DevSpace Technical Conference 

DevSpace

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North Alabama's Premier
Polyglot Technology Conference

September 11th, 2020

Live on Twitch

What is DevSpace

DevSpace is an annual developer’s conference that takes place in Huntsville, Alabama. Fueled by extensive space and missile research and a vibrant, emerging start-up culture, Huntsville is a market poised and ready to burst onto the national stage.

Technological interests run the gamut of every language. As such, DevSpace aims to cater to this entire atmosphere. DevSpace wants to offer talks on a variety of languages, offering attendees the ability to improve their skills within their daily technology of choice and the ability to become familiar with new technologies. Combine this with talks on soft skills and processes, DevSpace will provide an outstanding value to the attendees.

So, what's the deal with this year?

You may have noticed that 2020 is not exactly your typical year (and we'll just leave that as that.) In conventional times, we have to adjust for an unconventional conference. You may even say that we my convene unconventionally. No, just us? Alright...

After much deliberation, we have made the decision to hold DevSpace as a virtual event this year. However, being the slightly off kilter people we are, of course it's going to be slightly unusual.

Let us first get the most pressing question out of the way. Yes, it will be 100% free to anyone that wishes to watch and participate. No tickets, no anything. Just tune into the Twitch stream on September 11th.

So, how will we make this stand out from every other conference that is moving to Twitch stream? Well, I'm glad you asked. (Ok, well, I asked for you, but I'm sure you were thinking it.) The speaker line-up for this year will be 100% hand selected, invite only. We plan on inviting interesting people in the tech world, and will allow them to speak about whatever they want. Yup, that's right, anything they want. We're even debating not asking them what they want to talk about, just how much time they need.

So, how long will it run? At this point, we're not sure. It will depend on how many people accept our offer and the various time zone they live in. We'll have more details on that as we get a little closer.

Of course, everything comes with a cost, but ours is optional. As most of you are aware, DevSpace is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit entity. We'll be doing this event as a "virtual telethon," and asking for 100% tax deductible donations during the breaks between talks. Yes, much of our normal budget goes to running the conference, but there are a few things that run outside of that. As such, we do need a little to keep the proverbial lights on.

So, that's the quick version. We'll keep you all updated with details as we get more solidified.

Merch coming soon

A few of you have asked for it, so we're going to try to make it a reality. Details are still scarce at this point (even for us,) but we plan on making a few pieces of merch available in the immediate future. Right now we're looking at a good quality t-shirt and a sticker. If you have other ideas, let us know, and we'll see what we can get.

For those curious as to why we never had the ubiquitous conference t-shirt, it's because we've never liked how they end up becoming walking billboards for 10 vendors. By running this t-shirt line outside of the scope of the conference, we can have better quality control and reduce costs. The t-shirts will probably be a timed pre-order, so we can only purchase what we need.