On June 9th, 2012, leaders from several of Pittsburgh’s technical user groups held an event at LaRoche College called Pittsburgh TechFest 2012. The motto of the event was “Bridging Pittsburgh’s software communities”, and its goal was to bring technologists across Pittsburgh’s wide spectrum of technical expertise together for a day of learning new technologies and sharing best practices. Over 225 technical professionals attended the day-long event to listen and interact with experts in .NET, Java, Ruby, Scala, Node, PHP, Agile, Interactive Design and many other disciplines. Over 40 sessions were held during the day, with over 35 speakers who came from the local Pittsburgh community and also from across the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West regions.
The day started with a keynote presentation on being a “T” developer by Michael “Doc” Norton from LeanDog, Inc. According to Doc, a “T” developer is someone with a wide breadth of knowledge across the technical spectrum (a generalist), and also has deep knowledge in a specific area (a specialist). This theme was echoed throughout the day as attendees listened to speakers who dealt with many different technologies and experiences.
The event was sponsored by Premier sponsor ComponentOne, Platinum sponsor ProTech, Gold sponsor DiscountASP.NET and Silver sponsors 10gen, CEI, Ciber, SmithMicro, Microsoft, RedGate Software, GenTech and Telerik.
Pittsburgh TechFest 2013 is currently in its planning stages and will be held on June 1, 2013 at LaRoche College again. You can visit the Pittsburgh TechFest web site (http://pghtechfest.com) for updates, follow Pittsburgh TechFest on Twitter (@pghtechfest13), join the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/PghTechFest) or join the mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org