Start UP: Incandescent GDSC-USTP Info Session And Team Building Event 2022

Start UP Incandescent GDSC-USTP

The best way to greet and invite new members is to hold a team-building event! Therefore, the Google Development Student Club of USTP held the Start UP: Incandescent, an info session, and team-building event last October 15, 2022. 

Let us look at the exciting welcome party held by the GDSC-USTP.

What is Start-UP: Incandescent?

The Start-Up: Incandescent was held for a whole day last October 15, 2022, by the GDSC-USTP. It was an event that aimed to promote camaraderie among its club members, both old and new, and strengthen their bonds. In addition, the info session helped encourage the newly enrolled students to join the club by having speakers from other branches share their experiences! 

Meet some of their speakers below:



𝗡𝗛𝗜 𝗡𝗚𝗨𝗬𝗘𝗡
Community Manager, GDSC Philippines, Vietnam, and Greater Mekong
Topic: 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗨𝗣: 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗖𝗹𝘂𝗯𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱

𝗥𝗔𝗬𝗠𝗨𝗡𝗗 𝗝𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗣𝗛 𝗜𝗚𝗗𝗢𝗡
Creatives Head, GDG Cagayan de Oro
Topic: 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽𝘀

𝗛𝗔𝗡𝗡𝗔𝗛 𝗠𝗔𝗘 𝗛𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗜𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗥𝗔
Mentor, GDSC USTP (2021 – 2022)
Lead, GDSC USTP (2020 – 2021)
Topic: 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗨𝗣: 𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗚𝗗𝗦𝗖 𝗨𝗦𝗧𝗣 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱

𝗝𝗔𝗠𝗘𝗦 𝗥𝗬𝗔𝗡 𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗚
Lead, GDSC STI CDO
Topic: 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗜 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗠𝘆 𝗚𝗗𝗦𝗖 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘆




𝗜Ñ𝗜𝗚𝗢 𝗙𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗜𝗦 𝗩𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗘𝗦
Lead, GDSC Xavier
Topic: 𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗜 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗚𝗗𝗦𝗖

The speakers showed their love and passion for technology and web development by joining the GDSC. 

What is the purpose of the GDSC?

The Google Developer Student Club is a university-based community group that connects like-minded students interested in Google developer technologies. 

Graduates and undergrads aiming to grow as developers are welcomed with open arms. Moreover, the GDSC encourages peer-to-peer learning environments and builds solutions for local businesses and communities.

The Team Building Events

First Stop: The Pointing Game

The first team-building event was the pointing game, where the members gathered and shared their strategies and teamwork as they tried to avoid the direction pointed out by the facilitator. Of course, the team must stay away from the direction indicated, as it’ll result in the whole team having to start over.

The game encouraged everyone to feel that they belonged to a team by making them responsible for the team’s failure if they made a mistake. Once you acknowledge that you are not alone, working together with the other members becomes easier.

Second Stop: Charades

The second event is played by gathering the members as they guess the word/phrase from the actions of another member who may not speak.

The best part of this game is that it makes everyone think outside the box. In addition, you get to share ideas with everyone making it a fun way to make friends and strengthen bonds.

Third Stop: Guess A City

The members gathered as they guessed the location of a video, picture, or other graphical representation shown by the facilitator. The team showed their teamwork as they brainstormed on speculating the place indicated on the given material.

With the amount of brainstorming this game entails, each team has to give an answer based on everyone’s guess. In addition, exchanging ideas is one of the most effective ways to connect with other people, and this game pushes it to the limit!

Fourth Stop: Category Game

The members gathered as they named a noun based on the assertions in the given letter. The team showed their teamwork as they brainstormed on guessing the answer.

Since each team had already warmed up their brains from the previous game, the fourth game seemed effortless, as many teams proceeded to advance to the next stop in less than 5 minutes.

Fifth Stop: Head Shoulder Knees Game

The members gathered as the facilitator indicated where they should place their hands, which can be their head, shoulder, knees, toes, or cup. Their primary objective was to hold the cup between two opposing teams, the person that gets to grab the cup first gets eliminated, and the last team standing will lose.

The fun in this game is watching people reach for the cup from awkward positions. However, the importance of this game is shown by having each team member participate. Not only will they be able to influence the flow of the game, but they are also rewarded by being able to see the fruits of their hard work.

Closing Remarks

The Start UP: Incandescent event was a huge success, having been able to establish its presence. In addition, the support of its members was very prominent as they went all out with the event. Congratulations! 

To get to know more about GDSC-USTP, check out their Facebook page today. – WhatALife!/Vaughn

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Also read: iNNOVATE: GDSC USTP Solutions Fest 2022

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