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2021 Episodes

Thu Oct 21, 2021 1PM ET

Google Cloud for Everyone

2021: Episode 10

In this episode we invite Lynn Langit, Google Developer Cloud Expert to discuss how to best learn Google Cloud. Listen in to learn expert insights to everything talked about at Google Cloud Next and how Lynn has taught a variety of people around the world how best to use Google Cloud Platform.

Lynn Langit
Lynn Langit is a cloud architect who works with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform who also specializes in big data projects. She has worked with AWS Athena, Aurora, Redshift, Kinesis, and the IoT. She has also done production work with Databricks for Apache Spark and Google Cloud Dataproc, Bigtable, BigQuery, and Cloud Spanner. Lynn is also the co-founder of Teaching Kids Programming. She has spoken on data and cloud technologies in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

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Thu Sep 16, 2021 1PM ET

Google Maps Platform with JavaScript

2021: Episode 09

In this episode we invite Mike Pegg, Head of Geo Developer Relations at Google, to discuss what's new in the Google Maps Platform. Learn how you can use the newest features to optimize your maps for various use cases, branding, and more!

Mike Pegg
Originally from Ontario, Canada. Mike is a dad of 3, Googler on Google Maps Platform team, Hockey player, Maphead, electronic music lover, bike commuter, and curator/chronicler. 

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Thu Aug 19, 2021 1PM ET

Open Source Gaming

2021: Episode 08

During this episode, we talk about open source software in the gamedev scene—why it's important, what developers can gain from supporting open source, tips for participating in open source projects, and more. 

Mark Mandel
Mark  is a Developer Advocate for Google Cloud for Games and founder of the open source, multiplayer dedicated game server scaling project Agones. Hailing from Australia, but now living in San Francisco, Mark also spends his time being a GDC Advisor for the Online Game Technology Summit, playing with his dog and practicing too many martial arts. 

April Kyle Nassi
April is a program manager in the Google Open Source Programs Office, where she leads the open source gaming programs and cloud native programs team. She is obsessed with her two Australian Shepherds, and enjoys crafting both at home and in Final Fantasy XIV.  

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Thu Jul 8, 2021 1PM ET

Firebase Extensions & App Check

2021: Episode 07

Take a deep dive into Firebase Extensions, AppCheck and more with Chris Esplin during this month's episode.

Chris Esplin
Chris is a full-stack, DevOps-focused web architect specializing in all things JavaScript. Chris got his start as the technical co-founder of Calligraphy.org. He dove deep into the web, JavaScript, and Firebase communities, teaching at a dev boot camp, producing online course material, and speaking at conferences. Chris is a Google Developer Expert (GDE) focused on Firebase and Web Technologies. He's presented at Firebase product roadshows in India and Southeast Asia and developed online content on YouTube and FullStackFirebase.com. Chris's technical specialties include all things Firebase, React, Node.js, Docker, and Google Cloud Platform.  

Thu Jun 3, 2021 1PM ET

Open Source Development: Licensing

2021: Episode 06

What is an Open Source Software License? What are your responsibilities in using an OSS License? In this episode we invite Hilary Richardson, an attorney in Google's open source licensing team, to discuss these topics and dive deeper into Open Source Software Licensing.

Hilary Richardson
Hilary is an attorney in Google's open source licensing team. Hilary leads the open source governance practice at Google and has co-authored several chapters of the Google Open Source Casebook on topics such as trademarks and contractual ambiguity in open source. Prior to joining Google, Hilary worked on intellectual property policy at Facebook and Twitter. Hilary graduated from Berkeley Law in 2013 and worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation on nonprofit legal fellowships.  

Thu May 20, 2021 1PM ET

Open Source Development: Security

2021: Episode 05

Everyone's talking about software supply chain security these days! Join Anne Bertucio and Dan Lorenc, who work on open source security at Google, to talk all things open source security, from supply chain to dependency issues to vulnerabilities!

Anne Bertucio
Anne is a member of Google’s Open Source Programs Office (OSPO) where she helps teams at Alphabet develop, contribute to, and release open source software. Anne works on strengthening the security practices of open source projects run by Google, helping Googlers work effectively and efficiently in open source, and being an advocate for security in the wider open source community. In particular, she focuses on open source vulnerability disclosure, project governance, and contributor sustainability. Anne previously focused on Kubernetes and container security, and authored the paper Why Container Security Matters to your Business in 2019. Before coming to Google, she was a staff member of the OpenStack Foundation (now known as the Open Infrastructure Foundation), where she was part of the inaugural core team of the Kata Containers project and on the release management team for the OpenStack project. Anne has a B.A. in policy and worked in community and government relations in renewable energy before coming to tech.

Dan Lorenc
Dan is a Staff Software Engineer and the lead for Google’s Open Source Security Team (GOSST) He’s been working in the Cloud space for eight years and has mostly focused on open source tools related to building containers easily and securely. He founded projects like Minikube, Skaffold, TektonCD and Sigstore. Dan regularly blogs about supply chain security and serves on the TAC for the OpenSSF.  

Thu Apr 15, 2021 1PM ET

Make your Android and Kotlin Apps Futureproof 

2021: Episode 04

In this episode we invite Stacy Devino, Principal Android Engineer at Stitch Fix, to discuss how to make your Android and Kotlin apps more efficient and future proof with Kotlin Gradle DSL, KMP, ProGuard, and integrating with Jetpack Compose.

Stacy Devino
Stacy is a multifaceted, international speaker on topics from community organizing to developer tech, personal branding, and beyond. Her expertise has earned her awards and positions, professionally and personally, focused on positive impact and result-driven workflows. She is an Intel Innovator, former Women Techmakers North America Mentor, former Google Developer Group Mentor, GDG Organizer, and WTM Ambassador. She has worked on delivering innovative retail Android Applications down to the grit of the OS and even developed IoT appliances that are in use by companies like Apple and Amazon. Her work featured on sites like Wired, Gizmodo, and Geek.com in addition to being mentioned directly in published books.

Thu Mar 18, 2021 7PM ET

DevOps for web apps on Google Cloud

2021: Episode 03

In this episode we invite Martin Omander, Google Cloud Developer Advocate, to discuss how GCP makes DevOps easy for building and running web apps while also keeping FinOps in mind. What is FinOps? Join us to learn more!

Martin Omander
Martin Omander works for Google in Mountain View, California. His job in the Developer Relations team is to help developers build better software, and improve Google’s Cloud Platform to make it even better for that purpose. In his spare time he manages to sneak in some game programming.  

Thu Feb 18, 2021 7PM ET

Using Google Design Sprints to...

2021: Episode 02

In this episode Bryce Howitson and Noble Ackerson join us to discuss how utilizing a repeatable design thinking process (Google Design Sprints) helps organizations build things that matter.

Bryce Howitson
Bryce helps ideas become digital products that customers want, are a joy to use and great looking. His super power is distilling complex processes into attainable visions backed by solid research. He has worked with small and large organizations across healthcare, retail, higher ed and technology. Bryce is passionate about improving the UX industry. To this end, he speaks, writes and teaches about best practices around design concepts. He's currently writing a book about how to get the most ROI from design partners.

Noble Ackerson
Noble is a seasoned technical product lead delivering vision camera, web and mobile technologies from abstract concepts to final products. He led the award-winning DC-based Augmented Reality for fitness startup, LynxFit as Product Owner and Co-founder. Noble sits on the Alumni Leadership Board for the leading online education startup, Udacity. A member of the Alumni Board at his alma mater, Lynchburg College and acts as the Publicity Chair for Ubicomp and ISWC, two top-tier conferences for the internet of things and wearable technology. When Noble is not focused on product, he is mentoring underrepresented and aspiring developers, speaking at technology events, or spending time with his daughters.

Thu Jan 21, 2021 7PM ET

Google Cloud AI in Digital Journalism

2021: Episode 01

In this episode we invite Kalev Leetaru, founder of the GDELT Project, to chat about how they use Google Cloud's AI APIs and analytic tools (like BigQuery) to catalog and understand the world in realtime!

Kalev Leetaru
Based in Washington, DC, he founded his first internet startup the year after the Mosaic web browser debuted, while still in eighth grade, and have spent the last 20 years working to reimagine how we use data to understand the world around us at scales and in ways never before imagined. One of Foreign Policy Magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013 and a 2015-2016 Google Developer Expert for Google Cloud Platform, he is also a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security.

2020 Episodes

Fri Nov 6, 2020 1PM ET

Journey into Tech

2020: Episode 01

In this episode our hosts chat about their journey into tech and how they all came to work on the same team at Google supporting Developer Student Clubs all across North America!

What is a Developer Student Club?
Developer Student Clubs are university based community groups for students interested in Google developer technologies. Students from all undergraduate or graduate programs with an interest in growing as a developer are welcome. By joining a DSC, students grow their knowledge in a peer-to-peer learning environment and build solutions for local businesses and their community. Helping students bridge the gap between theory and practice.