Over 300 tech enthusiasts attended the opening ceremony of Google Developer Group (GDG) Najaf held on 28th December 2018.
Like all other GDGs, GDG Najaf is a volunteer-led initiative that is run by passionate individuals who are interested in Google technologies. GDGs usually organise events such as hackathons and tech talks. The goal is to create a community of developers and share information about the latest Google technologies in the market.
GDG Najaf is the third Google Developer community to launch in Iraq after Baghdad and Erbil. The ceremony was the largest tech event the city has seen so far with 35% of attendees being women. Local companies such as Al-Murabaa’, Zee Media, Obr Taxi, and Al-Amaan Cyber Security Specialists also showed support by setting up booths to speak to attendees about various opportunities in the tech sector.
The event included 14 speakers from all over Iraq covering topics such as:
- How tech has broken barriers
- Women in tech and how they can achieve success through Google technologies
- How to network and find your ideal startup partner
The launch event was sponsored by Google, Al-Alamain Institute, Nero Media, Code2Serve, Zain Telecoms, and 360 Restaurant. And the hype won’t stop there.
“The next GDG event we are planning will be for International Women’s Day on 22nd March, where we are expecting over 150 women to attend from Najaf and surrounding cities” says Hawra. “The event will be mostly technical. We will cover technologies such as Google Assistant and Web and Machine Learning. We will also have non-technical workshops that will help women understand their own value and celebrate their own, and other women’s achievements.”
We’re super proud to see GDG Najaf spearhead the tech community! You go Glen Coco!