10 Nov 2017

The GDG Brunei Darussalam & Women Techmakers, held its annual event GDG DevFest 2017!

This year’s Google DevFest was lead by Google Developers Group & Women Techmakers President Rahimah Yussof, and the vice-President Pengiran Sarimah Pg Hj Abdul Latiff. The event is supported by co-partners and co-organizers the Progresif Sdn Bhd, SUHBE Co, Open Developer Community.bn, Technovation Brunei, Anak IT and Brunei Geek Meet. The event was generously supported and contributed by sponsors; Google and IT Protective Security Services Sdn Bhd (ITPSS); and co-hosted by iCentre. Aswana Alifah Talip, Ambassador and Country Lead for Brunei contributed by introducing Technovation Challenge 2017-2018 and Vanessa Teo lead on Internet of Things (IoT).

Over eighty ICT enthusiast from school children to professional adults participated in the GDG DevFest 2017 from 10 to 11 November 2017. The GDG DevFest 2017 covered four tracks open to everyone, women and children. For the open tracks, the participants have the opportunity to get Google certification by joining Google web mobile study jam. Participants can upgrade their knowledge and skills from the techtalk and codelab on IoT. Youngsters can use appInventor to build their fresh first mobile application.

Ariffin Sabli & Eddysham Sanif from Research & Development Team, of ITPSS Sdn Bhd talked about ‘Let’s talk Application Security’. The talk highlights on how developers can secure the development of their applications. The talk discussed views from a hacker’s perspective on how they could compromise an application and also covered the steps on building countermeasure against such attacks. A live demonstration was showcased on how an application can be compromised by a malicious person.

The second talk titled, ‘Android Backdoor, Disassembly and Malicious Code Injection’ presented by Mohamad Azad Zaki Hj Tahir & Norazmi Hj Serudin from the Digital Forensic Team, ITPSS Sdn Bhd. The talk discusses on android exploitation methods commonly used by cybercriminals to steal, collect or spy using an android platform. It also covered on how a legitimate application can be malicious through reverse engineering, creating a backdoor on most androids. A live demonstration was performed with the intent to create an awareness for both application developers and android users in general.

GDG Brunei Darussalam hope that from the knowledge that is gained, the participants and the Google community will continue to keep up, explore, be more creative, vibrant and innovative in venturing to become an elite knowledge based economy. With the continuous support from the community, GDG Brunei Darussalam can further develop the local community in applications development in Brunei Darussalam, so that together we meet our shared vision of Brunei 2035.

For more information, please visit www.gdg.com.bn, www.technovationchallenge.org and www.itpss.com.