Ahmad Awais



I am now a Google Developers Expert in Web Technologies!

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Google has just welcomed me in the Google Developers Experts Program after recognizing my open source work as a web technology expert. As you can imagine, I’m quite happy to have earned this distinction.

Woohooo! πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

Google Developers Expert Ahmad Awais

πŸ˜‡ The Story Goes Like this…#

I worked alongside the Google Developer Relations team back in 2017 hacking together a couple of open source projects. Since then I’ve got the opportunity to hang out with and work alongside some of the finest engineers in the web industry.

Experts Program

A global program to recognize individuals who are experts and thought leaders in one or more Google technologies. These professionals actively contribute and support the developer and startup ecosystems around the world, helping them build and launch highly innovative apps.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a expert in the subject area.
  • Have the ability to articulate clearly and provide meaningful advice to others.
  • Display continued activity in the startup and developer ecosystem, by:
    • Being an influential and recognized speaker at large and small tech conferences.
    • Creating high quality technical content, including: tutorials, code samples, educational books, blogs posts, and videos.
    • Mentoring tech entrepreneurs in designing, developing, and distributing their products.

That’s basically how I got the invite from a couple of Googlers and ended up going through the Google Developers Experts interview process. You are first referred by a Googler and then vetted through a fair interview process.

πŸŽ– The Badge#

I’m a developer advocate for Open Source & JavaScript. You can find me advocating all things F/OSS. Over the years, I’ve produced 170+ open source projects which are used by millions of developers today.

2019 GDE Web Technologies Badge

So, I had a couple of interviews with a web GDE and a Googler β€” the rest, as they say, is history. You can read more about the process here. As a form of recognition, the Google Developers Experts also get a badge. I got the one for Web Technologies.

Ahmad Awais 2019 GDE Web Technologies Profile Badge

🦊 What’s Next?#

Well, for the most part, it’s business as usual. I love open-source and developers are my people. I am going to keep doing what I do as a developer advocate. Building communities and helping developers.

Ahmad Awais Google Developers Expert

βœ… I’m super eager to work alongside the development teams behind Chrome’s V8 Engine and the Speed/Perf team that works on making the web more accessible for everyone but especially for the Next Billion Users.

πŸš€ This GDE program membership is a blessing in disguise for my work on Progressive Web Apps and the JavaScript SEO issues that I so badly want to address as I work on JAMstack applications with offline support via Service Workers. Has to do with the Mobile-First Test using Chrome 42 (I guess).

πŸ€™ I’m going to be releasing seven pretty awesome pieces of open-source software (somewhat interconnected) that I’ve been working on for quite some time now. This is something I am super excited to share.

πŸ—£οΈ I’ve several speaking engagements planned throughout the year. With the GDE program, there are going to be a couple more opportunities for me to speak β€” especially about web performance with PWAs and JAMstack β€” at a few local conferences. Fingers crossed.

If you’re planning an event that has to do with developers and you’d like me to talk about the cutting-edge web? Then go ahead, read the Want Me To Talk page and get in touch with me.

😎 Global GDE Summit#

In October 2019, I was invited to Google’s Silicon Valley campus on an all-paid trip to a gathering of 400+ Google Developers Experts. That summit was super awesome.

The opening keynote was by the astronaut Dr. Garrett Reisman. He had worked with NASA and now works with Elon Musk at SpaceX. Phenomenal story of his 100+ days in the space. He made us laugh a lot.

Ahmad Awais Google Developers Expert Web Technologies Profile

Then two full days of awesome panel discussions with different teams at Google and several NDA’d workshops, talks, updates on what’s next with Google Developers. I also attended a Technical Writing course.

Saturday night we had the party at the Tech Interactive Museum in San Jose, California. It was a fun way of networking & nerding out with GDEs from all over the world.

And the closing keynote was from David Nihill was all about making your audiences laugh. Yes, it was on “how to talk funny”. For an amateur comedian like me, that was everything I needed.

Ahmad Awais GDE Summit

I wonder if you can spot me in there? OK…I’m there on extreme left in the fourth row from bottom, here.

…and a lot more of these in this open album.

Peace! ✌️

I help businesses understand developers πŸ“Ÿ Launching Node.js CLI Automation Course πŸ‘¨β€πŸ« Edutainer at VSCode.pro 🎩 An award-winning open-source engineer and developer advocate 🦊 Google Developers Expert for web 🌳 Node.js foundation Community Committee member ✌️ Author of various open-source dev-tools and software libraries used by millions of developers worldwide ⓦ WordPress Core Developer πŸ“£ TEDx Speaker πŸ™Œ Leading developers and publishing technical content for over a decade πŸ˜‚ Self-confessed tech comedian working with the JavaScript web and cloud communities πŸ’œ Loves his wife (Maedah) ❯ Learn more about Awais ↣

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