G|Maghreb Day 1: An event in review (Part 2)

Disclaimer: I’m a morning person, so my focus function is negatively correlated to the afternoon hours, hence the slimer notes. But I’m sure you’d get a clearer idea once the keynotes are online 🙂

HTML5 and the future of the web

It’s well known that Google is betting High on HTML5. Whether you too think HTML5 rocks or you’re one of those who secretly damn Apple for not supporting flash, one thing is sure HTML5 is going to be part of the future web landscape. And nothing spells this better than WebGl in the ro.me Demo Sylvain Weber & Pascal Corpet showed us on “mobile and web development” session. Here is a video I once stumbled upon which gives a rather clearer view of the power of WebGL capabilities:

Google App Engine: Developing on the “Cloud”

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Google App Engine is the infrastructure offered by Google to let developers build, maintain, scale and run their web applications easily on the cloud. Not sure about its penetration among Moroccan developers, but according to Nicolas Garnier, Developer Programs Engineer, App Engine has 100.000 active developers worldwide, introducing 200.000 active apps per week and reaching 1.5 B Page views per day. Applications can be written in Java, Python or Go and a simple adaptation of the relational DB Layer could do the trick for migrating your native apps into the app Engine. Here are some interesting apps and websites hosted on Google App Engine:

Webfilings: Enterprise adoption of App Engine

BuddyPoke: Gaming at scale

The Royal Wedding: Example of event-based websites

Roundtable: Women In Technology

No, we were not plotting to take over the world (well, kind of). And yes, I’m aware that in the end it’s a false debate. But the women and technology roundtable was a great opportunity to meet inspiring women working at Google and to draw wisdom from their rich experience. Luisella Mazza, Noha Salem, Nada Faridane & Shaden Mohamed sent a loud and clear message: it takes hard work, perseverance (obviously for everyone and not only women) and more self-confidence (being honest about your capacities does not imply under-estimating them). I ceased the opportunity to share my simple observation: Women in technology are not less competent; it’s just that they are less present online and offline. So it comes down to encouraging them to take center stage by 1) Setting the example and 2) Empowering them to do so. (Hold that thought, I might have something to announce soon).

  

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 Well, these were pretty much my major takeaways from G|Maghreb, a successful event overall. I would definitely love to see another Google event taking place in the near future, only this time it would make more sense if it dived a bit more into the advanced aspects of the technologies. My only advice to you dear reader: Get your gears ready, it’s time to deliver your star performance.

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Lamia Ben.

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2 thoughts on “G|Maghreb Day 1: An event in review (Part 2)

  1. great sumup lamiaa , indeed the wheel of innovation is turning at full speed and it’s getting realy violent =)I as a developper have no intention on being turned into a mere user.it’s time to start Building . btw i was expecting more details regarding the women in tech round table :p seems like you wana keep it a secret 😀 …kidding :p

  2. 🙂 like I said, plotting your premise! Just kidding 😛 Very true indeed, it’s definitely time to go beyond the idea stage into execution. Good luck!

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