Join Google Developer Group Yerevan on Saturday, December 15th for a day of web, mobile, machine learning, building for scale and startups.


Web and Mobile
Ever more users have ever more powerful devices. Billions of people now have access to Chrome and Android. Creating fantastic experiences for them has never been more competitive.
Machine Learning
A revolution in machine learning is driving huge changes. Applying it successfully is the basis for many of today's successful technologies, products and companies, from Google to PicsArt.
Building for Scale
Today's infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platforms like Google Cloud have been a game-changer for companies large and small. A new wave of technologies making it easier than ever to build for scale.
Technology startups - from ideas in a garage to unicorns - and investors represent the fastest growing share of value creation, technical innovation and connections between tech ecosystems.
After Hours
Guests and speakers are invited to follow up with open discussion to coffee, snacks and sunset views.




11:00 - 11:30


Opening words from Google Developer Group Yerevan and our host ISTC.

11:40 - 11:50

Web and Mobile

Immersive AR Apps

Vahe Zakaryan, ARLOOPA

With Google ARCore you can build new augmented reality experiences that seamlessly blend the digital and physical worlds.

We will look at how ARCore enables a device to sense its environment, understand the world and interact with information.

Vahe Zakaryan is an AR Developer at ARLOOPA.

11:50 - 12:10

Leveraging Chrome APIs

Arshak Khachatryan, Disqo

Did you know that developers can build and distribute powerful tools for any site right into the browser?

We will show how quickly develop a Chrome extension to discover users' complete digital behavior and augment their experiences.

Arshak Khachatryan is a Frontend Engineer at Disqo.

12:10 - 12:30

Machine Learning

Drawing Classification

Tigran Galstyan, YerevaNN

Drawing classification is a fundamental task core to many modern vision and language applications like handwriting recognition.

We will share and walk through an open-source TensorFlow implementation.

Tigran Galstyan is a Researcher at YerevaNN. Previously he was a Machine Learning Intern at Google Research Zurich, where he worked on drawing classification.

12:40 - 13:00

Optimization Algorithms

Elen Vardanyan, PicsArt

Optimizations algorithms like gradient descent, stochastic gradient descent and Adam are a key mathematical concept at the core of modern machine learning.

This overview of optimization algorithms will explain the trade-offs on accuracy and performance.

Elen Vardanyan is a Junior Data Scientist at PicsArt.

13:00 - 13:20

Building Recommendation Engines

Vahan Hakobyan, PicsArt

Recommendation engines power many large products, but it's hard to get it right the first time.

We will lay out how to build an ecosystem for aggressive experimentation at scale.

Vahan Hakobyan is a Machine Learning Engineer at PicsArt.

13:20 - 13:40

Applied Machine Learning


Ask and vote on questions here!

How can you use semi-supervised approaches to combine labelled and unlabelled data?

Which machine learning framework is right for you and your project?

What is the best infrastructure for your project?

Tigran, Elen, Vahan and Vahan Petrosyan, CTO, SuperAnnotate will share their hands-on experience.

13:40 - 14:00

Coffee Break

14:00 - 14:20

Building for Scale

Big Pipelines with Streaming

Stefan Papp, FreeDOM

Scaling data pipelines, for example for online learning, requires a fundamentally different approach to data.

Kafka and Cloud DataFlow are powerful platforms for streaming.

Stefan Papp is CEO of FreeDOM Data, delivering big data solutions to clients around the world, and co-author of Big Data in Practice.

14:20 - 14:40

Functional for the Backend

Antranig Vardanian, illuria

Functional languages and principles are not new, but are seeing renewed interest in scalable backends.

What is the motivation and evolution of functional languages and principles from Erlang to Go, and how are they on scalability and SOLID principles?

Antranig Vardanian loves open source and hacking.

14:40 - 15:00

Breaking the CAP Theorem

Armen Rostomian, illuria

"Everything you know about data systems is wrong." This primer on real-time and event-driven systems will explore how we can get CAP: consistency, availability and partition tolerance.

Armen has experience in adtech, neural interfaces, blockchain, food delivery, genomics and augmented reality. These days, he just likes to build useful systems of people and/or things.

15:00 - 15:20

Cloud and Containers


Ask and vote on questions here!

The new stack for deploying at scale offers lots of powerful options from Lambda, CloudFlare Workers and Firebase to Docker, Swarm and Kubernetes.

But when are functions, containers and orchestration the right choice? Should you use a managed service or your own?

Our questions will be answered by Stefan, Antranig, Armen and Dave Wilson, VP of Web and Cloud Engineering, IntelinAir.

15:20 - 15:40

Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:00


Growing an ecosystem

Hambardzum Kaghketsyan, SmartGateVC

Tech in Armenia and similar ecosystems around the world continues to grow exponentially, reflected in the natural shift to product companies.

What are the concrete numbers in terms of companies, dollars and talent? And what are the key differentiators for a team and for an ecosystem?

Hambardzum Kaghketsyan is Partner at SmartGateVC, investing in early-stage companies in deep tech.

16:00 - 16:20

Engineering at a growing startup


Ask and vote on questions here!

More and more startups are being founded, funded and grown in Armenia and around the world.

As they grow, they are looking for talented developers to join their teams and share in the success. What are the opportunities for your growth as a developer? And what skills are they looking for?

The panel includes investor Hambardzum Kaghketsyan, SmartGateVC and founders Arto Minasyan, 2Hz and Tatul Ajamyan, Wakie, engineering director Harutyun Baghdasaryan, Disqo, operations director Ashot Tonoyan, ServiceTitan and senior software engineer Armen Khachikyan, IntelinAir.

16:20 - 16:50

After Hours


Guests and speakers

You are invited to follow up with open discussion to coffee, snacks and sunset views of Yerevan and Mount Ararat from the ISTC dining area and terrace.

17:00 - 18:00



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