The Detroit Chapter of the Google Developers Group (GDG) is planning a one day Google DevFest in March, 2013 in downtown Detroit.
The DevFest would consist of a group of 40-50 developers meeting and working through workshops and sessions related to Android. Topics could include the new Android Maps API, Android Custom Views and using Android Near Field Communication as well as programming Android on Arduino controllers.
Google has been promoting DevFests worldwide for the past year. DevFests generally attract a lot of attention from Google and having one in downtown Detroit would be a good demonstration of Detroit’s current revival in IT. More info on DevFests can be found at http://www.devfest.info/about.
So how exactly will the day proceed? The DevFest would consist of three to four workshops prepared ahead of time with leaders to lead them. Each workshop would require approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Each leader would have a bit of a lesson to teach for each workshop and would include with the lesson a tutorial or exercise for the group to work through. The exercises will be open ended enough to encourage attendees to get their feet wet by further examining the topic on their own. Overall, this event will be very hands-on with attendees encouraged to bring their development machines to hack on code.
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