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May 15, 2018 11:27 am

The devs, they had their day

The Dev Conference of Philly Tech Week 2018 got 300 professionals to bond over the technologies they love. Here's our recap, plus event pics.
Inside one of the rooms at the #PTW18 Dev Conference.

Inside one of the rooms at the #PTW18 Dev Conference.

(Photo by Stacey Salter Moore)

On Wednesday, May 2, during Philly Tech Week 2018 presented by Comcast, over 15 speakers and nearly 300 attendees converged at Temple University’s Alter Hall for the PTW18 Dev Conference.

After a light breakfast, attendees headed in to one of four workshops. People were stoked:

Our Delaware-based pals, Zip Code Wilmington, provided us with three expert instructors for workshops, and Chariot Solutions sent its top talent, @RimpleOnTech, who kindly shared his demo project, which generates a quiz-taking system on GitHub:

The Dev Talks portion of the day took the form of a choose-your-own-adventure book, with a dozen dev experts talking about real-world scenarios and the tools they’re using in four different rooms over the course of three hours.

There was plenty to choose from including all types of snacks from KIND and Red Bull to keep attendees energized. With talks like one on artificial intelligence, it wasn’t hard to keep the audience engaged. The applause speaks for itself:

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Power Home Remodeling even went as far as to make a video recap of their eventful experience at Philly Tech Week:

The “Social Justice Best Practices In Dev Spaces” presentation by Coded by Kids instructor Billimarie Lubiano Robinson prompted this tweet from our lead reporter:

Curious about what kind of social justice happens in the tech industry? Check out her presentation:

All the way from Boston, Bitcoin Market Journal Publisher John Hargrave’s talk made for a packed room:

Oh hey, cool story, bro: Technically Media Senior Business Manager Vincent Better worked with Hargrave about 10 years ago in Boston. For the past couple of years, Better had been following Hargrave’s blockchain coverage on LinkedIn. When blockchain became a topic for Dev Talks, Better invited Hargrave to speak, and the rest is #PTW18 history.

Technically Media's Vincent Better (left) with Bitcoin Market Journal's John Hargrave. (Photo by Stacey Salter Moore)

Technically Media’s Vincent Better (left) with Bitcoin Market Journal’s John Hargrave. (Photo by Stacey Salter Moore)

With four workshops and 18 Dev Talks, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., it was quite a packed day for hundreds of attendees and sponsors, which lead to this tweet about the always-fun Dev Happy Hour:

Want to see all of the Dev Talks + Happy Hour photos? Tag yourself!

See the photos

A big shoutout to all our 2018 Dev Conference sponsors. Thank you!

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