Tech conference to bring hundreds to Chattanooga

The devLink Technical Conference is coming to Chattanooga soon, and leaders aim to engage tech professionals and provide an inclusive, educational experience at an affordable cost, officials said.

“We target current and emerging technologies or industry trends to educate attendees on how to work more effectively and efficiently,” John Kellar, chairman of the devLink Technical Conference, said via email.

Leaders said that the event offers content that is on the level of a major conference, which can cost $1,500, but it will cost attendees $100 to attend this event.

About 900 people are expected to attend, and the event is open to the public.

Software development industry leader Scott Hanselman is the keynote speaker.

He is a principal program manager at Microsoft and is “one of the most trusted and influential voices in the .NET development community,” Kellar said.

He also said that the conference is inclusive of multiple viewpoints, and officials don’t selectively pick speakers.

“We have an open call for speakers and select based on the quality of the content,” he said. “Many speakers have gotten their start at the conference, as we usually have amateur speakers join each year.”

And leaders with the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau expect the conference to bring in $486,000 to the local economy.

Because Chattanooga is located between Nashville and Atlanta, it’s an ideal location for the conference, Kellar said.

Attendees will likely frequent downtown restaurants or bars in the evening, according to an email from the CVB.

“[Chattanooga] offers a walkable downtown and friendly atmosphere for attendees to enjoy,” Kellar said.

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