On Saturday, the region’s software developers will come together for the first ever Hampton Roads DevFest.
What are the goals of the conference? To help local developers learn, share ideas and sharpen skills.
But it’s also to let Hampton Roads know that they exist.
“The software community is growing locally,” Erik Olson said. “Hampton Roads businesses don’t need to be looking to to Washington D.C. or Silicon Valley, because we’re catching up. And there’s a lot more of us here than people realize.”
Olson, founder and chief executive officer of the Norfolk software company 80/20, said that it’s only been within the last five years or so that local software developers have come together.
“Once a month, different groups would get together to talk about programming but we’ve never come together as a whole,” Olson said. “The idea for this conference is to get some momentum going.”
The HR DevFest starts on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Issuetrak (located at 6160 Kempsville Circle in Norfolk). Tickets are $25.
Olson delivers his keynote at 9:30 a.m., which will address the challenges of managing a career in the field of technology. Sessions available through the day will deal with specific software platforms, issues and practices.
There’s even a module from consultant and developer Greg Norman on how to “refactor your sleep” for all those wee-hours keyboard wizards who simply don’t know when to cut the coding cord and call it a night.
More information is available at www.hrdevfest.org.