Diversity & Inclusion
Events / Hiring / NET/WORK / Technical.ly

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.

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.

Companies: Impact Hub DC / General Assembly

Before you go...

Please consider supporting Technical.ly to keep our independent journalism strong. Unlike most business-focused media outlets, we don’t have a paywall. Instead, we count on your personal and organizational support.

3 ways to support our work:
  • Contribute to the Journalism Fund. Charitable giving ensures our information remains free and accessible for residents to discover workforce programs and entrepreneurship pathways. This includes philanthropic grants and individual tax-deductible donations from readers like you.
  • Use our Preferred Partners. Our directory of vetted providers offers high-quality recommendations for services our readers need, and each referral supports our journalism.
  • Use our services. If you need entrepreneurs and tech leaders to buy your services, are seeking technologists to hire or want more professionals to know about your ecosystem, Technical.ly has the biggest and most engaged audience in the mid-Atlantic. We help companies tell their stories and answer big questions to meet and serve our community.
The journalism fund Preferred partners Our services

Join our growing Slack community

Join 5,000 tech professionals and entrepreneurs in our community Slack today!


Major state funding boost means more Maryland college students can get tech internships

Cal Ripken Jr. essay: The MLB legend explains his drive to build STEM centers in schools across the nation

The end of software as technology

From quantum to biotech, meet this year’s Maryland Tech Council ICON nominees

Technically Media