Saturday, November 14, 2015

GDG DevFest Baguio 2015: Coding Better, Aiming Higher

With over two hundred participants, +GDG Baguio organized its 3rd DevFest on November 7, 2015 at the University of the Cordilleras, Baguio City, Philippines.

Here are the highlights of the event:

Morning Session

Welcome Remarks by Ms. Anna Rodora Quitaleg, IT Head of the UC - College of Information Technology and Computer Science (CITCS)

Community Updates by GDG Community Manager +Reymart Canuel

Keynote by +Josan Astrid Dometita

Message from PLDT Innolab by Danilo June “Gino” Francisco & Ray Martin Jaurigue

Presentation of the Android Masters Winners

Android Masters is a collegiate inter-school Android app development challenge. It is open to all universities and colleges across the Philippines. The main objective of the program is to encourage students to develop their creative app ideas and publish it to Google Play Store.

StimuBrain by GoForCandy, University of the Cordilleras (Finalist for Productivity / Utility Category)

Kuvio by Jaguar Tech, University of the Cordilleras (Finalist for Games Category)

Crime Chase by Jaguar Tech, University of the Cordilleras (Champion on Productivity / Utility Category)

Breakout Sessions

Demos and Non-coding Sessions

Startup Inspiration by +Jerome Locson

Google Cardboard Demo by +Benj Tupas

Wearables Demo by +Josan Astrid Dometita


Android x Firebase by +Gerardo Guangco

Gemma x Arduino by +Josan Astrid Dometita

HTML5 Game Development by +Benj Tupas

IntelXDK x Google Maps API by +Trinmar Boado

node.js x Google Cloud Platform by +Anton Raphael Orpilla

Polymer Development by +Brian Matthew Mamaril

Web Animations and Transitions API by Joyce Guiao

Some responses from the participants:
"They are the most educational of all since they gave you the basic things you need in order to study them by yourself thereafter," Danny Boy Ngipol, a regular attendee of the event said during an interview.
"The overall experience was enjoyable and has offered many opportunities to learn new technologies to be applicable in the future," August Mabalot, a yearly GDG participant said. "I recommend future GDG DevFest events to my fellow IT students and professionals as these events allow them to improve in their careers and to make new friends," August concluded.
"It was my first seminar actually, it was really good, appreciate what you guys are doing, will hopefully join all you seminars", Ravi Sohal, a first time participant said in an online chat.
The event wouldn't be successful without the help and support the volunteers, organizers, GDG Community, Google, University of the Cordilleras and PLDT Innolab.

The community is looking forward to the next #DevFestBaguio!

Event Page and Photos
Speakers List
Updated Agenda

Blogpost written by +Candace Dawn Fernandez

#DevFestBaguio on G+
#DevFestBaguio on Twitter
#DevFestBaguio on Facebook

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Google I/O Extended Baguio: Exploring I/O 2015 Technologies

With the aim to learn on the technologies that were introduced during Google I/O 2015, +GDG Baguio organized Google I/O Extended Baguio 2015 on June 20, 2015.

The event was attended by 49 participants, speakers, and organizers with 19% in women participation.

Here are the highlights of the event:

Technology updates in Google I/O 2015 were shared by +Chelle Gray

The latest updates on Android, including the upcoming version, Android M, was shared by +Jomar Tigcal

Material Now by +Richel Alexandria "Rara" Valdez

Polymer 1.0 by +Brian Matthew Mamaril

There were a series of hands-on codelab sessions in the afternoon.

The codelab on Web Animations and Playback Control on was facilitated by +Sunny Natividad

Android App Development and Coding on Android Studio was facilitated by +Jomar Tigcal and +Gerardo Guangco

Polymer Designer was facilitated by +Brian Matthew Mamaril

You could checkout the I/O 2015 Codelabs in

We are a community! Until our next event!

More photos here.

+GDG Baguio would like to thank University of Baguio for hosting the venue for the event.

We also had our Google I/O Extended in Nueva Ecija on June 24, 2015.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Appy 3rd Anniversary GDG Baguio!

Today marks our 3rd anniversary GDG Baguio! Appy birthday to us!

In the span of 3 years, we have organized 47 events reaching out 2434 participants across Baguio and nearby areas. In the future, we aim to reach out to other places up North including Nueva Ecija, Tuguegarao, La Union and other provinces.

Together we hacked codes, shared ideas, learn on Google Technologies, and ate pizza!

Aside from the awesome ideas, learning, and technology on Google Technologies, we have seen new community partnerships and camaraderie grow both among the members and community partners alike.

Here's to what we have built as a community in those three years:

Those events wouldn't be possible without the support of the following organizations:

  • GBG Baguio
  • GeekCamp Baguio
  • GEG Baguio
  • Baguio Indie Games
  • Baguio Tabletop Community
  • 5Space
  • Azalea Residences
  • Bayleaf Restaurant
  • Globe
  • GlobeLabs
  • Gossip Cafe
  • Orange&Bronze
  • PLDT Innolab
  • Q Software Research
  • Smart Telecommunications
  • TapJoy
  • TechHour
  • Berkeley School Baguio
  • Benguet State University
  • Central Luzon State University
  • Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
  • Saint Louis University
  • Saint Paul University Tuguegarao
  • STI Baguio
  • University of Baguio
  • University of the Philippines Baguio
Other organizations:
And thanks to YOU for being with us in our events! We're looking forward for more Googley years to come!

Special thanks to the awesome team who made the video:
Lea (Lead), Sunny, Kurt, Alona, Reymark, Van, Roselle

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Test Flight: A Dart Flight School Codelab

Gone were the days when Jelly Bean and KitKat were once thought of as sweets instead of Android operating systems. Not only those. Did you know that Dart, traditionally known as a kind of target game, could also refer to a web development framework by Google? In first-ever codelab held on February 15, 2015 at Berkeley School Baguio, GDG Baguio introduced Dart into the local developer community.

The participants, a mix of professionals, college and high school students, became Dart Pilots and were introduced to Dart, a new web programming language with libraries, a virtual machine called Dart Virtual Machine, and tools. Dart helps developers build structured modern web apps and compiles to JavaScript to run across the entire modern web. (


Sunny Natividad discussing Google Technologies
The event commenced with an introduction about Google Developer Group (GDG) Baguio by +Sunny Natividad, our resident organizer and speaker. Dart and codelabs were then introduced to the participants through videos and slides by +Reymart Canuel, GDG Baguio's Community Manager. 

After all was said and done, the codelabs began. Darrrt!

Codelab 1
Codelab 2

What better way is there to refuel our pilots' energy? Pizza!

Special thanks to Berkeley School Baguio and +Aris Go for providing us our venue. Thanks too to the organizers and supporters! 

Look how happy our Dart Pilots are! (photo courtesy of +Aldreen Dumasig )

Anyone could also try the codelabs through :   

You could check the G+ event page here.

Fly high!  See you in the next codelabs and events to come!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Get ready to fly high with Dart Flight School - Codelab Baguio!

About the Event

With support from Google Developers, +GDG Baguio is bringing you Dart Flight School Codelab Baguio. This event would introduce Dart as a web development framework. This event would be our first community codelab.

Get ready to fly!

About Dart

"Dart helps you build modern web apps with a new language, core libraries, and tools such as a package manager, editor, and a compiler to JavaScript. Use Angular with Dart for extra jet fuel."
For more information visit:


Please register here.


Berkeley School, 30 Navy Base Rd, Baguio City 2600, Philippines.

You could also visit our Google+ Event Page.

2013 GDG Baguio Highlights

2013 has been an awesome year for the GDG Baguio community.

The following are the events and highlights of the year.

Android and Google Maps API v3 Workshop

February 9, University of Baguio, 62 attendees, Google+

BSU Google Apps Script Student Workshop

February 12, Benguet State University, 17 attendees, Google+

BSU Google Maps API v3 Student Workshop

February 14, Benguet State University, 16 attendees, Google+

Find Your Voting Precinct MapUp

April 17, Bayleaf Restaurant, Kisad Road, Baguio City, 7 attendees, Google+

Google I/O Extended | "Under the Stars" - Baguio

May 15, Berkeley School Baguio, 25 attendees, Google+

Philippine Transit App Challenge (PTAC) Bootcamp

July 16, Azalea Residences Baguio, 34 attendees, Google+

Baguio City MapUp - Sept 20

September 20, Berkeley School Baguio, 14 attendees, Google+

Google Cloud Developer Challenge (GCDC) Kick-off Meetup

October 10, Azalea Residences Baguio, 10 attendees, Google+

This year, we are also proud that we had a representative who went through the finals of the Google Cloud Developer Challenge - Harries Hernandez with his Scout Project.

DevFest Cordillera - Baguio

November 9, Azalea Residences Baguio and Berkeley School Baguio, 117 attendees, Google+

Google Code-In Baguio Meetup

December 20, Azalea Residences Baguio, 32 attendees, Google+

2013 Numbers

In summary,

Total Number of Attendees: 334
Total Number of Events: 10
Average Number of Attendees per event: 33

Looking Forward

2013 wouldn't be as exciting and as successful without your awesome participation and with the support of our partners and Google communities!

In 2014, we shall go beyond just the numbers. This year, we envision to have more community participation and involvement by organizing fun and engaging events. We also seek to involve more Baguio IT professionals, developers and educators alike, in our events.

We are seeing more collaboration most especially with the different Google communities in Baguio -- Google Business Group and Google Educators Group.

GDG Baguio Community will still serve as a venue for new fun, learning, collaboration, and participation on Google Technologies in 2014. Please stay synced on our Google+ Page for more events and updates this 2014!

Stay awesome like Google!

See you!