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WTM - Help me WebUSB | Bridging the digital gap for women and girls

May 15, 2019 · Johannesburg, South Africa

In the month of May we will be hosting our first WTM meetup with an all-women line-up. We will have Fadzayi Chiwandire giving us a talk about Bridging the digital gap for women and girls and Gergana Young telling us all about how we need to help her with WebUSB, we are her only hope 🤖Should be epic!

17:45 - 18:00 - Food and drinks are served, get comfy and prepare yourself to learn some new things!

18:00 - 18:15 - Welcome to GDG!

18:15 - 18:40 - Bridging the digital gap for women and girls - Fadzayi Chiwandire

To raise the quality of life in our communities, we need to support the growth and empowerment of women and girls. This is because when we allow women to lead, they do not only lead and fight for their own growth, but they fight for their children and for their communities. They give voice to issues that are important for everyone’s collective future.

18:40 - 18:45 - Small Breather

18:45 - 19:30 - Help me WebUSB, you're my only hope - Gergana Young

If I told you this talk is about USB, you would probably think of something mundane like a mouse, keyboard or printer. But these are not the droids we are looking for. What if I told you it is about USB on the web?
For me, USB devices running on the web include adventures with ActiveX, Internet Explorer 8 and Windows XP. USB devices whose drivers only run under very specific and relatively old conditions, but are still a requirement. We have one of three options: We settle for what we have been presented with, we splash out and replace all of the devices, or we find a new, more creative, cross-platform solution.
JavaScript: A new hope! In this talk, I would like to tell you about the WebUSB API, what it is, how it works, and what it means for web developers. Using some devices I have had to deal with, I will show you how to connect to them directly from the browser. The WebUSB API gives us hope for the future of integrating hardware and the web.

19:30 - 19:45 - Giveaways and Thanks!

JoziHub, 44 Stanley.

Lots of great content and smart developers! (Oh and some awesome prizes to be won!)

Yourself, and maybe a friend if you are shy to chat to people (don't be shy!)

JoziHub is a co-working spot located in 44 Stanley. You can find more about their venue here: http://jozihub.org/

Please remember, we have a code of conduct at our meetup. Everyone is welcome and if you feel uncomfortable please let any of the organisers know.

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    GDG Johannesburg is a local community run Google Developer Group (GDG). Google Developer Groups are for developers who are interested in Google's developer technology; everything from the Android, Chrome, Drive, and Google Cloud platforms, to product APIs like the Cast API, Maps API, and YouTube API. At the core, GDGs are focused on developers and technical content, and the core audience is developers. GDG Johannesburg aims to meet once a month, the first Wednesday evening every month. The official venue

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