Our next speaker for this year’s Maritime DevCon should be a familiar face to everyone, Derek Hatchard. Derek is our fearless leader on the Maritime DevCon board serving as our founder and current organizing chair. He is a former organizer for the Moncton developer group as well as founder and former organizer for the Halifax DevEast developer group. Derek has been software architect for platform services at Radian6 before it was acquired by Salesforce; founder of CrowdSpace, a web-based tool for clubs, community groups, and churches to track and communicate with members; co-founder of Careertown.ca, an IT job board for Canadian technologists; and founder of Ardent Development Solutions, a software consulting firm; part of the Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Regional Director programs when his technical focus was primarily the Microsoft development platform.

To top all that off Derek lives in New Maryland, New Brunswick, Canada (just outside Fredericton) with his wife, 3 kids, and the world’s best dog.

So Derek, if you were a programming language or technology, which one would you be and why?

Anything I can do while hiking through the wilderness.

What do you like best about Maritime DevCon?

I’m a life long advocate for local developer communities in Canada’s Maritime provinces. These events help to keep us connected and are a great chance for new and old friends and colleagues to network. It’s a great environment to learn from your peers on topics you are interested in.

Why do you feel your session, Beyond Tech: Career Accelerators for Technologists, would bring value to Maritime DevCon attendees?

Technical skills are paramount for a successful career in software development but a host of other behaviours and so-called “soft skills” are critically important for a long and rewarding career path. I think it’s important for development professional to get a handle on managing their career.

What is the key take away attendees will get from your session Beyond Tech: Career Accelerators for Technologists?

Everyone will get an honest discussion about managing your career based on experiences, observations and insights of other software professionals.

Thanks for joining us to present Derek!

If you would like to attend Derek’s session, make sure you’ve downloaded the Maritime DevCon app from the iTunes Store or Google Play. You can also view the schedule here.