DevFest Unites Capital Region Tech Community

Oct 16th, 2018

The Google Developer Group of the Capital Region (GDGCR) will host DevFestCR18 at the University at Albany on October 27. This event, now in its third year, combines local and remote speakers with attendees who want to get into the details about technologies including mobile, web, machine learning and cloud computing.

The first DevFestCR took place in 2016 at Hudson Valley Community College TEC-SMART in Troy and moved to Urban CoWorks in Schenectady the following year. DevFestCR18 was organized by Jason Rotella, Blain Smith and Fausto Hernandez. 

The trio takes pride in bringing GDGCR to different corners of the Capital District in order to maximize its exposure to the local tech community while fostering career growth. “Each year, DevFestCR has attracted a tremendously engaged group of speakers and attendees. 2018 is expected to be no different,” says Rotella.

The group knows DevFestCR wouldn’t be possible without the help of past and current sponsors including Troy Web Consulting, Apprenda, Transfinder, Automate and of course, Google. 

That’s why they’re keen on giving back to the community. They do this by sponsoring multiple hackathons throughout New York, including the Smart Cities Challenge in Saratoga and Hack Upstate in Syracuse. 

There are plenty of goodies lined up for attendees at DevFestCR18, including Google hardware giveaways, free swag and breakfast. A Google Developer Relations staff member will be in attendance as well. 

This year’s speakersare software developers and engineers, professors and consultants who represent a variety of industries including higher education, banking and gaming. They’ll cover topics including qualitative data, an introduction to Flutter, brain hacks for becoming a successful programmer and much more. 

Beyond the great networking opportunities at DevFest, attendees will walk away with new strategies for tackling various software challenges that their companies face each day.

Technology professionals can purchase ticketson the DevFestCR18 website. Students are also encouraged to attend and can purchase discounted tickets. The prime fall foliage in Albany in late October is an added bonus. 

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