The 2020 Lagos Developer Festival (DevFest) would be virtual, and it is open to everyone.

Due to the social unrest across Nigeria, and particularly Lagos, in October, the Lagos Google Developer Group (GDG) is hosting its DevFest on November 21, 2020. Register to attend.

DevFests are usually in-person community-led events organised GDGs around the world. They provide a platform for developers, designers, tech professionals and, as a matter-of-factly, anyone interested in tech to connect and learn about open technologies and Google.

Because of the global pandemic, this year's DevFests were scheduled to convene thousands of developers globally for the largest virtual conference on October 16—18, 2020.

"The magic of DevFest has always come from the people involved — developers from different backgrounds and skill levels", Google said on its website. "This global moment [DevFest] empowers developers to teach, learn, and connect when they may need it the most".

GDGs comprise of developers who are interested in Google's developer technologies, ranging from Android, Chrome, Drive, and Google Cloud, to product APIs (application programming interface) such as Maps API, Youtube API, and Cast API.

GDG Lagos hosted its first DevFest at the Zone Tech Park in 2018. The theme of the event was "Digital Wellbeing". Last year, the theme was "Stepping Up" and the venue was the Grand Atrium, Lekki. Benjamindada.com covered both editions. You can read about them here and here. Although DevFest 2020 does not have an theme, we would be covering DevFest 2020, too.

Register for GDG Lagos DevFest 2020
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DevFest 2020 is scheduled to start at 11am (WAT) and will run for two hours.

Jason Titus, Vice President of Engineering at Google, and David McLaughlin, Director of Developer Ecosystems at Google, are the keynote speakers.

After their keynote address, there will be breakout sessions anchored by 10 industry-leading speakers. The breakout sessions will span across Web technologies, Mobile, Cloud and Machine learning.

In line with keeping in touch with developers' needs, DevFest 2020 will also feature a session on working from home themed "Working from Home: Covid-19 and its impact on work". Last year's event explored the idea of a "10X developer" after conversations on finding and becoming one  had been extensively discussed on social media.

Here’s a list of confirmed speakers for DevFest 2020, the list will be updated as more people are confirmed:

DevFest 2020 Speakers

Speaker Current Role Topic
Segun Famisa Android Engineer at Soundcloud Keeping up with Jetpack compose
Praise Damilola Adanlawo DevOps Engineer at Deimos Deploying microservices on Kubernetes at scale
Idowu Emehinola Site Reliability Engineer at Deimos Introduction to Kubernetes
Chiziaruhoma Ogbonda Mobile Developer at FirstBlood Flutter architecture with Riverpod
Festus Olusegun Mobile Developer Painting with Flutter
Muhammed Salih Güler Senior Software Engineer (Flutter) at Superlist How Flutter works under the hood
Jennifer C. Kwentoh-Anionwu Site Reliability Engineer(Data Ops) at AEDC The quirky world of GANS (General Adversarial Networks
Orevaoghene Ahia Machine Learning Engineer at Instadeep Neural machine translation for low resource languages
Oyinkansola Alabi The Emotions Doctor Emotional Intelligence for Tech Executives