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Experts from Google, Linode and more will be speaking at #DevConf19

Here's our first look at a few our speakers who are going to be at this year's Philly Tech Week conference just for developers.

The D.C. startup is one of 10 companies joining the New York accelerator.

D.C. startup Hatch Apps is joining the latest cohort of Morgan Stanley's Multicultural Innovation Lab, said cofounder Amelia Friedman. The startup that makes software to help teams deploy apps without writing code is one of ten companies that will participate in the accelerator program. Through the New York–based program, Morgan Stanley helps startups who are led by women and people of color. The startups are in the post-seed-Series B phase. The area of focus is a little later-stage than some accelerators, but it's a model we've been seeing lately. In this second year of the program, the cohort doubled in size. Morgan Stanley said it received 300 applications within a month. “The monumental success of the inaugural class proves that the market inefficiency in accessing capital within the start-up scene for women and multicultural entrepreneurs leads to a positive commercial outcome,” Carla A. Harris, Vice Chairman for Global Wealth Management and Head of the Multicultural Client Strategy Group at Morgan Stanley, said in a statement. Over six months, Morgan Stanley offers access to programming through its own internal resources, and others outside the company. Morgan Stanley also invests in the companies, and takes an equity stake. Friedman and cofounder Param Jaggi plan to commute back and forth from the company's office in D.C. for the program, while also giving other members of the team an opportunity to participate where it makes sense. Along with access to funding, it will also give Hatch a sales presence in New York. The accelerator is based out of Times Square. Given current growth coming off the closing of a $1.3 million round, Friedman said the team debated whether it was the best choice to enter the program. They decided it was "1000 percent," Friedman said.

"We're really enthusiastic about making best use of their resources," she said.

Earlier this week, we introduced some details of what you can expect on May 8 at this year’s Dev Conference at the Drexel LeBow College of Business as a part of Philly Tech Week 2019 presented by Comcast.

And guess what? We have even more exciting news to share with you.

Presenting at the event are experts within their respective fields who will be discussing trending topics such as AI and machine learning, cloud computing, React components, cybersecurity, Agile development, leadership, soft skills and more.

We hope you’re as excited as we are to hear from these great minds. Check out just a few of our experts who will be at the event below:

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Aurora Morales — Search outreach specialist, Google

  • Join Aurora for her talk as she discuses how website owners can protect themselves and their business. She will cover this crucial topic for SEOs and share several demos of these threats, plus how they can be prevented. Find out what Google is seeing in hacking trends, Google’s view on what HTTPS does (and doesn’t do), and how to best address a hacked site.

Brian O’Neill — Chief technology officer, Monetate

  • Brian will be discussing all aspects of AI and how it can function at scale, because “just getting the math right for artificial intelligence to work is hard.” Come and hear how his team at Monetate influences one in three dollars spent online during Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and how they’re using their Personalization Engine to improve the customer experience for many of the world’s leading brands.

Howie Ross — Director of engineering, Linode

  • Howie will be discussing a high-level overview of the current state of the art best practices in Agile, DevOps, Site Reliability Engineering, lean startup and more buzz words than you can fit on a bingo card. There will also be light indoctrination into his philosophies on software engineering, business, and the future of work.

Timothy Wenhold — Partner and chief innovation officer at Power Home Remodeling

  • Timothy will be discussing the big question on all of our minds: “What will your career mean?” He will talk through the many benefits of focusing on purpose and mission when considering your next job jump and the pitfalls of just following the cash, as well as how to get paid well for doing something good.

On top of these great speakers, we also have the current list of organizations coming to Dev Conf to showcase their new ideas and discuss the technologies that are changing the shape of our city and culture as we know it. Check it out:


If you haven’t registered yet, don’t worry — you still have time to purchase your ticket to attend the Dev Conference for $65, or get yourself an All-Access Pass to attend the morning workshop for $75. But hurry, because spots are limited.

Look for more updates regarding our speakers slated for the 2019 Dev Conference to come soon, and don’t forget our Dev Happy Hour after the event as well.

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