• Jun 7- 8, 2019
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  • 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!


Laura Mosher

Harry the Hedgehog Learns You A Communication

Janani Subbiah

Android, iOS and Web Best Friends Forever: The BFF pattern

Gary Fleming

Continuous Entropy

Fen Slattery

Digital Accessibility Beyond Legal Compliance

Maurice Hayward

You're Doing UX Unconsciously 😴, Now Let's Make It Conscious ⏰ and Intentional 💪

Jamie Wright

Building a Realtime Websocket API in Phoenix

Charles Hall

Accountability for Accessibility (a12y 4 a11y)

Chris Nelson

Rewriting a Bus Detective: a real time app case study

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 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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