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Highlights from Google Developer Days Europe 2017 – Kraków, Poland

Highlights from Google Developer Days Europe 2017 – Kraków, Poland

This past week I was in Kraków for the Google Developer Days Europe Conference and the Google Developer Experts Summit. There was a lot to learn about new technology and I enjoyed meeting and spending time with many developers from across the globe. I didn’t know much about Kraków before visiting but I’m really thankful to have spent the past week there, exploring the area, having great conversations and eating lots of pierogis!

Google Developer Experts Summit 2017

The Summit was held in the Polish Aviation Museum which was such a great venue for the conference. I loved the attention to detail at the conference. The conference started with an address by Jason Titus and had some really good content to follow. The summit is a yearly event that all Google Developer Experts are invited to attend. The summit covers a whole range of content about Android, Web, IoT etc.

Google developer Experts Summit
Google Developer Experts Summit – Highlights

Google Developer Days Europe – 2017

After the Google Developer Experts Summit, GDD Europe took place in the ICE Conference centre. The conference was a huge success, I was very lucky to be involved in the event by speaking about Android Things!

Speaking in the main auditorium in front of a few hundred people was my highlight of the conference (and also pretty scary!). Overall, I had a great time speaking and you can catch my presentation below.

Some of the other highlights for me of the event included all the cool IoT stuff you could play with at the Android Things booth, including the Android DrawBot. The DrawBot took a photo and then converted your face into a line drawing.

Android Things IoT at Google Developer Days Europe
Android Things IoT at Google Developer Days Europe

There was a lot to see and take in during this conference. I especially enjoyed Florina’s talk about Architecture components, Wojtek’s talk about Android Performance Tools. Another talk that was really interesting was ARCore SDK, which went into detail around Android’s new Augmented Reality SDK and how you can use it.

Free Android Things IoT kits were also handed out, the kit included the Pico i.MX7D device and a few peripherals.

Android Things Kit at Google Developer Days Europe
Android Things Kit from GDD Europe

As with most Google Conferences, there is so much to see and do, including great conversations with highly skilled developers. If you ever are presented with the opportunity of attending a Google conference, I highly encourage you to go.

Google Developer Days Europe Highlights

Kraków is a beautiful city and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Till next time! Thanks #GDDEurope 😃

Wawel Castle
Wawel Royal Castle in Kraków
Speaking at the App Builders Conference in Switzerland – 2017

Speaking at the App Builders Conference in Switzerland – 2017

Speaking at App Builders Switzerland this past week on Android Things was an invaluable experience, I had such a fantastic time. Besides the conference, I got to do a bit of sightseeing. I was able to take a day to explore Zermatt and experience a lot of snow! Unfortunately the Matterhorn wasn’t visible but this didn’t really bother me as I had enough fun exploring the snow topped mountains anyway.

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Electricity Monitoring App – Send Push Notifications using Firebase Cloud Functions

Electricity Monitoring App – Send Push Notifications using Firebase Cloud Functions

This week Firebase launched a new and VERY exciting feature called Firebase Cloud Functions. It makes Firebase even more powerful than before, by allowing you to trigger functions when certain events happen. Events can be any of the following things:

  • Data changes on Firebase Realtime database nodes.
  • Authentication Changes
  • Analytics Changes
  • Cloud Storage Changes
  • and a few more…

Cloud Functions is a hosted, private, and scalable Node.js environment where you can run JavaScript code.

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Android Things – Electricity Monitoring App

Android Things – Electricity Monitoring App

For those who may not know, I live in beautiful sunny South Africa (see my tweets for lots of awesome pictures). A few years ago we battled with a lack of electricity. While “load-shedding” is not so common these days, we have numerous unplanned outages. We even have a few of apps that give out schedules when the electricity is scheduled to go off in your area (see here and here).

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Android Things – Building a Distributed Piano with Nearby Connections API

Android Things – Building a Distributed Piano with Nearby Connections API

In the previous post, we had a short introduction to some hardware basics for the Software Engineer. We learnt about some different components and how to create a blinking LED with Android Things. In this blog post, we will learn to build a distributed piano with Android Things, a Piezo Speaker and Google’s Nearby API.

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