Beer City Code is an annual software development conference held in Grand Rapids, MI, also known as Beer City, USA. Software creators of all shapes are invited, even those who don’t care for beer!
The main conference is Saturday, June 1, with optional day-long workshops held the day before, Friday, May 31. You can attend the conference for just $40, or do the conference plus a workshop for $200. There’s even a ticket that includes a VIP micro-brewery tour with our speakers and organizers. How cool is that?!
The Beer City Code conference grew out of the success of its predecessor, Grand Rapids DevDay, but was renamed in 2017 to embrace its much more broad appeal outside the Grand Rapids area.
What You Need to Know
FRIDAY, MAY 31: WORKSHOPS
A pre-conference day offering 6-hour workshops. We will split the proceeds with speakers 50/50 after paying for the costs associated with the workshop day. Workshops should provide deep knowledge on the topic, with hands on learning, and enough content to fill 6-8 hours.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1: MAIN CONFERENCE
The day-long conference is on Saturday and we will be selecting as many quality 50 minute sessions as we can to fill the day. We are seeking diverse topics and speakers.
Call for Speakers closes on March 9 at 11:59 PM EST, but we’d REALLY appreciate it if you would get your submissions in earlier. Breakout sessions are 50 minutes total, workshops are 6 hours.
What You Get
All speakers receive complimentary admission to the entire event (Friday and Saturday) and a thank-you gift, but are required to let organizers know which Friday workshop they'd like to attend. Speakers are admitted to a workshop only when the presenter approves and only after paying attendees are given the chance to fill the session.
Speakers are invited on a free VIP brewery tour before or after the event.
Hotels are covered for Friday night for workshop speakers, but due to budget constraints, other travel expenses are not covered. We’re happy to consider exceptions for those who ask and are traveling from outside the area.
Selected speakers will be notified by email as soon as possible after March 9.
General Submission Guidelines
We look for the best content for software developers above all else - namely, any topics we think will be of interest to our attendees, regardless of who submits them. Sessions on all aspects of software creation (design, development, management, process, soft skills, etc) or any technology stack are very welcome!
Sessions that appear to be a sales pitch for a product or service will be given lower priority. Please review the code of conduct for guidance on any questionable content.
This year, Beer City Code is adding some kid and family sessions. It goes without saying the being appropriate, using clean language, and being respectful to everyone in these sessions will be of the utmost importance. Please include in your notes to the organizes any experience you already have teaching kids and teens, and whether you've done this specific session before. We're looking for sessions for this track that are more hands-on and experiential so all ages could enjoy it. Sessions should also require only a minimal amount of setup and tear-down, as the session turnover times are short. If attendees will require hardware or software, please let us, and also let us know if you're able to provide any of that.
Please provide 6 to 8 hours of content for your workshop, and organize it in a way so both beginners and advanced students are able to get something out of it. Please let us know if you've given this workshop before, and what, if anything, attendees will be required to have with them--laptop (mac and/or pc?), software and tools, etc.
Blind Selection Process
We make our best effort to selected sessions through a blind process that removes any identifying information from the submission so that only the best sessions make it in. We do, however make an effort to have as diverse a set of speakers as possible, so please help us spread the word to everyone.
See above. Hotel covered for 1 night for workshop speakers. All others must request reimbursement and be approved on a case-by-case basis.
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