Innovation & Enterprise


Google and UCL join forces for GDG DevFest

16 November 2017

GDG (Google Developer Groups) DevFest London, the UK’s largest free community-run developer event, came to UCL last weekend.

Google Developer Groups (GDG) DevFest London 2017

More than 1,000 attendees with a love of technology took part in various tracks on machine learning, mobile, web, and tech entrepreneurship. The event also included hands-on exhibitions and codelabs.

It was organised in partnership with UCL, GDG London and Google along with a number of developer communities including JS London, Londroid and GDG Cloud London.

This is the first time the developer community and Google have teamed up with a London university to run DevFest London. 

Rupert Whitehead, Developer Relations Regional Lead at Google, said: “We’re excited to collaborate with UCL and the incredible wider London developer community. London has an amazingly vibrant ecosystem. It’s great to see the learning and idea sharing that happens when we all come together.”

Students and industry professionals got the chance to network with a range of experts and learn how to connect into London’s leading meetup communities.

Kim Nguyen, UCL Economics Degree student and student ambassador, said: “It was amazing to be part of GDG Dev Fest. It was a great networking opportunity to meet students with similar interests. There was a great turnout with some amazing speakers. I look forward to the next event.”

UCL Director of Entrepreneurship, Jerry Allen said: “We're proud to collaborate with Google to bring GDG DevFest 2017 to UCL. We hope that this festival connects and creates new opportunities for developers, tech entrepreneurs and our staff and students. These kinds of events are all part of our central purpose at UCL Innovation & Enterprise - to help entrepreneurs transform their knowledge and ideas into action.”

Photo by Kirsten Holst.

Read more news from UCL Innovation & Enterprise