Hi 👋🏽 I’m Rebecca!

Hi there, my name is Rebecca (aka Riggaroo!) and welcome to my blog! I’m an Android Developer Relations Engineer at Google, but this is my personal blog. I’m from South Africa but moved to London at the beginning of 2022.  

More recently my work can be found on the Android Developers YouTube Channel, developer.android.com and Medium, as this blog has become somewhat dormant since this hobby became my full time job.

You will find loads of content around different aspects of Software Engineering with a focus on Android content. 

My Background

I started developing on Android in 2012. I’ve worked on a wide range of applications from many different industries such as media streaming industry at DStv, photo editing industry at GoDaddy Studio (previously Over), health and fitness industry for Discovery Vitality, banking and insurance industry with Momentum and vehicle tracking at Netstar and Tracker. I strive to build high quality android apps which shows in many of my projects such as GoDaddy Studio, where the app has been featured on Google Play multiple times. 

I graduated cum laude from the University of Johannesburg in 2012 with a BSc Honours degree in Information Technology. In March 2016, I was awarded the status of Google Developer Expert for Android. I enjoy public speaking and frequently speak at conferences and local meet ups, I’ve spoken in many different countries around the world including: Kenya, Ukraine, Poland, Switzerland, United States (New York and Atlanta), Italy, South Africa, UK on many different topics from “Paving the path to becoming a better Android Developer” to “Practical Image Processing on Android”. I’ve given over 50 presentations in the past few years.

My blog has been featured multiple times in Android Weekly for its content on Android development with over 60+ articles on different development topics. In June 2016, I was selected as part of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans.

I was an organiser of the local Google Developer Group for Johannesburg which runs monthly meet ups on Google related technology such as Firebase, Android, Chrome, Angular etc. Since starting the meetup in January 2017, I helped grow the community to over 2000 members on meetup by running over 20 events.

I am a passionate, hard-working individual who loves a challenge. I like mentoring younger developers and sharing my knowledge with those around me.

Apps I’ve worked on:

Twitter: @Riggaroo

LinkedIn: Rebecca Franks