DVLP DNVR 2018 Recap
July 17, 2023
November 2, 2018
"Its not wether you get knocked down"
If you could be anyone you wanted to be, who would you be? How exciting is it to think that you could start a new chapter in your life in a whole new world? Without the limitations of the physical world and human constructs that have been created around you?
Well that’s where the Metaverse comes in. There are whole new worlds being created out there that will remove the physical limitations of life and allow you to chase your dreams and be who you want to be.
Sounds pretty exciting right? Let’s dig in a little more to understand what this might look like.
SO, WHAT IS THE METAVERSE?
Simply put, the Metaverse is the convergence of all the digital things you do online into one virtual experience.
In a sense, it already exists. We sit on Zoom calls, research on the web, talk on social media, buy things on Amazon, watch streaming events and online video, and play games. The Metaverse is already here.
But think of tying all of it together and removing some of the limitations that still exist in your physical life when you access the web.
But how is this all of the sudden now possible?
Karsh Hagan joined Develop Denver for their seventh annual DVLP DNVR conference in RiNo to see what kinds of new hotness Denver's tech community is hyping, shading and ghosting.
The conference sprawled across multiple venues in the River North neighborhood. At the transit-center-themed international food hall, Zeppelin Station, developers of all backgrounds cross-pollinated ideas and relationships in a space purpose-built to facilitate creative exchange. At the artisan lifestyle hotel, The Source, a new expert captivated audiences and created conversations with each passing hour.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The conference presentations were divided into four tracks.
- Careers - I want to create the magic!
- Developers - I am creating the magic.
- Operations - I help others to create their magic.
- Product - What should we create with our combined magic?
Between the opening and closing ceremonies, the DVLP DNVR organizers spread a message of solidarity among Denver developers of all skill levels. Participants ranged from bootcampers and recent college graduates, to seasoned veterans, startups and MBAs.
For those just joining the technology community, DLVP DNVR offered a lot of practical advice with topics like helping your manager to help you, juggling time and priorities, interviewing skills, networking skills, and how to offer constructive design feedback.
TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM
Docker containerization took home the prize for the most talked about technology. It solves the challenge of safely moving software from one computer to another. Docker is like the perfect moving company that puts all of your belongings into a neat collection of boxes that you can easily unpack when you arrive at your new home.
The most upvoted panel at the conference was about Machine Learning. For most people, Machine Learning seems like a complex and mysterious science, walled off by advanced mathematical symbols and heavy jargon. In contrast, the Machine Learning presentation by Dan Moore, Director of Engineering at Culture Foundry, didn't contain any mathematics at all. The presentation exposed a skill that no one knew they had, in a way that made everyone feel like they could do it too.
Specifically, Amazon Machine Learning (AML) is one of the nine billion services Amazon offers through their AWS cloud, and like many of their services, its purpose is not immediately obvious.
Dan showed how to load two data sets into the AML service and with the click of a button, generate thousands of predictions. In this case, Dan used census data to predict if an individual made more or less than $50,000 per year, but you could forecast just about anything. The effort required to generate predictions was so low, that one's mind ran wild with all the things Amazon could predict for us- from customer behavior to fraud detection.
COMPLETING THE CIRCLE
For Managers and Executives, the Product track contained many opportunities for growth in process and community. Multiple sessions covered strategies for employee development with topics like cutting through the hype, managing resource constraints, turning cynicism on its head, improving your hiring process, finding your purpose and effecting positive social change.
And for the hands-on learner, DLVP DNVR ran a parallel track of workshops and hackathons where participants could work together, getting their hands dirty with all the newest tech.
The conference concluded with a blow-out party on the sixth floor of the Catalyst building, sporting a long view of both downtown and the front-range. It was an apt tableau for the hearts and minds of Denver's technology aspirants to meld their newly acquired techniques.
Technology never stands still and DVLP DNVR is helping us all keep pace. Never stop learning.