• May 8- 9, 2020
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  • The Wright Museum, 315 East Warren Street, Detroit

What is self.conference?

Self.conference is a mix of fantastic tech presentations and insightful soft talks in fabulous downtown Detroit. We're filling two whole days with languages, tools, diversity, empathy, process, and team talks to help you expand your knowledge, meet other technically-minded folk, and immerse yourself in Detroit's tech renaissance.

Interested in when things will get going with our call for speakers or ticket sales? Here's the plan:

  • December 2: Call for speakers opens
  • December 16: Scholarship applications open
  • December 16: Earlybird tickets go on sale
  • January 25: Call for speakers closes
  • February 10: Speakers announced!
  • February 17: Scholarship applications close
  • February 17: Earlybird sales end, Regular tickets go on sale
  • March 2: Scholarship winners notified
  • April 17: Regular sales end, Latecomer tickets go on sale
  • May 7: <title of conf>
  • May 8: Self.conference!


Andrew Ek

What I learned about code review from teaching 8th grade poetry

Ryan Cromwell

Making the Leap to Tech Lead

George Mandis

More Than Music with WebMIDI

Cassandra H. Leung

How to Benefit from Being Uncomfortable (Again, and Again)

Pujaa Rajan

AI for All: Accessible and Inclusive Artificial Intelligence

Miro Cupak

How we're searching the world's genetic data

Jigyasa Grover

Opening Doors to Open Source

Jamie Tomasello

Understanding cognitive capacity and preventing burnout.

Check out all our speakers!


The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

For over half a century, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has dedicated itself to exploring and celebrating the rich cultural legacy of African Americans.

Through dozens of permanent and visiting exhibitions, over 300 annual public events and programs, as well as education and research opportunities for adults, children, and visiting scholars, The Wright inspires visitors toward greater understanding, acceptance, and unity by reflecting on the triumphs and tragedies of African-American history.




Amber Conville

Amber Conville is the Director of Engineering at Integral. She loves helping humans, code in lots of languages, and the software community, and can be found speaking at or helping out with user groups, conferences, and nerd gatherings whenever possible.

Want to email Amber? Do it: Or send a tweet! @crebma

Aisha Blake

Aisha Blake is a Senior Software Engineer at Gatsby. She supports her local community by co-organizing <title of conf>, self.conference, and Detroit Speakers in Tech. A theatre kid turned tech community leader, she approaches speaking and teaching as a way to give others the tools to shine as brightly as they can. In her spare time, she sings karaoke and pets dogs.

Want to email Aisha? Do it: Or send a tweet! @AishaBlake

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