This initiative was part of Omantel’s drive to enhance digital awareness across the Sultanate and encourage knowledge-sharing within the developer community in Oman. DevFest Muscat 2017 was primarily focused on empowering developers, but it also targeted students and others with an interest in the latest technology from Google.
DevFest is a large, community-run developer event that takes place around the world and is focused on community building and learning about Google’s technologies. The program can take many forms - from just a few people getting together to watch GDG’s latest video, to large gatherings with demos and tech talks, to events like code labs, hackathons and tech talks.
Each DevFest is inspired by and uniquely tailored to the needs of the developer community that hosts it and no two events are exactly alike. Each event is powered by a shared belief that when developers come together to exchange ideas, amazing things can happen.
Alia Said Alshanfari, Founder of Google Developer Groups in Muscat, said: “We are proud to have Omantel as a main sponsor with Google and Google Cloud for events management. The event focused on a range of cutting-edge technology related topics such as the Java-based Kotlin programming language, the TensorFlow platform specializing in artificial intelligence and other educational workshops and technical discussions for greater benefit by a representative from Google and Google Developer Groups. We believe that these events and themes will further develop and support Omani programmers and developers”.Laila Mohammed Al Wahaibi, CSR Manager at Omantel, said: “Omantel is delighted to host DevFest Muscat 2017 to strengthen digital inclusion in Oman and empower developers with the latest technological innovation from Google. Developers were able to get better acquainted with everything from the Android, Chrome, Drive, and Google Cloud platforms, to product application programmer interface (APIs) like the Cast API, Maps API, and YouTube API. We are happy that everyone with passion for IT and technology – was able to participate in and benefit from this initiative that will help build a more robust digital ecosystem in Oman.”
Salim Abid, Google Developer Regional Ecosystem Lead, MENA said: “The Google Developer Groups are always looking for like-minded organisations to collaborate with to drive awareness and knowledge of Google’s technology. We are confident that our Support with Google Developer Group Muscat and also the support from Omantel to them will provide Omani developers with the tools to access the latest IT concepts that will enable them to build a stronger and much more digitally-inclusive community in the Sultanate.”