Maritime DevCon 2016 Recap

Maritime DevCon 2016 is officially over, but while it lasted, WOW! We are so impressed with the excitement and energy that was created when over 150 development professionals got together in one place. Before the after glow fades too much, we wanted to recap the great times had at Maritime DevCon 2016. First up, we had our amazing registration process run by the Cvent team using their kick-ass technology. Self check-in kiosks, handheld device scans, badge printers that were done in under 5 seconds and best of all no lines! Big thank you to Cvent and their team members with shout outs to Brian, Suhaim, Dani, Trent, Jason, and everyone

Meet Our Panelists for Fostering Inclusive Workplaces

As currently the sole female on the organizing board for Maritime DevCon (other interested women, please join us!) having more women speak, attend and also work in development industry is a personal passion of mine. It is also a major passion of our current chair and founder of Maritime DevCon, Derek Hatchard who is the driving force behind our panel, Fostering Inclusive Workplaces. Last year in 2015 we had 10% female attendance to Maritime DevCon with 1 female speaker. This year we’ve grown to 15% and will have 5 women in speaker roles. That’s still not where we need to be as a conference, a region or an industry. Our industry

Meet Our Speaker Ryan

If you are still looking for the perfect session to round out your Maritime DevCon experience, then have we got one for you coming from our speaker, Ryan Brideau. Ryan has a bit of passion for optimizing and turning data into usable information, just check out the Citizens Code projects he’s been involved with. When it comes to his session at Maritime DevCon, he is definitely bringing along that passion to his talk, Streaming Geo-Visualizations with D3, Mapbox and RethinkDB. Ryan told us all about what you can expect. “Traditional browser-based map visualizations depend on one-time or regularly occurring batch processing and are displayed using either pre-rendered image tiles or on

Meet Our Speaker Darryl

One of the big goals of Maritime DevCon is to make sure people know that the Maritimes is the place to be in order to grow your development based professional career, but Maybe it is time to take up acting… No, seriously, you should. Not convinced? Well then, you will just have to make sure that you check out our speaker Darryl Dutton’s session this year! Darryl told us a little bit about his session. “The pressure is on to keep up with customer demands on functionality and performance, while data sizes are growing at unprecedented rate. The standard n-tier style architecture is starting to show its age in handling these

Meet Our Speaker Sam

Maritime DevCon brings together all different types of developers and that means we need sessions on all different types of topics. Our next speaker, Sam Stiles, is helping to add some of that topic diversity. Sam will be presenting Functional UI & Game Development in Your Browser, which he has told us “My panel explores a few options developers have if they’d like to experiment with something that differs from the classic imperative MVC-style frontend development they’re probably used to. In addition, on the game development side of things, it aims to inform developers of the ever-increasing viability of web technologies (JS, WebGL) as tools to choose when looking to

Meet Our Speaker Nick

  Some of our speakers are just really dedicated to their Maritime roots, including our next speaker who re-arranged his travel schedule to make sure he was available to speak, Nicholas Kennedy. Nick will be bringing us a talk on The Future of Frontend – Intro to Elm, which when we asked him what it was all about he said, “My panel is about the Functional Programming language Elm, and how its core principles have influenced the JS world. JS devs should love/learn Elm because it’s everything we love about modern JS, but better/cleaner/easy/fun (IMO) :). Learning Elm will make you a better developer and is a great intro to FP concepts (whether you end

Meet Our Speaker Andrew

Traveling over from Halifax to join us for Maritime DevCon is our next speaker Andrew Burke. This will be Andrew’s first time attending Maritime DevCon so when we asked him what he thought of the conference he told us, “I haven’t been yet so I don’t know! So far, though, I really like having a technology conference that I can drive to. We need more of these in the Maritimes. I enjoy sharing my discoveries and ideas with people, and hearing what they think about them. I’m mostly a solo developer, so it’s also great to get out and meet new people in person.” Andrew will be presenting Four Weird Things About

Mobile Schedule

We want to make sure that planning your day at Maritime DevCon is a quick and easy process for you. We are happy to announce today the launch of our mobile schedule website. Head over to and have a look for yourself. Check out some of the features we have available. So grab your favourite mobile device, head on over to and start planning your Maritime DevCon!

Meet Our Speaker Michael

Long time attendee Michael Easter is excited to be presenting at this year’s DevCon saying, “I’ve enjoyed past Maritime DevCons and feel that I can contribute to this one. The energy created by having like-minded devs in the same venue is my favourite thing about Maritime DevCon!” Michael will be presenting Covert Ops: Transform Your Java team (from the inside!) with Groovy, which he says is a must attend because “Having observed the impact of Groovy on Java teams, I can help bridge the gap that occurs between the elation of the “conference buzz” and reality of the “Monday morning hangover”.” If you want to see more about Michael’s session and his bio check

Meet Our Speaker Angus

We meet another returning speaker today, Angus Fletcher. He returned this year because, “I spoke last year and enjoyed myself, and y’all were kind enough to have me back! My favourite part of Maritime DevCon is seeing a bunch of lovely and talented people talk about what fascinates them.” People were definitely fascinated by Angus’s session last year and this year he brings us another great topic with Building Concurrent Systems in a Hostile Environment. In speaking about his session, Angus told us, “The last time I spoke it was about testing complex systems. Since that time, my work has been more about systems once they get into production. Concurrent systems

Meet Our Speaker Eric

You might have read about our sponsor Blue Spurs and how they are hosting an afterparty after Maritime DevCon at Brewbaker’s. So today we asked a few questions to one their employees who is also joining us as a speaker, Eric Tucker. Eric is a certified AWS Certified DevOps Engineer and manages the majority of automation at Blue Spurs. Eric will be presenting a session on Eliminating ‘over the fence’ – blurring the lines between developers and operations. In Eric’s own words he said, “My panel focuses on tips, tricks, methodologies, and guidelines for encouraging strong communication between development and operations team members in order to aid in delivering high quality software

Introducing Track 3 – Professional Development Goodness at Maritime DevCon

You may have noticed earlier this week when we released the schedule for Maritime DevCon that we’ve thrown in a bonus by adding a 3rd track made up of 5 sessions all focused on areas more geared towards professional development (not that kind of development) outside of traditional development (yes that kind of development) topics. We wanted to take some time today to explain those sessions and why you should check them out! What’s This 3rd Track All About? In your career of being in the development space there might be areas that you wish you could learn a little more about or even just have someone to bounce some

Meet Our Speaker Chris

Chris Dail is another returning speaker to Maritime DevCon. When we asked him why he liked attending an event like this and what he liked most Chris said, “I enjoy sharing what we have learned building our products and learning what other companies are doing in the maritimes.” Chris is definitely offering us the opportunity to learn as part of his session Building an Enterprise Product with Docker.  In explaining his session to us Chris said, “These days many companies are doing Software as a Service. This is with good reason as it is generally an easier model to support. Some products still require a more traditional style product where you

Meet Our Speaker Josh

If you have already taken a look at our schedule, you’ll know that we have an amazing line up of speakers for this year’s Maritime DevCon. We want to make sure you get to know the speakers and sessions, so we fired off a few questions their way to give you a little inside view. Today we meet Josh Comer! Josh spoke at last year’s event which is what interested him in speaking again this year tell us, “Giving a talk last year was a lot of fun!”. In fact one of the reasons that Josh enjoys attending and speaking at Maritime DevCon is “getting to meet lots of developers from

Meet Our Sponsor Cvent

When you are planning an event like Maritime DevCon there are tons of moving pieces, so having a sponsor that says “Hey, why don’t you let us handle registration for you?” well that pretty much just makes every organizer cry with joy. We chatted with Cvent, our event technology sponsor, to find out a little bit more about their journey and presence in the Maritimes. What’s the story of Cvent in the Maritimes? How did a Virginia based company arrive in New Brunswick? In 2012, OneLobby was founded here in Fredericton, New Brunswick. After our first seed round, we created a SaaS product aimed at solving Project Management for Events.

Meet Our Sponsor zedIT

Returning for a second year in sponsoring Maritime DevCon, we spoke with zedIT about what they do, why events like Maritime DevCon are important and where they see the industry heading next. This is zedIT’s second year sponsoring Maritime DevCon. Thank you for that! Can you tell us more about zedIT? zedIT Solutions (zedIT) is Atlantic Canada’s largest IT Professional Services firm. With over 20 years of experience, zedIT has strengthened their strategic positioning in Atlantic Canada as a world class IT consultancy, who partners with large enterprise clients to help them achieve their goals through technology. Now, with offices from coast to coast, zedIT is strengthening their presence in

Meet Our Sponsor EMC

We took the time to chat with another one of our sponsors today, EMC, to get to them and why they feel Maritime DevCon is an event worth being involved with. The EMC logo is a common sight in our industry but a lot of developers aren’t aware of the range of products and services that EMC provides. Can you give us a developer-friendly overview of what EMC does? EMC sells data storage, information security, virtualization, analytics, cloud computing and other products and services that enable businesses to store, manage, protect, and analyze data. EMC also has a number of recognizable subsidiaries such as RSA, VMware and Pivotal. The big news from last year

Meet Our Sponsor Blue Spurs

As part of having an engaged developer community, we are fortunate to have some amazing sponsors whose support makes this event possible. Today, we talk with our sponsor Blue Spurs.  What does Blue Spurs do? What are some of the companies and projects you’ve been involved with? Blue Spurs is an IT consulting company headquartered in Fredericton that offers clients custom solutions and managed services. Most of our staff is located right here in the capital city, but we’ve also got a few developers scattered throughout the Maritimes. We got started over four years ago with a single customer. Now we’ve got a roster of around 30 current clients ranging

10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Maritime DevCon

So you’re still on the fence about going to Maritime DevCon this year? We might be biased in thinking you should DEFINITELY join us for the event, but perhaps you need a few more reasons. Here they are, 10 reasons why you should attend Maritime DevCon. 4. Networking You know that friend of a friend of a friend who just started that awesome new startup? Bring those degrees of separation down a bit by networking throughout the day with folks who are doing some pretty cool things. 1. Built for You This event has been planned by and is powered by Maritime developers just like YOU! So there you have