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DevFest WI is an inclusivity-themed conference for any and all folks in tech. Now in our fifth year, we're returning again to the beautiful UW Memorial Union for a day filled with a wide variety of talks on topics related to building inclusive and accessible products, teams, and environments.  

Presentation schedule

(See full schedule here)

“Globalization at Fetch: Spanish & Beyond”
David Bacisin (Fetch Rewards)

“How to Recruit (for Non-Recruiters)”
Amanda Daering (Newance)

"What exactly is the accessibility tree?”
​Sayan Sivakumaran

“Alt Text Is Your Superpower”
​Clarissa Peterson (WebFirst)

“Laugh and Learn with Leadership Improv!”
​Amanda Thornton and Jason Erdmann (UW-Madison)

“I’m Not Shy, I’m Just Thinking About Everything”
​Kathrin Rohrmeier

“Compassionate Code Review”
​Brandon Hawker (Fetch Rewards)

“How Technology Affects Non-Profits’ Social Impact”
​Paul Pham (The Trevor Project)

“Stress at Work”
​Ross Larson (Paradigm)

Who are we?

2023’s event is organized by a women and POC team comprising members of Google Developer Group Madison, Codecinella, Madison Women in Tech, and volunteers from the local tech community.

What is the conference like?

The conference is held in a wheelchair accessible space, and the Union has gender neutral bathrooms available. We provide breakfast items and lunch, and offer multiple breaks throughout the day to recharge or make a new friend. 

Do you have a code of conduct?

We sure do! https://www.devfestwi.com/code-of-conduct

Who should attend?

You! We specifically include a variety of presentations so that everyone can walk away with something new, whether you're a student or decades into your career - and you don't need to be a programmer! Because our theme is inclusivity, our content is deliberately applicable across a wide variety of roles and experience. 

Did we mention we also have a job fair?

For the second year in a row, Madison Women in Tech is hosting a free job fair for women and nonbinary folks as part of DevFest! (You don't need a DevFest ticket to attend.) Learn more: https://forwardfestival2023.sched.com/event/6a5183614e5a7bdcb817cbc3399d008c

Session Organizers
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Hilary Stohs-Krause

Forward Fest Board


Thursday August 24, 2023 9:00am - 4:30pm CDT
Memorial Union - Tripp Hall