Announcing Spinnaker Summit 2018
Hello from Newark, NJ. I just had the great honor of joining Mayor Ras J. Baraka to officially launch VOICE. VOICE is a three-day summit at the forefront of natural language processing being held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology July 24-26.
After the successful launch of our Voicehacks community in the summer of 2017, we knew it was time to accelerate our plans for Machinery.AI. The Voicehacks tour allowed us to visit ten cities and meet more than 1500 developers and the hunger for all things A.I. was notable. It felt like the early days of iOS and Android with developers and other professionals clamoring for knowledge. The term "AI is the new UI" rings so true. Instead of tap, pinch, swipe, it's now access (data), process, present.
I felt it important to get a message out to the community during these challenging times when it comes to diversity, inclusion and treatment of those who aren't like us or from other cultures. MoDev is a community founded on inclusivity, support and safety of all we encounter.
Modev is excited to announce an immediate opening for a Head of Marketing to take the company to the next level. The ideal candidate has a strong background in B2B marketing, technology marketing, digital marketing and is highly adept at utilizing the latest tools and methods for effective and measurable marketing campaign management.
Modev is excited to announce an immediate opening for a Head of Sales to operationalize our sales processes and fuel growth into several new markets. The company has developed a proven model for technology community engagement to support organizations focused on transformation. We’re looking for a dynamic sales leader who wishes to make a diagonal move from software or services sales into the dynamic and fast growing sector of community engagement. The ideal candidate has managed multiple Fortune 500 accounts and is motivated by seven figure sales quotas and building important new relationships. Hands-on experience with sales automation tools and processes such as Hubspot CRM, Salesforce and others is a must.
One of the greatest joys I get from building community is the positive impact it can have on peoples lives. At the end of the day, this is why we exist and why I do what I do. Last week at our Code Writers Workshop in Seattle, I believe we acheived a milestone as the event was cited by many as the most welcoming and inclusive tech event they'd ever attended. See pics here. I'm not sharing this to brag, I'm sharing because it is more clear than ever, that before all else, this has to be my goal as a community leader. Our Code of Conduct has evolved to reflect these values, but our mission hasn't caught up with it, until now. It may seem obvious that this should have been my priority all along, but as a tech event organizer for the past decade, so many other priorities sneak into the top of the heap- content, speakers, sponsors, cool venues, attendee experience, etc. Diversity, inclusion, welcoming environment have always been important, but when running a business and looking at the bottom line, it's easy to get distracted. But now I see it clearly, and I had to get here through experience and allowing others to help guide me.
We're excited to announce that we've entered into a long term agreement for conference advisory services with 8 Meter Media and 8 Meter’s founder and CEO, Bowen Dwelle. Through this relationship, Modev seeks to accelerate growth, drawing on Mr. Dwelle’s experience founding and building AdMonsters, a professional community, media, and conference business serving leaders in online advertising operations.
CapitalOne DevExchange is holding an all-day hackathon on March 25th to celebrate the recent opening of the Capital One Café in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. The event, which will bring together the best developers, designers, product managers, and thought leaders in the area, tasks teams with building unique apps on DevExchange APIs.
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.