Beer City Code is an annual conference for software developers held in Grand Rapids, MI, also known as Beer City, USA. Software creators of all types are welcome, even those who don't care for beer.
The main conference is held Saturday, June 1, with optional day-long workshops the day before, Friday, May 31. You can attend the conference for just $40, or do the conference plus an all-day workshop on Friday for just $200. There's even a ticket that includes a VIP party with our speakers and organizers. This year we added a free option to register to bring your kids (8-17) from 1pm to 6pm for Root Beer City Code, our first annual kids conference.
The Beer City Code conference grew our of the success of its predecessor, Grand Rapids DevDay, but was renamed in 2017 to embrace its much more broad appeal outside the Grand Rapids area.
With several day-long workshops to choose from focusing on many different exciting and cutting-edge technolgies, our workshop attendees will be able to get hands-on in a smaller classroom setting with our excellent instructors.
Buy a ticket for both a workshop and the conference day to get the most bang for your buck, and don't forget to upgrade to the VIP package and you can top off your weekend with a party at a local establishment with our speakers and VIPs.
Saturday is the main event. Don't miss a moment of this exciting day packed full of top-tier speakers presenting on some very interesting, useful, and cutting-edge technologies and topics.
You won't go hungry, eiter! We'll feed you coffee, snacks, and a filling lunch to keep your brain fueled for all the learning it's going to do.
Be smart and combine your conference ticket with a Friday workshop ticket. You'll save money and learn one topic of your choice in much more detail in a hands-on classroom setting. The VIP package will also get you into a party with our speakers, and VIPs, so why not go all in and register for that?
Saturday from 1PM to 6PM (after lunch) your kids (age 8 - 17) are welcome to join you for some more hands-on and kid-friendly sessions at the first annual Root Beer City Code. The best part is, it's totally free with a paid professional ticket.
This is our first year doing a kid's conference/track, so space will be limited. Let us know during registration if you're planning to bring a kid with you by adding on a free Root Beer City Code ticket to your order.
Remember: your kids must be with you at all times during the conference, and LUNCH IS NOT INCLUDED for kids.
Meet our speakers
Cloud Dev Advocate, Microsoft
Chloe is an SF based Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft. Pre-Engineering, she spent her nights and weekends performing in the Bay Area as a singer/actress, before attending Hackbright in 2016. Perhaps the only engineer you’ll meet who has been in "Hairspray", "Xanadu", "Carrie the Musical", and "Jerry Springer: the Opera"- she is passionate about bringing people with non-traditional backgrounds into the world of tech. If you’re trying to place her face, yes- she’s the young woman giving the awkward thumbs up in the "What It’s Like to be a Woman at a Tech Conference" article (which she also wrote).
Previously, she worked at Sentry.io where she created the (DevRel Award Winning) Sentry Scouts program (a camp themed meet-up ft. patches, s'mores, giant squirrel costumes, and boozy hot chocolate). And was recently featured in the Grace Hopper Conference 2018 gallery featuring 15 influential women in STEM by AnitaB.org. In early 2018 was named one of the "200+ Thought Leaders in Crypto and Blockchain" and still knows absolutely nothing about Crypto and Blockchain. Seriously- not a thing. She considers it her greatest accomplishment.
Workshops and sessions
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Tech conferences can be busy and overwhelming places to meet people, expecially if you feel like you don't fit in.
"By the Grace of Hops" is a diversity and inclusion mixer for Beer City Code attendees occuring the evening before the conference--and inspired by the indomitable Grace Hopper. We hope it provides people in under-represented groups in the tech industry a chance to get to know each other before the conference.
We'll provide the hors d'oeuvres and drinks; you provide the friendly face. We hope it provides everyone an opportunity to meet a few other friendly faces that they can look for at the conference the following day.
places with a group rate
Due to a local city-wide volleyball tournament the same weekend, please book your hotel early.
If you have trouble, check back around May 1 to see if any blocks are removed from other local hotels.
2321 East Beltline Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Rate $189.00 + tax (Use Group Name: Beer City Code)
Reservations must be received by Tuesday, April 30, 2019 .
433 Dudley Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Rate $239.00 + tax (Use Group Name: Beer City Code 2019)
2 Night Minimum based on 5/31 and 6/1)
Guestrooms will be held until Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Discounted group parking of $10.00 per day.
Free hot breakfast served daily, mini-refrigerators in every spacious guest room, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.
other nearby places to stay
3000 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
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