The iHub has always been home to enthusiasts of technology. Over the years, we been hosting several tech community meetups at the iHub. These meetups which are volunteer driven, self-led, and self-managed groups allow their members to receive mentorship, share challenges experienced with coding, and genuinely build craftsmanship with others of like mind.
Here’s a roundup of developer communities currently hosted at the iHub:
Google Developer Group Nairobi (GDG Nairobi)
- Page: https://www.meetup.com/GDG-Cloud-Nairobi/
- Upcoming meetup: https://ihub.co.ke/event/68/orchestrating-microservices-on-google-cloud-platform
- Page: https://www.meetup.com/Android254/
- Telegram link: http://t.me/android254
- Upcoming meetup: https://ihub.co.ke/event/69/navigating-a-complex-android-codebase
Atlassian User group
- Page: https://aug.atlassian.com/nairobi/
- Upcoming meetup: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-nairobi-presents-jql-jira-query-language
DevC Nairobi Meetup by Facebook
- Upcoming Events:
F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference https://f8meetupnairobi2018.splashthat.com/
IoT user groups
Other Notable dev group links:
Xamarin Dev East Africa: http://t.me/xamarindevea
Payments API KE: http://t.me/payments_api
Kotlin Kenya: http://t.me/kotlinKenya
React Native: http://t.me/reactnative
Laravel Kenya: https://chat.whatsapp.com/H6XBSWCoFFEIIZGmP0ibs8
Most tech companies create developer communities to drive usage of their platforms. They have active communities on their different technologies that drive specific conversations on code methodologies/ libraries etc.
The benefits of being part of a dev community include:
- Learning new technologies/ coding methodologies:
- Meeting like-minded people
- Meeting experts in different tools/technologies
- Platform for peer-to-peer learning
- Platform to share experience with other devs in need
- Exposure to the technology industry
- Helps devs establish professional close-knit networks
- Helps connect with professionals, mentors, and potential partners
For students, being active in developer communities can assist in getting internship opportunities when required by your institution.
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