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Mar. 22, 2016 7:27 am

Here’s what went down at the inaugural NET/WORK DC

Headshots and pizza and swag, oh my! Technical.ly's take on the jobs fair delivered opportunity to hiring companies and jobseekers alike.

The room at Technical.ly's first NET/WORK DC.

(Photo by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier)

As the lead reporter for Technical.ly DC I attend a lot of #dctech events, and I’ve learned that when it comes to making the most out of an in-person gathering, D.C. sets the bar pretty high.

Over the past few months I’ve enjoyed my fair share of fancy appetizers, immersive demo nights and innovative networking concepts. I’ve been to intimate fireside chats and raucous holiday parties and everything in between.

But Thursday night was something a little different.

On Thursday, Impact Hub DC welcomed my Philly- and Baltimore-based colleagues, who quickly transformed the space for Technical.ly’s first-ever live event in the District — NET/WORK DC.

And how’d it go?

All in all, we welcomed 110 attendees who mixed and mingled with 20 hiring companies. There were resume reviews, professional headshots and even two mini-lectures — a dev talk presented by NotionTheory cofounder and CEO Kristian Bouw, who told Technical.ly the talk went so well he’s looking forward to giving it again, and a career talk given by General Assembly. There was swag (oh, so much swag) and, for happy hour, well-deserved pizza and cold cans of DC Brau.

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And last but not least, my personal favorite — there were no fewer than six “flawless” victories on our Defend Your Name alien shooter game.

The best part of the evening, though, was hearing, in that buzzing, busy room, that companies were able to use the time to connect with qualified potential hires, and job seekers were enjoying face time with interesting companies.

Thanks, #dctech, for making that happen.

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Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier was the lead reporter for Technical.ly DC. The California native previously worked for NPR and the editorial board at USA Today. She can talk travel plans all day, and has strong opinions on the best doughnut in D.C.

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