• Jun 7- 8, 2019
  • ยท
  • MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit

What is self.conference?

Self.conference is a mix of fantastic tech presentations and insightful soft talks in fabulous downtown Detroit. We're filling two whole days with languages, tools, diversity, empathy, process, and team talks to help you expand your knowledge, meet other technically-minded folk, and immerse yourself in Detroit's tech renaissance.

Interested in when things will get going with our call for speakers or ticket sales? Here's the plan:

  • January 15: Call for speakers opens
  • January 16: Earlybird tickets go on sale
  • February 18: Call for speakers closes
  • March 11: Speakers announced!
  • March 18: Earlybird sales end, Regular tickets go on sale
  • March 31: Scholarship applications open
  • April 7: Scholarship applications close
  • April 14: Scholarship winners notified
  • May 24: Regular sales end, Latecomer tickets go on sale
  • June 7: Self.conference!


Toria Gibbs

Search Engines: How They Work and Why You Need Them

Brandy Foster

I'm Still Black and You're Still Racist (aka Why your pro-diversity culture is hiding toxic racist parasites)

Peter Ritchie

Naming Things

Mercedes Bernard

Empowering Early-Career Developers

Jana Beck

Developers, go the f*ck to sleep

Jamie Wright

Building a Realtime Websocket API in Phoenix

Laura Mosher

Harry the Hedgehog Learns You A Communication

Sara Cashman

The Web and the World: The Next Billion Users and the Digital Gender Divide

Check out all our speakers!


MotorCity Casino

MotorCity Casino is one of three luxury casino resort hotels in Detroit, and incorporates a historic building that once housed the Wagner Baking Company, makers of Wonder Bread. The complex houses a 100,000 square- foot casino with approximately 3,000 slot machines, 59 table games, and two poker rooms; D. Tour, a 13,000-square-foot spa with thermal whirlpools, steam rooms, and dry saunas; 67,000 square feet of meeting and convention space; Sound Board, a live music theater with a capacity of 2,400 people; and a luxury hotel with 400 guest rooms and suites.

Need a place to stay? Book a room in our hotel block!




Amber Conville

Amber Conville is the Director of Engagement and Growth at Test Double, after several years as a software developer. She loves helping humans, code in lots of languages, and the software community, and can be found speaking at or helping out with user groups, conferences, and nerd gatherings whenever possible.

Want to email Amber? Do it: Or send a tweet! @crebma

Aisha Blake

Aisha Blake arrived in Detroit in 2013 to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer and ended up on the leadership team for Girl Develop It Detroit. This inevitably led to a deep love of the tech community in Detroit and a desire to put down roots. She has since become the owner of a cat and a house. Aisha has taught web development to people of all ages in bootcamps, workshops, and online courses. She currently works as a developer for Detroit Labs. She is down for anything as long as there are puppies and/or karaoke involved.

Want to email Aisha? Do it: Or send a tweet! @AishaBlake

Anne Cahalan

Anne Cahalan is an application developer at Detroit Labs and a survivor of their apprenticeship program. She makes apps with Xcode, sweaters with sticks, and cocktails with bourbon.

Want to email Anne? Do it: Or send a tweet! @northofnormal

Damon Maneice

Damon Maneice works at GitHub, and has been learning and writing code for several years. He loves cycling, snowboarding and basketball. He is passionate about using technology to help create a more just society.

Want to email Damon? Do it: Or send a tweet! @damaneice

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