Modev Blog

Modev Official Statement on the Ban


by Pete

I founded this community eight years ago after moving to Washington, DC from Seattle. The iPhone had recently come out and as a technologist and entrepreneur, I wanted to meet developers and others interested in developing apps and building new businesses. Little did I know what was in store after standing up a simple meetup group. Within a little over one year, I would meet more than a thousand people in the D.C. region and start a business I had no intention of starting when I arrived here. Modev is a community made up largely of immigrants from all over the world. I've befriended many and heard their stories long before this administration came into power. The Iranian who came here as a child after his family home was blown up in the Iran - Iraq conflict. America took them in, gave them a new start and he would go on to earn multiple degrees and start a successful tech company employing dozens in high paying jobs. The Hong Kong national whose parents sent him here using their life savings so he could have a chance at the American dream. When he arrived, he spoke very little English and took a job at the campus help desk which forced him to learn while trying to answer questions in a foreign language. Imagine the fear of that as a college kid. Today, he employs fifty people in high paying tech jobs and contributes to society through volunteerism and mentoring. The Syrian woman who arrived here at the start of the Syrian conflict to jump right into the tech scene to help those who are arriving get acclimated and into schools, jobs and homes. I believe our system was already flawed as my experience includes the Pakistani computer scientist who had to move back after unsuccesfully trying to get an H1-B visa job - he would go on to start a successful tech firm in his home country, not the U.S. where he desired to live. Stories like his are everywhere - super smart, educated in the U.S., and kicked out. The economic desires of the country coupled with our immigration policies weren't matching up. But now we're onto something wholly different. 


CapitalOne DevExchange Hackathon Results and Winners


by Modev Staff

Last Thursday 75 forward thinking developers, designers, product managers, and fintech experts met at Capital One Labs in Clarendon, Virginia for the first ever Capital One DevExchange Hackathon. 


Preview of Capital One DevExchange Hackathon


by Modev Staff

Tomorrow marks the first Capital One DevExchange Hackathon, bringing together many of the area’s brightest minds in fintech development, product management, UX and design.


Security by Design Podcast is Live


by Modev Staff

We're thrilled with the news that our very own Security by Design Podcast is now live on both iTunes and Google Play. We're launching with three episodes and will be dropping an (almost) weekly episode from here on out. The Podcast is hosted by Modev founder Pete Erickson, Security industry leader Daniel Ford, Jr. and Ryan Lelek of Capital One.


3 Developments to Expect in the Continuing Fintech Boom


by Modev Staff

It’s 2016 and Fintech means more than just payments. As app developers and startups continue to unbundle banks and develop new technologies that disrupt a status quo that has dictated how we do business for decades, consumer finance is changing rapidly.


Top Developers and Industry Leaders Join for Capital One DevExchange Hackathon


by Modev Staff

The financial technology space is changing rapidly, booming to become one of the fastest growing sectors in development. As new applications, services, and APIs are released that provide unprecedented access to consumer finance tools, developers are taking notice. 

To facilitate this growth and bring together the top minds in development, design, product development, and thought leadership around Fintech, Capital One DevExchange is presenting a Hackathon on November 10th. 


Go Beyond the Code with the Seattle Code Writers Workshop


by Modev Staff

How do you create an exciting, challenging, and fulfilling career as a developer?

Is it by finding the right team? By creating the most interesting project?  By investing in new skills?

Find out on October 14, when we host our second Code Writers Workshop in Seattle.  This one-day workshop will feature a diverse group of outstanding speakers.  


Scaling Lean Operations in a Large Organization


by Modev Staff

Whether piloting a new program or managing smaller agile teams in your organization, there will come a time when success necessitates growth. And growth can be a terrifying prospect. It can negate the benefits of those smaller operations, reduce efficiency in the system you’ve created, or create new problems not foreseen during the pilot.


The Fundamentals of Engineering Culture


by Modev Staff

At the heart of every good organization is a strong engineering culture – a “manifestation of the shared values of the organization as represented by the actions of its members” (Kevin Goldsmith, Avvo). These actions are structural, are taught to each new member of a team, and are integrated into how an organization operates and how new applicants are evaluated.


Unpacking the Amazon Underground


by Pete

Amazon Underground is a veritable wonderland for anyone who enjoys mobile gaming. It provides thousands of premium games that users can play for free with all in-app purchases included. Understanding how Amazon Underground works, why it’s important to gamers, and the drivers of its popularity can provide insights into what it offers for developers.