Merriam-Webster defines nerd as “an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person.” Based on that definition, it would seem that by attending NERD Summit 2018 we would just be walking around a room full of unpleasant people not talking to each other. As luck would have it, nerds at this summit were none of those things. They are part of the growing New England Regional Developers (NERD) community, which VidMob is proud to sponsor for 2018.
New England, specifically the Berkshires, is a special place for us as our engineering team lives and works in this beautiful area. Our team of three quickly grew to a team of 11 over the last two-and-a-half years and NERD Summit 2018 was a great event for us to connect with this growing community.
Starting out as a Drupal conference, NERD Summit has turned into a 2-day event with over 50 sessions giving plenty of opportunities for the community to connect and learn from each other. For our team, we found great talks on “How to Do Code Reviews Like a Human” and “Data Science with Python, and Serverless Computing on AWS,” among many other sessions we attended. Joe Monti and I hosted sessions on“Where to Start when Starting a New Project” and “Managing the MVP in an Early-Start Startup.” As we discovered across all sessions, the participants were very engaged and asked great questions. We were very appreciative to have had to opportunity to speak.
The highlight, though, was the Keynote on Quantum Computing and the Future of Software Development given by Jerry Nixon from Microsoft. To say we are just scratching the surface of what will be possible with technology is an understatement. From Microsoft’s Quantum webpage, “In just hours or days, a quantum computer can solve complex problems that would otherwise take billions of years for today’s computers to solve.” I believe that says it all. Jerry proclaimed this will be “the year of the press releases” as several companies will announce major milestones in the development and utilization of this technology.
Beyond trying to comprehend the advances that Quantum computing will bring to society, we left this summit very encouraged and enthusiastic about the depth and diversity of the NERD community. From high schools students trying to learn what it will take to break into this profession to seasoned engineers tackling tough problems using AI and Machine Learning, we are convinced more than ever that not only does a tech community exist here in Western Massachusetts, but it is thriving and we are excited to help it grow.
If you are interested in connecting with this community and VidMob, we are hiring Software and Frontend Engineers, along with Data Scientists, to join our team in Pittsfield, MA. Please visit vidmob.com/careers for more details.