Middle Bit: EntreFEST announces new software developer track

EntreFEST has announced that this year’s conference is adding a new software developer track.

“For the past few years, the conference has been centered around high-impact speakers and workshops aimed at entrepreneurs and innovators in existing companies,” wrote Eric Englemann in the announcement. “As we planned the 2019 event for May 16th and 17th, the organizing team noted the large number of fast-growth startups in Iowa that are software and technology companies.”

To help build the region’s software development capabilities, this year’s conference will offer an experimental track specifically for software developers focused on:

  • Mobile, web, and cloud software development practices
  • Emerging technologies and techniques that developers need to know
  • Building a culture and environment where software developers thrive
  • The challenges of building tech-driven startups and companies

The EntreFEST organizing team  has brought on four new members to the organizing team to help select the headlining speakers for the developer track:

  • Jessica Bertling, NewBoCo UI/UX Developer & DeltaV Code School Instructor
  • Keith Dahlby, NewBoCo Software Architect & DeltaV Code School Instructor
  • Usha Kachegere, UFG Insurance Application Development Team Lead
  • Jason Logan, UFG Insurance Application Developer & DeltaV Code School Graduate ’17

The conference is now accepting applications for developer track speakers through February 11th.

The conference is set to return May 16-17, 2019 in Cedar Rapids. Tickets are on sale now.

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