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Posted on November 11th 2014

Top developers and coding charities unite for hack.summit()

We’ve spent the last few months quietly working hard to bring you a very special event -- hack.summit(), a virtual conference for programmers, at http://hacksummit.org.

On December 1-4, 2014, an unprecedented line-up of programmers will take the digital stage. The creators of Ruby on Rails, CSS, Google Glass, the Java language spec, Agile, Extreme Programming, Test Driven Development, Heroku, Spark, Bittorrent, UML, the Wiki, and many more are speaking.

They are rallied together to educate you. But you won’t pay them (or us) to hear their words of wisdom. Instead, all ticket sales go to coding non-profits, such as ones that help support microfinance in Bangladesh, teach computer science to underprivileged students, and drive inclusivity and diversity in the coding space.

hack.summit() is one hundred percent online, making it completely accessible to developers all over the world. This means that it can operate on an unprecedented magnitude, both in attendee capacity and in the pedigree of its participants: almost all of our speakers would be a keynote at another event, but they’ve all rallied around our nonprofit partners to support the broader programming community.

To get a ticket, just visit http://hacksummit.org, select a preferred coding nonprofit, and then set the value of the donation. Attendees who are unable to donate can also receive a free ticket by spreading the word via Twitter and Facebook, which helps us find more donors.

We’ve partnered up with Tom Chi, co-creator of Google Glass who is an official advisor of hack.summit(). We’re also partnered Crowdcast.io, which layers on top of Google+ Hangouts, and allows attendees to ask and answer questions and meet their programming idols.

Physical conferences cost money and require travel; their logistics impede efficiency and attendee access. We see ourselves as stewards of the virtual conference space, and hope that others will be inspired to create events like this in the future.

The list of speakers:

  • Tom Chi (co-creator Google Glass)
  • Grady Booch (creator the Unified Modeling Language)
  • David Heinemeier Hansson (inventor of Ruby on Rails)
  • Brian Fox (invented the GNU Bash shell)
  • Hakon Wium Lie (inventor of CSS)
  • Alex Gaynor (Director, Python Software Foundation, and core committer to Django)
  • Sarah Allen (Presidential Innovation Fellow, led development for many Adobe products)
  • Gilad Bracha (co-author of the Java Language Specification)
  • Kent Beck (creator of Extreme Programming, created Test Driven Development, co-created Agile, author of 9 books)
  • Ward Cunningham (inventor of the wiki, contributed to Extreme Programming, co-author of Design Patterns)
  • Hampton Catlin (creator of Sass, Haml, m.wikipedia.org, book author)
  • Matei Zaharia (creator of Apache Spark)
  • Melody Meckfessel (Google Director of Engineering)
  • Jon Skeet (the top answerer on StackOverflow)
  • Scott Hanselman (author of multiple books)
  • Jeff Haynie (founder of Appcelerator)
  • Ryan Bubinski (founder of Codecademy)
  • Aaron Skonnard (founder of Pluralsight)
  • Floyd Marinescu (founder of InfoQ)
  • Steve Newcomb (founder of Famo.us)
  • Orion Henry (founder of Heroku)
  • Janet Wiener (Engineering at Facebook, big data expert)
  • Scott Chacon (CIO, Github)
  • Chad Fowler (CTO, Wunderlist, well-known programming educator and blogger)
  • Salil Deshpande (open source investor titan)
  • Hadi Partovi (founder of Code.org, was in charge of Internet Explorer, advisor to Dropbox and Facebook)
  • Rebecca Parsons (CTO at Thoughtworks)
  • Qi Lu (Executive vice president of Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group)
  • Chris Richardson (Java Champion, book author, founder of CloudFoundry)
  • Bram Cohen (Inventor of Bittorrent)

Fundraising for these organizations:

  • Code the Change
  • CodeStarter
  • CoderDojo
  • CodersTrust
  • Women Who Code
  • Black Girls Code
  • GiveCamp
  • Ladies Learning Code
  • Scripted
  • Code2040
  • Girls Who Code
  • Code.org
  • Bridge Foundry
  • ...and more

Join us to learn from these masters of programming, and make a difference in coding non-profits.
You can find out more at http://hacksummit.org.

See you at the summit!

-The HackHands team

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