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 else who pitched in. You kicked off the morning with a low stress process that got everyone drinking their coffee in no time at all.

Next, Derek Hatchard, gave us his opening remarks to kick off Maritime DevCon 2016. We were able to stream it through Facebook Live and you can catch the recording here.

In case you can’t tell from the picture, we had 155 attendees, including 17 speakers and 5 organizers. We had people from NB, NS, PEI and a few folks visiting from Ontario as well. Overall an awesome crew to start the day with! We also have to give a massive shout out to our sponsors Salesforce, ResMed, BlueSpurs, zedIT, Binary Star, EMC and Cvent.

In our first sessions of the day we had Sam Stiles presenting Functional UI + Game Development in Your BrowserMichael Easter talking us through Covert Ops: Transform Your Java Team w/Groovy.

We can’t forget our added 3rd track where we kicked off having Ryan Strynatka take us through Product Management 101.

Next up we had Eric Tucker present Eliminating “Over the Fence”, plus Nick Kennedy showing off The Future of Frontend.

Last but not least, David Alston gave a fireside chat about Entrepreneurship in Tech.

Our final morning session featured Angus Fletcher talking about Building Concurrent System in a Hostile Environment and Chris Fullerton gave us an Introduction to AWS for Developers and Architects.

In our of panel discussions of the day we hear about The Art of Pain Reduction from Kathi McCarthy, Jordan Lutes and Derek Hatchard.

Right after lunch, we jumped right back into sessions with Chris Dail covering Building an Enterprise Product with Docker and Andrew Burke talking to us about Four Weird Things About Time (he even recorded it from his phone when our Facebook Live hit a technical glitch).


Derek Hatchard created a storm of selfie’s in his Presentation on Giving Presentations.

Mid-afternoon we saw Darryl Dutton tell us all how Maybe It’s Time to Take Up Acting and our panel on Fostering Inclusive Workplaces which featured Derek Hatchard, Beth Webster, Tammy Telford and Melissa Hallingham created more questions than we had time to cover. You can catch the panel from our Facebook Live recording! 

Our final session of the day saw Josh Comer talk about Recursive Architecture and he wasn’t shy about our streaming it on Facebook Live. We also saw Ryan Brideau tell us about Streaming Geo-Visualizations with D3 and rounding out the final session Genevieve Coates talked about Working with Customer Service.


After our door prizes, which we’ve Rick Wightman has already created a Maritime DevCon door prize appfor us for next year, we all headed down to Brewbaker’s for the after party sponsored by Blue Spurs. We have to give a shout out to Brit Mockler for everything she did for the event.


So that’s a wrap on another amazing year at Maritime DevCon, but don’t think the fun stops here!

We will be sharing around the speaker slides in the next few days to keep an eye out for those.

We announced that we launching a slack channel just for Maritime Devs, we think you should join!

If you are interested in volunteering or being on the organizing board for Maritime DevCon 2017, shoot us an email.

Take our post event survey!

See You All At Maritime DevCon 2017!


Maritime DevCon 2016 Recap

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