Develop Denver 2013
Last Thursday and Friday, three Aten developers – Garrett Dawson, Ryan Kois and Joe Crespo (that’s me) – descended on Develop Denver 2013 to learn about the latest tech, drink copious amounts of free coffee (also free beer), and generally geek out on development strategy with like-minded people who won’t immediately tune out, fall asleep, or fake an incoming call while we go into the weeds on the minutiae of various languages, libraries, frameworks... etc.
We were not alone. This year’s conference was triple the size of Develop Denver 2012. The sold out conference was held at Galvanize Space in Denver’s Golden Triangle. Galvanize is an open-office that embraces startup culture, freelancers of all stripes, and the entrepreneurial spirit. The two-track panels at the conference were standing-room only.
Perhaps in a nod to the host space, Galvanize, there were some non-technical panels that discussed development as it pertains to business: how digital companies can survive the current landscape, reputation management, the Denver job market for both job seekers and employers, and startup opportunities for those ready to strike out on their own.