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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IWD: Women Techmakers #TogetherWeRise

DVT Johannesburg

Our March meetup celebrates International Women's Day. This is especially for our women meetup members, and male allies! 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 - 18:55 - From Strangers to Team Players - Ridhwana Khan I started my career in corporate, co-founded a company, moved to freelancing and now work in a startup, whilst running an NPO. As my journey continued, I began to realise that the success of the products that I worked on, as well as my professional fulfilment, were influenced by the dynamics of the teams I work with. There are many factors that help teams to be effective, conducive to growth and perform better overall. During this talk, I’d like to explore some of these elements. Bio Ridhwana Khan is a Software Engineer at DEV (https://dev.to/) where she is able to fulfil her passion for building communities, learning and sharing with others and software engineering. She is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the tech space and she is working towards fulfilling her dream of making an impact to students lives in the education sector in South Africa. Ridhwana has co-founded a Non Profit Organisation called Kasi Maths(http://kasimaths.org/) which empowers students in under-resourced areas to pursue an interest in STEM. 18:55 - 19:00 - Small Breather 19:00 - 19:40 - Pink Hardhats and Other Anomalies - Claire Wood Did you know, a diverse team is 35% more likely to produce above-average results? From the science behind why diversity boosts performance, to why being the only woman in your project team is more of a problem than you might think, this talk takes a closer look at the realities of inequality in our industry, how each one of us has a role to play in the solution and what we should be doing to move our industry forward. If you’ve ever wondered about how we improve diversity in software engineering, or if you’ve never wondered, then this is the right room for you. Bio Two decades of creating software in financial services and the thrill of seeing solutions come to life is still there. Enthusiastic champion of gender parity in STEM education, and inclusion in software development. She once built a LEGO Death Star. 19:40 - 19:55 - Giveaways and Thanks! 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!) 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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