[Panel] Hack Your Career: tools, tips, and techniques that help you grow as a developer


A new programming language is created every 13 days. A new framework is announced every 47 hours. And, a new cloud API is unveiled every 5.2 minutes. Are any of those statistics true? Who knows. But one thing’s for sure: staying up-to-date as a developer is a full-time job in itself… so how the heck do you do it?

Come join Chris Gomez, Todd Snyder, and Jess Chadwick – the hosts of the Static Void Podcast – as they lead an open discussion about the ways that developers not only keep up with the quickly changing landscape of software development, but maybe even gain a little productivity and (dare we say) enjoyment while doing it.

This isn’t any normal panel discussion, however – this is crowd-sourcing at its finest. In this session, you and your fellow peers are the panelists and we are the moderators, just there to keep the conversation going… and maybe throwing in a few colorful comments of our own. Regardless of whether you are a starry-eyed coder who just wrote your first app last week or a veteran with a stare of someone who’s seen the horror of their buddies overwhelmed by stack overflows, you have something to offer. So, come down and join the conversation – we promise you won’t be disappointed!

Oh, and no need to wait for the session to begin in order to start the discussion: feel free to submit topic suggestions on JabbR (HackPhillyCC room on jabbr.net), or tweet them with the hashtag #HackPhillyCC.

Chris Gomez

Chris has been writing Windows software professionally for 19 years. His day jobs have included developing kiosks for theme parks and retail stores and building portfolio analytics for commercial lending. Today His hobby for game development started much earlier by making games using ASCII characters in text mode using BASICA. However, in his free time, you’ll find Chris playing the latest games on his Xbox 360 or Windows Phone 7.

Jess Chadwick

Jess Chadwick is a software developer and technologist with over fifteen years of development experience ranging from embedded devices in start-ups to enterprise-scale solutions in Fortune 25s. He is an ASPInsider and a magazine, book, and online course author, including O’Reilly’s Programming ASP.NET MVC 4 and several courses on Lynda.com. Jess is actively involved in the development community, regularly speaking at user groups and conferences as well as helping to lead the NJDOTNET Central New Jersey .NET user group.

Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder has been a software developer/architect for over 22 years. During that time, he has focused on providing technical guidance and leadership for the development of enterprise class systems on the Microsoft and Web Platforms. At Infragistics, he is a Product Architect on ReportPlus Web and Server Teams. Todd is the co-leader for the New Jersey .NET User Group, http://www.njdotnet.net/, and is a frequent speaker, book author and co-host of the Static Void Podcast – https://www.staticvoidpodcast.com/.