Self.conference is a mix of fantastic tech presentations and insightful soft talks in fabulous downtown Detroit. We're filling two whole days at the end of May with mobile, web, hardware, software, process, and team talks to help you expand your knowledge, meet other technically-minded folk, and immerse yourself in Detroit's tech renaissance.
Whether you want to talk about software, empathy, hardware, team dynamics, or even lego robots, we are super excited to hear from you! Just head over to our speaker submission form before the call closes on February 16th and tell us all about it! Need some inspiration? Check out last year's speakers.
Social coding revolutionized how we share useful code with others. Bundler, npm, and Github made publishing and consuming code so convenient that our dependencies have become smaller and more numerous. Nowadays, most projects quickly resemble a Jenga tower, with layer upon layer of poorly understood single points of failure.
Despite our progress, we'd benefit from pausing to reflect on our relationship with open source. Convenience and ego drive most open source adoption, but these shortsighted motivations raise long-term problems we need to clearly identify if we can ever hope to solve them.
Justin Searls has two professional passions: writing great software and sharing what he’s learned to help others write even greater software. He helped start a software agency called Test Double, whose crack team of double agents solve complex problems with clean and simple solutions.
MotorCity Casino is one of three luxury casino resort hotels in Detroit, and incorporates a historic building that once housed the Wagner Baking Company, makers of Wonder Bread. The complex houses a 100,000 square- foot casino with approximately 3,000 slot machines, 59 table games, and two poker rooms; D. Tour, a 13,000-square-foot spa with thermal whirlpools, steam rooms, and dry saunas; 67,000 square feet of meeting and convention space; Sound Board, a live music theater with a capacity of 2,400 people; and a luxury hotel with 400 guest rooms and suites.
Amber Conville is a developer at Test Double, and has been a software developer for 6 years. She loves code in lots of languages, tdd, craftsmanship, and the software community, and can be found helping out with user groups, conferences, and nerd gatherings whenever possible.
Erika Carlson was studying clinical psychology in 2011, when she wrote her first line of Python code. She fell in love with programming, decided to change paths, and is now a software developer at Detroit Labs.
Erika teaches web development and gives introductory programming presentations at elementary and middle schools. She is passionate about the potential of technology to create positive change in the world, and is working to create more opportunities for technology education in Detroit.
Chelsey has been programming professionally since 2012 when she graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, focusing on iOS since 2013. She loves Michigan football, Mexican food, and working out daily as much as the satisfaction of well written, properly formatted code.