To Sum It Up, the Scenic City Summit Was Great!

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To Sum It Up, the Scenic City Summit Was Great!

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ChaTech is celebrating the success of the second annual Scenic City Summit (SCS) developers conference held on July 28th.  Thanks to the hard work of the volunteer planning committee, 276 people registered for the conference.  Counting speakers and planning team members, over 325 people participated in the summit, doubling participation in 2016!

Summit attendees commented on how much they enjoyed the sense of community just being with other developers and seeing old friends and colleagues.  The morning started with an introduction to Tennessee’s new initiative to recruit tech and entertainment jobs. The TN Entertainment Commission’s website CreateTN.com is an online community and connect people across disciplines and facilitate collaborations.  The opening keynote address by Cory House gave the audience a sense of endless possibilities by streamlining work with reusable JavaScript.

The Summit offered a schedule of 30 talks on a wide array of topics. There were six sessions, each offering five different topics.

The Summit ended with a poignant talk by David Neal entitled “A Guide for the Reluctant Leader”.  He chronicled some of the lessons learned through his own journey as a developer and sometimes-manager.  David’s talk was accompanied by his own humorous illustrations and punctuated.

The day ended at the offices of Skuid, who generously opened their doors to all Summit attendees for a Post Conference Reception. The food, the conversation, and the views were a great way to conclude the day.

Many thanks to all our sponsors: Bellhops, Carbon Five, CA Technologies, CGI, Christopher Intellectual Property Law, The Edney Innovation Center, Inventure, Microsoft, Neeve Research, Pylon, Skuid, TEKsystems, and Create_Here.

Our most hearty appreciation to the SCS Sherpas—our planning team—Stuart Dickerson, Greg Ostermayr, Branden Schwartz, Tripp Shelnutt and Nick Smith.  The SCS logo was designed by Jaythan Elam.  ChaTech’s Jennifer Walker was a heavy-lifting sherpa, too.

These fine speakers volunteered their time and expertise to SCS:  Cory House, David Neal, Mike Amundsen, Kesha Williams, Shawn Wildermuth, Andrew May, Gaines Kergosien, Lauren Hasson, Pratik Patel, Reid Evans, Crystal Yan, Michael Avila, Kyle Welch, Emily Estes, Jonathan Martin, Stuart Dickerson, Ian Lee, Jeremy Fairbank, Zach McElrath, Jim Wooley, Louis Davidson, Cameron Presley, Eric Cobb, Denny DenUyl, Neil Menne, Erin Page.

2018 Scenic City Summit date to be announced soon!

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