Google Developers Experts (GDEs) are a global network of experienced product strategists, designers, developers and marketing professionals actively supporting developers, startups and companies changing the world through web and mobile applications.
GDEs are experienced, recognized developers of Google technologies as well as outstanding professionals in product strategy, UX/UI, marketing, growth hacking and monetization. They distinguish themselves through frequently speaking at conferences, share their passion and experience by publishing videos and tutorials, writing code samples, mentoring developers and startups and much more. Thanks to their support, developers, high-potential startups and technical communities around the world build and launch highly innovative apps.
The experts to-be go through a stringent procedure of evaluation which is divided into multiple stages, which includes submission of an application which can be done by nomination through a Google employee or partner, an interview with a GDE from the similar area of expertise and an interview with a Google employee. The applicants are assessed in order to gather their familiarity with the category they have applied for and their ability to articulate them. In order to become a GDE and stay in the position, the experts have certain criteria to fulfill. They need to be an expert on the relevant subject or area. They must have an ongoing activity in that category. This can include blogging, speaking at conferences or mentoring developers and startups at different events. Lastly, they need to be able to deliver meaningful advice and support to others.
The program itself is run by Google Developers, which gives Experts access to valuable know-how and a network of product, design and marketing experts within Google and the wider world. The GDEs participate in the program for one year but it can be extended further after the annual review. A GDE can be a member of the program but cannot be an employee of the Google.
Mashhood Rastgar enters the list of only 52 Angular Google Experts all around the world.
Mashhood Rastgar has been accepted as one of the Web and Angular GDEs based in Pakistan. He is the first technical GDE from Pakistan, the other one being Saad Hamid who is a GDE in marketing. They are part of the top-notch currently 540 GDEs from all over the world.
This surely is a great feat for Pakistan. Mashhood Rastgar has made a name for himself in international developers community and is focused on bringing more expert developers into the open source limelight.