NWA TechFest – annual Conference

Thursday, May 23, 2024
9am – 4pm

Willard & Pat Walker Community Room
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR


A conference that is “for developers, by developers.”

What does that mean? It means that our local Northwest Arkansas volunteers have organized a space and time for their community to come and share their knowledge and experience with their peers.

Come and join us for a low-stakes opportunity to engage with other software developers in the area.

Pay $5 for a seat, enjoy as much content as you want, and meet great people.

And remember to use any employer-provided professional development PTO!



Start Time End Time
9:00 AM 9:15 AM Doors open, light breakfast
9:15 AM 9:30 AM Introductions
9:30 AM 10:15 AM Steven Judd – “Learning is like running a marathon”
10:15 AM 10:30 AM Blake Matthews – “Personalized learning in the age of AI”
10:30 AM 10:45 AM Short Break
10:45 AM 11:00 AM Vincente Yanez – “The Creative Developer”
11:00 AM NOON Tyler Tracy – “How to build AGI”
NOON 1:00 PM Intermission, refreshments
1:00 PM 1:45 PM Shawn Kohltfarber – “3D Printing 101 – How Bambu Labs are changing things for consumers”
1:45 PM 2:15 PM Billy Autrey – “How tech giants build great developer experiences at scale”
2:15 PM 2:30 PM Short Break
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Kevin Minehart – “Finally: a successor to yaml for CI”
3:00 PM 3:45 PM Ryan Hiebert – “Passkeys: Your password-free future”
3:45 PM 4:00 PM Closing Ceremonies
5:00 PM After Party at Crisis Brewery



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