.
Please remember that this will be a hands-on event. You need to bring a laptop along to participate.