Hampton Roads DevFest

Grow Your Knowledge, Sharpen Your Skills. DevFest is back for 2017!

Hampton Roads DevFest is a technology conference on Friday, Nov. 10th 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!

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

Google Developers
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.

  • Sep 28

    Speakers and Sessions determined.

  • Sep 18

    Call for speakers has closes. Stay tuned for the lineup this week...

  • Sep 15

    Ticket sales open.

  • Sep 11

    Chesapeake Conference Center chosen as location.

  • Aug 11

    Call for speakers opens.

The schedule

Friday, November 10th 8:00am - 5:30pm

  • 800

    Registration & Breakfast

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

  • 900
    Speaker

    Keynote - (Kevin Curry)

    Opening remarks for the conference start and keynote presentation by Kevin Curry.

    Kevin Curry is the Managing Partner and CTO at Comparity in Virginia Beach, VA. His active in CodeForAmerica

    @3ScapeMe
    LinkedIn
    about.me
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Kevin Curry

  • 1000
    Speaker

    Talk Reversi (Marla Schuchman)

    This talk involves a group of policy makers and other business leaders from around the region invited for an open forum discussion where the audience is asked the questions and the panel sits and listens. The topic will focus on three items: jobs/employment conditions, regional connectivity, and resources needed to grow/support the tech community. Potential invitees: transportation planning officials, City Council members, CEOs/VPs of influential organizations, and others as relevant.

    Marla Schuchman has spent nearly a decade assisting startups and technology companies to launch new products and services. She has worked with national and international companies including ARX (acquired by Docusign), Wix, and Virginia Beach based 7 Cups of Tea. Her consulting firm, Three Sheep, works with early-stage entrepreneurs and small business owners on everything from prototyping to pitching investors. Marla is deeply involved with regional efforts to facilitate new business growth through startup pitch competitions, accelerator and incubator programs. She is a Mentor for The Founder's Institute at 1701 Virginia Beach, and teaches at Thomas Nelson Community College and the Virginia Beach Public Library. Marla holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Studies, and a Masters of Science in Technology Management, both from NYU. She lives in York County with her husband and their son.

    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Marla Schuchman

  • 1100
    Speaker

    The Beauty of the Actor Pattern in Multi-threaded iOS (Mike Rollins)

    Threads in iOS can be a bear. But the adoption of the right pattern can help tame the beast. At Flurry, we've used the Actor pattern to help us with the continual need to build bulletproof code without impeding on the needs of the developer.

    About Mike: 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

  • 1200

    Lunch

    Complimentary lunch in the main conference area.

  • 100
    Speaker

    Leveraging Kubernetes for everyone (Stanley Zheng)

    Kuberetes is an container orchestration technology that can help you deliver services to your users faster and more robustly. Home has been leveraging kubernetes to develop and run micro services. Kubernetes ecosystem is full of terminology and jargon but it still uses the same ways we been shipping software for years. We will go over how to get started with running containers to going to production with kubernetes.

    Stanley Zheng is a Software Developer from Norfolk, VA. His two main goto languages are JavaScript and Python. Outside of code, he enjoys biking and practicing yoga. Currently, he's developer at homes.com where they're rebuilding their software stack in an exciting way!

    @stanzheng
    LinkedIn
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Stanley Zheng

  • 200
    Speaker

    Writing Haskell in YOUR Favorite Language (Robert Chrzanowski)

    Ever wonder how to write pure programs that still do something useful other than warm the room? Well, it's your lucky day; the Haskell programming language has you covered. But you say you must use language X. No problem, I'll show you how to stay pure in your favorite language (Kotlin)!

    Robert Chrzanowski is a mobile software engineer for Outsite Networks. His passion is in learning new programming paradigms, climbing out of Turing tarpits and building robots. He lives with is wife Michelle and cats Clover, Moe and Diablo.

    @Robert_Chrzanow
    LinkedIn
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Robert Chrzanowski

  • 300
    Speaker

    Building Baymax - Creating a Health Care Companion with Google Assistant (Greg Norman)

    Home assistant devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home are fun and useful, but also have the potential to reshape the lives of their users - especially those with physical impairments and health needs. In this talk we'll look at the opportunities these devices offer to become more than a piece of hardware on a table, and how we can specifically leverage the Google Assistant platform to better understand ourselves.

    Greg Norman is a web consultant and software developer with 19 years of experience, who builds awesome web apps and sites for clients while also hacking his own health in his free time. He focuses on helping clients make more money while also helping other developers figure out how to succeed in spite of adversity.

    @raelshark
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Greg Norman

  • 400
    Speaker

    Building a career in security (Kevin Jones)

    Building a career in information security can be difficult. We'll discuss my adventure building a career in information security, what worked great for me, and what didn't work so great for me. Here we'll try and understand exactly what "security" is, and what options people have if they want to push their career in that direction.

    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Kevin Jones

  • 500

    Closing remarks & Raffle

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

  • 530

    Happy Hour

    Happy Hour location TBD.

  • 800

    Registration & Breakfast

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

  • 900
    Speaker

    Keynote - (Kevin Curry)

    Opening remarks for the conference start and keynote presentation by Kevin Curry.

    Kevin Curry is the Managing Partner and CTO at Comparity in Virginia Beach, VA. His active in CodeForAmerica

    @3ScapeMe
    LinkedIn
    about.me
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Kevin Curry

  • 1000
    Speaker

    Talk Reversi (Marla Schuchman)

    This talk involves a group of policy makers and other business leaders from around the region invited for an open forum discussion where the audience is asked the questions and the panel sits and listens. The topic will focus on three items: jobs/employment conditions, regional connectivity, and resources needed to grow/support the tech community. Potential invitees: transportation planning officials, City Council members, CEOs/VPs of influential organizations, and others as relevant.

    Marla Schuchman has spent nearly a decade assisting startups and technology companies to launch new products and services. She has worked with national and international companies including ARX (acquired by Docusign), Wix, and Virginia Beach based 7 Cups of Tea. Her consulting firm, Three Sheep, works with early-stage entrepreneurs and small business owners on everything from prototyping to pitching investors. Marla is deeply involved with regional efforts to facilitate new business growth through startup pitch competitions, accelerator and incubator programs. She is a Mentor for The Founder's Institute at 1701 Virginia Beach, and teaches at Thomas Nelson Community College and the Virginia Beach Public Library. Marla holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Studies, and a Masters of Science in Technology Management, both from NYU. She lives in York County with her husband and their son.

    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Marla Schuchman

  • 1100
    Speaker

    Machine Learning APIs (Chida Sadayappan)

    This session, gives an overview of the emerging Machine Learning concepts and how one can leverage Google Cloud APIs to quickly build applications.

    Chida Sadayappan is a Technical Entrepreneur, currently manages an Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning Stratup, Blitzar.Io. He successfully exited couple of technology companies in the past 12+ years of his entrepreneurial career.

    @schida
    LinkedIn
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Chida Sadayappan

  • 1200

    Lunch

    Compimentary lunch in the main conference area.

  • 100

    "Reactive" Robots With Android Things (Benjamin Early)

    Building a sumo bot using a Raspberry Pi 3, omni wheels, laser cutters, the Android IOT Platform, RXJava, & Kotlin.

    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 Early

  • 200
    Speaker

    Serverless Architecture - What, Why, and How? (Daniel Worsnup)

    Serverless is one of those new buzzwords that everyone seems to be throwing around. Is it really going to kill all other computing architectures? Is it just a new trend that will soon fade away and is not worth your time to learn? In this talk we will see what serverless architecture is, why it developed, and what problems it is intended to solve. It is important for all software developers to have a basic understanding of serverless computing because all major cloud providers (Google, Amazon, and Microsoft) are rolling out their own flavors of serverless architecture, and major tech companies are turning to the model to power various parts of the tech stack. We will sample the power and convenience of serverless computing by developing a simple web application using AWS Lambda functions and a few other AWS services. We will see how Lambda is able to completely eliminate the need for explicitly defined and managed server instances. Finally, we will see how to utilize a platform like Serverless (https://serverless.com/) to remove your application’s dependence on a single cloud provider.

    Daniel Worsnup is a software engineer at ForRent.com, a subsidiary of Dominion Enterprises in Norfolk, VA. As a core developer on the front end team, he has been integral in building ForRent’s new responsive web application, which helps millions of users per month find their next home. He is passionate about developing high-performance, scalable applications for the modern web. His prior professional experience includes front end engineering roles at several marketing agencies around the US and a startup in Winnipeg, ON. Daniel holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.

    @worsnupd
    LinkedIn
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Daniel Worsnup

  • 300
    Speaker

    Living on the Grid (Jason Wilson)

    CSS Grid affords us with native CSS tools to structure our layouts and control their behaviour in responsive environments. This talk will Introduce you to CSS grid and cover some of the amazing things you can accomplish with this new standard.

    About Jason: I am a wearer of many hats. Presently a Business Analyst for Trader Interactive, I have been building frontend and backend projects for 17 years. My career journey has taken me through small and large companies and a detour into maritime service. In my free time I craft Minecraft worlds with my two children, dabble in freelance, and try to keep pace with the amazing new technologies and techniques available to help us build better experiences and communication online.

    @wilsonuponsea
    wilsons.io
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Jason Wilson

  • 400
    Speaker

    Building with Blockchains: Better Distributed Applications (John Feminella)

    Blockchains are a way to create decentralized, permissionless, immutable information — attributes that are highly relevant and valuable for distributed systems. In this talk, we'll explain the core cryptographic fundamentals and distributed-systems properties that make the blockchain work. We'll rely particularly on examples from two of the most popular practical implementations, Bitcoin and Ethereum. By the end of the talk you should have a good understanding what kinds of applications are feasible to design with a blockchain, and the enormous potential that's enabled by one.

    John Feminella is an avid technologist, occasional public speaker, and curiosity advocate. He serves as an advisor to Pivotal, where he works on helping enterprises transform the way they write, operate, and deploy software. He's also the cofounder of a tiny analytics monitoring and reporting startup named UpHex. John lives in Charlottesville, VA and likes meta-jokes, milkshakes, and referring to himself in the third person in speaker bios.

    Speakers:
    Speaker

    John Feminella

  • 500

    Closing remarks & Raffle

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

  • 530

    Happy Hour

    Happy Hour location TBD.

Our speakers

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


Benjamin Earley

Benjamin Earley

Chida Sadayappan

Chida Sadayappan

Greg Norman

Greg Norman

Daniel Worsnup

Daniel Worsnup

Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson

John Feminella

John Feminella

Kevin Curry

Kevin Curry

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Marla Schuchman

Marla Schuchman

Michael Rollins

Michael Rollins

Robert Chrzanowski

Robert Chrzanowski

Stanley Zheng

Stanley Zheng

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