Hampton Roads DevFest

Grow Your Knowledge, Sharpen Your Skills. DevFest is back for 2016!

Hampton Roads DevFest is a technology conference on Friday, Nov. 4th focused on giving software engineers in the region exposure to new innovations and best practices.

This fun packed conference will showcase numerous topics relevant to software developers for expanding your toolbox while networking with your peers. This year's conference will have a dedicated geek out room to have fun with some toys!

And yes, there will be swag! Lots of swag... come test your luck during the raffle :-)

This event is in coordination with Google's DevFest season and support.

Google Developers

UXPA Norfolk will be hosting a World Usability Day celebration in our geek out room featuring demos and informational posters.

World Usability Day (worldusabilityday.org) is a single day of events that brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups for our common objective: to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use. World Usability Day is about celebrating the strides we have made in creating usable products and educating the masses about how usability impacts our daily lives. It is about making our world work better.

Google Developers

Checkout Our Keynote Interview!

150 Attendees
13 Sessions

Latest news

Below are a few of the latest happenings. Stay informed on Twitter or in the hrdevfest channel in the 757Dev slack.

  • Aug 5

    Speakers and Sessions have been chosen!

  • July 31

    Call for speakers has closed. Stay tuned for the lineup in a few days...

  • July 18

    Michael Rollins from Yahoo! will be the keynote speaker this year!

  • June 30

    Wave 1 Tickets have sold out!

  • May 31

    Call for speakers has opened! Please submit a talk below before July 31st.

  • May 31

    Wave 1 tickets are now on sale!! Get yours before they run out.

  • May 31

    Sponsorship packages are now available. Take a look below if you are interested in supporting this great event!

  • May 16

    DevFest 2016 has been announced. Stay tuned for important dates.

The schedule

Friday, November 4th 8:00am - 7:30pm

  • 800

    Registration & Breakfast

    Registration for attendees and complimentary breakfast. Please bring your ticket confirmation.

  • 900
    Speaker

    Keynote - Suffering: Rebasing Reality (Michael Rollins)

    Opening remarks for the conference start and keynote presentation on Suffering: Rebasing Reality by Michael Rollins.

    I have done it all, from backend work, web services, front end JS before the great JS revolution (back in the days of ExtJS). I teethed on gov't contracting here locally, then made the jump to Silicon Valley and Flurry as a remote worker. Now, I'm a mobile engineer focusing on developer and partner relations, a rare breed of engineer that speaks to the outside world and loves every second of it.

    @rollinsio
    LinkedIn
    http://rollins.io/
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Michael Rollins

  • 1000
    Speaker

    My Power Bill is Too Darn High (Blaine Price)

    Blaine describes the process of building an inexpensive home automation system using TrailsJS and Arduino.

    Senior Developer at Langa, serial tinkerer, Ghent-dweller.

    @wbprice
    http://wbprice.com/
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Blaine Price

  • 1100
    Speaker

    PHP, AWS, and Sleep (Guillermo A. Fisher)

    Deploying scalable, fault-tolerant PHP applications into AWS is easier than you think. In this talk, we'll cover some of the tools and concepts critical to the development of modern PHP applications and take a look at some Amazon Web Service products that will make your life easier... and help you sleep better at night.

    I am a father, husband, and software developer currently working at Dominion Enterprises. I'm also the founder of the Hampton Roads PHP User Group, and a contributor to a number of FOSS projects.

    @guillermoandrae
    http://guillermoandraefisher.com
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Guillermo A. Fisher

  • 1200
    Speaker

    API-Driven Development with GraphQL (Travis Webb)

    In the year since Facebook released the GraphQL specification, novel patterns for middleware and backend development are being experimented with and proffered to the developer community. This talk will present some of these ideas oriented around the API-Driven approach to application prototyping and development in a live-coding walkthrough of an introductory application. During the session, the audience will gain practical insights into how to set up, develop, and conceptually reason about a GraphQL-backed web application.

    Travis is the CEO of Langa, a software consultancy specializing in Node.js and React.js development. Travis has given talks at numerous conference venues, including JSConf, RevolutionConf, and numerous Javascript meetups across the country.

    @tjwebbOnGithub
    http://langa.io
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Travis Webb

  • 100

    Lunch

    Compimentary lunch in the main conference area. Remarks from food sponsor.

  • 200
    Speaker

    Getting Started With Xamarin and Visual Studio 2015 (John Hadzima)

    Learn how to get started developing mobile applications in Visual Studio and Xamarin. We'll start with a brief background of Xamarin and then dive into how to configure Visual Studio and Xamarin to do mobile development. We will then walk through creating Andriod, iOS, and UWP applications natively and then with a shared UI via Xamarin Forms. We'll also cover how to use your C# and .NET Skills to write code that is shared across the platforms.

    John Hadzima is a Senior IT Consultant at Marathon Consulting and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer. He has been working as a developer in Hampton Roads for over 20 years in a variety of languages. He has worked primarily with Microsoft technologies going back to Visual Basic and Visual FoxPro, then progressing to Classic ASP and has worked with .NET since version 1. He is also has extensive database experience with SQL Server, SQL Server Reporting Services, and SQL Server Integration Services and is also doing mobile development. John is one of the co-organizers of the Hampton Roads .NET Users Group and enjoys surfing, golf, and road biking in his free time.

    @JohnHadzima
    LinkedIn
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    John Hadzima

  • 300
    Speaker

    Firebase: Totally Not Parse All Over Again (Benjamin Earley)

    Google has added a ton of features to Firebase, their popular backend-as-a-service solution. Firebase's primary offering is a realtime database in the cloud that syncs changes to and from multiple concurrent users.

    I'm a software engineer currently developing for Android. I am particularly passionate about the open web where people can share, collaborate, learn, and teach freely with each other. Activities that interest me are games, design, hanging out with friends, and finding ways to contribute and share my skills with the community.

    http://BenjaminEarley.com
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Benjamin Earley

  • 400
    Speaker

    Building a Better Angular 2 Dev Environment using Visual Studio and TypeScript (Sidney Andrews)

    Angular 2 has dramatically changed the way Angular applications are built and this requires you to rethink the way you build Angular applications. When creating our Angular 2 course on edX.org (https://www.edx.org/course/developing-dynamic-web-applications-microsoft-dev216x), the Microsoft authoring team decided very early that we will teach the course using Yeoman generators and Visual Studio Code so that it is open to everyone. In this talk, we are going to talk about some of the things learned while this course was built and how you can use Visual Studio Code to manage your NPM packages, debug your application using lite-server, compile your TypeScript code, customize your environment to hide generated JS files, run Yeoman generators and even run Grunt/Gulp tasks all directly in the IDE. We are also going to look at a "template" Angular 2 application that takes advantage of many of these features to give us a developer experience we normally expect from a much more robust IDE. By time we are done, you will be able to run the Yeoman generator yourself on a clean install of Visual Studio Code and get started developing Angular 2 applications today.

    "Sidney Andrews is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Azure MVP with SeeSharpRun.NET. He has a background in ASP.NET web development along with extensive experience developing applications using XAML. Sidney has driven efforts to develop and deliver Azure readiness training through channels such as the Ignite Conference, Microsoft Virtual Academy, Microsoft Official Courseware, internal Microsoft training and even public whitepapers. Sidney is the author of multiple free, online courses on XAML, Cloud and Web development on edX.org. Sidney also leads efforts to open-source traditional classroom training for Azure using GitHub. Sidney's classes on edX: https://www.edx.org/bio/sidney-andrews-0 Sidney's talks on Channel 9: https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Speakers/sidney-andrews"

    @sidney_andrews
    http://www.seesharprun.net
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Sidney Andrews

  • 500

    Closing remarks & Raffle

    Closing remarks for the conference end and raffle time! Remarks from swag sponsor.

  • 530

    Happy Hour

    Happy Hour in the main conference area until 7:30.

  • 800

    Registration & Breakfast

    Registration for attendees and complimentary breakfast. Please bring your ticket confirmation.

  • 900
    Speaker

    Keynote - Suffering: Rebasing Reality (Michael Rollins)

    Opening remarks for the conference start and keynote presentation on Suffering: Rebasing Reality by Michael Rollins.

    I have done it all, from backend work, web services, front end JS before the great JS revolution (back in the days of ExtJS). I teethed on gov't contracting here locally, then made the jump to Silicon Valley and Flurry as a remote worker. Now, I'm a mobile engineer focusing on developer and partner relations, a rare breed of engineer that speaks to the outside world and loves every second of it.

    @rollinsio
    LinkedIn
    http://rollins.io/
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Michael Rollins

  • 1000
    Speaker

    Pokemon Go: Don't Copy the Phenomenon Learn from it (Kristin Fitch)

    What can we learn from Pokemon Go, Virtual Reality and new mobile devices and change the way to design and develop our projects.

    Co-founder http://ZiggityZoom.com , and a network of Family-related web/mobile properties- focusing on Fun, Games, and Creative Learning / Web Strategy

    @kristinfitch
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Kristin Fitch

  • 1100
    Speaker

    Diversity in Tech (Troy Connor)

    Explain how diversity in tech can actually help your company and the means companies are doing for conferences and employment in the future.

    Software Engineer for ETA (Emerging Technology Advisors) and diversity advocate.

    @troy0820
    LinkedIn
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Troy Connor

  • 1200

    Developing for Connection: Building software that people love, buy, & share (Sarah Bray)

    Building software is the easy part: the hard part is getting people to use it, love it, and share it with others. In this talk, you'll learn a simple, honest, human-centered approach to building connection into your software development process. Make well-loved software by connecting users to their goals, each other, and their very best selves.

    Sarah Bray is a digital strategist, designer/dev, and author who spends a lot of time thinking about how our design and marketing choices affect people, including ourselves. She wrote the book Gather the People: A simple, honest approach to creating work that people love, buy, and share. She is currently team lead and strategist at yes&, where she works collaboratively to design experiences that build connection. When she's not hanging out with her team, she's probably reading a book, playing MarioKart or Pokemon Go with her favorite guy and three kids, or dreaming up the next adventure.

    @sarahjbray
    http://sarahjbray.com
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Sarah Bray

  • 100

    Lunch

    Compimentary lunch in the main conference area. Remarks from food sponsor.

  • 200
    Speaker

    UI Natural Selection - Evolving Front Ends (Austin Hodge)

    Learn how you can use machine learning, user analytics, or user feedback to build a user interface that will try to improve itself.

    Austin is a software developer working at 80|20. He spent two years as an engineering student at Virginia Tech, and then left to pursue a career in web development. Austin has focused his efforts on using the latest innovations in web technology to make cutting-edge user interfaces.

    http://austinbhodge.com/
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Austin Hodge

  • 300
    Speaker Speaker Speaker Speaker

    Panel: Interacting with the Real World - for Developers
    (Jen Holloway, Marla Schuchman, Greg Norman, Kevin Druff)

    Discuss with our panelists about Interacting with the Real World - for Developers

    Panelists:
    Marla Schuchman
    Greg Norman
    Jen Holloway
    Kevin Druff

    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Marla Schuchman

    Speaker

    Greg Norman

    Speaker

    Jen Holloway

    Speaker

    Kevin Druff

  • 400
    Speaker

    Nicolas Cage & The Path to Programming (Paul Chin Jr.)

    How I used Nodebots as an excuse to learn to program with no formal training in computer science or engineering.

    Hi, I'm Paul Chin Jr! Hampton Roads native and lover of all things technology, business, and food. I studied business, worked in finance, and went on to start a series of different companies in a wide variety of industries. I've been teaching myself JavaScript for the past year and truly appreciate all of the opportunities that software development has to offer. My current projects revolve around Nodebots and interactive art.

    @paulchinjr
    http://www.github.com/pchinjr
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Paul Chin Jr.

  • 500

    Closing remarks & Raffle

    Closing remarks for the conference end and raffle time! Remarks from swag sponsor.

  • 530

    Happy Hour

    Happy Hour in the main conference area until 7:30.

Our speakers

The amazing people that are here to share with our community.


Austin Hodge

Austin Hodge

Benjamin Earley

Benjamin Earley

Blaine Price

Blaine Price

Greg Norman

Greg Norman

Guillermo Fisher

Guillermo Fisher

Jen Holloway

Jen Holloway

John Hadzima

John Hadzima

Kevin Druff

Kevin Druff

Kristin Fitch

Kristin Fitch

Marla Schuchman

Marla Schuchman

Michael Rollins

Michael Rollins

Paul Chin Jr.

Paul Chin Jr.

Sarah Bray

Sarah Bray

Sidney Andrews

Sidney Andrews

Travis Webb

Travis Webb

Troy Connor

Troy Connor

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FAQ

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