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Google I/O Extended

2019-04-15 |by Laurence de Villers | 0 Comments | Events, Meetup

Vous n’avez pas réussi à avoir un billet pour le Google I/O ou vous ne voulez pas payer 1500$ USD pour y aller? Vous êtes chanceux, GDG Montreal Android et Desjardins organisent le Google I/O Extended de Montréal! En plus des deux Keynote de Google, il y aura 3 conférenciers. / If you weren’t able to get a Google I/O ticket or you don’t want to pay $US1,500 to go, you’re in luck, GDG Montreal Android and Desjardins are organizing the Montréal’s Google I/O extended! Both keynotes will be streamed live and a few speakers will also be on hand.

Au programme / Program:

  • Google I/O diffusé en direct / Google I/O LiveStream
  • Conférences / Conferences
  • Café, thé, eau, petites bouchées sucrés / Coffee, tea, water, sweet little bites
  • Une section RH pour faciliter les échanges entrent les employeurs et ceux qui recherchent un emploi, Desjardins y sera ! / An HR section to facilitate exchanges between employers and those looking for a job, Desjardins will be there!
  • Prix de présence (Liste des prix à venir) / Attendance prizes (Price list coming soon)

Diner / Lunch

Pour 10$+frais, ne cherchez pas ce que vous allez manger / For $ 10 + fees, do not look for what you are going to eat

  • un sandwich options aléatoire, végé ou sans porc / a random, veggie or pork-free sandwich
  • accompagnement aléatoire / random accompaniment
  • dessert aléatoire / random dessert


Programme / Schedule:

  • 9h30 Ouverture des portes / Doors openning
  • 10h15 Mot d’ouverture par Chadi Habib (Premier vice-président Technologies de l’information, Mouvement Desjardins) / Opening remarks by Chadi Habib (Executive Vice President, Information Technology, Desjardins Group)
  • 10h30 Comment mobiliser une démarche centrée utilisateur pour intégrer le talent dans une organisation ? (in French:  slides and talk) par Loïc Nunez
  • 11h15 Assistant vocal Desjardins (Ok Google, je veux parler avec Desjardins) (slides in english and talk in french) by Yannic Luyckx and Loic Legault
  • 12h00 Diner et socialisation / Lunch and networking
  • 13h00 Google Keynote
  • 14h45 Scheduling Background Work on Android (all english: slides and talk) by Alexandre Boucher
  • 15h45 Developer Keynote
  • 17h00  Mot de la fin, tirage des prix de présence et socialisation / Conclusion, attendance prices and networking
  • 18h00  Fermeture / Closing



Eventbrite - I/O Extended 2019 Montreal


April Meetup

2019-04-09 |by Laurence de Villers | 0 Comments | Events, Meetup

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019!

We have a special meetup this month! It will be held by our sponsor Mirego!
They are providing food and drinks  🎉

1195 Wellington, bureau 401, Montréal (QC) H3C 1W1


  • 18:00 Socializing!
  • 18:30 Be a good citizen – Care about Android lifecycle and window size by Guillaume Bourassa
  • 19:15 Break
  • 19:30 Flutter 1.0, go or no-go by Samuel Dionne


Be a good citizen – Care about Android lifecycle and window size

Level: Intermediate

by Guillaume Bourassa, Mirego

Properly handling app lifecycle and window size is a challenge as old as Android itself. However, even today, many developers still don’t care enough about it, either because they don’t really understand the issue or because they think that they don’t really need to.
With Google pushing ChromeOS more and more, Android apps that work properly in a multi-window environment is more important than ever. And this requires proper lifecycle and window size understanding.

This talk will explain the different challenges of lifecycle handling, how to properly craft layouts that fits in any window size and, above all, why Android developers should care about all that. And why “my app is phone-only and locked in portrait” is not a valid reason to ignore these aspects.

Flutter 1.0, go or no-go

Level: Intermediate

by Samuel Dionne, Transit

Now that flutter have been in version 1.0 for a couple of months. Is it ready for prime-time? We’ll look at some good use cases for it and some less ideal situation. Hopefully this talk will get you excited and you might consider flutter for your next project that fits with the previous points.

February Meetup 2019

2019-02-08 |by Laurence de Villers | 0 Comments | Events, Meetup

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019!

We have a special meetup this month! It will be held by our sponsor onepoint!
They are providing food and drinks  🎉

606, rue Cathcart, Office 400, Montréal (Québec) H3B 1K9


  • 18:00 Socializing!
  • 18:30 Using RecyclerView to show multiple different kinds of items by John Brohan
  • 19:15 Break
  • 19:30 MVVM on Android by Sami Lassed


Using RecyclerView to show multiple different kinds of items

Level: Beginner

by John Brohan

RecyclerViews are very fast and offer a way to show a part of a larger database without concern for the full size of the database. It is an added complication to have more than one view to show, but this is well supported and works well.

My app gathers observations for a whole day and shows this as a recyclerView. Swiping moves up or down within a day and right to left changes days. I will use this app as the backbone of my presentation


I’ve been programming computers for rather a long time, mostly in real time data acquisition. The last LabView job was to instrument a simulator for a mine which happens to be in porous rock under a lake. The goal of the simulator is to see how best to freeze the ground before cutting out the frozen rock. Thermocouples, pumps valves flow meters and so on!
In the last ten years I’ve been trying to program mobile phones to help people with disabilities, especially Old People.

MVVM on Android

Level: Intermediate

by Sami Lassed, Bell Canada

How to do MVVM on Android


A team lead with more than 07 years of experience in depth knowledge of Android, J2EE, Android Embedded Development,iOS, Java Development Tool chain and a deep experience on Software analyses & Design, Cloud Development, Mobile and Distributed Solutions.
A highly motivated individual who is always willing to learn, be able to work to tight deadlines and who can communicate effectively. Someone who encourages learning and the sharing of ideas and who is always open to new ways of working.


Holiday parties! 🎄☃️❄️

2018-11-26 |by Laurence de Villers | 0 Comments | Events, Meetup

Tuesday, December 18th, 2019

We never do Meetup in December because there is a lot of holidays parties, but we decided

to do a get together at Pub L’île Noire instead.

1649 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K4

Please come to talk and take a beer, scotches or gins with us!

We have a reservation on the first floor at the name GDG Montreal Android.

7 PM to 9 PM




August Meetup Special IoT

2018-07-24 |by Laurence de Villers | 0 Comments | Events, Meetup, Uncategorized

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

The meetup will be held at Shopify!

490 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H2Z 0B2


  • 18:00 Socializing!
  • 18:30 Bring your IoT to production by Macy Kuang
  • 19:15 Break
  • 19:30 Android Things Remote Controlled Robocar by Etienne Caron

Bring your IoT to production

by Macy Kuang

We know how to bring a software from prototype to production, how about hardware projects? What’s beyond the prototype? This talk will compare all the IoT platforms and help you make the right choice for your projects. Also, we will have a glance of a hardware product roadmap.


GDE for IoT and Flutter, Game Developer at Miaomiao Games, intel innovator for IoT and gaming.

Android Things Remote Controlled Robocar

by Etienne Caron

Then we’ll close by building a simple Augmented-Reality remote control app. We’ll be using Google’s ARCore and Sceneform libraries.

Some familiarity with Kotlin and OpenGL is helpful, but not required.


Etienne Caron is a developer lead at Shopify, a popular Canadian e-commerce company. He is also part of Google’s Developer Expert program, and an instructor for

Etienne has been an active member of the Android developer community in Montreal since 2010, and regularly devotes his time to mentoring startups, developers and students in the mobile space.

3D animation, procedural content generation and VR are some of his hobbies, and he loves introducing other developers to this fascinating field.


June meetup

2018-06-06 |by Laurence de Villers | 0 Comments | Uncategorized

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018!

We have a special meetup this month! It will be held by our sponsor TouchTunes!
They are providing food and drinks  🎉

7250 Rue du Mile End #202, Montréal, QC H2R 3A4


  • 18:00 Socializing!
  • 18:30 Android’s new Paging Library in Action by Graeme Campbell, TouchTunes
  • 19:15 Break
  • 19:30 The Navigation Architecture Component by Laurence de Villers, Transit




TouchTunes is the largest in-venue interactive music and entertainment platform, featured in over 75,000 bars and restaurants across North America and Europe. Our network supports a growing portfolio of location-based digital solutions that encourage social interactions through shared experiences.


Android’s new Paging Library in Action

Level: Intermediate

by Graeme Campbell, TouchTunes

The Paging Library is a new part of Android Jetpack which uses all the latest Android Architecture Components, and it has just recently been released as a stable 1.0 version. This talk will introduce the Paging Library to developers and show it in action in TouchTunes’ mobile jukebox application.


Graeme is a software developer and former research scientist who has been working in Android development since 2013. 

The Navigation Architecture Component

Level: Beginning

by Laurence de Villers, Transit

At Google I/O, Google releases Android Jetpack, a new set of libraries, tools and architectural guidance to help make it quick and easy to build great Android apps. In the new set of libraries, a new Navigation Architecture Component was release to help us navigate between view easier.  Now you can say goodbye to the Fragment Manager.


Laurence works at Transit has an Android developer.  She’s involved in the community has a GDG organizer, GDG Mentor and a Women Techmakers Lead. 



Google I/O Extended

2018-04-10 |by Laurence de Villers | 0 Comments | Events, Uncategorized

Mardi le 8 mai / Tuesday, May 8!

Vous n’avez pas réussi à avoir un billet pour Google I/O 😞ou vous ne voulez pas payer 1500$USD pour y aller, vous êtes chanceux 😄, GDG Montreal Android et Desjardins organise un Google I/O Extended ! En plus de pouvoir regarder les deux keynotes en live stream, en mangeant de petites bouchées, vous aurez la chance de peut-être gagner un cadeau!🎉

If you didn’t have the chance to get a Google I/O ticket 😞 or you don’t want to pay $1500 USD to go, you’re in luck 😄, GDG Montreal Android and Desjardins are organizing Google I/O extended! In addition to watching both keynotes by live stream and assorted snacks, you’ll get the chance of winning a gift!


1050 Côté du Beaver Hall – Montreal, Québec 


Programme / Schedule:

  • 12h00 Ouverture des portes / Doors openning 
  • 13h00 Google Keynote
  • 14h30  Présentation(CodeLab) (Sujet à venir) / Presentation (CodeLab) (Subject to come)
  • 15h30  Developer Keynote
  • 17:00 Mot de la fin et socialisation / Conclusion and networking
  • 18:00 Fermeture / Closing




Google Keynote

Learn about the latest product and platform innovations at Google in a Keynote led by Sundar Pichai.

Developer Keynote

Learn about the latest updates to our developer products and platforms at Google in a Keynote led by Jason Titus.



April Meetup

2018-04-04 |by Laurence de Villers | 0 Comments | Meetup, Uncategorized

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018!

We have a special meetup this month! It will be held by our sponsor Nurun!
They are providing food and drinks  🎉

740 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, bureau 600 
Montréal, Québec H3C 3X6 CANADA


  • 18:00 Socializing!
  • 18:30 Continuous Integration & deployment Michael Bernier, Breather
  • 19:15 Break
  • 19:30 Flutter, let’s try by Aurore Jard, Nurun


Nurun is a global design and technology consultancy. Part of the Publicis Worldwide family, Nurun creates products, services and platforms for a connected world, grounded in state-of-the-art data science.


Continuous Integration & deployment

Level: Intermediate

by Michael Bernier, Breather

In this talk, I will demonstrate how to use 2 different CI environment to help Android devs build better apps and save time. I will be showcasing an open source project with Circleci and a more enterprise project with TeamCity from JetBrains. I will also show how to do production or test deployment with tools like Gradle and Beta from Crashlyctics.


Android Developer at in Montréal, who studied software engineering at ETS. I’ve started mobile development with BlackBerry in 2010 and then moved on to Android full time in 2014. 

Flutter, let’s try

Level: Intermediate

by Aurore Jard, Nurun

Exploration of Flutter and some first feedbacks


Aurore works at Nurun where she has been leading the Mobile department and a team of iOS and Android developers since 2015. She likes exploring new subjects & challenges


Special Christmas Get Together 🎄🎅🎄

2017-12-06 |by Laurence de Villers | 0 Comments | Events

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

We never do Meetup on December because every it’s Holiday parties,

but we decided this year to do a get together at McKibbins on Bishop.

Please come talk and take a beer with us!

We have a reservation on the first floor at the name GDG.

6 PM to 8 PM




October Meetup

2017-10-03 |by Laurence de Villers | 0 Comments | Meetup

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The meetup will be held at Shopify!

490 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H2Z 0B2


  • 18:00 Socializing!
  • 18:30 2 Way Data Binding: It works! A real case by Michel Marin, PMP
  • 19:15 Break
  • 19:30 Simple disk storage with Objectbox by Vincent Carrier


Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops.


2 Way Data Binding: It works! A real case

by Michel Marin, PMP

Sharing the tricks, problems and solutions I have learned about building a real app with 2 way Data Binding.


Project Manager Professional
IMS Manager for Bureau du développement et des relations avec les diplômés
Université de Montréal
eCaptain for the Advance Tech Suite Community
PADI Master Scuba Diver


Simple disk storage with Objectbox

by Vincent Carrier

Writing SQL is a hassle. DAO libraries like Room have not changed that. Objectbox is a lightweight solution to achieve the same goal, but offers a much simpler and faster API.


Android Developer for Omnigate Systems. Secretly Batman.

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