Developers posing for a group picture with the organisers. Image: DST

DST and Google Developers Group (GDG) recently organised the annual Developers Fest (DevFest 2019), gathering developers nationwide to help realize the sultanate’s digital transformation by enhancing human capital and their skills.

Inspired by community-run Developers’ Festivals from around the globe, the DevFest 2019 is uniquely tailored to the needs of Brunei’s developer community, which focuses on fostering community as well as learning Google technologies.

Oganised at the DST Headquarters in Tungku Link, more than 100 participants took part in the one-day DevFest 2019 which explored topics revolving around the Fourth Industrial Revolution through the theme ‘Digitalization of Brunei’.

“Digital technology is rapidly developing in diverse fields – be it mobile communications, robotics, AI and the internet of things,” said Freddie Ting, Head of Relationship Management at DST.

One of the tech-related product showcased at the fest. Image: DST

With profound changes brought on by the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the way we work, live and interact with the world, Ting stressed the need for building human resources with the right skills, to push the country forward in its digital transformation.

“Digital literacy is essential for people to take advantage of new job opportunities and benefit from the services that will become available on the digital platform,” he added.

President of Google Developers Group Brunei Afiq Mohammed said that in order for the nation’s digital transformation to come to fruition, it is necessary to imbue youths with the right networks and community as well as the latest technological skills for them to expand professionally.

Visitors trying out some of the showcase at the fest. Image: DST

“We don’t just want them to learn by the book but instead, be more valuable by using technologies in practical to solve real life challenges,” added Afiq, who is also the founder of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Community and Outreach (EICO) Brunei.

For Edah Hasnal, the Lead for Women Techmakers Brunei, she believed technology should be made inclusive for everyone.

Having conducted workshops for new and advanced developers, Edah stressed the importance of growing a “healthier tech community” by encouraging its members to share their stories and knowledge.

DevFest 2019 brought in Google Developer Experts from BSP, GOJEK and Politeknik Brunei who covered areas on Machine Learning on the Web, Why Data Science and Kickstarting Data Science, Google Cloud Platform, TensorFlow as well as a local developers’ showcase session.

The Bruneian | BRUNEI-MUARA

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