What we're about

GDG Johannesburg is a local community run Google Developer Group (GDG). Google Developer Groups are for developers who are interested in Google's developer technology; everything from the Android, Chrome, Drive, and Google Cloud platforms, to product APIs like the Cast API, Maps API, and YouTube API.

At the core, GDGs are focused on developers and technical content, and the core audience is developers. GDG Johannesburg aims to meet once a month, the first Wednesday evening every month. The official venue where we meet is at JoziHub ( https://goo.gl/maps/Uze8sdUYgLL2 ). Meetups start at 18:00 and will run till about 20:00. From 18:00, snacks and drinks will be served and the presentations will start around 18:15. We encourage everyone to come early to meet other developers and get to know the community.

We are always looking for speakers! If you know someone, or would like to present something yourself, please get in touch with us so we can schedule you in. We welcome first time speakers and veteran speakers too.

This community has a Code of Conduct that you agree to adhere to in order to make the group an excellent and welcoming community. If you feel like someone is not obeying the code of conduct, please contact any of the organisers with your concerns so they can be addressed. The code of conduct can be viewed here https://developers.google.com/groups/guidelines/ .

A short summary of the Code of Conduct - Be excellent to one another and assume positive intent.

Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/GDGJohannesburg

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/gdgjhb/

Google Plus - https://plus.google.com/102185667048205980695

Use the Hashtag #GDGJhb when tweeting about events.

Disclaimer: GDG Johannesburg is an independent group; our activities and the opinions expressed here should in no way be linked to Google, the corporation. To learn more about the GDG program, visit https://developers.google.com/groups/

Anti-Harassment Policy

Why do we have an official anti-harassment policy for GDG Johannesburg events?

It sets expectations for behavior at the event. Simply having an anti-harassment policy can prevent harassment.It encourages people to attend who have had bad experiences at other events.It gives event staff/volunteers instructions on how to handle harassment quickly, with the minimum amount of disruption for the event.

GDG Johannesburg is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of:


sexual orientation


gender identity





The above is not an exhaustive list -- we do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form.

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks. Event participants violating these rules may be expelled from the event, and even banned from future events at the discretion of the event organizers/management.

Harassment includes (but is not limited to):

offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, age, race, religion

the use or display of sexual images in public spaces

deliberate intimidation


harassing photography or recording

sustained disruption of talks or other events

inappropriate physical contact

unwelcome sexual attention

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibiting partners and guest speakers are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors and speakers should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material, or otherwise create a sexualized environment in their slide decks, exhibit material, exhibit staffing, promotional items or demo material.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organizer or event volunteer immediately. Organizers and event volunteers may be identified by t-shirts or special badges/lanyards. Organizers will investigate the issue and take appropriate action. This may include helping participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.



Though we hope that we never have to invoke this policy, we believe that having this document helps everyone think a little more about how their actions and words affect the whole community, as well as individuals in the community.

License and attribution

This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. This policy is based on several other policies, including the Ohio LinuxFest anti-harassment policy, written by Esther Filderman and Beth Lynn Eicher, and the Con Anti-Harassment Project. Mary Gardiner, Valerie Aurora, Sarah Smith, and Donna Benjamin generalized the policies and added supporting material. Many members of LinuxChix, Geek Feminism and other groups contributed to this work.

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WTM - Help me WebUSB | Bridging the digital gap for women and girls

In the month of May we will be hosting our first WTM meetup with an all-women line-up. We will have Fadzayi Chiwandire giving us a talk about Bridging the digital gap for women and girls and Gergana Young telling us all about how we need to help her with WebUSB, we are her only hope 🤖Should be epic! AGENDA: 17:45 - 18:00 - Food and drinks are served, get comfy and prepare yourself to learn some new things! 18:00 - 18:15 - Welcome to GDG! 18:15 - 18:40 - Bridging the digital gap for women and girls - Fadzayi Chiwandire To raise the quality of life in our communities, we need to support the growth and empowerment of women and girls. This is because when we allow women to lead, they do not only lead and fight for their own growth, but they fight for their children and for their communities. They give voice to issues that are important for everyone’s collective future. 18:40 - 18:45 - Small Breather 18:45 - 19:30 - Help me WebUSB, you're my only hope - Gergana Young If I told you this talk is about USB, you would probably think of something mundane like a mouse, keyboard or printer. But these are not the droids we are looking for. What if I told you it is about USB on the web? For me, USB devices running on the web include adventures with ActiveX, Internet Explorer 8 and Windows XP. USB devices whose drivers only run under very specific and relatively old conditions, but are still a requirement. We have one of three options: We settle for what we have been presented with, we splash out and replace all of the devices, or we find a new, more creative, cross-platform solution. JavaScript: A new hope! In this talk, I would like to tell you about the WebUSB API, what it is, how it works, and what it means for web developers. Using some devices I have had to deal with, I will show you how to connect to them directly from the browser. The WebUSB API gives us hope for the future of integrating hardware and the web. 19:30 - 19:45 - Giveaways and Thanks! LOCATION: JoziHub, 44 Stanley. WHAT TO EXPECT: Lots of great content and smart developers! (Oh and some awesome prizes to be won!) WHAT TO BRING: Yourself, and maybe a friend if you are shy to chat to people (don't be shy!) ABOUT JOZIHUB: JoziHub is a co-working spot located in 44 Stanley. You can find more about their venue here: http://jozihub.org/ Please remember, we have a code of conduct at our meetup. Everyone is welcome and if you feel uncomfortable please let any of the organisers know.

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