Google Developer Group Atlanta
About Google’s worldwide community group
Streetcat was the lead organizer for Atlanta’s chapter of the Google Developer Group from summer 2015 to February 2018. For nearly 3 years, she organized dozens of monthly events, including talks, workshops, networking social events, and two one-day conferences.
Google Developer Group (GDG) Atlanta is the local Atlanta chapter of the larger, global network of Google Developer Groups. Our monthly meetups are FREE and open to the public. We feature talks, workshops, open discussions, and more that focus on development strategies relating to Google developer products.
From Google’s Community Groups Programs ~ https://developers.google.com/programs/community/gdg/
“The GDG platform (at large) is a membership level within the wider Google Developers Community Groups program and it offers tailored support to organizers of local GDG chapters.
GDGs are local groups of developers who are specifically interested in Google products and APIs. Each local group is called a GDG chapter and can host a variety of technical activities for developers - from just a few people getting together to watch our latest videos, to large gatherings with demos and tech talks, to hackathons.
Founding Atlanta’s first Google Women Techmakers chapter
After organizing GDG meetups for two years, Streetcat applied and was accepted to found the chapter for Google Women Techmakers programming in Atlanta. The first Women Techmaker’s meetup was hosted on August 30, 2017, and Streetcat gave the first talk for the group, which was titled, “Leveraging Google’s Developer Products for Social Good”.
For September, she continued to explore communities that would benefit from using Google’s Cloud and Android products by hosting a live streamed panel discussion with Jessica Anderson, Sarah Schoemann, and Ginger Tontaveetong.
In October and November, Streetcat focused solely on creating a stellar Women Techmakers experience for DevFest Atlanta 2017, where she organized a full day’s worth of tech talks for women and created several community spaces for fruitful discussion about diversity pragmatics in tech.
Black Tech Women <3 hosted a community lounge discussion on inclusive practices for bringing more black women into the tech industry workforce, led by Shanice Graham-Merrill ~~ https://medium.com/@BlackTechWomen/atl-tech-scene-devfest-atlanta-2017-a4a84aec5276
Streetcat passed on the reigns of leadership in February 2018 to pursue building educational resources for artists at the new DIY art space in Southwest Atlanta called The Bakery.
Learn more about Women Techmakers ~ https://www.womentechmakers.com/programs
Some Streetcat organized tech talks and workshops for GDG Atlanta
For three years, Streetcat organized monthly FREE tech talks about Google’s software developer products and hosted these events at places like Tech Square Labs, Creative Circus, General Assembly, Flat Iron Building, The Goat Farm, and more! Talk topics ranged from ~ Google Cloud Platform, Machine Learning / TensorFlow, Android, Kotlin, Android Things IoT, Google APIs, Material Design, Docker / Kubernetes, and sooooo much more :)
Google I/O 2017 ~ GDG Leadership Summit on Google’s Mountain View campus
As lead organizer for the Atlanta GDG chapter, Streetcat was invited to attend the GDG Global Leads Summit and annual Google developer conference, Google I/O at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, CA. For one week in May, Streetcat frolicked around the Google developer mecca in Silicon Valley and witnessed a number of inspiring tech talks and extreme event production buildout.
Speaking at the Google Women Techmakers Leads Summit 2017 in NYC
Streetcat was invited to give a talk at Google’s Women Techmakers Leadership Summit on October 14, 2017 in the Google NYC office. She presented on her work with managing web and mobile app developer projects for community groups. Her talk, titled, “Innovating Accessibility for your Community” highlighted a few key strategies for engaging people outside of the traditional tech space into using Google’s developer products for making creative or socially beneficial software solutions. She also got to say some cheesy stuff in the video below too!
Organizing and producing two tech conferences
In November 2016, GDG Atlanta hosted it’s inaugural conference ~ DevFest Atlanta ~ at General Assembly in Ponce City Market, Atlanta. Featuring 6 talks and two code labs, the one day event was filled with informative material on how to work with Google technologies across multiple industries.
One year later, Streetcat organized the second year of DevFest Atlanta, which would grow into the larger conference facility, the Loudermilk Center in Downtown Atlanta. Featuring four independent topic tracks, categorized as: Google Cloud, Machine Learning / AI, Android, and Women Techmakers. Streetcat also offered some free tickets to Black Tech Women members and created a community lounge that would be run by Shanice Graham-Merrill of Black Tech Women Atlanta. Check out the full conference schedule below.
For both conferences, Streetcat managed the event location, ticketing sales, marketing for the event, sponsorship packages and sponsors, made the call for speakers, and organized the content of the conferences into tangible tracks.