About This Event
Join General Assembly for a panel of incredible community leaders about the various paths available to developers – from agency, to freelance, to in-house, the skills companies look for in a hire, and the resources to get you started.
What You’ll Take Away:
- What the day-to-day of a web developer looks like
- Various career paths
- Top skills needed to succeed
- Companies in Chicago hiring web developers
- The best communities to meet other development folks
- The ups and downs of this career
Come early to hear about General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive program at our Info Session beforehand, starting at 5:30pm (RSVP here). Stay late to mingle, hear from our experts, and enjoy drinks on us.
Why It Matters: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings so this means that the door is wide open for individuals who do not have a traditional background in computer science to learn how to code and make an impact on the growing world of technology. So join us to get the scoop on this rapidly growing industry and see if web development is a fit for you.
- 5:30-6:15pm: Check-in and networking OR Web Development Immersive Program Info Session
- 6:15-6:20pm: Welcoming remarks
- 6:20-7:30pm: Panel
- 7:30-7:45pm: Audience Q+A
- 7:45-8:15pm: Mingling and wrap-up
About the Panelists
NORC at the University of Chicago
Scott Beslow is a 16-year software developer with experience using a diverse set of technologies across organizations both huge and small. Scott has spent the last few years helping startups, non-profits, and could-be entrepreneurs build awesome web apps. In his current role, Scott is a Software Engineer at NORC at the University of Chicago, where his work enables social science research studies. He is passionate about using software to advocate urban sustainability, build a more open government, and innovate for social good, and is an active contributor to the open-source community. Scott has an MS in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a BA in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Come hang out and play some board games (or don’t) from our (limited) library, or bring one of your own to share with the group! We’ll provide some variety of snacks / refreshments, tables & chairs to sit at, and a roof over your head. It’s okay to show up a little bit early, one of us will be here to welcome you.
If you’re bringing a game, please post it as a comment on the meetup so everyone can see.
If you’re driving, there is free parking on Wabansia (if you can find it). There may also be free parking North up Hoyne and all around that area. Whatever you do, don’t park in the parking lot, our landlord tows promptly.
We’re a company of software designers & developers, so if you want to talk shop that’ll be around too.