Prajyot Mainkar is the Director and Android Developer at Androcid Media Pvt. Ltd, an app engineering firm based out of Goa. He is the manager of Google’s developer group – Goa Android Users Group and has been mentor to several mobile start-ups across India.
Prajyot Mainkar and his Google Developer Groups GAUG ( Goa Android user Group) have been a part of Goa’s tech scenario for nearly 4 years introducing Goans to the world of Android Development. In the last four years hundreds of students and developers have been trained on developing Android Apps by Prajyot and his Goa android Users group(GAUG).
Google Developer Groups (GDG) are communities that are supported by Google to allow people around the globe to have the chance to learn about Google technologies. A GDG can take many forms – from just a few people getting together to discuss something about technology, to large gatherings with demos and tech talks, or larger events teaching people to code. However, at the core, GDGs are focused on developers and technical content.
The two individuals who spearhead the GAUG are Prajyot Mainkar and Arya Padte. Prajyot Mainkar is an Android developer himself and is the director of Androcid Media Pvt. Ltd. – an app engineering firm in Goa and one of the earliest adopters of Android development in Goa. Arya Padte is a B.E. Computer Engineering graduate and has been an organizer of Goa Android User Group since it’s early days. They believe that being part of the community gives them a chance to introduce the locals to the Android technology and to give exposure about content that is not in the regular curriculum.
In Goa, Prajyot Mainkar and Arya Padte have been the managers of GDG Goa Android User Group for over 4 years now. They have a passion and love for Android which they have been sharing with the people of Goa and teaching them how to develop in Android. Goa Android User Group is one of Goa’s largest active tech groups.
Goa Android User Group is the 2nd largest Android based community in India. They meet once every month to teach and talk about the latest advancements made by Google Inc. In the last 4 years, Prajyot and Arya have conducted workshops in nearly all the technical colleges in Goa for a total of 1000 students and developers aspiring to learn how to develop Android apps.
Being organizers of Google Developer Groups, they are given direct access and knowledge about Google’s latest technologies, months before it is unveiled to the rest of the world. Recently they were invited to USA by Google to attend the annual developer conference Google I/O which is held in June every year at Moscone Centre, San Francisco, California. This is where Google reveals all the products they have been working on for the past year and gives the attendees a chance to try it out and learn more about it.
Having a close link with the community at Google Prajyot and his team get an opportunity to meet Googlers and get first hand information on all of Google’s latest development on Android. The team at GAUG ensure that they to pass on this state-of –the art information to the Goans more specifically youngsters through their hands on training workshops and sessions.
Arya Padte of Goa Android Users Group and other GDG organizers with Megan Smith (current CTO of US Government, former VP of Google X) at Google I/O 2014
Prajyot and Arya with GDG India community organizers with Hugo Barra ( VP at Xiaomi) at Google I/O 2014 – San Francisco
On returning from San Francisco, an event “WearDroid” was conducted to train the audience on designing and developing apps for the Android Wear watches that were launched at the Google I/O conference just a few months ago. This was first of its kind in Goa.
Inaugural event of Women Tech maker community Goa
Wear Droid event – Goa’s First Android Wear Event at NIT-Goa
Being organizers of the GAUG community, Prajyot and Arya are often invited to different parts of India, to give talks on Android development and since recent times on Android Wear.
To more about the group logon to https://www.facebook.com/groups/GoaAUG/