[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 is a software developer who loves to share what he’s learned with everyone. A Microsoft MVP, Chris regularly discusses topics such as ASP.NET, Game development, Cloud development and how to grow as a developer at user groups, conferences, and the Static Void Podcast (www.staticvoidpodcast.com)

Jess Chadwick

Jess Chadwick is a Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning author, host of the Static Void Podcast, founding board member of the TechBash developer conference, and dev manager and architect at one of the two largest banks in the US. But, more importantly, he’s a coder with over 20 years of experience of writing and actually shipping software with a variety of teams in a variety of environments from 2-person startups to 200,000-person enterprises.

Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder has been a software developer/architect for over 23 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/.