Google Developer Student Clubs (GDSC)

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GDSC stands for Google Developer Student Clubs. Google DSCs are a program run by Google to support and empower students who are interested in technology. They provide resources and support for students to learn and apply their skills, including access to Google technologies, mentorship from Google experts, and opportunities to connect with other students and professionals in the tech industry.

GDSC IIT Mandi was established in AY 2021-22 by Shubham Saurav (B19222). This year, Arkadeep Ghosh is leading the club. The GDSC Leads are chosen by Google itself through a transparent application and interview process. It has conducted about 30 events since it started last year, including sessions, talks, hackathons, bootcamps, study jams, etc. Kindly find more details about the past events in the next section. Since GDSC is a known and renowned student club, we are often reached out by various speakers, other colleges, and organisations such as Coding Ninjas for collaborations.

For the last two years, our FA was Dr. Manas Thakur. So far, GDSC has stayed in touch with KP and other technical clubs through the Technical Secretary to manage and schedule the events in a way that is the most fruitful for the student community. We recently conducted a fun event "Hide & Seek" in collaboration with Kamand Prompt, STAC, Robotronics club, and E-Cell. We also conducted a Cybersecurity Bootcamp to help with the Inter-IIT Tech Meet preparations. GDSC is an active part of the SnTC ecosystem already. By getting an official club under SnTC, it will allow us to function smoothly along with other technical clubs and will provide us official support under the Technical Society for a smoother conduction of events on an even bigger scale. The college students can benefit from the exposure and network GDSC can bring.

Past Events:

Compose Camp:

The event focused on teaching participants the fundamentals of developing Android applications. During the session, participants were introduced to the latest version of Kotlin, Android Studio, Object-Oriented Programming (OOPs), and Jetpack Compose. During the camp, students built their very own Dice Roller App and Portfolio App using Kotlin and Jetpack Compose. The participants were encouraged to follow along with the instructor to develop their own Android app, with a focus on publishing it on the Google Play Store.

Google Cloud Career Practitioner:

Google Cloud Career Practitioner was a program designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in cloud computing. The program covered a wide range of topics, including cloud architecture, security, data analysis, and machine learning. Participants learn how to use various Google Cloud tools and services, such as Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, and App Engine. It provided hands-on experience through interactive labs and projects. At the end of the program, participants were able to take the Google Cloud certification exam and become a Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer.

Git for Geeks:

Git for Geeks was a two-session event organized by GDSC, aimed at familiarising participants with Git, Github, and version control, as well as providing insights into Open Source and Google Summer of Code. In the first session, participants learned how to make their first commit using Git and Github, while the second session focused on introducing Open Source and Google Summer of Code and how participants can contribute. The event was designed to help participants gain an understanding of version control and the importance of Git and Github in software development, as well as provide opportunities for participants to get involved with Open Source projects.

Cybersecurity Bootcamp:

An intensive program designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the rapidly evolving world of cybersecurity. The bootcamp consisted of 6 sessions over the course of 3 weeks, each focusing on a specific aspect of cybersecurity. The sessions included an introductory session on Capture The Flag (CTF), open to all interested participants, covering the basics of CTF, including what it is, how it works, and the various types of challenges you may encounter. It was an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to get started with cybersecurity, regardless of their background or experience.

GDSC Solution Challenge:

The GDSC Solution Challenge was aimed at encouraging the students to showcase their technical skills and creativity by developing innovative solutions to one or more of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals using Google technologies. Over the course of the challenge, the participants worked in teams to develop their solutions. They spent hours brainstorming, coding, and testing their solutions to ensure that they were effective and efficient. The solutions ranged from mobile apps to web applications, and from AI models to data analytics tools.

Shall we Dual?:

The event was designed to introduce participants to the world of open-source software and help them improve their technical skills. The session was focused on exploring Linux and its basics of dual-booting. The participants learned how to install and set up Linux on their computers alongside their existing operating systems. The session covered the most popular Linux distributions and their features, as well as some essential command-line tools that made life easier for the participants.