Hacking With The Homies Developer Conference 2020: Supporting the Detroit Tech Community

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As human beings, we all desire deeper connections – especially with people who reflect our own experiences, background, and struggles. Usually, these opportunities are scarce for diversity software developers, but the first ever Hacking With The Homies Developer Conference is helping to fill that gap.

Hosted by Detroit Black Tech, this event provided members of the local diverse tech community a chance to discuss hot tech topics with their peers, building bonds of trust that will last. When we were approached to collaborate on the event, our team was eager to do our part to satisfy this vital need.

On February 29th, almost 150 software developers came together to participate in a conference that we won’t soon forget. Here’s what you need to know about Hacking With The Homies 2020  – and why you can expect to see us there next year.

Incredible Insight from Top Developers

The best conferences find ways to give attendees unique value, and Hacking With The Homies was no exception. Speakers at the event covered some of the hottest topics in the software development community (GoLang, DevOps, Blockchain, AI, Application Testing, Kubernetes, etc.), but with a catch. They could only use three slides in their presentation, using the rest of their time to present a live coding walk-thru.

Bryan Campbell kicked off the conference and set the tone for the day. During his session, he showcased the speed, efficiency, and testing capabilities of GoLang, but also echoed a pivotal message to his audience. Through his own career, he learned to embrace what was special about his unique talents and passion, finding his suitable path rather than forcing himself into a role.

The theme and content of Bryan’s kickoff combined with the format of the day’s presentations sparked an incredible energy from the crowd. In the spirit of our shared success, presenters made all of their slides and code available through a GitHub repository.

Building Lasting Connections

Just as important were the opportunities to build connections. Speakers engaged with audience members and made themselves available after their session, answering questions and building relationships. Attendees asked perceptive questions, shared their insights, provided real-world scenarios, and contributed their own personal stories in a way that forged deeper connection in the Detroit community.

At the conference’s Happy Hour, the momentum of the day continued as people took the time to get to know one another. Chatting with some of the exceptional local talent, we’re optimistic that the Hacking With The Homies Developer Conference is only the beginning of something unforgettable – where Black and Brown software developers can share their experiences and feel known on a deeper level.

“In my own experience, events like Hacking With The Homies linger with you after the fact, inspiring you to stay curious and continue to foster connections with new and long-running partners,” said Eric Hardy, President and CEO of w3r Consulting. “Our team is eager to collaborate with Detroit Black Tech next year to help Hacking With The Homies grow.”

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