DevFest New Orleans Announces Speakers, Scholarships

The first ever DevFest New Orleans will take place this October. The single-day, single-track, inclusive conference for all developers will be held at Loyola University New Orleans.

DevFest is organized by GDG New Orleans, a monthly meet for developers interested in Google’s developer technologies, and Women Techmakers New Orleans. GDG groups exist in 134 countries and have more than 700,000 members across the globe. 

Local organizer Chris Guzman was involved in GDG Baltimore before moving to New Orleans. Guzman is hosting alongside Clio + Calliope’s founder and lead developer Sia Karamalegos and Olivia Sabo-Rush, a software engineer at iSeatz

“DevFests are community-led, developer events hosted by GDG chapters around the globe focused on community building and learning about various technologies,” Guzman told Silicon Bayou News. 

The list of speakers and the DevFest schedule of talks has been announced here. Companies represented at the festival include Google, ChowNow, and TypeForm. 

“While most of our talks will be technical in nature- talking about the latest technologies or frameworks, we aim to have a few ‘people skills’ talks about subjects such as Imposter Syndrome, career development, agile workflow, and remote working that will appeal to both developers and non-developers,” shared Guzman. 

Organizers typically have around 30 attendees at the monthly GDG New Orleans meetup, and are expecting over 150 for DevFest. 

DevFest New Orleans is also offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the event. Apply for the scholarship here.