• Aug 17-18, 2018
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  • 555 E. Lafayette Ave., Detroit, MI 48226, 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:

  • April 16: Call for speakers opens
  • April 16: Earlybird tickets go on sale
  • May 18: Call for speakers closes
  • June 1: Scholarship applications open
  • June 1: Speakers announced!
  • June 8: Earlybird sales end, Regular tickets go on sale
  • June 15: Scholarship applications close
  • June 22: Scholarship winners notified
  • July 30: Regular sales end, Latecomer tickets go on sale
  • August 17: Self.conference!


Jeremy Searls

DIY IOT: Creating Connected Devices to Automate Your Life

Darryl Holliday

Democracy, Documenters and the City Scrapers Project

Cassandra Faris

Health: The Most Important Tech Tool

Sarah Withee

Maintaining Your Mental and Emotional Health While Job Hunting

Charlotte Shreve

An Introduction To Prolog & Why You Should Care

Chris DeMars

I Can't See: Low Vision A11y & Users

Sarah Dutkiewicz

The Impact of the Women Trailblazers of Tech

Jonathon Baugh

Mapping User Needs: What Cartography Can Teach Us About Agile Roadmaps

Check out all our speakers!


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Amber Conville

Amber Conville is the Director of Engineering at Integral. 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 is a Senior Software Engineer at Gatsby. She supports her local community by co-organizing <title of conf>, self.conference, and Detroit Speakers in Tech. A theatre kid turned tech community leader, she approaches speaking and teaching as a way to give others the tools to shine as brightly as they can. In her spare time, she sings karaoke and pets dogs.

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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