• Report by Prof Nandaa, Co-Lead, Google Developer Group (GDG) Nairobi
The GADC Aftermath event was held onSaturdaySeptember22,2012at the iHub.
The following applications were presented:
Developer:SamKarui,a 4th Year CS student at the University of Nairobi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2.1000Eventz: This is a personal event management application. The app maintains a list of events youwould like to attend, and using Google Calendar API, sends email and SMS reminders forthe same.The app runs on Google Sites and mainly makes use of Google Apps Script, though it is still in development.
Developer:TimothyMwirabua,a 3rd Year student at Kenya Methodist University (email@example.com)
4.Daro: This is a classroom management system that focuses on certain aspects of classroom workflow. The app was originally done on Google Apps Engine but later ported to Apps Script “in record time” as Ken puts it. This demonstrates how Apps Script gets things done so quickly and easily. This app is currently in development.
5.QuizerApp:This is a classroom revision app. A lecturer posts multiple choice questions which students use to revise. The app has been extended with inclusions like lecturer/student syncing contacts, discussions alongside questions, and publishing the questions on Google Docs/Drive. The main app runs on App Engine (Python) with other bits of it running on Apps Script (Docs, Calendar, Contacts API).
Developers:Anthony Nandaa, Fresh CS graduate UoN & C4DLab Technical Assistant, coLead GDG Nairobi (firstname.lastname@example.org); Rita Kimani, 3rd Year CS student at UoN (email@example.com); and Wesley Mulupi, 3rd Year Microprocessor Technology student at UoN (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All the apps are currently being polished by the developers as they prepare to resubmit for the final judgment, where the winner in each category in each region will walk away with $20,000. Runners-up will receive consolation prizes and free marketing of the apps by Google.
Following the presentation there was a Q & A session and open forum. Some of the issues that were discussed include:
- Nairobi DevFest2012: The next big event for developers. More information to come soon.
- G|Kenya is coming in November, and this time is going to be bigger - might run for a whole week
- We had 3 entrepreneurs dealing with Google Apps deployment who visited: Lawrence Dinga, Louis Openda of Intellisoft, and Ken Mwangi. They promised to work closely with developers from the GDGs in creation of GA applications for their clients. GDG Nairobi welcomes more partners on the same.
GDG Nairobi has a new website that is under development. You can find it here, and it will soon be mapped here. GDG Nairobi is currently building a public directory for Google Apps / technologies.We are restricting it to GA/T so that we can have a focused and quality list. This will be communicated once done.