I attended Develop Denver in August and it was a great experience. It’s a really fun conference. There are a number of things I liked about it.
- There is a real culture of inclusivity.
- They have speakers across the spectrum, including experienced speakers, new speakers, and speakers from underrepresented groups.
- It is entirely volunteer run.
- There is a fun tradition, the Ballmer Peak Hackathon.
- They have both social and technical events.
- A large number of the speakers are voted on by attendees.
- The topics are broader than at the typical conference, ranging from product to development to career to design.
- The venues are spread across the RiNo district, so you walk between them. This makes it easier to start conversations and gives you a breath of fresh air.
- It’s affordable for a two day multi track tech conference (< $400).
- The community is rooted in a slack and meetup, so there’s year round engagement if you want it.
- It was big enough that I can meet new people but small enough that I recognized folks from last year when I attended (~450).
Definitely enjoyed. It got me out of the Boulder Bubble as well, so that was a plus too.
It’ll be coming back in August of 2020. I’m not sure when they’ll be opening registration, but I’d check back in May 2020.