Register for the Launchpad Build Sub-Saharan Africa

Launchpad Build is an event series aimed at raising awareness, amongst intermediate and expert developers with an existing Web or Android application, on how they can leverage the power of Firebase to improve their productivity. With Firebase, developers are able to quickly develop high-quality applications, grow your user base and earn more money.

Come engage in talks and hands-on codelabs covering Firebase 2.0 with a focus on Analytics, Cloud Messaging, Crash Reporting, Test Lab, Pirate Metrics, Serverless with Firebase, Tensor Flow and much more. Through the Launchpad Build event, developers will get skills and resources necessary to start using Firebase in their applications.

This is a technical event, with multiple sessions on Firebase, facilitated by Googlers and Google Developer Experts from around the world.


(Lagos – 22nd Sep | Nairobi – 26th Sep | Cape Town – 29th Sep)

(This is a limited capacity event and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by September 16, with all the necessary details.)

Progressive Web Apps – GDGLagos Edition

Progressive Web Apps are experiences that combine the best of the web and the best of apps. They load quickly, even on flaky networks, can re-engage with users by sending web push notifications, have an icon on the home screen and load as top-level, full screen experiences.
Please join us this Saturday the 20th to learn about the future of the web with Progressive Web Apps, why they are important and how to build and deploy them effectively. Do you have questions around how you can make your web app progressive? Come with them.
Meet with Andreas Bovens (Opera for Android Product Manager & Dev Relations lead at Opera Software) and Top Google Developer Experts Ire Aderinokun, Kenneth Christiansen, Juarez Filho, Eugene Mutai & Femi Taiwo as they take us through the day.
Sign up here:
Time: 1pm, Saturday August 20.
Venue: Co-Creation Hub
 
P.S.: 
This (second) event taking place at CCHub is open to everyone, and is similar to the first invite-only event which takes place on August 18 at VCP Hotel. 

Progressive Web Apps Roadshow

Progressive Web Apps are experiences that combine the best of the web and the best of apps. They load quickly, even on flaky networks, can re-engage with users by sending web push notifications, have an icon on the home screen and load as top-level, full screen experiences.

Please join us to learn about the future of the web with Progressive Web Apps, why they are important and how to build and deploy them effectively.

The event will take place in 3 locations in Sub-Saharan Africa:

Nairobi, Kenya: Monday, 15 August 2016

Lagos, Nigeria: Thursday, 18 August 2016

Johannesburg, South Africa: Monday, 22 August 2016

Registration is free, by invitation only, and shortlisted attendees will be contacted in early August.

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 http://goo.gl/forms/9u6IiHQ8DG now to register for this event
Date: Thursday May 12
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: CCHub (6th Floor), Sabo Yaba.

Announcing the 2016 Android Experiments I/O Challenge!

Curled from Android Developers Blog

Last summer we launched Android Experiments: a showcase of creative Android projects, and an open invitation for all developers to submit their own experiments to the gallery. So far we’ve seen some amazing work from the developer community – from live wallpaper, to watch faces, to interesting hacks of the IOIO board – and we want to see more.

Today we announce the Android Experiments I/O Challenge: a chance for your experiment (and you) to go to I/O 2016!

From now through April 13, you can enter by submitting your experiments to the gallery. The top three winners of the contest will receive a trip to this year’s Google I/O, and the five runner-ups will get the new Nexus 6P.

So what makes a good Android Experiment? It’s a project that utilizes the unique capabilities of the Android platform in an innovative way. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Creative uses of Android’s new or distinctive features
  • Projects that explore how we interact with our devices, in small and big ways
  • Unique visual aesthetics
  • Open source projects that inspire other developers
  • Surprise us – we want to see the amazing things you’re cooking up

All projects on Android Experiments are open source. If you’re not sure where to start take a look on the site gallery, dig in and get inspired.

We can’t wait to see how you’re combining code and creativity! Enter on androidexperiments.com/challenge today.

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.

Do Android Dev? Google Wants To Work Closely With You

The Android studio team, led by Stephanie Saad is building  building a Customer Advisory Board that will work very closely with the team in order to build the best IDE in the world. 
We are looking for developers  (form small, medium and big companies, working on different verticals i.e utilities, games, education, travel, productivity etc.)who are building for Android and are willing to come to MountainView on January 15th to kickoff the program and work with the team throughout 2016. 
This includes not only getting early access to Android Studio releases but also a great opportunity to get your voice heard and suggest new features to Android Studio. 
We will invite select group of developers to meet in person with Android Studio engineers and product managers. All expenses (flight, hotel, etc.) paid of course!
If interested, and can come to Google HQ on January 14th-15th 2016, then please fill out this form and also help spread the word within your local developer communities.