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Monday, September 24


Minorities in Technology: Navigating through the tech industry
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to change the game? Get in on the discussion and Q&A about the challenges of building a tech startup as a POC. Where do you begin and how do you get funding as a minority in business when less than 1% gets an opportunity.

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Mollie Q. Coleman

VP of Marketing, Noirbnb
Mollie Q. Coleman is a growth and branding architect and a leader in amplifying brands. She is a philanthropist first, socially driven entrepreneur, and experiential marketing professional with over 10+ years in her industry. She is the Founder of High Caliber Events, currently the... Read More →
avatar for Jide Ehimika

Jide Ehimika

CFO & Co-Founder, Noirbnb
Jide’s passion is building innovative digital solutions for interesting problems. His entrepreneurship journey began 20 years ago when he started a neighborhood delivery service in his underserved Baltimore community while in middle school. This spirit of helping solve problems... Read More →
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Stef Grant

CEIO & Co-Founder, Noirbnb
Stefan is the Founder & CEO of Noirbnb, a vacation and short-term rental company created for the African diaspora and other people of color. Stefan was inspired to start Noirbnb due to discrimination he and others faced while using Airbnb. Noirbnb is meant to be a safe and welcoming... Read More →

Monday September 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
In3 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Tuesday, September 25


Lunch & Learn: Machine Learning with Amazon SageMaker
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session you will learn how to use Amazon SageMaker to build, train, test, and deploy a machine learning model. We will use a real life use case to share the simplicity of building and deploying ML models on Amazon SageMaker.

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Mona Mona

Associate Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
Mona is a Solution Architect working with AWS Worldwide Public Sector customers.She has her interest in Big Data Analytics and Machine learning . She is currently involved in writing blog post for AI/ML based services. She has been actively involved in AI/ML immersion days and AWS... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
AWS - Washington DC 601 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington D.C., DC, USA


Personalized Digital Marketing
Limited Capacity filling up

Lay the foundation for 1:1 marketing and would like to share what personalization means to us from a marketer’s perspective.

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Dipen Patel

Director of Marketing & Data Platform, Capital One
As the Director of Marketing & Data Platform for Capital One Card, Dipen Patel leads large-scale marketing platform initiatives, proactively driving and executing both direct and digital marketing data products, platforms and strategies to advance the customer experience. He provides... Read More →
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Naveen Singhal

Head of Marketing Technology, Capital One
Head of Marketing Technology at Capital One, driving the transformation of Digital Marketing Technology infrastructure supporting the Card business at Capital One.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Wednesday, September 26


DevFestDC: Keynote: Kubernetes and KNative
Limited Capacity seats available

Ray Tsang will be give the keynote and explaining the container and microservices ecosystem, with the new services Knative.

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Ray Tsang

Developer Advocate, Google
Ray is a Developer Advocate for the Google Cloud Platform. Ray had extensive hands on cross-industry enterprise systems integration delivery and management experiences during his time at Accenture, managed full stack application development, DevOps, and ITOps. Ray specialized in middleware... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA


DevFestDC: Build Your Own Voice Interface with Google Actions
Limited Capacity seats available

With the rise of voice assistants, voice is becoming another surface area for users to interact with your product or service. We can now start to blend this new technology with our existing offerings to improve user experience, engagement, and satisfaction. 

In this session, we'll learn about the Google Actions platform and how it works to provide you all the tools you need to build your own conversational interfaces. We'll also spend time looking at how to design a conversation interface, including thinking through the various phases of dialog and sketching out expected flows. Finally, we'll look at how to review and improve your Action by using the analytics and AI training tools available from Google.

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Jeremy Wilken

Google Developer Expert
Jeremy Wilken is a software engineer and Google Developer Expert for Angular and the Google Assistant. He is the author of Angular in Action and Ionic in Action, as well as a regular speaker at events around the world. Jeremy lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and daughters. When... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA


DevFestDC: Supercharge your Data Studio dashboards with BigQuery, Firebase, and Apps Script
Limited Capacity seats available

Data Studio is Google’s serverless business intelligence and data visualization platform. As an easy and free-to-use reporting solution, Data Studio helps businesses and individuals to understand their data, derive key insights, effectively communicate measurements, and make better informed decisions. In this session, we will use the Chrome UX report dataset in BigQuery as an example and show how you can build scalable, cost effective dashboards by creating a custom solution with Apps Script and Firebase Realtime Database.

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Minhaz Kazi

Developer Advocate, Google
Minhaz Kazi is a Developer Advocate for Google Data Studio. A business intelligence veteran, Minhaz is always exploring new ways for developers to collect, analyze, and visualize data. He is available for long discussions on circular reference errors, benefits of pie charts, SQL commas... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA


DevFestDC: Lunch & Network: Meet Google Engineers
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for lunch and network with fellow developers including Google Engineers flying in from San Francisco to meet with you at DevFest DC: Fall Edition (Mini)!.

Lunch is sponsored by Flatiron School!

Wednesday September 26, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA


DevFestDC: How to Erase Unconscious Bias from your AI Datasets
Limited Capacity seats available

“A young child defines the world purely on the small amount they can see…This is the root of dataset bias: intelligence based on information that’s too small or homogenous.” Advances in AI technologies like machine learning and deep neural networks have potential to save time and boost productivity. But what if we train these technologies using datasets that exclude large portions of the population?
For example, some facial recognition software doesn’t acknowledge dark skin. Why? People of color were excluded from the datasets that were used to train the software. If AI isn’t designed with inclusion upfront, its rewards won’t equally benefit us all. This talk shares the risk of unconscious bias in algorithmic datasets, and how developers can overcome it.

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Lauren Maffeo

Analyst, GetApp
Lauren Maffeo has reported on and worked within the global technology sector. She started her career as a freelance journalist covering tech trends for The Guardian and The Next Web from London. Today, she works as a senior content analyst at GetApp (a Gartner company), where sh... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA


DevFestDC: Google + AI
Limited Capacity seats available

This session covers Google’s products, services and strategies on AI

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Naveen Nigam

Head of Developer Relations - North America, Google
Naveen Nigam is currently the Head of Developer Relations for Canada and East Coast USA. Previously, Naveen was on Google Play - driving strategic policy and operations to build a trusted marketplace for Android users. He has over 11 years of experience in building successful App... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA


DevFestDC: Launching a Voice Application - Field Lessons from a Product Manager
Limited Capacity seats available

What does it take to launch a far field voice experience such as an Amazon Alexa skill or a Google Action? Navya walks through the various steps that take the product manager from engaging with field and market researchers, from identifying the initial functional requirements for the skill to engaging with UX designers, developers, voice experiences testers, beta testers, and then marketers through the launch and the post launch of the skill. She provides specific examples and shares learnings from real client deployments of conversational experiences.

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Navya Nayaki Yelloji

Product Manager - Voice Platforms, Gannett - USA TODAY NETWORK
Navya is a Product Manager of Voice Platforms at Gannett. Previously, Navya was a Product Manager at Witlingo and has overseen the deployment of several of the enterprise skills, including the Motley Fool, Meetup, Fish & Richardson, and Cooley LLP.  Navya holds a Master's Degree... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Spaces, Arlington, VA 1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th, 8th and 9th Floors Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Thursday, September 27


5G Future Series: Balancing Community Safety & Tech in a 5G World
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The 5G Future Series by Verizon 5G Lab was created to inspire communities, companies, creatives, and technologists about a future with 5G so that we can shape it together. 5G is the next generation of wireless technology, but its much more than 4G +1.

This month we’re joining forces with DC Startup Week for a special event exploring “Balancing Community Safety & Technology in a 5G world.” You’ll see and hear first-hand from the companies building incredible first responder technology to better protect crowds and communities. We’ll discuss and debate the potential of this technology through a product showcase and engaging conversation with our audience.

Join us for inspiring talks and plenty of networking as part of DC Startup Week.

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Douglas Britt

VP Product, Patrocinium
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Nicholas Nilan

Director of Product Development, Verizon
Nicholas Nilan is the Director of Product Development for Public Sector at Verizon. He is responsible for the development and deployment lifecycle of innovative and mission impacting products and solutions for Federal, State and Local, and Education customers. Previously, he led Federal... Read More →
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Carol Politi

President and CEO, TRX Systems
Carol Politi is President and CEO of TRX Systems, delivering location and mapping indoors, underground, and in dense urban areas without reliable GPS. TRX delivers indoor and GPS-denied location solutions for the industrial markets, federal agencies, state and local governments, and... Read More →
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Steve Ressler

President, Callyo
Steve Ressler is a serial public sector entrepreneur.  He is the Founder of GovLoop.com, the “Knowledge Network for Government” which connects and fosters collaboration among over 250,000+ members of the government community. GovLoop was acquired by Granicus, the leading the... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Alley powered by Verizon 2055 L St NW suite 400, Washington, DC 20036
Friday, September 28


Mobile App Building Hackathon + Machine Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

In collaboration with Google Developer Group DC and part of DevFestDC Fall Edition - 2018

Come and build your dream app with distinguished Google Engineers to build Mobile Apps with Machine Learning features using the powerful Firebase Mobile Development Platform ( https://firebase.google.com/ )

Starting the day with a kick-off presentation followed by around 5 hours of hacking time for attendees. We'd expect about 75-100 to be hacking during the day, and we would expect a few community mentors with some Firebase knowledge in addition to our Firebasers to help attendees. Google Engineers will be there in co-ordinating this hackathon.

Tentative Schedule 
09:30am - 10:00am    Kick-off presentation
10:00am - 11:00pm    Hackathon Kick-off
11:00pm -   4:00pm    Hacking time  
 4:00pm -   5:00pm    Judging and Prizes

Firebase announced ML Kit.  This hackathon designed to to see what developers can build Machine Learning Apps with this product.

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Adrián Catalán

Google Developer Expert, Innovation Lab, Galileo University
Adrián is an educator, tinkerer and software developer. He's been in the software engineering industry for over ten years, working as a developer (web/mobile), consultant and project manager.At Galileo University (where he leads the Innovation Lab) Adrián is trying to empower as... Read More →
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Dong Chen

ML Kit Lead, Google
Dong leads the iOS engineering team of ML Kit, and is responsible for architecting the product and leading the development. For the past 12 years he has been leading several engineering teams across Gmail, Google Maps, and On-Device Machine Learning.  Most recently, he helped starting... Read More →
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Sachin Kotwani

Product Manager, Google
Sachin is a product manager with a special passion for making software development easy and fun. He has worked on several teams at Google, including Google Cloud, Play, and now Firebase. Before joining product management he worked worked as a strategy & ops manager in Google’s Sales... Read More →
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Kalyan Reddy

Developer Programs Engineer, Google
Kalyan is an engineer at Google and has worked on the Firebase team for the past three years. In this role, he focuses on simplifying machine learning so that more people can use it to build awesome apps. Prior to Google, he worked at Medtronic where he helped develop cardiac and... Read More →
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Sonakshi Watel

UX designer, Google
Sonakshi is a UX designer at Google who is passionate about designing user-centred interfaces for developers. She wants to combine her software development experience and UX skills to bridge the gap between engineers implementing code and designers building user-centred interfaces... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 9:30am - 5:00pm
Industrious, Bethesda, MD 7200 Wisconsin Ave NW Suite 500 (5th floor) Bethesda, MD 20814