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Dev Conference

Join us for a day full of dev talks across all levels of expertise that are focused around problem solving and innovative solutions.

This year, Technical.ly's Dev Conference is taking over Drexel University's LeBow College of Business. There will be three different rooms each with an individual industry focus. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from Philly CTO’s, programmers, and luminaries in our local tech organizations that are making a direct impact in our city.

Whether you want to hear a talk about the new in-demand back-end framework, do a deep-dive on JavaScript, hear a talk on the future of cloud applications, or maybe you're dying to listen to one of our great speakers, you will have the opportunity to build your schedule, "choose your own adventure-style" throughout the day to have the best experience possible.

Agenda (Subject to change)

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - React Workshop (Spots are limited!)
  • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM - Registration & Networking
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch // Browse Showroom Floor
  • 1:00 PM - 1:40 PM - Programming Begins (Block #1)
  • 1:40 PM - 2:20 PM - Programming (Block #2)
  • 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM - Programming (Block #3)
  • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM - BREAK // Browse Showroom Floor
  • 3:30 PM - 4:10 PM - Programming Resumes (Block #4)
  • 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM - TBD
  • 5:00 PM - Programming Ends // Happy Hour Begins
  • 5:00PM - 7:00PM - Dev Happy Hour at Landmark Americana

React Workshop (9:00PM - 12:00PM):

Description: From 9:00am to 12:00pm, Chariot's Ken Rimple has a fun workshop in store for you. He'll bring a GraphQL server Quizzo-style application, and you'll create a front-end for it in React. Along the way you'll learn how React components work, how you can build components functionally with hooks, interface with GraphQL and issue GQL queries, subscribe to game play messages, and answer questions to play the game. At the end, if all goes well, everyone can point their clients to Ken's server and play the game together.

  • To secure your spot for the workshop, you must purchase the "All Access Pass" that grants you access in to the workshop room. Hurry, because spots are limited!

  • Please make sure to come with your laptop fully charged.

Prerequisites: This session is geared to the absolute React beginner. We'll assume you have a bit of JavaScript under your belt, and are a seasoned .NET or Java programmer besides. All you need to do is install the Long-Term support version of Node.Js and have joined conference WIFI and you're all set. We'll take it from there together.


See below for a comprehensive list of programming sessions from all of our speakers (subject to change).

Click here for a detailed description of all topics!

Leaders Room Speaking Topics

1:00PM - Best Practices for Securing Your Site with Aurora Morales, Search Outreach Specialist at Google.

1:40PM - Creating Brilliant Products: Product Management with Artificial Intelligence with Jeanine Heck, VP of Product Development at Comcast

2:20PM - * Ops: How to get more * done on a team of 1 or 1k with Howie Ross, Director of Engineering at Linode.

3:30PM - AWS DeepRacer – The Reinforcement Learning Easy Button led by Todd Escalona, Solutions Architect Evangelist at Amazon Web Services

Innovators Room Speaking Topics

1:00PM - Enabling Advanced Analytics at Enterprise Scale with Jon Hollander, SVP, Head of Information Management at TD Bank.

1:40PM - AI @ Scale: Powering Personalized Experiences with Brian O'Neill, Chief Technology Officer at Monetate.

2:20PM - What Will Your Career Mean? with Timothy Wenhold, Partner & Chief Innovation Officer at Power Home Remodeling.

3:30PM - Why React Hooks, and how did we even get here with Ryan Yurkanin, Lead Software Engineer at Guru.

Experts Room Speaking Topics

1:00PM - Saving Lives - Making a Meaningful Impact led by Jeff Keating, Senior VP of Technology at Elsevier

1:40PM - Living with the Billion Dollar Mistake led by Frank Racis, Associate Principal Engineer at Cerner

2:20PM - The future of work and how organizations should look at talent led by Abha Kumar, Principal, Global IT Executive at Vanguard

3:30PM - Big Data at Grubhub led by Mukund Gopalan - Senior Director, Technology and Alex Lin - Principal Data Engineer at GrubHub

Panel Discussion

4:10PM - “How to Succeed on a Virtual Team” led by Roberto Torres - Featuring:

  • Erica Windisch, CTO & Founder of IOPipe
  • Annemarie Dooling, Product Lead at The Wall Street Journal
  • Ernesto Tagwerker, Founder of Ombu Labs
  • Annalicia Geeter, Innovation & Transformation Consultant, manager at Navigate Corporation and Professor at Philadelphia University.

More Dev Conference details, speakers and topics will be announced soon!

Showroom Exhibitors

Additionally, we have a great list of organizations who will be exhibiting on our showroom floor at Dev Conference. Stop by these tables to see product demos, hear new ideas and discuss the technologies powering their companies.

  • Vanguard
  • Cerner
  • Comcast
  • Power Home Remodeling
  • Elsevier
  • Linode
  • Monetate
  • TD Bank
  • Guru
  • Macquarie
  • Ascensus
  • Pinnacle 21
  • Drexel LeBow College of Business (our host sponsor!)
  • Promptworks
  • Chariot Solutions
Tote bag giveaways Sponsored By:


Drexel LeBow College of Business
3220 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Map of location


  • Abha Kumar

    Abha Kumar

    Abha Kumar is a principal in Vanguard Information Technology Department. She is head of global

  • Aurora Morales

    Aurora Morales

    Currently a Search Outreach Specialist at Google, Aurora supports site owners and content creators

  • Jeanine Heck

    Jeanine Heck

    Jeanine Heck serves as Vice President of AI Product in the Technology Product & experience (TPX)

  • Timothy Wenhold

    Timothy Wenhold

    Timothy Wenhold is equal parts entrepreneur technologist. Wenhold turned down a scholarship to

  • Brian O'Neill

    Brian O'Neill

    Brian is CTO at Monetate, a Philly-based SaaS company focused on creating meaningful, personalized

  • Howie Ross

    Howie Ross

    Howie is the Director of Engineering at Linode overseeing Product Development. He has been leading

  • Ryan Yurkanin

    Ryan Yurkanin

    React Lover @Guru_HQ

  • Jonathan Hollander

    Jonathan Hollander

    Jon has more than 20 years of experience in the data technology space across various industries and

  • Todd Escalona

    Todd Escalona

    As a Solutions Architect Evangelist, Todd spends his time working directly with his customers and

  • Alex Lin

    Alex Lin

    Alex leads the Grubhub big data infrastructure and platform teams. He has over 10 years of experience

  • Mukund Gopalan

    Mukund Gopalan

    Mukund leads the engineering, development and operations of data platforms, data engineering and

  • Frank Racis

    Frank Racis

    Frank is an Associate Principal Engineer with Cerner in Malvern. For the past 23 years, he has

  • Annalicia Geeter

    Annalicia Geeter

    Annalicia is a Manager of the Digital and Strategic Design practice with Navigate and has 5+

  • Ernesto Tagwerker

    Ernesto Tagwerker

    Ernesto is the Founder of Ombu Labs, Philadelphia’s lean software development shop

  • Annemarie Dooling

    Annemarie Dooling

    Annemarie is the product lead for personalization at the Wall Street Journal, and leads News

  • Jeff Keating

    Jeff Keating

    I am a 20+ year technology lead with a passion for healthcare.

  • Erica Windisch

    Erica Windisch

    Erica is CTO & Founder at IOpipe where she is building tools to help developers of serverless


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