Tickets for DevFest cost $15 and can be purchased online.
Muncie's Google Developer Group (GDG) is inviting developers of all skill levels to learn and meet with others in the community at this year's DevFest Muncie from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 in the MadJax building.
This year marks the third annual DevFest event and will encompass the four pillars of digital development: developing, design, analytics and security.
Founder and co-organizer Chris Turvey, a developer at Ball State, started the GDG in Muncie after attending the Google developer conference "Google IO," where he was able to speak with the organizer of all GDG's in North America.
After the conference, Turvey wanted to bring GDG to the Muncie community to provide students and other developers with an outlet to talk about technology and brainstorm ideas.
"Anyone can YouTube videos and teach themselves the technology and the basics behind coding, but our GDG and DevFest are about the people," Turvey said. "It's about talking to others about projects that you are working on and getting their perspective. It's about bouncing ideas off one another and getting to know people in the community with similar interests."
Turvey said the GDG has grown and now tries to hold regular meetings at least once every three months along with the larger events they host, including DevFest.
Because it helps bring more members of the community with different interests and can change the dynamic of the group, Turvey said DevFest is what marks the "restart of every year" for the group.
Because DevFest invites many new people, Turvey and co-organizer Kyle Parker, senior software engineer for Developing Technologies at Ball State, work to allow as many options as possible for attendees.
This year there will be 12 total speakers discussing one of the four pillars of digital development. Among the 12 is keynote speaker Erica Dee Fox, a web programming specialist at Ball State.
Fox will discuss how developers and coders can impact their community.
"I believe that designers can either isolate and contain themselves to the lab they work in or they can spread their knowledge to the community they live in and help break down barriers," Fox said. "I want to give a reminder to developers in the community and Ball State that what matters is what you do with your skills, I want to create a network with the locals and take a pro-community stance that provides an example for others."
Turvey and Parker said they have gotten great feedback and interaction from all who have attended DevFest in the past and they are excited to partner with the Co-Lab in the MadJax building because it will add to the supportive, welcoming and community-focused atmosphere.
"DevFest is a great opportunity to get to know other developers and expose yourself and your work," Parker said. "You don't have to be technically oriented or a seasoned professional, you just have to have an interest."
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