CodeStock looking for program diversity, submission deadline January 15


By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA

Andrew May says the key word for the team planning the 10th anniversary edition of CodeStock is “diversity.”

He’s using the term to apply to both topics and the people who present them.

“Speaker wise, we’re looking for more women in technology,” May says. “We tested the waters on diversification of topics last year and will continue that in 2017. We are tech agnostic.”

CodeStock, Knoxville’s annual technology and information exchange conference, has grown significantly in the last few years, attracting more than 1,000 people. The 2017 conference will be held May 5 and 6 at the Knoxville Convention Center. The date is more than two months earlier than this year’s event.

The shift means the deadline for speaker and topic submissions is earlier – January 15.

The reason for the shift is the number of conferences that software developers can attend over the summer. With all of them packed into a few months, it becomes a travel and scheduling challenge. By holding CodeStock earlier in the year, it should help attendance.

Topical areas are as follows:

  • Developer – Sessions for software developers, testers, architects, or project managers.
  • DevOps – Sessions for developers, project managers, and IT professionals.
  • IT Professional – Sessions for server, database, or network administrators.
  • Entrepreneurs – Sessions around founding a technology startup or running a technology company.
  • Panel Discussion – Panel discussions that you will be organizing to discuss one of the areas above.
  • Podcast – Do you have a podcast and often go to conferences, snag a speaker, find a closet, and record an interview? Submit a podcast session and we’ll get you a live audience!
  • Design Related Sessions – Discussions on technical design such as CSS, responsive web design practices, etc.

For more information and a link to submit an idea for a session, go to this webpage.

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