Highlights from DeveloperWeek 2017

One of San Francisco’s largest tech events, DeveloperWeek includes over 60 week-long events. From hackathons and the LearnToCode Camp to the hiring mixer and workshops, there was something for everyone! For those of us who missed out on all the fun, we’re highlighting some of the week’s biggest events!

Conference and Expo
Over 8,000 attendees learned from industry experts on a variety of topics. Speaker Sean Barclay, the Interactive Creative Director of IBM, spoke on app development. Greg Bulmash, Amazon.com’s Technical Evangelist discussed voice driven websites and robots. Oscar Celma, Pandora’s Director of Research discussed his work with Pandora’s recommendation system. These big names joined hundreds of other in sharing their knowledge and passion with the attendees.

CTO World Congress
With the increasing responsibilities companies are placing on their Chief Technology Officers, it is important that people in these roles stay up to date with their technology and strive to provide innovative solutions. Over 500 senior executives and 2,000 attendees come together to share their knowledge and create a more advanced future.

Workshops focus on five major tracks:
• Making Technology Decisions
• Managing Innovation
• CTO Perspective on Emerging Technologies
• From Developer to CTO
• Building a Technology Team

Hackathon
With more than $100,000 in prizes and over 20 different challenges, it’s no wonder this is the nation’s largest challenge-driven hackathon. More than 600 hackers joined together to create innovative solutions. Contestants have just over 30 hours to create a startup app idea. Two rounds of judging were performed, the second including a pitch on the main stage. Judges included executives from eBay, IBM Watson, Presence, and more.

Hiring Mixer
This event was San Francisco’s largest tech hiring mixer for the fifth year. The crowd, made up of mostly front-end web developers and web designers, began the evening with sponsored talks. This evening was perfect for tech candidates to grab a drink, network, and speak with potential employers. Featured sponsors included SAP, Auckland New Zealand, Indeed Prime, iRobot, and Galvanize.