Highlights from my attendance at @DevColor 2016 #DevColorInMotion 1st Annual Conference at Facebook HQ

​When? Fri, September 29, 2016

Wow. It finally came around. The buzz had been looming around Dev/Color for a while but “what would it be like?” I remember asking myself this when the Announcement email arrived in my Yahoo inbox. Yes, I still use yahoo mail! 

The day of the conference came around and I spent much of my time not just socializing but observing as well. I’ve been apart of a few other local groups and have travelled to some amazing tech companies and met some the worlds most talented contributors to the world of Web and Software. The Dev/Color annual conference proved it was more than just a meetup and very much different than what I had been apart of in the past.

It was about 130 (give or take) or so Black Software Engineers. At one point during the Keynote by Founder Makinde Adeagbo, we were actually all in one room and it was monumental. All of us Black Software engineers in one setting at Facebook HQ. Epic! 

“Wow!” That’s how I felt. This was the best feeling I’ve had in a while because it was my first time seeing so many of Us [black] developers in one setting, smiling, laughing, socializing, learning and being 100% comfortable around one another. It was almost as good as a family reunion in which you see many distant cousins some of whom you’ve never met or even knew you had. Seriously, the event was small but epic to say the least.

Impactful information delivered by tech greats including some of our very own colleagues and tech associates. What a great feeling it was. The dev/color Team, Ariel Belgrade and her amazing crew of black professionals showed off once again. They work very well under pressure and seemed to float through the conference always bracing a smile and being nearby when needed. 

The day started out with an intro and welcome by Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s CTO following sessions by other pros like Ben Horowitz, founder of Andressen and Horowitz and Silicon Valley VC Hugh Molotzi. The keynote speech was delivered by non-other than Dev/Color founder Makinde Adeagbo outlining the growth and span of the organization.

Quick talks by others including dev/color members were just as rewarding.

Here are some pics with highlights of the day.

Dev/Color’s Makinde Adeagbo (right) alongside Programs Director Ariel Belgrave the other amazing dev/color team members.

Facebook’s CTO Mike Schroepfer welcoming the Black devs

Great talk by Mekka Okereke, Manager at Google about making the transition from Engineer to Manager

02-Squad – Pearl, ME, Rudi, Jahmon and Jayson / Black Engineers

Quick game of mass RPS (rock paper scissors)

Dev/Color founder Makinde Adeagbo giving his parting comments

Excited to see what next year holds for this progressive group. Excited for Makinde and the whole Dev/Color team bringing together Black Software engineers and helping us reach our goals by providing a network of success and resources.

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